Remote & Convenience Features
Discrete Amplification: The Denon AVR-S540BT AV receiver
features a powerful Class AB power amplifier section equipped with discrete high
current power transistors. This discrete amplifier design delivers optimum
realism and stunning dynamic range. By using high current, high power discrete
power devices, the amplifier is able to easily drive high quality speakers. The
AV receiver's five channel Class AB amplifier is rated at 70-watts (into 8Ω,
at 20-20kHz, with 0.08% THD, driving 2 channels).
Compatible Digital Audio Formats: The AV receiver supports
the following stereo & multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI jacks
and optical/coax digital inputs.
| Digital Audio Connector ||Audio
Signal Type || Audio Signal Format |
| HDMI (5 Inputs/1 Output) ||High Definition Audio Bitstream || Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD,
Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Express |
|Bitstream || Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS 96/24 |
| PCM ||2ch to 8ch (32-192kHz,
| Optical/Coaxial (2 Optical Inputs/1 Coaxial
Input) ||Bitstream || Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS 96/24 |
|PCM ||2ch to 6ch, (32-96kHz,
Note: Even though the AV receiver will decode 7.1ch
surround sound via HDMI, it will only output 5.1ch surround because it lacks
Surround Back channel speaker outputs.
Post Decoding Formats: The Denon AV receiver supports Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie/Music/Game) and DTS Neo: 6 (Music/Cinema) to enhance 2-channel and multichannel decoding formats. The receiver offers the additional Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS NEO:6 audio adjustments.
- Dolby Pro Logic II Settings: You can adjust the
following parameters in Pro Logic II Music modes: Panorama (sends stereo
signals to the surround speakers as well as the front speakers for a
wraparound effect), Dimension (adjusts the soundfield either towards the
front or towards the rear of the room), and Center Width (moves the center
channel output completely towards the center speaker or towards the front
left and right speakers).
- Center Image (DTS NEO: 6 Music): This parameter adjusts
the front left and right channel output relative to the center channel to
make the center channel more or less dominant as necessary.
Other Listening Modes: You can also choose from the one of
the following Listening Modes.
- Virtual Surround: Enjoy surround effects using only the
front speakers or set of headphones.
- Multichannel Stereo: Left and right stereo channels are
distributed to all the speakers so that stereo sound can be heard from all
directions at any listening position.
- Stereo Playback: Sound is output from the front left
and right speakers, as well as the powered subwoofer. If multichannel
signals are input, they are mixed down to 2-channel audio. The tone settings
can be adjusted.
- Direct Mode: The Denon AVR-S540BT offers a Direct
Listening Mode which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher
sound quality performance. Direct Mode provides playback of 2ch or
Multichannel audio in its original form, without any surround or tone
Auto Room EQ: During the auto speaker setup process (known
as "Auto Room EQ"), the included measuring microphone determines the right
combination of optimum settings for the receiver to deliver the best possible
sound quality from your particular speaker system and room. You can also choose
to manually adjust the AV receiver's speaker settings.
Audio Enhancements: The Denon AVR-S540BT receiver provides
various audio enhancements to deliver a high-quality listening experience every
- Bass & Treble: You can independently adjust the
system's overall Bass and Treble settings from -6 to +6 dB.
- Restorer: Compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA
(Windows Media Audio), and MPEG-4 AAC reduce the amount of data by
eliminating signal components that are hard for the human ear to hear. The
Restorer function generates the signals eliminated upon compression,
restoring the sound to conditions near those of the original sound before
compression. It also corrects the sense of volume of the bass to obtain
richer sound with compressed audio signals.
- Dynamic Compression: Motion picture soundtracks have
tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between very soft and very loud
sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the maximum sound level is
lower than usual, Compressing the dynamic range allows you to hear all of
the sounds in the soundtrack with reduced dynamic range.
- Night Mode: The Night Mode optimizes sound for late
night listening. This function can be set to Low, Mid, High, or Off.
- Audio Delay: If needed, the audio signal can be
manually delayed to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.
Volume & Level Settings: The AVR-S540BT offers the following
volume & level settings.
- Volume Settings: You can choose to display an Absolute
volume scale (0-98) or Relative volume scale (-79.5 to 18dB). You can also
set a maximum volume level of 0 (80), -10 (70), or -20 (60) dB to limit the
receiver's total volume output. In addition, you can define the volume
setting that is active when the power is turned on; select "Mute", -79 to
+18dB (1-98), or Last.
- Mute Level: You can set the amount of attenuation for
the audio muting circuit; -40dB or -20dB below current volume, or full mute
(sound turned off entirely).
- Channel & LFE Level: The volume level (-12 to 12dB) of each
channel can be changed while listening to audio; you can set this for each
input source. You can also adjust the low frequency effects level (LFE);
adjustable from -10 to +10 dB.
- Source Level: This function adjusts the playback level
of the currently selected input source's audio input. Use this feature if
there are differences in the input volume levels between different sources.
You can correct the playback level of the audio input from -12 to +12dB.
Audio Outputs: The Denon AVR-S540BT AV receiver features
spring-clip speaker terminals, dual sub outputs, and a front-panel headphone
- Spring-Clip Speaker Terminals: The receiver has
spring-clip terminals for all speaker connections. The spring-clip terminals
can accept bare wire and pin connectors. The receiver will accept speaker
impedances of 6 to 16-ohm.
- Dual Sub Outputs: For compatibility with dual subwoofer
home theater systems, the AVR-S540BT features two non-discrete subwoofer
outputs. With dual subwoofers, which can be placed in different parts of the
room, you'll benefit from response averaging, which helps provide smoother
and more detailed deep bass, compared to a conventional single subwoofer
speaker system. The same signal is output from each sub output.
- Headphone Jack: When headphones are plugged into the
full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically
HDMI 2.0b: Featuring five HDMI inputs and one HDMI output,
the AVR-S540BT incorporates an advanced video section that features the latest
HDMI 2.0b specification, including support for 4K/60 Hz Ultra-HD video, BT.2020
Wide Color Gamut, High Dynamic Range (HDR), & 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling,
along with support for 3D content. The AVR-S540BT also features HDCP 2.2
compatibility, a requirement for 4K Ultra HD copy-protected content.
- 4K/60Hz Pass-Through: The AVR-S540BT's HDMI (3-4-5)
inputs and monitor output support up to 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video
@ 60 frames per second. It will also
pass a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signals via HDMI. HDMI 1-2
inputs do not support 4K.
- HDCP 2.2: The HDMI (3-4-5) inputs and monitor output of
the Denon AV receiver support HDCP 2.2, which fully complies with the latest
copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission. HDMI 1-2 inputs are
not HDCP 2.2 compliant.
- 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: The HDMI (3-4-5) inputs and
monitor output support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color
subsampling (@ 60Hz or 50Hz). With 4:4:4 color subsampling, luminance
(brightness) and chroma (color) are sampled at the same rate; resulting in
an RGB color palette as big as the video sampling rate for a video image
with more colors, plus greater color accuracy and detail.
- Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The BT.2020 color standard
delivers a much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total
visual color spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as
the color space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only
35% of the total visual color spectrum.
Note: Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best
HDR (High Dynamic Range): The Denon AVR-S540BT supports HDR
(high dynamic range) Video - including HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid
Log-Gamma. HDR provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling
greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a
greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater
contrast. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from
detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater
- HDR 10: HDR 10 is an open standard and currently the
most popular HDR format on the market. It uses static metadata at the start
of a movie to tell the receiver and your TV that the video content is
encoded using HDR.
- Hybrid-Log Gamma: HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma) is primarily
designed for live video feed and over-the-air broadcasts. It uses no
pre-encoded metadata and is backwards compatible with SDR. HLG's native
compatibility allows much of today's existing SDR infrastructure to be
re-used for HDR in the future.
- Dolby Vision: Unlike HDR 10 which contains static
metadata and HLG which uses no metadata, Dolby Vision uses dynamic metadata
technology which sets individual color and brightness levels for each and
every scene. Dolby works directly with filmmakers at major Hollywood studios
to create superior HDR video masters of blockbuster movies.
Other HDMI Features: The Denon AVR-S540BT AV receiver's HDMI
connectivity also offers 3D video pass-through, ARC (Audio Return Channel), Deep
Color & x.v.Color support, as well as an auto LipSync function.
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the
AVR-S540BT's HDMI monitor output allows audio to be sent from your
compatible HDTV to the receiver through the same HDMI cable already being
used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for
extra cables connected to your television.
- 3D Ready: The AVR-S540BT AV receiver supports 3D video
pass-through (720p/1080p only) from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games
and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be
connected via HDMI). Special eyewear will be required for viewing 3D
- Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The AV receiver
supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color
range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike,
- LipSync: This function adjusts the delay between audio
and video output. You can do this manually or have the receiver set the
LipSync function automatically. When connected to a TV via HDMI the receiver
automatically adjusts audio output timing (0-200ms) if the TV supports an
automatic LipSync function. You can also manually delay the sound output up
to 200ms to synchronize it with the video image.
HDMI Standby Pass-Through: When the AV receiver is in
"Standby" mode and the HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is enabled, both
audio/video streams from the receivers HDMI input will be output to your
television, via the AV receiver's HDMI monitor output. Once the receiver is
turned "On", only video will pass through the monitor output to your TV and the
audio is directed to the receiver's speaker outputs.
- HDMI Input: Selects the HDMI Input for which the HDMI
Standby Pass-Through function is enabled.
- Last: The HDMI Standby-Through function is activated on
the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the
- Off: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is
Composite Video Inputs/Output: The receiver features two
composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output. You must connect
the receiver to your TV via composite video to view incoming video from the
receiver's composite inputs (there is no HDMI upconversion).
Video Select Function: This receiver can display video from
a different source on your connected TV during audio playback from Tuner, USB,
Front-Panel USB Port: The Denon receiver is equipped with a
front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files
from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as a USB thumbdrive or
portable HDD (up to 2TB); a portable hard disk drive will require an external
power supply. Compatible USB storage devices must be formatted
in FAT 16 or FAT32. The unit can recognize up to 99 folders/999 files. You can
use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your
stored music files on your connected USB memory device. Song/artist information
will display on your HDMI-connected TV and the receivers front-panel display.
USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when
plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode.
Compatible Audio Formats ||Sampling
or Bit-Depth ||
Media Audio) ||32/44.1/48 kHz ||48-192 kbps ||.wma |
Audio Layer-3) ||32/44.1/48 kHz ||32-320 kbps ||.mp3 |
|WAV ||32/44.1/48 kHz ||16-bit ||.wav |
| MPEG-4 AAC || 32/44.1/48 kHz || 48-320 kbps || .aac/.m4a |
Lossless Audio Codec) ||
32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz ||24-bit ||.flac |
Note: The receiver's USB port is not compatible with
Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android OS devices, USB hubs, and computers.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Denon AVR-S540BT features built-in
Bluetooth (version 3.0) with a 32' wireless range for music streaming (A2DP
1.2) and control (AVRCP 1.5). You'll be able to wirelessly connect to
smartphones (including iPhone & Android), tablets (including iPad & Android),
laptops (including Microsoft Surface & Macbook), computers (including Windows PC
& Mac), and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Up to eight Bluetooth devices can
be remembered by the AVR-S540BT, so family members as well as friends can enjoy
their favorite tracks (only one device can be used at a time).
- Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone
calls is not supported.
- Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth
enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not
support all features when used with the Denon AV receiver.
Optional HEOS Link: Connect the
AVR-S540BT to the Denon
HEOS Link (sold separately) for wireless music streaming and multiroom audio
capability. The HEOS Link enables the AVR-S540BT to play back online streaming
services like Spotify, TIDAL, Pandora and more. With the HEOS Link you can add
HEOS multiroom audio to your home theater audio system, and play different
songs in different rooms or the same song in every room. Once connected, use the
HEOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device to control your music remotely.
Also available is is ability to control HEOS with Amazon Alexa voice commands
through an Alexa Echo device (sold separately).
AM/FM Tuner: The Denon AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM
tuner with 56 station auto-preset memory tuning. You can also set your presets
Remote & Convenience Features
Bluetooth Remote App: Download the 500 Series Denon Remote
Apple iOS 9.0 and
Android OS 4.0+) to control the AVR-S540BT from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple
iOS or Android OS device. Functions include -
- Power on/off, Volume up/down, & Mute on/off
- Input selection & Sound mode selection
- Tuner control (including Band selection, Tune up/down, & Preset up/down)
- Music Player for internal music files of your Android or Apple iOS
- Browse & playback control for a connected USB mass storage class device
IR Remote: The Denon AVR-S540BT comes with an IR remote for
wireless operation of the AV receiver. It also supports HDMI-CEC and Smart TV
- HDMI CEC: HDMI CEC allows you to link operation of the receiver
with other audio/video components (like your TV, Blu-ray player, or
satellite/cable box) that are connected via HDMI. Linked functions include
TV Audio Switching, which automatically switches the receiver to the TV
input when you turn on your television, and Power Off Control, which
automatically turns the receiver off when your TV, Blu-ray player, or
satellite/cable box is turned off. The HDMI CEC function can be disabled, if
- Smart TV Control: You can even control the Denon AVR-S540BT with your Smart TV
remote via an HDMI connection and the HDMI CEC functionality associated with
your Smart TV. Simply set "HDMI Control" to ON in the receiver, then set "Smart
Menu" to ON and begin controlling the AVR-S540BT with your TV's remote. The
Smart Menu home screen provides you quick access to source and surround mode
selections, the AVR's setup menu and four Smart Selects (or "Quick Selects").
OSD w/ Setup Assistant (via HDMI): Once you connect your TV to the AVR-S540BT via
HDMI, the exclusive Denon Setup Assistant appears on your TV screen to walk you
through setup, step-by-step. With Denon's on-screen menu and setup
assistant, you can connect, configure, and use your home theater system with
ease. The OSD and setup assistant features clear on-screen graphics and text
that optimizes critical system settings for your particular home theater setup.
- The on-screen menu and setup assistant is required for initial setup
and is only available through the receiver's HDMI output.
- The on-screen menu and setup assistant does not support video
Quick Select: On the AVR-S540BT's front-panel and remote,
you'll find four Quick Select buttons that let you quickly choose from the most
popular input sources. With Quick Select, the AVR-S540BT remembers not only your
preferred inputs but also your preferred audio settings, so you can enjoy
precisely tailored sound with each one.
Timers: The Denon AV receiver features a programmable Sleep
Timer and Auto Standby function.
- Sleep Timer: This function allows you to automatically
set the power to standby after a predetermined amount of time has passed;
set the sleep timer up to 120 minutes in 10 minute increments.
- Auto Standby: The unit enters standby mode
automatically when no commands are sent to the unit for the set time
(15/30/60 minutes). Before it enters the standby mode, "Auto Standby" is
displayed on the front-panel display of this unit and the on-screen menu.
ECO Mode: This receiver is equipped with an ECO Mode
function that allows you to enjoy music and movies while reducing the power
consumption during use, Eco mode adjusts the maximum power available according
to the volume level selected to reduce power consumption.
Personal Memory Plus: For each input, the receiver
automatically memorizes the settings for input mode, surround mode, HDMI output
mode, audio delay, etc. When the input source is switched, the settings last
used for that source are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone
control settings, and playback levels for the different output channels are
memorized for each surround mode.
Protection Circuit: This is a function to prevent damage to
components within the power supply when an abnormality such as an overload,
excess voltage, or over-heating occurs. In this unit, the power indicator blinks
and the unit enters standby mode when an abnormality occurs.