Denon AVR-X540BT vs Yamaha RX-A1010 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
26
SCORE:
44

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X540BT to Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 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 Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 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

Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 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)
  • 1080p Upscaling, 1080p Passthrough
  • DLNA
  • Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

We have evaluated both receivers. Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 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

Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010

AMPLIFIER
34
VIDEO FEATURES
35
AUDIO FEATURES
15
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
19
RADIO
28
OVERALL
26
AMPLIFIER
70
VIDEO FEATURES
11
AUDIO FEATURES
24
CONNECTIVITY
58
MULTIZONE
53
MISCELLANEOUS
38
RADIO
63
OVERALL
44

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 Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X540BT over Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010.

In video department only Denon AVR-X540BT supports HDR10.

Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 1080p
Bluetooth SBC, AAC via optional YBA-10 adapter (sold separately)
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals

Advantage of Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 over Denon AVR-X540BT

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 over Denon AVR-X540BT.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more zones, bigger power supply and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI, internet radio, Pandora and SiriusXM. It has bi-amp capability, phono input, analog multi-channel input and analog pre-outs.

Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
More Channels 5.2 7.2
Certified 4 Ω Performance
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
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC WAV, FLAC
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Dialogue Lift
Pure Direct Mode
Video Signal Upscaling up to 1080p *
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, S-Video, Composite
Analog to Analog Video conversion (Component**, S-Video, Composite) to (Component, S-Video, Composite)
Ethernet
More HDMI Inputs 5 8 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 1 2
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 9 (1 front)
More Analog Audio Line Outputs 1
Phono Input
More Optical Inputs 2 4 (1 front)
More Optical Outputs 1
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 1 / No 3 / No
More Composite Video Inputs 2 5 (1 front)
More Composite Video Outputs 1 2
More S-Video Inputs 5 (1 front)
More S-Video Outputs 2
More Component Video Inputs 4
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, Analog Audio, Optical, Composite and S-video
More Zones 1 2
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output 2
Remote (IR) Input/Output 0 / 0 1 / 1
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
SiriusXM Internet Radio
More Speaker Terminals 5 9
More Large Speaker Terminals 9
Bigger Power Supply 310 W 400 W/510 VA
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 70 W (0.08% THD) 110 W (0.06% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 98 dB 100 dB
Higher FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB Mono/Stereo: 72 dB/ 70 dB
Lower FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0% Mono/Stereo: 0.3%/0.5%
Wider AM Frequency Range 522 kHz - 1611 kHz 530 MHz - 1710 MHz

Common Strengths of Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010

Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 share common strengths such as bluetooth.

STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Bluetooth SBC, AAC via optional YBA-10 adapter (sold separately)
USB Input 1 (Front) for USB memory iPod/iPhone, USB Memory, Portable Audio Player
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 Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010

Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 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 wi-fi, no Spotify, no Tidal and no Deezer.

WEAKNESSES Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
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 Dolby Vision
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling up to 1080p *
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 Wi-Fi
No eARC
No Spotify
No Tidal
No Deezer

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X540BT has 5 channel and Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 has 7 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X540BT delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 delivers 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) but only Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 has stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Denon AVR-X540BT supports 4K passthrough up to 60p and Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 supports 1080p passthrough. Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 can do 1080p upscaling. 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.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 features Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.


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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Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010

Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via optional YBA-10 adapter (sold separately). It has 8 HDMI inputs. 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, Analog Audio, Optical and Composite and S-video 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 - Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010.

BASICS Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
BrandDenonYamaha
ModelAVR-X540BTRX-A1010
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKCanada
Release Year20182011
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Channels5.27.2
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
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
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, FLAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 96 kHz up to 96 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLACWAV, FLAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Pure Direct Mode
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization with Multipoint measurement
VIDEO Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
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 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 1080p *
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, S-Video, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion (Component**, S-Video, Composite) to (Component, S-Video, Composite)
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
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 and iPhone via front USB, YDS-12 Dock (sold separately) or YID-W100 Wireless Dock (sold separately)
Remote App Denon 500 Series Bluetooth Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Amazon Kindle
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC via optional YBA-10 adapter (sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDMI Inputs58 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs12
USB Input1 (Front) for USB memoryiPod/iPhone, USB Memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs29 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs1
Phono Input
Optical Inputs24 (1 front)
Optical Outputs1
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No3 / No
Composite Video Inputs25 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs12
S-Video Inputs5 (1 front)
S-Video Outputs2
Component Video Inputs4
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, Analog Audio, Optical, Composite and S-video
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Zones12
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output2
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 01 / 1
MISC Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
On-Screen DisplayAdvanced Graphical User Interface with Status
Remote ControllerRC-1216 (Preset)
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Speaker Terminals59
Large Speaker Terminals9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption310 W400 W/510 VA
Standby Power0.1 W0.3 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
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 182 mm x 432 mm
17-1/8" x 7-1/8" x 17"
Weight7.5 kg15.1 kg (33.3 lbs)
Warranty3 Years3 years
SPECS Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A1010
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)70 W (0.08% THD)110 W (0.06% 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)+0/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz)
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AUSB2.0 5 V, 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: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dBMono/Stereo: 72 dB/ 70 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%Mono/Stereo: 0.3%/0.5%
AM Frequency522 kHz - 1611 kHz530 MHz - 1710 MHz

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

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