Denon AVR-X8500HSP vs Denon AVR-S540BT – that is a question.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 13.2 versus 5.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-X8500HSP has such a ratio W/Ohm - 150/8, 190/6, while the AVR-S540BT has a power of 70/8, 90/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-X8500HSP it is 0.05%, but for the AVR-S540BT it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-X8500HSP received the model AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit, but the AVR-S540BT is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Denon AVR-X8500HSP. The model AVR-X8500HSP can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Denon AVR-X8500HSP works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, but the Denon AVR-S540BT works with TIDAL, Pandora.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. The quality of 4K/60Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the AVR-X8500HSP and the AVR-S540BT. Video scaling is only possible with the AVR-X8500HSP. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-X8500HSP has 8/3, and the AVR-S540BT has 5/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the AVR-X8500HSP. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-X8500HSP and AVR-S540BT support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Denon AVR-X8500HSP. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon AVR-X8500HSP and the Denon AVR-S540BT can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the AVR-X8500HSP. Only in the AVR-X8500HSP realized a DTS:X surround technology.