Denon AVR-X540BT vs Onkyo TX-NR626 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
26
SCORE:
38

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X540BT to Onkyo TX-NR626 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 Onkyo TX-NR626 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

Onkyo TX-NR626 Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 7.2 channels
  • 95 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately), DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

We have evaluated both receivers. Onkyo TX-NR626 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

Onkyo TX-NR626

AMPLIFIER
34
VIDEO FEATURES
35
AUDIO FEATURES
15
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
19
RADIO
28
OVERALL
26
AMPLIFIER
47
VIDEO FEATURES
27
AUDIO FEATURES
27
CONNECTIVITY
44
MULTIZONE
41
MISCELLANEOUS
36
RADIO
68
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 Onkyo TX-NR626

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X540BT over Onkyo TX-NR626.

In video department only Denon AVR-X540BT supports HDR10.

Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
Dialog Normalization
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K/30p
More Optical Inputs 2 1
Detachable Power Cord
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Longer Warranty 3 Years 2 Years

Advantage of Onkyo TX-NR626 over Denon AVR-X540BT

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-NR626 over Denon AVR-X540BT.

Onkyo TX-NR626 has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more advanced room correction system, more zones and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI and USB, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify and SiriusXM. It has bi-amp capability and phono input.

Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
More Channels 5.2 7.2
Bi-amp capability
More Channel Processing 5.1 7.1
Dolby Pro Logic PLII PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM, Dolby TruHD
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 96 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC FLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC, LPCM
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
Jitter Reduction PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audio
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Audyssey MultEQ
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
AirPlay AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
More HDMI Inputs 5 6
More HDMI Outputs 1 2 (simultaneous)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 6 (1 front)
Phono Input
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 1 / No 2 / No
More Composite Video Inputs 2 5 (1 front)
More Component Video Inputs 1
More Component Video Outputs 1
Front A/V Inputs USB USB, Composite Video, RCA Audio
More Zones 1 2
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
SiriusXM Internet Radio
More Speaker Terminals 5 9
More Large Speaker Terminals 9
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 70 W (0.08% THD) 95 W (0.08% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 90 W (0.7% THD) 115 W (0.7% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 140 W (10% THD) 175 W
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 130 W (1% THD) 160 W (1% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 98 dB 106 dB
Wider AM Frequency Range 522 kHz - 1611 kHz 522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz

Common Strengths of Denon AVR-X540BT and Onkyo TX-NR626

Denon AVR-X540BT and Onkyo TX-NR626 share common strengths such as bluetooth.

STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K/30p
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
USB Input 1 (Front) for USB memory 1 (Front)
Composite Video Inputs 2 5 (1 front)
Zones 1 2
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM

Common Weaknesses of Denon AVR-X540BT and Onkyo TX-NR626

Denon AVR-X540BT and Onkyo TX-NR626 share common weaknesses such as no Dolby Atmos support, no DTS:X support, no Auro3D support, no Dolby Vision, no MHL input, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no Amazon Alexa, no SONOS, no analog multi-channel input, no analog pre-outs, no Tidal, no Deezer and no Napster.

WEAKNESSES Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
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 Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
Does Not Work with SONOS
No eARC
No Multi-Channel Input
No Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 0.2
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 Onkyo TX-NR626 has 7 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X540BT delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Onkyo TX-NR626 delivers 95 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)


Video Features

Denon AVR-X540BT supports 4K passthrough up to 60p and Onkyo TX-NR626 supports 4K passthrough up to 30p. Onkyo TX-NR626 can do 4K upscaling up to 30p. 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.


WRAT

Onkyo TX-NR626 features Onkyo’s Wide Range Amp Technology (WRAT) circuit layout that prevents phase shifting by pushing the roll-off point higher than the listening-level frequency. Amplifying sound without phase shift creates an uncommonly well-focused and realistic audio image. If phase shift occurs and signal timing is not accurate, then neither is the resulting audio image.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-NR626 is done by Onkyo’s Advanced Music Optimizer. While MP3 or AAC files may sound fine through the headphones of your portable digital player, the limitations of these files can be exposed when played back through a quality home entertainment system. This is because a significant amount of high-frequency bit information is lost during the file-compression process. To counter this, Onkyo has designed the Advanced Music Optimizer to compensate for lost bit information and improve the quality of compressed audio signals. This results in a clearer and more expansive sound. Also included in this technology is a loudness correction feature that further improves the audio character of compressed files.


Phase-Matching Bass Boost

Onkyo TX-NR626 features Phase-Matching Bass Boost. The negative effects of phase-shift or the timing difference between sound waves of different frequencies can sometimes be heard in audio players when corners are cut in order to increase bass response. While most audio systems have some form of low-frequency enhancement system, often a bigger bass sound comes at the expense of mid-range clarity, and results in a smeared or muddy sound. Onkyo’s Phase-Matching Bass Boost technology avoids this problem by improving the phase timing to preserve the natural clarity of the mid-range allowing vocals and strings to shine while maintaining a smooth, powerful bass response at all volume levels.


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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Onkyo TX-NR626

Onkyo TX-NR626 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 via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately). It has 6 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.

Front panel has USB, Composite Video and RCA 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 - Onkyo TX-NR626.

BASICS Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
BrandDenonOnkyo
ModelAVR-X540BTTX-NR626
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKUSA
Release Year20182013
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
Channels5.27.2
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
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: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, FLACFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM, Dolby TruHD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 96 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLACFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC, LPCM
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 PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audio
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizer
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ
Audyssey App Support
VIDEO Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
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/30p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
MHL Input
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod and iPhone via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
Remote App Denon 500 Series Bluetooth Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Amazon Kindle iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered 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
HDMI Outputs12 (simultaneous)
USB Input1 (Front) for USB memory1 (Front)
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs26 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs21
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No2 / No
Composite Video Inputs25 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs11
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs1
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSBUSB, Composite Video, RCA Audio
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
Zones12
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output0
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
On-Screen Display Advanced "Home" GUI
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
Speaker Terminals59
Large Speaker Terminals9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption310 W6.3 A
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 26 W/35 W85 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.15 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 151 mm x 319mm
17 1/8" x 6" x 12 5/8"
435 mm x 173.5 mm x 328 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 12-15/16"
Weight7.5 kg9.8 kg (21.6 lbs)
Warranty3 Years2 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X540BT Onkyo TX-NR626
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)70 W (0.08% THD)95 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)90 W (0.7% THD)115 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)140 W (10% THD)175 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)130 W (1% THD)160 W (1% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB106 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct mode)
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
AM Frequency522 kHz - 1611 kHz522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz

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

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