Sony STR-DH590 vs Denon AVR-S540BT – that is a question.
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the STR-DH590 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 145/6, while the AVR-S540BT has a power of 70/8, 90/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-DH590 it is 0.09%, but for the AVR-S540BT it is 0.08%.
Competitive models use the same DAC. None of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. The model STR-DH590 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless connection to the Internet via WIFI can not be performed on these receivers. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Support for Apple Music Services not implemented. The AVR-S540BT has access to the Spotify service. 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 STR-DH590 and the AVR-S540BT. None of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STR-DH590 has 4/1, and the AVR-S540BT has 5/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the STR-DH590 and the AVR-S540BT. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STR-DH590 and AVR-S540BT support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in AVR-S540BT. The Denon AVR-S540BT can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
Generally no support for a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A DTS:X surround technology is not supported by devices from our comparison.