Denon AVR-X540BT vs Yamaha RX-A2020 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
26
SCORE:
51

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X540BT to Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 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-A2020 has 9 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-A2020 Highlights

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

We have evaluated both receivers. Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 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-A2020

AMPLIFIER
34
VIDEO FEATURES
35
AUDIO FEATURES
15
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
19
RADIO
28
OVERALL
26
AMPLIFIER
82
VIDEO FEATURES
18
AUDIO FEATURES
28
CONNECTIVITY
61
MULTIZONE
73
MISCELLANEOUS
45
RADIO
52
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 Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X540BT over Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020.

In video department only Denon AVR-X540BT supports HDR10.

Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
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 4K
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Wider AM Frequency Range 522 kHz - 1611 kHz 531 MHz - 1611 MHz

Advantage of Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 over Denon AVR-X540BT

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 over Denon AVR-X540BT.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 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 and SiriusXM. It has bi-amp capability, phono input, analog multi-channel input and analog pre-outs.

Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
More Channels 5.2 9.2
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp capability
More Channel Processing 5.1 9.1
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
Jitter Reduction Ultra low jitter PLL circuitry
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialogue Lift no presence speakers required
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Pure Direct Mode with video on mode
Video Signal Upscaling HQV Vida
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component****, S-Video, Composite
Analog to Analog Video conversion (Component**, S-Video, Composite) to (Component, S-Video, Composite)
AirPlay AirPlay
Ethernet
Wi-Fi via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately)
More HDMI Inputs 5 8 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 1 2
USB DC Out Port (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
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 4
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
More Zones 1 3
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output (2)
Remote (IR) Input/Output 0 / 0 2 / 2
Internet Radio
SiriusXM Internet Radio
More Speaker Terminals 5 11
More Large Speaker Terminals 11
Bigger Power Supply 310 W 490 W
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 70 W (0.08% THD) 140 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%

Common Strengths of Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020

Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 share common strengths such as.

STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
USB Input 1 (Front) for USB memory iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
Composite Video Inputs 2 5 (1 front)
Zones 1 3
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM

Common Weaknesses of Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020

Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 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 Pandora, no Spotify, no Tidal and no Deezer.

WEAKNESSES Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
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 HQV Vida
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 Pandora
No Spotify
No Tidal
No Deezer

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X540BT has 5 channel and Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 has 9 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X540BT delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 delivers 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) but only Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 has stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Denon AVR-X540BT supports 4K passthrough up to 60p and Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 supports 4K passthrough up to 30p. Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 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-A2020 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-A2020

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately). 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, analog audio, optical and composite 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-A2020.

BASICS Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
BrandDenonYamaha
ModelAVR-X540BTRX-A2020
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKChina
Release Year20182012
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
Channels5.29.2
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
Maximum Channel Processing5.19.1
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
Jitter Reduction Ultra low jitter PLL circuitry
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift no presence speakers required
Compressed Music Enhancer (high-resolution)
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Pure Direct Mode with video on mode
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement)
VIDEO Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
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
Video Signal Upscaling HQV Vida
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-A2020
MHL Input
FireConnect
FlareConnect
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 (iPhone / iPad, Android™ phone / tablet, Kindle Fire™ )
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi via optional YWA-10 adapter (sold separately)
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Inputs58 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs12
USB Input1 (Front) for USB memoryiPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
USB DC Out Port (USB DC output 5 V / 0.5 amp)
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 Inputs4
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
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
Zones13
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output (2)
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 02 / 2
MISC Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
On-Screen DisplayGraphical user interface
Remote ControllerRC-1216 (Preset, learning, macro)
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
Speaker Terminals511
Large Speaker Terminals11
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 220 V, 50 Hz
Power Consumption310 W490 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.3 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
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 192 mm x 467 mm
17-1/8" x 7-1/2" x 18-3/8"
Weight7.5 kg17.1 kg (37.7 lbs)
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)70 W (0.08% THD)140 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, 2.1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz87.50 MHz - 108.00 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 kHz531 MHz - 1611 MHz

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

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