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A good all around AV receiver for the money.
Pros: Easy setup
Cons: No printed manual comes with it
Denon's AVR-S540BT delivers engaging 5.1-channel 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.
A good all around AV receiver for the money.
Gary, Greensboro, NC
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A good all around AV receiver for the money.
Pros: Easy setup
Cons: No printed manual comes with it
It's an awesome receiver. Great quality.
Pros: Clean and easy bto hook up.
Cons: It doesn't link up like my onkio did. I have to have two remotes for operation unlike before when TV, DVD and receiver would all run off one remote.
Huge bang for the buck. Thrilled
Works Great! Replaced a Yamaha unit that went out after about 8 years of constant use. I hope this one last as long
Although this can accommodate 5.2 audio I bought this receiver for a stereo system in my bedroom. I also bought a pair of Polk Audio Signature S15 speakers and it's a match made in Heaven. Denon and Polk are two names that have earned their place in the AV industry. It works great with my smartphone's music library.
Pros: Good price, great name, nice features
Cons: It's not much of a minus, but I'd prefer screw terminals/banana jacks for speakers instead of the spring catch type.
Very nice receiver and plenty of inputs for various equipment
This was easy to set up. I chose it over a Sony because the front panel looked easier to use, but likes to send the sound to the TV speakers (not the speakers attached to the AVR). There is no situation where I want this to happen. It turns out that the way to correct it is to 1)get the TV ready, 2) Chose the input source on the AVR, and 3) turn the AVR off and back on. I haven't had the time to call the company yet and I don't feel like returning it. At least I don't have to whack it on the side. Come to think of it, I haven't tried whacking on the side yet.
Pros: Easy to set up
Cons: Doesn't work properly
It has some of the best features for the price. It works well with my new 4K TV and the setup was really easy with the on screen instructions. It works well with our new TV, blu ray player, and my old analog CD player.
Pros: Price and feature
Great kind, simple and easy setup of unit.
This receiver is hands down a great dedvice. I had a Denon tape deck years ago ... this "box" showed the same quality..!!! Amazing!!! My wife is impressed with the ease of using her phone for musc as well as the USB port..
Pros: Ease of operation and Denon qauality...!!
Cons: have not found any!! Except no manual, but printed off 50 pages .. to get a start.
I give a 4 star rating because volume is low for movies but playing music is louder, it's working good so far also price is great.
Cons: Volume low for movies
Excellent receiver for surround sound for our main tv. Easy setup. Might even buy another for our enclosed porch/back deck system!
Needed a replacement receiver that would be compatible with my wireless LG wide screen TV and home theater system setup. Set everything up with no problems at all. The receiver has lots of power and sounds great.
Pros: Powerful receiver
Easy setup, Sounds great.
Pros: Easy setup
good product and as always great service
Great value for the money. Easy to hook up.
Pros: Great value for the money. Nice looks and easy to operate.
Cons: No owners manual included with the unit
Great small powered receiver. Perfect for my living room. Easy to set up. Great price for the features and extras I needed.
Im a newbie to the home theater world i was looking for someyhing that would be 1. Easy to hook up. 2. Compatible with dvd player 3. Use me existing box home theater speakers 4. Ability to expand on This is a great unit. It hits all of the requests I was wanting. Glad I did a little research before pulling the trigger on a unit.
Fm section better than i hoped for, clear low distortion audi with all inputs.. Setting Fm stations more complicated than need be. Bluetooth has 30 foot range. If you have never done Hdmi , ARC &CEC its is not easy, but worth it.
Pros: Lots of connection options and low distortion,clear sound
Cons: Initial setup needs the 140 page manual open
Very Happy with my new Denon Avr-s540BT. Just a minor glitch, notch enough install instructions when setting up home speakers.
Pros: So far outstanding
The review from John about 'no instruction manual' is correct. And frustrating as well. I bought this receiver to use outside for outdoor speakers and an occasional projector. My first install was just to run the speakers to listen to music from my phone. That stopped the install process all together. It is not a plug in, turn on and go. You HAVE to connect it to a video source first and go through the setup screens. Most of which were irrelevant to my install and use. Another thing with this receiver is that it says you can control it via the app. I downloaded the Android app and it couldn't find the receiver on my 'network'. I'm not sure what to do to fix that, but it's not important enough to me at the moment to spend the extra time on it. Just saying it wasn't as easy and intuitive as you might think / hope. My third issue is the volume via Bluetooth. I haven't connected the FM antenna to see if there's a difference. I'm only connected with my phone and playing Pandora. But I have to crank up the volume into the 60s to get a little sound. I'm not sure how high the number goes (only assume 100), but I wouldn't think I'd need to pump that much power to these little outdoor speakers just to hear it. That's pretty much as far as I've gotten so far. It would be really really helpful if you could move through the on-screen setup via the front panel just to do anything at all.
Pros: Price Simplicity of front panel and back connections
Cons: Needs video connection for initial setup Phone app connectivity difficulty Low volume output on Bluetooth / Pandora
I'm very happy with the performance of this receiver! I got it for a steal and it goes beyond my expectations! I'm currently using it with some Sony speakers salvaged from a dead home theater, and the sound I get out of it is amazing. Of course I plan to upgrade those speakers in a near future, but with the different sound profiles it provides, this receiver went the extra mile! Very easy to setup too! I installed it with both HDMI and optical cables and works beautifully! Of course if you want more features or power go for the more expensive ones. This is my first Denon product and I'm very satisfied. For starters, I absolutely recommend this receiver!
Pros: Asequible price. Lots of features. Very powerful. Looks.
Cons: None so far.
So far so good! Initial testing went awesome missing some separate controls but haven't hooked it into the TV yet.
hard to follow setup and optical input did not work
Cons:Crutchfield response on 8/27/2018 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to David to help him further. We'll either help him get the receiver working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
This receiver is a base model with exceptional value. The sound is crisp and dynamic and loud enough for a small to medium room. As a basic AV receiver, it handles 5.1 speakers and multiple HDMI input connections. The manual could use a little work but most of the operations are pretty self explanatory.
Pros: Great value, excellent sound, decent usability.
Cons: Could use a bit more power for larger rooms. Obviously if you want more speakers you will need a higher end unit.
I actually wanted a Denon high end home theater receiver,but I will settle for this one for now, until I decide to upgrade to a Denon high grade model. I am loyal to Denon products and Cruchfied has given me that opportunity to purchase these items from them.
great receiver for the extra power for my floor speakers for TV and music. Now can I use my great speakers as part of my TV sound system.
Pros: plenty of power
Cons: need to replace the old clamp jacks & use banana plugs. Really this is important
PRO's Sounds great, looks great. Almost fantastic on screen step by step set up guide* *Con's Setup struggles. No instruction manual provided by Denon. Customer Support had to email me a pdf version. There is a quick start guide however it contains misleading information. The Quickstart Guide shows what they provide in the box and what you need to get started. However, once you get to step 4 of the onscreen setup guide it asks "How do you want to set up the TV to Receiver Audio "Optical cable" or "Digital cable"? (What? - that was not listed as something I need to get started?) No "Skip" option so it was obviously important. So I had to shut down the installation process and go a buy an optional cable to complete the installation.
Pros: On-screen step by step installation instructions.
Tremendous receiver at a great price. The application works perfect with the receiver.
Pros: Easy to program, nice receiver.
I wanted simple but it had to do the job. This one did it for me in my appartment. So easy to set up.
East set up from speakers to blue tooth. Using with older existing speakers, sounds great.
Set up was very easy. I was looking for a basic receiver to replace another Onkyo that failed me. I'll see how the Denon does long term. So far so good.
Pros: Easy setup, great sound.
Great Sound and Easy Setup.....love that it detects the best sound functions for the source you are playing. Also love that it has Bluetooth! A great price for great gear!
Just received this Denon surround sound receiver.Took about 2 hours to install because it is in a shelf on my tv credenza . Plug it into your tv and watch the step by step install screens. Comes with the speaker setup microphone, makes adjustments easy. Had one question and called Crutchfield tech and less than 5 minutes had it up and running. Love Crutchfield and this receiver both 5 stars !!
Pros: Nice product at the best price I could find.
Great full featured receiver. Using with Dish Hopper3, got remote codes to work easily ( just picked any 500 series receiver from list). On screen setup is pretty simple. Downloaded the app (android) and it works great, and because it's bluetooth, no line of sight need to adjust volume, etc. I only needed 5.2 for my setup, sound is great. Connected to 2 old Ohm towers, Polk sub, and Kenwood surrounds
This receiver exceeded my expectations. Very easy to set up and great sound. I hooked it up to my existing surround speakers and a new Polk audio PSW10. It sounds great with more than enough bass. Great price!
|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|
|App Remote Control||Yes|
|USB port for iPod/iPhone||No|
|FM Sensitivity||12.8 dBf|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|On-Screen Display||Thru HDMI|
|Auto Speaker Calibration||Y|
|HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video||Yes|
|HDR-compatible||HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG|
|HDMI Standby Pass-through||Yes|
|4K Video Upscaling||No|
|HDMI to HDMI Upconversion||No|
|Multibrand Remote Control||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Powered Multi-room Audio Output||No|
|Preamp Multi-room Audio Output||No|
|Multi-room HDMI Output||No|
|Playback from Digital Audio Inputs||No|
|Playback from Streaming Sources||No|
|Dolby Digital||DD, TrueHD, DD+|
|DTS||DTS, HD, HDMA, 96/24|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|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|
|HDMI Monitor Outputs||1|
|Discrete Subwoofer Outputs||No|
|Multi-Channel Analog Input||No|
|Multi-channel Preamp Output||No|
|Main Speaker Output Pairs||1|
|Main Speaker Terminals||Clips|
|USB Connections||1 Front|
|Removable Power Cord||No|
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, 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.
Other Listening Modes: You can also choose from the one of the following Listening Modes.
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.
Volume & Level Settings: The AVR-S540BT offers the following volume & level settings.
Audio Outputs: The Denon AVR-S540BT AV receiver features spring-clip speaker terminals, dual sub outputs, and a front-panel headphone jack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 -
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.
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.
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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