Denon AVR-X540BT vs Marantz NR1506 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
26
SCORE:
38

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X540BT to Marantz Slimline NR1506 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 5 channel amplifiers with Denon AVR-X540BT's being more powerful.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Denon AVR-X540BT Highlights

Marantz Slimline NR1506 Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 5.2 channels
  • 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Marantz Slimline NR1506 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Denon AVR-X540BT

Marantz Slimline NR1506

AMPLIFIER
34
VIDEO FEATURES
35
AUDIO FEATURES
15
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
19
RADIO
28
OVERALL
26
AMPLIFIER
43
VIDEO FEATURES
58
AUDIO FEATURES
20
CONNECTIVITY
40
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
27
RADIO
51
OVERALL
38

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Denon AVR-X540BT over Marantz Slimline NR1506

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X540BT over Marantz Slimline NR1506.

Denon AVR-X540BT has more power per channel and bigger power supply.

Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
More Optical Inputs 2 1
Bigger Power Supply 310 W 180 W
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 70 W (0.08% THD) 50 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 90 W (0.7% THD) 60 W (0.7% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 140 W (10% THD) 100 W (10% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 130 W (1% THD) 85 W (1% THD)
Wider AM Frequency Range 522 kHz - 1611 kHz 522 kHz - 1611 kHz

Advantage of Marantz Slimline NR1506 over Denon AVR-X540BT

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Marantz Slimline NR1506 over Denon AVR-X540BT.

Marantz Slimline NR1506 has more advanced room correction system. It supports DSD streaming via USB, gapless playback, internet radio and Spotify. It has analog pre-outs. In video department only Marantz Slimline NR1506 supports Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
Certified 4 Ω Performance
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 96 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Gapless Playback
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
Dialog Level Adjustment
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Pure Direct Mode
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Audyssey MultEQ
Optimized Bass Redirection
Dolby Vision (via firmware update)
HLG (via firmware update)
AirPlay AirPlay
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
More HDMI Inputs 5 6 (1 front)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 3
More Composite Video Inputs 2 3
More Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 2.2
Front A/V Inputs USB HDMI, USB
On-Screen Display Hybrid Graphic User Interface
More GUI Languages 3 9
Internet Radio
Spotify
More Large Speaker Terminals 5

Common Strengths of Denon AVR-X540BT and Marantz Slimline NR1506

Denon AVR-X540BT and Marantz Slimline NR1506 share common strengths such as HDR10 and bluetooth.

STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
HDR10
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
USB Input 1 (Front) for USB memory 1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
Composite Video Inputs 2 3
Zones 1 1
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM with RDS

Common Weaknesses of Denon AVR-X540BT and Marantz Slimline NR1506

Denon AVR-X540BT and Marantz Slimline NR1506 share common weaknesses such as no Dolby Atmos support, no DTS:X support, no Auro3D support, no MHL input, no HEOS, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no Amazon Alexa, no SONOS, no phono input, no analog multi-channel input, no Pandora, no Tidal, no Deezer, no Napster and no SiriusXM.

WEAKNESSES Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
Few Channel Processing 5.1 5.1
No Dolby Atmos
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
No DTS:X
No DTS Neural:X
No DTS Virtual:X
No IMAX Enhanced
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No DSD via HDMI
No DTS Dialog Control
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling
No MHL Input
No FireConnect
No FlareConnect
No HEOS
No Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
Does Not Work with SONOS
No eARC
Few HDMI Outputs 1 1
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 3
No Phono Input
No Component Video Inputs
No Multi-Channel Input
No Pandora
No Tidal
No Deezer
No Napster
No SiriusXM Internet Radio
Old Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X540BT and Marantz Slimline NR1506 have 5 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X540BT delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Marantz Slimline NR1506 delivers 50 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) but only Marantz Slimline NR1506 has stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Denon AVR-X540BT supports HDR10 and Marantz Slimline NR1506 supports HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


MDAX2

Compressed music enhancement in Marantz Slimline NR1506 is done by Marantz’ MDAX2 technology. The use of compressed audio files like MP3, Windows Media™ Audio or AAC is getting more and more popular. The audio quality of these compressed files however is less than the original lossless files that are on a CD, especially lacking the higher frequencies and affecting the lower frequencies which make the audio image less wide and deep. The Marantz Digital Audio Expander 2, also called M-DAX2, recalculates the outputted frequency range. This enables you to get a more detailed and clearer sound.


Connectivity


Denon AVR-X540BT

Denon AVR-X540BT can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 5 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB input.

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Marantz Slimline NR1506

Marantz Slimline NR1506 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Denon AVR-X540BT and here - Marantz Slimline NR1506.

BASICS Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
BrandDenonMarantz
ModelAVR-X540BTNR1506
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKUK
Release Year20182015
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
Channels5.25.2
Discrete Amplification
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
Maximum Channel Processing5.15.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII PLII
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLACMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 96 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLACApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer MDAX2
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ
Audyssey App Support
Optimized Bass Redirection
Bass Sync
VIDEO Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision (via firmware update)
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) (via firmware update)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
MHL Input
FireConnect
FlareConnect
HEOS
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Denon 500 Series Bluetooth Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Amazon Kindle Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Inputs56 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs11
USB Input1 (Front) for USB memory1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs23
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs21
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No1 / No
Composite Video Inputs23
Composite Video Outputs11
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.22.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSBHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
Zones11
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
MISC Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
On-Screen Display Hybrid Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages39
FL Display 1 line 1 line
Remote ControllerRC-1216RC020SR
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD DisplayNo / No / NoNo / No / No
Detachable Power Cord
Setup Assistant
RADIO Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM with RDS
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
Speaker Terminals55
Large Speaker Terminals5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
High Grade Audio Components
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 230 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption310 W180 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.2 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power off
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 151 mm x 319mm
17 1/8" x 6" x 12 5/8"
440 mm x 105 mm x 376 mm (with antenna: 440 mm x 173 mm x 376 mm)
17-5/16" x 4-1/8" x 14-13/16" (with antenna up: 17-5/16" x 6-13/16" x 14-13/16")
Weight7.5 kg8.2 kg (18 lbs 1 oz)
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz Slimline NR1506
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)70 W (0.08% THD)50 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)90 W (0.7% THD)60 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)140 W (10% THD)100 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)130 W (1% THD)85 W (1% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ130 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB98 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AUSB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)
FM Effective Sensitivity1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dBMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%
AM Frequency522 kHz - 1611 kHz522 kHz - 1611 kHz
AM Effective Sensitivity18 µV18 µV

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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