Denon AVR-X540BT vs Sony STR-DH590 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
26
SCORE:
28

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X540BT to Sony STR-DH590 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 less powerful.

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

Denon AVR-X540BT Highlights

Sony STR-DH590 Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 5.2 channels
  • 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth

We have evaluated both receivers. Sony STR-DH590 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

Sony STR-DH590

AMPLIFIER
34
VIDEO FEATURES
35
AUDIO FEATURES
15
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
19
RADIO
28
OVERALL
26
AMPLIFIER
29
VIDEO FEATURES
59
AUDIO FEATURES
17
CONNECTIVITY
14
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
13
RADIO
8
OVERALL
28

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 Sony STR-DH590

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X540BT over Sony STR-DH590.

Denon AVR-X540BT has bigger power supply.

Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
DTS Neo Neo:6
More HDMI Inputs 5 4
USB Input 1 (Front) for USB memory
More Optical Inputs 2 1
More Composite Video Inputs 2
More Composite Video Outputs 1
Front A/V Inputs USB
Detachable Power Cord
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Bigger Power Supply 310 W 200 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years 2 Years

Advantage of Sony STR-DH590 over Denon AVR-X540BT

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-DH590 over Denon AVR-X540BT.

Sony STR-DH590 has more power per channel, higher signal to noise ratio and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI. In video department only Sony STR-DH590 supports Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma.

Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Pure Direct Mode
Dolby Vision
HLG
USB DC Out Port
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 4
More Large Speaker Terminals 2
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 90 W (0.7% THD) 105 W (0.9% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 98 dB 105 dB (500 mV)
Newer Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR 4.2

Common Strengths of Denon AVR-X540BT and Sony STR-DH590

Denon AVR-X540BT and Sony STR-DH590 share common strengths such as HDR10 and bluetooth.

STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
HDR10
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2 (4 in / 1 out)
Zones 1 1
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only

Common Weaknesses of Denon AVR-X540BT and Sony STR-DH590

Denon AVR-X540BT and Sony STR-DH590 share common weaknesses such as no Dolby Atmos support, no DTS:X support, no Auro3D support, no MHL input, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no Amazon Alexa, no SONOS, no ethernet connection, no wi-fi, no phono input, no analog multi-channel input, no analog pre-outs, no Pandora, no Spotify, no Tidal, no Deezer, no Napster and no SiriusXM.

WEAKNESSES Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
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 DTS Dialog Control
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume
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 Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
Does Not Work with SONOS
No Ethernet
No Wi-Fi
No eARC
Few HDMI Outputs 1 1
No Phono Input
No Component Video Inputs
No Multi-Channel Input
No Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 0.2
No Pandora
No Spotify
No Tidal
No Deezer
No Napster
No SiriusXM Internet Radio

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X540BT and Sony STR-DH590 have 5 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X540BT delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Sony STR-DH590 delivers 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support. Sony STR-DH590 is no exception.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Denon AVR-X540BT supports HDR10 and Sony STR-DH590 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.


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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Sony STR-DH590

Sony STR-DH590 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 (4 in / 1 out) copy protection.

Front panel has no 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 - Sony STR-DH590.

BASICS Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
BrandDenonSony
ModelAVR-X540BTSTR-DH590
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKOceania
Release Year20182018
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
Channels5.25.2
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
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
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialogue Lift
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. D.C.A.C.
VIDEO Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
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/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
MHL Input
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2 (4 in / 1 out)
HDMI Inputs54
HDMI Outputs11
USB Input1 (Front) for USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs24
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs21
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No1 / No
Composite Video Inputs2
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
Zones11
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output0
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface (Only through HDMI)
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only
Digital Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
Speaker Terminals55
Large Speaker Terminals2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 230 V, 50 Hz
Power Consumption310 W200 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.3 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 151 mm x 319mm
17 1/8" x 6" x 12 5/8"
430 mm x 133 mm x 297 mm
17" x 5-1/4" x 11-3/4"
Weight7.5 kg7.1 kg (15 lbs. 11 oz.)
Warranty3 Years2 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH590
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)90 W (0.7% THD)105 W (0.9% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ500 mV/50 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB105 dB (500 mV)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+0.5 dB, -2 dB
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR4.2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AType A, Ver. 2.0, 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz

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

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