Denon AVR-X540BT vs Sony STR-DH770 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
26
SCORE:
25

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X540BT to Sony STR-DH770 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 Sony STR-DH770 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

Sony STR-DH770 Highlights

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

We have evaluated both receivers. Denon AVR-X540BT 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-DH770

AMPLIFIER
34
VIDEO FEATURES
35
AUDIO FEATURES
15
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
19
RADIO
28
OVERALL
26
AMPLIFIER
29
VIDEO FEATURES
35
AUDIO FEATURES
21
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
26
RADIO
16
OVERALL
25

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-DH770

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X540BT over Sony STR-DH770.

Denon AVR-X540BT has bigger power supply.

Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 96 kHz
More HDMI Inputs 5 4
More Optical Inputs 2 1
Detachable Power Cord
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only with RDS
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Bigger Power Supply 310 W 240 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years 2 Years

Advantage of Sony STR-DH770 over Denon AVR-X540BT

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-DH770 over Denon AVR-X540BT.

Sony STR-DH770 has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, higher signal to noise ratio and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI. It has bi-amp capability.

Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
More Channels 5.2 7.2
Bi-amp capability
More Channel Processing 5.1 7.1
Dolby Pro Logic PLII PLIIx
Dolby Digital EX
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Pure Direct Mode
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 4
Speaker A/B
More GUI Languages 3 4
More Speaker Terminals 5 7
More Large Speaker Terminals 7
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 90 W (0.7% THD) 105 W (1% 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-DH770

Denon AVR-X540BT and Sony STR-DH770 share common strengths such as HDR10 and bluetooth.

STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
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)
USB Input 1 (Front) for USB memory 1 (Front)
Composite Video Inputs 2 2
Zones 1 1
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only with RDS

Common Weaknesses of Denon AVR-X540BT and Sony STR-DH770

Denon AVR-X540BT and Sony STR-DH770 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 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-DH770
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 USB
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 Dolby Vision
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 has 5 channel and Sony STR-DH770 has 7 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X540BT delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Sony STR-DH770 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-DH770 is no exception.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. The receivers support 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.


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-DH770

Sony STR-DH770 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 USB input.

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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-DH770.

BASICS Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
BrandDenonSony
ModelAVR-X540BTSTR-DH770
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKEurope
Release Year20182016
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
Channels5.27.2
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
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 PLIIx
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, WAV
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 96 kHz
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB
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-DH770
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. D.C.A.C.
VIDEO Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
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-DH770
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 iPod, iPhone
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 memory1 (Front)
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 Inputs22
Composite Video Outputs11
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 InputsUSBUSB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
Zones11
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output0
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface (Only through HDMI)
GUI Languages34
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only with RDS
Digital Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
Speaker Terminals57
Large Speaker Terminals7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 230 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption310 W240 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.3 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
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 156 mm x 329.4 mm
17" x 6-1/4" x 13"
Weight7.5 kg7.8 kg (17 lbs. 4 oz.)
Warranty3 Years2 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X540BT Sony STR-DH770
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)90 W (0.7% THD)105 W (1% 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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