Denon AVR-S540BT Receiver Demo

hey i’m randy and welcome to the cheap
audio man
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shouldn’t cost more than
all of the appliances in your kitchen
and laundry room
like if you took your fridge and you put
down what you paid for that
and then your stove dishwasher
washer and dryer in your laundry room
put those in a column and then you added
them all up
and that number that you come up with
there at the bottom
audio equipment shouldn’t cost as much
as that
like your speakers and amplifiers
like if if they’re greater than that
you might want to rethink your decisions
grab a beverage
sit down and let’s talk about the denon
avr s540
everything tastes better out of that mug
i don’t know why we’re doing our first
ever unboxing i’m very excited about it
i think those are very popular on the
internet and so we’re going to do one
just for ourselves okay so here’s the
and we’re going to open it up
and then we’re gonna take what’s inside
the box
and then we’re gonna do that unboxing
the first ever
cheap audio man unboxing i hope you
enjoyed it i know i did
so what is this we’re changing it up a
little bit this is a receiver
it’s a five channel receiver i’ve had
some uh
requests to do uh to
really look at the sony sony two channel
and i want to except other reviewers
have done it it’s
by all accounts very good and um
they’re hard to get a hold of but this
one isn’t
i went down to my local best buy and
picked it up today
so it’s a five-channel receiver
you can’t ever trust the like what the
power is on the box like you literally
can’t trust that because if you look at
it it says like
140 watts one channel driven
at 10 total harmonic distortion
you would literally fry your speakers
like with
10 watts with that much because it’d be
clipping you don’t want clipping that’s
not good for anybody
so why five channel receiver well a
couple of reasons number one
it gives you the ability and freedom
of listening to music and having home
okay if you’re just a music person and
you know
that you’re never going to do home
then you could look at you know the two
trailing receivers or integrated amps
but i think there’s still value in
using a home theater for music
and the reason is really a hundred
percent due to
a they usually come with a dac okay so
you don’t have to buy an extra deck
and b they have uh sub outs and some
you know two channel receivers will have
sub outs
but these have the ability to put a high
pass filter
on your speakers and when you can do
you make your speaker sound better and
then you add a subwoofer
okay so let’s talk about what this
is what it does all right i i got a
better rating it’s 70 watts
into 8 ohms at .08
total harmonic distortion okay
that’s a better number so whatever
number they give you on the box
basically just divide it by like three
or two
and that’ll give you an actual idea of
what it’s going to push
70 watts is is plenty i would argue that
most of the time you are listening to
one to two watts worth of actual power
there’s a little calculator um google or
search in your favorite search engine
how much power to actually use dependent
upon sensitivity
and it’ll tell you you put your
sensitivity of your speakers in your
resistance of your speakers how far you
are away
how many speakers are running at the
same time if you want room game no room
bottom line is like most people don’t
anything more than a few watts
it’s true it’s true it’s true it’s true
i want to talk mostly if not entirely
about how this
sounds for music it’s an av
receiver so obviously it’s meant to
take video productions
and then put that into five speakers so
like movies
netflix disney plus
hulu amazon pride speaking of amazon
if you want to try amazon music hd for
free there’ll be a link in the
click on that link scroll down to the
bottom click try hd
and then you can listen to high-res
music for free i think it’s
three months and i also link my test
track in there it’s a playlist where i
put all my
repository of music that i listen to uh
test speakers and receivers
and integrated amps all right so i’m
going to turn this bad boy around
it’s got you know the normal stuff it’s
got knobs
knobs are really important for av
okay here we go all right
what are we looking at here all right so
we have i’m gonna move this back
three digital inputs we have two
opticals and a coax
if i’m feeling this yep two opticals and
a coax
now if you want to use that you’re going
to have to go into the menu and like
under the inputs section you would
the optical to your cable because
there’s not a whole lot
of like input switching on here
okay so you’d select that like if you’re
running out of computer or your
television you’d want to select that the
number one or number two or your digital
coax is going to
that input okay
tv so i tested this
with an optical out from my computer
without a sub just into two channels
and it was okay i mean it wasn’t
fantastic but at 270 dollars which this
costs i think that’s retail too
i mean you can’t expect there to be like
a jaw-droppingly awesome dac
digital to analog converter in there
and anything that has bluetooth or takes
optical signal is going to have a dac
it may not be a great dac or dac chip
but it’s going to have one the reason
why i think this is
this is a good product to consider is it
has a deck
it has subwoofer outs and it also has
the ability to put
digital filters on your speakers
and your subwoofer and it has room
you can hook it up and put a microphone
into your room and then it will play
tones based upon those tones and how
long it takes for the tone to get from
the speaker to the microphone
it’ll give you all sorts of cool stuff
like how far your speakers are
from the microphone and you
should put the microphone where you’re
sitting it’ll give you all that
anyway this has all that the two channel
oftentimes don’t have that and again
it’s that
high pass filter that i think is
really important on these there’s
another five channel receiver it’s a
sony but i couldn’t find it anywhere 199
that would be an another one to take a
hard look at
so by having a dac by having a subwoofer
out and by having those high pass
you can get started grab
two decent speakers ideally grab two
decent speakers and a sub
and if you can’t find a new sub that you
that fits your budget go on facebook
or craigslist however if you’re on
craigslist you
be careful just be careful when you’re
meeting people
on craigslist and really facebook
marketplace anyway my point is you can
probably find a sub for like 30 or 40
50 bucks for a powered sub and you can
get that going so 280 plus a decent
uh set of bookshelf speakers
let’s say 200 bucks for those uh
you’re at 480 find a sub for 30 bucks
you’re at 500 bucks and you’re up and
and you can play digital from your tv
if you have any hdmi you have you stick
it right in the hd
hdmi like uh apple tv
fire sticks whatever whatever has an
output you can connect to this and you
can connect like you think there’s uh
four of them one two three four five
five of them
connect them all up how’s it sound
the internal dac is a little thin okay
it’s fine on the mid-range and top end
but to me uh it lacked
a lot of thickness presence
in the base but it’s still fine if
you’re just starting out
it’s still fine it’s still going to be
good and there’s tone controls
and they’re defeatable so if you don’t
want the tone controls on you can turn
them off
so you can add that base and really what
i did is i pulled some of the treble
was it fantastic no of course not it’s a
this is an entry level receiver
it’s not as good as the emotiva doesn’t
sound as good because it doesn’t have as
good of a dac it doesn’t have a
as good of a amplifier in it
but it’s still good and i think the
thing that really
really kind of perked my ears up was
when i listened to bluetooth
and i was expecting nothing from the
bluetooth as far as sound quality
hooked up a sub put a high pass filter
on my speakers and i connected to
and it was awesome it really was
this for whatever reason and they don’t
mention what codecs being used so i know
that it’s just sbc which is kind of the
ground level bluetooth kind of
all-encompassing codec that’s you guys
it didn’t matter it sounded great
got my head bumping and
at this price point the chances that
you’re going to be critically listening
to music
is probably pretty low
the bluetooth sounded great so if you
want bluetooth
you want the ability to add a sub you
want the ability to put some filters on
look at this 280 dollars and then you
can add
your your center and surrounds if that’s
your thing
uh later it’s pretty good
it doesn’t have atmos and
i’m going to talk about atmos okay i
have two receivers
both of which are atmos enabled okay
i did the whole thing i ran all the
speakers all over the place
hooked it up listened to the dolby atmos
tracks programs
and it was pretty cool and then i took
all that down
and i just ran actually a
4.1 system no center
no atmos two surrounds
and guess what sound pretty good
i it didn’t move the needle enough for
me having all this extra stuff having
the atmos
having to go into settings and enable
atmos disable atmos
i just enjoyed it just with you know
regular old
dolby digital plus dolby digital
whatever but that’s me i’m a music guy
i like the music all the home theater
stuff is a bonus for me
um it’s fun it’s cool and if that is
something you’re into
then don’t get this one because it
doesn’t have atmos but there’s a lot of
other products out there
and i really my like
my wheelhouse is the five channel like i
wish they made like really good
like a really solid five-channel
for like five hundred dollars because
i’d be all over that
anyway so we talked about that talked
about no atmos
we talked about the deck we talked about
the hdmi we talked about the tone
um internal dac sounds thin i did hook
uh sms hold on let me get it
i hooked up this to it what’s this it’s
the sm
sl m300
it’s a balanced dac it also has rcas and
it’s a bluetooth receiver
but i don’t really think you need the
bluetooth because this bluetooth sounds
pretty good
so i hooked that up and it filled out
the base and increased the sound stage a
um it sounded way better and it should
sound way better because that’s a 250
230 deck and this is a
not as much dollar stack
significantly less expensive okay
that acts okay the bluetooth is great
the bluetooth is really great the sub
works great too
when i hooked up um a sub
two and i was running the wharfdale
diamond 11.2s
did a video on that the other day
deal of the century deal of the year
um well century’s only 20. anyway
deal of the year very very good speakers
for 199 dollars
apparently they sold out of them
yesterday because i’m an
influencer now commenter said i i
influence people
okay that’s awesome you’re getting a
hell of
getting a heck of a good pair of
speakers for 199
but anyway i’m not talking about that
i’m talking about hooked up the
bookshelves hooked up a sub
and listened to bluetooth and it was
okay so
if you’re looking to replace your
and you’re not you don’t need all that
atmos stuff
take a look at this guy it’s got great
bluetooth um
no frills it’s got the little clippy
things on the back
which is fine it works it makes a
conductive connection between
wires and terminals
it’s fine
is it the greatest thing in the world no
i i think though that when you’re
starting to look at this
like 200
you should consider it because of the
sub and because of the filtering
when you get those things you start to
really add to your musical enjoyment
because you’re not
you’re not stressing your poor
bookshelves out with trying to reproduce
30 hertz cut it off cut it off about 80
80 hertz run a sub and dial your sub in
correctly and you’re going to have a
wonderful experience wonderful
wonderful experience so kind of a
shorter video today
we have some more speakers coming in
which is going to be very exciting
it’s a good little unit
a little clicky things when you turn the
it’s a good unit um look at the sony too
for 200
i don’t have it i would have gotten it
if i could have but i don’t have it
um you’ll be good you’ll have a good
so with that
i’m the randy i i’m i’m the randy no i’m
there’s more than one randy’s i’m randy
i’m the cheap audio man thanks for
watching and uh check out some of my
other videos

Denon AVR-S540BT Receiver Specs

Power Output per Channel2-Channel Driven:
70 W at 8 Ohms / 20 Hz to 20 kHz / 0.08% THD
90 W at 6 Ohms / 1 kHz / 0.7% THD
1-Channel Driven:
140 W at 6 Ohms / 1 kHz / 10% THD
Frequency Response10 Hz to 100 kHz +1/-3 dB (Direct Mode)
Speaker Impedance6 to 16 Ohms
DTS CompatibilityDTS-HD Master Audio
Dolby CompatibilityDolby TrueHD
Auro 3D SupportNo
Pass-Through Support4K
Upscaling4K UHD
Rear A/V Inputs5 x HDMI
2 x RCA Composite
2 x Stereo RCA
2 x Optical TOSLINK
1 x Digital Coaxial
Rear A/V Outputs1 x HDMI
1 x RCA Composite
2 x RCA Subwoofer Pre-Out
Front I/O1 x 1/4″ / 6.35 mm Headphone Output
1 x USB Type-A
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Setup Mic Input
Other Rear I/O1 x AM Antenna Terminal
1 x FM Antenna Terminal
Speaker Connectors5 x Spring Clip Pairs
HDCP SupportVersion 2.2
Audio Return Channel (ARC)Yes
Input ImpedanceLine: 47 Kilohms
Input SensitivityLine: 200 mV
Signal to Noise Ratio98 dB (A-Weighted / Direct Mode)
Bluetooth3.0 + EDR
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.5
Supported Audio CodecsAAC, SBC
Bluetooth Range32.8′ / 10 m
Tuner TypeAM, FM
Radio FrequenciesFM: 87.5 to 107.9 MHz
AM: 520 to 1710 kHz
SensitivityAM Effective: 18 µV
FM Effective: 1.2 µV / 12.8 dBf
FM Mono at 50 dB: 2.8 µV / 20.2 dBf
AC Input Power120 VAC, 60 Hz
Power ConsumptionStandby: 0.1 W
CEC Standby: 0.5 W
Bluetooth Standby: 1 W
Active: 310 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)17.1 x 6.0 x 12.6″ / 43.4 x 15.2 x 32.0 cm
Weight16.8 lb / 7.6 kg

Denon AVR-S540BT Receivers

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The Denon AVR-S540BT also has built-in Bluetooth so you can easily use your mobile phone, laptop, or portable media player to watch your favorite TV shows. The front-panel USB port lets you transfer photos and videos to your computer or iPod. The built-in antenna allows you to receive satellite TV signals. The receiver also includes Denon’s Zone Plus software that simplifies set up and operation of the AVR-S540BT You can activate the software by following the on-screen prompts.

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In order to maximize the power of your television set, the Denon AVR-S540BT receiver offers a full-range output so you can enjoy clear and crisp sound at all times. It has an automatic signal conditioning that takes control of sound automatically, so it does not matter whether there is sound in one input source or an entire audio system in the room. It is designed with a digital signal processor that increases the quality of the signal being sent from the AVR to give you the clearest picture and sound quality possible. It also has a built-in network port for fast and easy transfer of data between your audio system and your TV.

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3 verified buyer reviews
  1. I bought this receiver primarily for the 4k resolution and Alexa support. I had no idea that all of Denon’s products were on the same “product list,” which meant that all queries and feedback were mixed together with no way to separate them. The questions page revealed that people said the system supported Alexa, and the reviews also discussed using Alexa with the device. However, when I received the receiver, I couldn’t find out how to link it to my Alexa. So I dialed their tech support number, and they informed me that my computer did not support Alexa.

    According to tech support, I should have gone to their website to buy/reference their goods. They did admit, however, that I shouldn’t have to visit each manufacturer’s website in order to purchase a product. I thought I was going to help them by finding an issue, but they seemed uninterested in forwarding word to someone who could help. In reality, they had my model number from the start and didn’t tell me until 20 minutes into the call that my receiver didn’t support Alexa. I want to return this and replace it with the correct one, but I’m irritated that I’ll have to repackage it and give it back.

  2. This was bought for my mother, who uses my older speakers. These speakers are fantastic, but they are a little inefficient. This receiver fails to move them, which is surprising given that the receiver it replaces has a similar rated performance (but was much heavier). It’s an entry-level model, and I’d suggest moving up a few models. This has cheap speaker posts on the back and it’s obvious that it’s from the bargain basement. Clarity is adequate, but dynamic range is limited by the amps power supply’s current size. At medium to high volume, it sounds flat. I was very dissatisfied. Just consider this for a small space with powerful speakers and a powered sub-woofer.

  3. I have no idea how this looks or anything else because I had trouble setting it up and Denon support basically told me they don’t support it and that I was on my own. Now, because I work to support myself, I find this to be in every way, shape, or type unethical. I will never recommend to someone that this is a good product or that they purchase it. Spend your money wisely and purchase a product that the organization stands behind. Oh, and their online web product manual is also essentially useless.

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