Denon AVR-S540BT vs Onkyo TX-8020 review

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AV receivers comparison chart

Overall
Denon AVR-S540BT
5.5
Onkyo TX-8020
4.2
6
6
6
inapplicable
5
inapplicable

Denon AVR-S540BT vs Onkyo TX-8020 review

Denon AVR-S540BT
vs
Onkyo TX-8020

It makes sense comparing Denon AVR-S540BT vs Onkyo TX-8020 because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Denon AVR-S540BT has 5.2 versus 2.0 for Onkyo TX-8020. Regarding power, then AVR-S540BT has such a W/Ohm ratio - 70/8, 90/6 when TX-8020 has a power of 90/6. The THD is 0.08% for the AVR-S540BT but 0.03% for the TX-8020.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/32-bit for AVR-S540BT and 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-8020. None of the models support Bi-amping. The Onkyo TX-8020 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Only the AVR-S540BT has Bluetooth support. Only the AVR-S540BT supports Spotify.

Video features

Only the Denon AVR-S540BT has support for High dynamic range (HDR). Only the AVR-S540BT provides HDMI signal transmission in standby mode. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the AVR-S540BT. Only the AVR-S540BT supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the AVR-S540BT. The TX-8020 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the AVR-S540BT. The setup assistant will help you configure Denon AVR-S540BT.

Multichannel surround

None of the rivals equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The receivers do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X.

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General

Item

Denon AVR-S540BT
Onkyo TX-8020

Model

AVR-S540BT
TX-8020

Brand

Denon
Onkyo

Reviews

763
738

Amplifier

Channels

5.2
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

70/8, 90/6
90/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.03

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Compressed Audio Restorer
WRAT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
0

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

TIDAL, Pandora
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

5/1
0/0

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
0

Coaxial digital input

1
0

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
phones

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG, BT.2020
has not

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
iPhone, iPod

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
has not

Zone audio output

has not
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not
has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
has not

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
has not

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

310
180

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 15.2 x 30.4/17 x 6 x 12.6
43.5 x 15 x 32.8/ 17 x 6.5 x 13

Weight, kg/lbs

7.2/16.8
9.6/19.8

Other

Release year

2018
2013
Denon AVR-S540BT
Onkyo TX-8020
Denon AVR-S540BT
Onkyo TX-8020

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  • 5.5Denon AVR-S540BT
  • 4.2Onkyo TX-8020

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