Denon AVR-X540BT vs Yamaha RX-A550 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
26
SCORE:
31

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X540BT to Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 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-A550 has 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

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 5.1 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 1080p Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 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-A550

AMPLIFIER
34
VIDEO FEATURES
35
AUDIO FEATURES
15
CONNECTIVITY
19
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
19
RADIO
28
OVERALL
26
AMPLIFIER
45
VIDEO FEATURES
20
AUDIO FEATURES
24
CONNECTIVITY
41
MULTIZONE
20
MISCELLANEOUS
18
RADIO
45
OVERALL
31

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-A550

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X540BT over Yamaha Aventage RX-A550.

Denon AVR-X540BT has more channels and bigger power supply. In video department only Denon AVR-X540BT supports HDR10.

Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
More Channels 5.2 5.1
Dialog Normalization
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
More Optical Inputs 2 1
Detachable Power Cord
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Bigger Power Supply 310 W 260 W
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 140 W (10% THD) 135 W (10% THD)
Higher FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB Mono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB
Wider AM Frequency Range 522 kHz - 1611 kHz 531 MHz - 1611 MHz

Advantage of Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 over Denon AVR-X540BT

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 over Denon AVR-X540BT.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 has more power per channel and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI and USB, gapless playback, Amazon Alexa, internet radio and Spotify.

Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 96 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
Video Signal Upscaling up to 1080p
Works with Amazon Alexa on MusicCast (Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo, Dot, Tap and Show)
AirPlay AirPlay
Ethernet
Wi-Fi with Wireless Direct
More HDMI Inputs 5 6
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 2 4 (1 AUX Jack in the front)
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 1 / No 2 / No
More Composite Video Inputs 2 4
More Component Video Inputs 2
More Component Video Outputs 1
Front A/V Inputs USB USB, mini-jack
Internet Radio vTuner
Spotify
More Large Speaker Terminals 5
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 70 W (0.08% THD) 80 W (0.09% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 98 dB 110 dB
Lower FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0% Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%

Common Strengths of Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A550

Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 share common strengths such as bluetooth.

STRENGTHS Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K/60p 4:2:0
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
New HDCP Version 2.2 2.2
USB Input 1 (Front) for USB memory iPod® / iPhone®, USB memory, portable audio player
Composite Video Inputs 2 4
Zones 1 1
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM

Common Weaknesses of Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A550

Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 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 SONOS, no phono input, no analog multi-channel input, no analog pre-outs, no Pandora, no Tidal, no Deezer, no Napster and no SiriusXM.

WEAKNESSES Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
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 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 SONOS
No eARC
Few HDMI Outputs 1 1
No Phono Input
No Multi-Channel Input
No Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 0.1
No Pandora
No Tidal
No Deezer
No Napster
No SiriusXM Internet Radio
Old Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X540BT has 5 channel and Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 has 5 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X540BT delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 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-A550 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-A550

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 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 works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB and mini-jack 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-A550.

BASICS Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
BrandDenonYamaha
ModelAVR-X540BTRX-A550
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKKorea
Release Year20182015
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
Channels5.25.1
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
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 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, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 96 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLACApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
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
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer including for Bluetooth®
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization
VIDEO Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
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 4:2:0
Video Signal Upscaling up to 1080p
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
MHL Input
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa on MusicCast (Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo, Dot, Tap and Show)
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)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi with Wireless Direct
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Inputs56
HDMI Outputs11
USB Input1 (Front) for USB memoryiPod® / iPhone®, USB memory, portable audio player
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs24 (1 AUX Jack in the front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs21
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No2 / No
Composite Video Inputs24
Composite Video Outputs11
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.1
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSBUSB, mini-jack
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
Zones11
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
On-Screen Display color OSD
Remote ControllerRC-1216
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
Speaker Terminals55
Large Speaker Terminals5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 220 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption310 W260 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
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 161 mm x 327 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 221 mm x 327 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/8" x 12-7/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 8-3/4" x 12-7/8")
Weight7.5 kg8.1 kg (17.9 lbs)
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X540BT Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)70 W (0.08% THD)80 W (0.09% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)140 W (10% THD)135 W (10% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ (1 kHz, 100 W/6 Ω)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)98 dB110 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)+0/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz)
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR2.1 + EDR
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AUSB2.0 5 V, 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: 65 dB/64 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
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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