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Denon AVR-S540BT

5.2-channel home theatre receiver with Bluetooth®

Item # 033AVS540B

Item # 033AVS540B

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About the Denon AVR-S540BT

High-quality home theater sound with Bluetooth streaming convenience

Denon's AVR-S540BT delivers engaging surround sound for movies and TV, along with rich, full sound for your favorite music. This wallet-friendly receiver is fully compatible with the latest 4K TVs. Built-in Bluetooth gives you loads of music streaming options and lets you control your system from your phone or tablet.

Product highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 5-channel amplifier
    • 70 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • automatic speaker setup optimizes your speakers for your room and setup (microphone included)
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
      • Denon 500 Series Remote app lets you control your system from your compatible mobile device
    • Denon's Compressed Audio Restorer improves sound quality of MP3s and other digital music files
    • plays high-resolution FLAC files from connected USB memory devices (up to 24-bit/96kHz)
    • HDMI 2.0b audio/video switching: 5 in, 1 out
      • HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (HDMI inputs 3, 4, 5, and monitor output only)
      • HDR-compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible 4K TVs and HDR-encoded content
      • supports HDR10, Dolby Vision™, and HLG
    • composite video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 2 analog stereo audio inputs
    • preamp outputs for two powered subwoofers
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from USB flash drives
    • outputs for 5 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R)
    • full-sized headphone jack
    General Features:
    • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • intuitive on-screen guide
    • AM/FM tuner
    • remote control
    • 17-3/16"W x 5-5/16"H x 12-9/16"D
    • weight: 16.8 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # AVRS540BTBKE3

    What's in the box:

    • 5.2ch AV receiver
    • Remote control (RC-1216)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Sound calibration microphone
    • FM wire antenna
    • AM loop antenna
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Information
    • Safety Instructions
    • Notes on radio

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    Features & specs

    Number Of Channels 5
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 70
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
    General Features
    Bluetooth Built-in
    Apple AirPlay No
    Alexa-compatible No
    Google Assistant-compatible No
    Chromecast built-in No
    DTS Play-Fi No
    App Remote Control Yes
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration Y
    Multi-room Audio/Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Total Number of Zones 1
    Playback from Digital Audio Inputs No
    Playback from Streaming Sources No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos No
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization No
    DTS DTS, HD, HDMA, 96/24
    DTS:X No
    DTS Virtual:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 5
    Audio-only Inputs 1
    Component Video Inputs None
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    Number of HDMI Inputs 5
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Discrete Subwoofer Outputs No
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs Clips
    Main Speaker Terminals Clips
    Ethernet Port No
    USB Connections Y
    Removable Power Cord No
    Supports Wireless Rear Speakers No
    HDMI Features
    HDMI Version 2.0b
    VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) No
    ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) No
    4K/120Hz-Capable Inputs None
    Audio Return Channel ARC supported
    Video Upscaling No
    HDR (High Dynamic Range) Support
    HDR10 Yes
    HDR10+ No
    HLG Yes
    Dolby Vision Yes
    Other Specs
    FM Sensitivity 12.8 dBf
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote No
    Width (inches) 17.1875
    Height (inches) 5.9375
    Depth (inches) 13.4375
    Weight (pounds) 16.8
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    The Denon AVR-S540BT replaces these items:

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    Audio Section
    Video Section
    USB/Bluetooth/HEOS/Tuner Functions
    Remote & Convenience Features

    Audio Section

    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 8, 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, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Express
    Bitstream Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS 96/24
     PCM 2ch to 8ch (32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit)
    Optical/Coaxial (2 Optical Inputs/1 Coaxial Input) Bitstream Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS 96/24
    PCM 2ch to 6ch, (32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit)

    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 processing.

    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 time.

    • Bass & Treble: You can independently adjust the system's overall Bass and Treble settings from -6 to +6 dB.
    • LFE + Main: The LFE + Main setting boosts the bass sound by feeding the low-frequency signal to both the loudspeakers and the powered subwoofer, regardless of audio format or listening mode.
    • 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 jack.

    • 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 muted.

    Video Section

    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 4K/HDR performance.

    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 depth.

    • 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 content.
    • 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, vibrant picture
    • 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 "Standby" mode.
    • Off: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is disabled.

    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, or Bluetooth.

    USB/Bluetooth/HEOS/Tuner Functions

    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 Frequencies Bit-Rate or Bit-Depth Extension
    WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
    MP3 (MPEG-1 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
    FLAC (Free 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).

    • Wireless Music Streaming: You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled source device to the Denon receiver. In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the AVR-S540BT offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the Denon receiver offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod/iPhone/Pad.
    • Wireless Music Control: You will also be able to control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) using the receiver's remote control. Advanced music operation will still need to be handled from your Bluetooth-enable device. There is no song/artist information display on the receiver or connected TV. Continue to use your Bluetooth device's screen to view song/artist info.
    • Auto On & Select: The receiver can be setup to automatically re-connect with previously paired devices, as well as turn on automatically when you start streaming audio from a Bluetooth source device.

    • 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 manually.

    Remote & Convenience Features

    Bluetooth Remote App: Download the 500 Series Denon Remote app (for 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 mobile device
    • 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 Control.

    • 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 your prefer.
    • 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 overlay.

    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.

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    Customer Q&A

    40 questions already asked

    How does the multi-channel stereo mode sound? Would it be suitable for an outdoor set-up where you had 5 speakers around a patio?
    [ Shawn l  Jun 07, 2022 ]
    1 answer
    The multi-channel stereo listening mode on the AVR-S540BT works very well. With that setting turned on, you can distribute left/right channel audio to all five speakers to provide good stereo sound from all directions at any listening position.
    [ Chuck  Jun 07, 2022 ]  Staff
    How can I program my xfinity xr15 remote to my demon avr s540 bt ?
    [ Mel  Jul 25, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ Krissy  Jul 30, 2021 ]  Staff
    How to connect antenna tv and cable tv with coaxial cables to receiver plus Roku tv 6 series mini led 635 tcl?
    [ Sam S  Jul 18, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    Nobody uses coax for anything anymore. Coax died about 20 years ago. It's all HDMI now. I have my antenna connected to my receiver via an external tuner that has an HDMI output, and I also connect my Roku via HDMI to it. I don't have cable TV, but again, you would use an HDMI cable.
    [ Michael  Jul 18, 2021 ]
    How many AMPS does this draw in order to function at 100% to its capabilities?
    [ Azad  Jul 14, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
    [ Calvin  Jul 27, 2021 ]  Staff
    Will the Denon AVR-S540BT work with two Polk Audio T50 tower speakers?
    [ Vincent  May 18, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    Yes, the Denon AVR-S540BT should work fine with the Polk Audio T50 tower speakers. The receiver has spring-clip terminals for all speaker connections and they can accept bare wire or pin connectors. The receiver will accept speaker impedances of 6 to 16-ohm and the Polk Towers a 6 - 8 ohms. The Polk speakers have 5 way binding posts so they can accept multiple types of speaker wire ends including bare wire or banana plugs so there are lots of options. For the best sound, you might want to consider a sub woofer. It really makes a difference. I own one of these receivers and I have been pleased with the it. It has great sound and great features.I hope this helps.
    [ Kevin  Jul 25, 2021 ]
    Yes, it will sound great with only 2 speakers, just make sure when you do the set up that you pick the setting for only the main speakers location, no surround speakers, no center speaker and no bass SW. Plus you will obviously not have any surround capabilities if you are using it for your home video.
    [ Ken  Jul 25, 2021 ]
    which gauge of speaker wire is best for this receiver 14 ga, 16 ga or?
    [ L  May 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    12 ga for better sound quality.
    [ David  May 13, 2021 ]
    I ran 14 gauge, you could get by with 16 though if you use a high-quality speaker wire.Enter an answer to this question.
    [ SomoScott  May 13, 2021 ]
    I have no sound?
    [ John  May 01, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    Verify with Crutchfield's technical advisors.
    [ David  May 13, 2021 ]
    I have a Denon AVR-S540BT AV suround receiver. I have Bose acoustimass 10 speak system connected to it. The sudwofer doesn't connect directly to the receiver. When I tried to calibrate the speakers it didn't recognize the subwofer, because I didn't have a sub connected to the sub channel, and could not complete the calibration. Could I connect a separate subwofer to this receiver with out it effecting the whole surround system?
    [ David  Apr 19, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    well basically from what i can tell, its not going to work that way, because why would you hook a bose 10 speaker system to a 7.2 tuner as far as the subwoofer if it has a volume control of its own you can hook to an rca and run it that way.
    [ LINDA  May 14, 2021 ]
    Unfortunately, Bose does it's own internal "cross over" with its subwoofer. You should be ok by calibrating the speakers as though you don't have a separate sub.
    [ Paolo  May 12, 2021 ]
    The amp won't drive a separate sub channel by itself. What it does is output a line level (RCA) signal to drive a separate powered subwoofer. You can always add a separate amplifier to your Bose sub, making it active, and being able to be "seen" by the Denon. Parts-Express has outstanding subwoofer amplifiers suitable for this for not a lot of money.
    [ Michael  May 12, 2021 ]
    When the volume is adjusted, is it displayed on the TV? If so, can this feature be turned off?
    [ jon  Mar 04, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    When the volume is being adjusted the "thermometer" icon appears on the screen; when adjustment is complete, the icon disappears from the screen
    [ I  Mar 04, 2021 ]
    The volume setting is not displayed on the TV.
    [ Alexander  Mar 04, 2021 ]
    The volume does not show on my TV. Might be a feature I do not have turned on. I use the ARC HDMI port from my TV to the receiver as the audio source. This enables me to use the TV remote to control volume, channels, internet sources, etc.
    [ Robert  Mar 04, 2021 ]
    Is it best to leave the receiver on all the time omitting possible damage from the constant turning of on and off?
    [ Marie  Feb 13, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    Marie, in my opinion, it is fine to leave your receiver on all the time since most receivers generally go into standby mode or use low power when not in use. Trace T.
    [ TRACE J  Feb 14, 2021 ]
    Hello Marie. I turn my receiver off when I am not using it. My experience is that the product is well built and will stand to be turned on and off within reason. That said, If I plan to use the system throughout the day I will leave it on, but otherwise it's off.
    [ Webster  Feb 13, 2021 ]
    For some receivers it is best to leave them on all the time omitting the possibility of damage from the constant turning of them on and off. Is this the case with this receiver?
    [ Marie  Feb 13, 2021 ]
    3 answers
    I have no idea from a technical stand point. I can tell you mine is 9-10 years old and it is turned on and off multiple times a week and sometimes in the source of a day. No issues so far
    [ Brian  Feb 14, 2021 ]
    If hooked up with the HDMI cable it automatically turns on and off when the input device is switched on and off. So to answer your question I don't leave mine on.
    [ Brian  Feb 14, 2021 ]
    I am not an expert on amps but I believe that leaving them off is for hifi amps and not home theater amps. I always turn mine off. But I leave my 2 channel amp on.
    [ Jason  Feb 14, 2021 ]
    my subwoofer has positive and negative speaker wire setup. how would i plug this into this receiver since the receiver has rca only conection?
    [ Jorge  Jan 30, 2021 ]
    2 answers
    I purchased a small subwoofer amp from a parts company (250 watts, Dayton Audio, $130) and ran the RCA subwoofer output from the receiver to it. Then speaker wires from the amp to the 10" Energy subwoofer. Works great, and the amp has separate controls for crossover, volume, etc.
    [ Robert  Mar 04, 2021 ]
    The RCA subwoofer outputs is for supplying signal to an external subwoofer amplifier on a powered sub. The RCA output cannot drive the speaker directly.
    [ Michael  Jan 30, 2021 ]
    When powering on, does the unit default to the last input selected?
    [ B  Jan 22, 2021 ]
    7 answers
    No. I believe it waits for you to make a selection of the type of connection you would like to use each time you power on the device. Gordon
    [ Alexander  Jan 28, 2021 ]
    [ STUART  Jan 22, 2021 ]
    Yes, except when it is powered on by Bluetooth it will automatically switch to the Bluetooth input.
    [ Tim  Jan 22, 2021 ]
    I believe so. I have mine hooked up to the ARC HDMI connection on my TV. When the TV is turned on, the receiver is also turned on and the input & sound mode are automatically selected. We primarily use the receiver with the TV. A few times I have used my turntable and the FM tuner and have no issues. Fairly simple and easy to use home theater receiver.
    [ Robert  Jan 22, 2021 ]
    Yes, it does.
    [ I  Jan 22, 2021 ]
    Yes, at least mine does.
    [ Curtis  Jan 22, 2021 ]
    yes, right where you left off
    [ Robert  Jan 22, 2021 ]
    I'm looking for recommendations on best speakers & sub woofer pair with this receiver?
    [ Jason  Jan 10, 2021 ]
    1 answer
    Seek Crutchfield's fine array of speakers and their expert advisors.
    [ David  May 13, 2021 ]
    Since the receiver has 2 ports for a subwoofer are you able to connect 2??? If so is the set up the same.
    [ Rob  Dec 16, 2020 ]
    3 answers
    Yes you can... & yes the set up is the same... dual subs are great!!
    [ ERIC  Dec 17, 2020 ]
    yes i have 2 subs hooked to it, same set up
    [ TERRY  Dec 16, 2020 ]
    Yes, you can connect two subwoofers via the RCA outputs, no problem. Fact is, you can connect as many as you want! High impedance signals are cool like that. :)
    [ Michael  Dec 16, 2020 ]
    Can I connect a Fluance turntable to the Denon AVR-S540BT?
    [ David  Dec 07, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    I have a Sony turntable connected, works fine.
    [ Robert  Mar 04, 2021 ]
    sorry, don't know, have a Teac
    [ Robert  Dec 11, 2020 ]
    Which bluetooth version does it support?
    [ James Ryan  Nov 30, 2020 ]
    4 answers
    Bluetooth version 3.0
    [ walter  Dec 28, 2020 ]
    Bluetooth Version 3.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
    [ Theodore C.  Dec 04, 2020 ]
    [ RENE  Dec 04, 2020 ]
    [ RENE  Dec 04, 2020 ]
    Can the system be connected to a Bluetooth surround sound system?
    [ Anthony  Nov 12, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    no it is already 7.2 surround?
    [ LINDA  May 14, 2021 ]
    [ RENE  Dec 04, 2020 ]
    Does this receiver accept banana plugs?
    [ Matt B  Aug 17, 2020 ]
    5 answers
    No, it does not.
    [ Steven  Aug 17, 2020 ]
    [ VICTOR  Aug 17, 2020 ]
    Unless they have upgraded this model since I purchased it, it does NOT use banana plugs. I has the spring clips for speaker wire connection.
    [ JEFF  Aug 17, 2020 ]
    I don't know i hooked mines up regular
    [ Odis  Aug 17, 2020 ]
    If I recall correctly this does not accept banana plugs. Pretty sure it has the spring loaded push tabs for all the speaker connections.
    [ DOMONIC  Aug 17, 2020 ]
    2 questions about playback from USB thumb drives: (1) is playback gapless from one track to the next? Or are there brief silences between album tracks? (2) is it capable of playing FLAC files, or just MP3 and WAV?
    [ Duane  Aug 09, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    I do not see any mention of gapless playback (or similar wording) in the manual and do not expect it has this ability. Now, it can play FLAC files with 24-bit depth and 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz sample rates from a USB drive
    [ Paul  Aug 22, 2020 ]  Staff
    Can I just get a basic picture of the back of S510BT of what plug Xbox One and my DVD player should go IN WITH HDMI?
    [ Jim  Jun 17, 2020 ]
    5 answers
    I have you a picture, but it will not allow me to send.
    [ David  Jun 19, 2020 ]
    there's an excellent picture of it in the crutchfield page for the receiver. There is also a graphic explaining the back panel in the manual. Go to the Denon website to look up the manual for it. Taking a picture of the back of the panel isn't going to give a better view than the one crutchfield or Denon displays. To summarize, there are 8 HDMI connectors on the back panel- 4 for normal HDMI and 4 for HD 4K HDMI. Even though they are labeled with particular devices for each input, you can put whatever you want to in any of the HDMI inputs. So if your Xbox is 4K compatible you would put it into the 4K input for, say, the input designated as the DVD player. If you want to use it, change the input on the receiver to DVD and have at it. Hope this helps!. Good luck! Mark
    [ Mark  Jun 19, 2020 ]
    I would plug the DVD Player into the HDMI input labeled "1 DVD/Blu-ray". And I would plug the Xbox into the HDMI input labeled "5 Game".
    [ Theodore C.  Jun 18, 2020 ]
    If you go on Denon's web site and look up owner's manual, you'll find a shot of all the inputs/outputs. That's what I did.
    [ mac  Jun 18, 2020 ]
    Don't have a picture but the denon has a separate hdmi in for each function. Xbox goes into the game hdmi slot. Dvd into a separate slot etc.
    [ Daniel  Jun 18, 2020 ]
    Can you watch TV and have the sound from the TV speakers only if the receiver is turned off?
    [ Darrin  May 28, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    Absolutely. I f your tv is hooked up to your receiver via hdmi this works as the signal is passed to tv and sound will come thru tv speakers. Nice feature. love mine..
    [ MICHAEL  May 28, 2020 ]
    [ BARRY  May 28, 2020 ]
    I have an old Bose Lifestyle system with the small Jewel Cube speakers. I know they currently go through the Bose subwoofer where all the crossover trickeration is handled. I have sub I can hook up to this so would this receiver be a good match for the Jewel Cube Speakers?
    [ Mike  May 21, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    We do not recommend connecting the Jewel Cube speakers directly to a receiver. They need to be connected to the Bass Module. I recommend checking with Bose to see if there is a way to connect the speakers from a Lifestyle system to a different receiver. The support number I have for them is 800-367-4008
    [ Paul  Jun 02, 2020 ]  Staff
    I'm certain it would be a good fit. I don't use those speakers with this receiver, however I do use those speakers with a different older receiver in my shop and the outcome is great.
    [ Matthew  Jun 02, 2020 ]
    Does the depth include the knobs?
    [ Soni  Apr 22, 2020 ]
    3 answers
    It looks like the knobs aare included
    [ STEVEN O.  Apr 22, 2020 ]
    The box is 11.25 inches deep, 12 inches with dial
    [ Wade  Apr 22, 2020 ]
    From the back at the end of the RCA connectors to the front of the knobs, I measure 12.5".
    [ LARRY  Apr 22, 2020 ]
    If the power to the receiver goes out or if it is unplugged, do you have to go through the setup again or is it saved?
    [ B  Apr 15, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    My power has gone out a number of times since I got the receiver. I never had to go through the setup again. It's set and forget.
    [ BARRY  Apr 20, 2020 ]
    Hi: I unplug it once in a while trying to reset the communications (six devices) between the denon and my vizio TV. I've not had to reset any of the programming. BTW, call Crutch if you have issues, they have been outstanding during my setting it up.
    [ DL  Apr 20, 2020 ]
    How good is the radio reception? I have a Bose radio, and it has horrible reception.
    [ Jeffrey  Feb 10, 2020 ]
    2 answers
    The reception is fine but I am not in a "dead" area. Have it on an outside patio under a cover ceiling and it is holding out great in hot AZ temps and temps in the 20s too
    [ LISA  Mar 10, 2020 ]
    I suggest a powered indoor antenna. Most FM on today's receivers needs help.
    [ MICHAEL  Mar 10, 2020 ]
    Can I play an analog record player thru this receiver, like the Sony record player? Don't see any inputs in the back view!
    [ Ray S  Jan 28, 2020 ]
    4 answers
    Many newer phonographs have preamps built and would plug into any rca ianalog nput in the receiver like Aux. if you already have a phonograph that doesn't, you can buy a separate preamp which takes the phonograph's output and then goes to a receivers input.
    [ Philip  Feb 20, 2020 ]
    You're right. It definitely doesn't have phono preamps (which older turntables need and most modern receivers don't have). I just noticed that there are no connections for my old cassette deck or a separate CD player either. There may be a work around for this.
    [ STEVEN O.  Jan 28, 2020 ]
    There are 2 pairs of analog inputs (on the left hand side, looking at the back, just below the Video In sockets) but there is no phono pre-amp, so it depends if your record player has a built in pre-amp. If not you would need to go through a pre-amp first. If it does then you would be good to go.
    [ Ian  Jan 28, 2020 ]
    Nope. No phono input.
    [ LARRY  Jan 28, 2020 ]
    Does room EQ get set up somewhere or is it just on or off and doing some magic behind the scenes?
    [ George  Jan 07, 2020 ]
    4 answers
    If you want to go over how the EQ-ing process works in more detail, one of our friendly advisors would love to assist you!
    [ Calvin  Jan 21, 2020 ]  Staff
    I attached the microphone to a camera tripod about head high near the chair I normally use. Followed the instructions provided in the receiver menu and setup was complete in several minutes.
    [ BRUCE  Jan 21, 2020 ]
    Look at page 71 of the manual. Room EQ Set whether to use the equalizer or not. 76 also Set whether to use the equalizer or not. On: Use "Room EQ". Off (Default): Do not use "Room EQ".
    [ DL  Jan 21, 2020 ]
    A has an ON/OFF selection under AUDIO/ROOM EQ....That said, you can set the DECIBEL levels per speaker as well as distances of each speaker. But as far as LO freq/Hi freq tonal quality I have yet to find any individual EQ settings. Hope this helps.
    [ Dallas  Jan 21, 2020 ]
    Can I connect a CD player?
    [ Stephen  Dec 04, 2019 ]
    6 answers
    Yes yes Enter an answer to this question. Yes
    [ DENNIS  Dec 05, 2019 ]
    Yes, I use the RCA ports for a record player, so yes cd even easier
    [ Mike  Dec 05, 2019 ]
    Yes, if your not using the media player analog connections (RCA Jacks on the left side of the rear panel) then the CD players analog connections can be connected here.
    [ PETER W S. Seveys Boatyard  Dec 05, 2019 ]
    Yes, we have a Sony DVD/cd player attached. Blue ray.
    [ MARY R  Dec 05, 2019 ]
    You have several options depending on the audio output of cd player.II you have a really good cd player I recommend red and white analog inputs to receiver.If not use coax from CD to receiver . If you have not downloaded the owner manual I recommend you do so. It is comprehensive..
    [ MICHAEL  Dec 05, 2019 ]
    Yes I believe you can
    [ Uri  Dec 04, 2019 ]
    How can I adjust the volume so it doesn't go higher than a certain level to protect my speakers? Thanks,
    [ Mo  Sep 12, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    Check out page 75 of owner manual. First item on page. This should work.
    [ MICHAEL  Sep 13, 2019 ]
    I control the volume with my iPhone. Down load the Sonos app
    [ Dale  Sep 12, 2019 ]
    Will the audio still play on the receiver (powering my room speakers) if this is playing content off the Smart TV? Such as YouTube, or Netflix. Since the receiver and TV are connected via HDMI output.
    [ Robert  Jun 06, 2019 ]
    5 answers
    I really do not know. Crutchfield set up my system. Ask them.
    [ BARRY  Jun 07, 2019 ]
    Assuming your TV support supports ARC this will work. Love mine.
    [ MICHAEL  Jun 07, 2019 ]
    Yes assuming your Smart TV has an HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) and it is enabled. You might also have to enable complementary functionality in the receiver itself.
    [ Andrew  Jun 07, 2019 ]
    [ DENNIS  Jun 07, 2019 ]
    I can't answer you question. We don't use the smarttv for streaming or playing Netflix , you tube , etc. we don't even have a smart phone!
    [ MARY R  Jun 06, 2019 ]
    Can the front and rear surround channels be used at the same time to bi-amp some speakers?
    [ sean  Apr 25, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    I don't believe this would work as there is no way with this model to bond two amplifiers to the same source channel. If you tried it you would end up with two source channels "playing" through the same speaker and I doubt the results would be what you are looking for.
    [ Andrew  May 06, 2019 ]
    Sorry, Have never tried it. Suggest you contact the experts. Crutchfields. They are the ones I depend on and they have always been able to help,
    [ ROBERT  May 06, 2019 ]
    Can I uses my Bose Bluetooth headphones to listen to connected units like my DVR and AppleTV?
    [ AC  Nov 17, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    I own a denon already for my home , I got the second one for my summer home and won't be using it to the spring. Since it was on sale and I was very happy with my other denon model.
    [ Rick  Nov 18, 2018 ]
    Hi I,ve only used the denin to receive signals. If its critical, i could try to receive a feed. It does a good job receiving at the blue tooth limit.
    [ DL  Nov 18, 2018 ]
    The bluetooth is receive only for playing audio from a phone or other device. Also works with Deon App for controlling as a remote control. What you will need is a Bluetooth Transmitter that connects to the 1/4" Headphone Jack to use bluetooth headphones or speakers.
    [ William  Nov 17, 2018 ]
    Does the "Avr-s540bt "have pandora?
    [ Grady  Oct 28, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    Yes Enter an answer to this question.
    [ DENNIS  Aug 12, 2019 ]
    This device has Bluetooth but lacks direct Internet connectivity. So no streaming services are native-ly available. This is easily remedied, however with a 30 dollar Chromecast or Firestick.
    [ Andrew  Nov 05, 2018 ]
    is there a setting that will allow me to get the same sound out of all speakers at same time? I had a receiver once that allowed this but can't find if this is supported with this one. thanks
    [ treyson  Sep 04, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    Enter an answer to this question.Danny, Rachel's husband, writes to you, I have been using the receiver for a short time, but you can use the speaker at the same volume, so that everyone sounds more or less the same, in addition, when you adjust the sounds in each input, they are independent in each of them, this allows you to have different settings for each audio input, I hope it helps you, I'm ready.
    [ RACHEL  Sep 10, 2018 ]
    Im sorry but I couldn't find it.
    [ Tim  Sep 10, 2018 ]
    Can't answer as speakers are plugged into tuner and we get the surround sound balanced very well.
    [ MARY R  Sep 09, 2018 ]

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