Denon AVR-X540BT vs Marantz SR6009 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
26
SCORE:
51

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X540BT to Marantz SR6009 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. The Denon AVR-X540BT has 5 channel and the Marantz SR6009 has 7 channel amplifiers with Denon AVR-X540BT's being less powerful.

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

Denon AVR-X540BT Highlights

Marantz SR6009 Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 7.2 channels
  • 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

We have evaluated both receivers. Marantz SR6009 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 SR6009

AMPLIFIER
34
VIDEO FEATURES
35
AUDIO FEATURES
15
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
19
RADIO
28
OVERALL
26
AMPLIFIER
70
VIDEO FEATURES
32
AUDIO FEATURES
34
CONNECTIVITY
60
MULTIZONE
53
MISCELLANEOUS
60
RADIO
65
OVERALL
51

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 SR6009

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X540BT over Marantz SR6009.

In video department only Denon AVR-X540BT supports HDR10.

Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM

Advantage of Marantz SR6009 over Denon AVR-X540BT

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Marantz SR6009 over Denon AVR-X540BT.

Marantz SR6009 has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more advanced room correction system, more zones, bigger power supply and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Audyssey DSX, DSD streaming via HDMI and USB, gapless playback, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify and SiriusXM. It has bi-amp capability, phono input, analog multi-channel input and analog pre-outs.

Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
More Channels 5.2 7.2
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp capability assignable
More Channel Processing 5.1 7.1
Dolby Pro Logic PLII PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:X
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 HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
Dialog Level Adjustment
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey DSX
Pure Direct Mode
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Audyssey MultEQ XT + PRO
Optimized Bass Redirection
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
AirPlay AirPlay
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
More HDMI Inputs 5 8 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 1 2 (1 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 6 (1 front)
Phono Input
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 1 / No 2 / No
More Composite Video Inputs 2 4 (1 front)
More Component Video Inputs 2
More Component Video Outputs 1
Multi-Channel Input 7.1
More Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 7.2
Front A/V Inputs USB HDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio
Speaker A/B assignable
More Zones 1 2
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output 1
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
SiriusXM Internet Radio
More Speaker Terminals 5 9
More Large Speaker Terminals 9
High Grade Audio Components
Gold plated RCA terminals
Bigger Power Supply 310 W 650 W
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 70 W (0.08% THD) 110 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 90 W (0.7% THD) 150 W (0.7% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 130 W (1% THD) 185 W (1% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 98 dB 100 dB
Wider AM Frequency Range 522 kHz - 1611 kHz 530 kHz - 1710 kHz

Common Strengths of Denon AVR-X540BT and Marantz SR6009

Denon AVR-X540BT and Marantz SR6009 share common strengths such as bluetooth.

STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
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 4 (1 front)
Zones 1 2
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM

Common Weaknesses of Denon AVR-X540BT and Marantz SR6009

Denon AVR-X540BT and Marantz SR6009 share common weaknesses such as no Dolby Atmos support, no DTS:X support, no Auro3D support, no Dolby Vision, no MHL input, no HEOS, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no Amazon Alexa, no SONOS, no Tidal, no Deezer and no Napster.

WEAKNESSES Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
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 DTS Dialog Control
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No Dolby Vision
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
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
No Tidal
No Deezer
No Napster
Old Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X540BT has 5 channel and Marantz SR6009 has 7 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X540BT delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Marantz SR6009 delivers 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) but only Marantz SR6009 has stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Marantz SR6009 can do 4K upscaling up to 60p. Denon AVR-X540BT supports HDR10.


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.


Current Feedback Topology

Marantz SR6009 features Current Feedback Topology which is a well known, Marantz’ original circuit technology. The Current Feedback amplifier technology fits perfectly with the high requirements set for Super Audio software providing wide-bandwidth, high-speed reproduction. The impedance at the Current Feedback point is limited resulting in a very low phase shift. Marantz receivers and amplifiers equipped with Current Feedback can keep the phase compensation via Negative FeedBack (NFB) to a minimum, resulting in high through-rate, excellent transient response and superb sonic transparency for the full bandwidth. Unlike conventional Voltage Feedback amplification, the Current Feedback amplification makes the power amplifier in-sensitive to difficult loudspeaker loads.


HDAM

Marantz SR6009 features exclusive Marantz HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology found on their Reference Series components. Marantz developed its own discrete circuit boards to replace standard IC's. These HDAM's consist of discrete surface mount components with short mirror image L/R signal paths. Those devices are doing exactly the same thing as the Op-Amps, but outperform the regular IC Op-amps dramatically in terms of the Slew Rate and reduced noise level, resulting in a much more dynamic, accurate and detailed sound. Over the years Marantz developed different types of the HDAM to improve quality and to fit to the special requirements of a product category like CD or amplifier.


MDAX2

Compressed music enhancement in Marantz SR6009 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 SR6009

Marantz SR6009 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 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 7.1 multi-channel analog inputs and 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB, Composite and L/R Audio 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 SR6009.

BASICS Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
BrandDenonMarantz
ModelAVR-X540BTSR6009
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKUSA
Release Year20182014
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
Channels5.27.2
Discrete Amplification
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable
AUDIO Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
Maximum Channel Processing5.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:X
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 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
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 SR6009
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT + PRO
Audyssey App Support
Optimized Bass Redirection
Bass Sync
VIDEO Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
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 up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
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 Inputs58 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs12 (1 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)
USB Input1 (Front) for USB memory1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs26 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs22
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No2 / No
Composite Video Inputs24 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs11
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input 7.1
Analog Pre-Outs0.27.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSBHDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
Zones12
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output1
MISC Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages33
FL Display 1 line port hole
Remote ControllerRC-1216RC025SR
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD DisplayNo / No / NoNo / No / No
Detachable Power Cord
Setup Assistant
RADIO Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
Front PanelNot MetalAluminum
Speaker Terminals59
Large Speaker Terminals9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
High Grade Audio Components
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption310 W650 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 26 W/35 WECO On/Off: 50 W/80 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.2 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
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 161 mm x 398 mm (with antenna: 440 mm x 229 mm x 398 mm)
17-3/8" x 6-3/8" x 15-3/4" (with antenna up: 17-3/8" x 9-1/8" x 15-3/4")
Weight7.5 kg11.4 kg (25 lbs 2 oz)
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X540BT Marantz SR6009
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)70 W (0.08% THD)110 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)90 W (0.7% THD)150 W (0.7% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)130 W (1% THD)185 W (1% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB100 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 - 107.9 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 kHz530 kHz - 1710 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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