Yamaha RX-V485 vs Denon AVR-S540BT

Yamaha RX-V485 vs Denon AVR-X540BT – Compare Entry-level Receivers

Yamaha RX-V485 vs Denon AVR-X540BT

Discovering the merits and drawbacks of Yamaha RX-V485 vs Denon AVR-X540BT, one encounters two well-built high-quality 5-channel receivers of the entry-level. The main difference is the power output, type of connections supported, video options. The setup and usage are mainly simple while differing in particulars.

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Features & Performance

The first thing to compare is the acoustic system supported. The RX-V485 features one subwoofer output, while the Denon AVR-X540BT can handle two subs building the complete 5.2 system. The Denon provides 70W per each speaker at 8 Ohm, while the Yamaha boosts 80W at 6 Ohm impedance, resulting in the more voluminous and confident bass and pin-point yet solid highs. The AVR-X540BT has a higher signal-to-noise ratio of 94 dB (versus 92 dB of the RX-V485), the latter has the bi-amp option providing for yet cleaner sound.

Both receivers support the majority of audio formats including FLAC files and the basic surround sound ones (no Atmos / DTS supported). The Yamaha RX-V485 supports the Dolby Surround format.

Denon AVR-X540BT vs Yamaha RX-V485

Connections & Setup

The connections of Denon AVR-X540BT vs Yamaha RX-V485 make another key point of comparison. The Denon has the standard set of 6 AV inputs, optical and coaxial ones and 5 HDMI (1 out), the Yamaha model doesn’t possess the AV connections at all.

The Yamaha RX-V485 offers more options for wireless connectivity. It can be paired through Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The Denon AVR-X540BT is limited by the Bluetooth transmission, which is quite solid and fast.

The Yamaha receiver has the option of switching between A-B speakers, controlling two acoustic sets. Both units can be controlled via smartphone-bound apps, with a different interface and the range of functions.

Design

The receivers are similar in size and weight, the Yamaha RX-V485 is slightly bulkier. It has fewer controls on the front panel, while the buttons and ports layout is clear and easy to use. The sources are selected by buttons, while Denon provides a separate knob for it. The remote of the Yamaha RX-V485 has better button visibility and intuitive onset, while Denon’s one features the individual buttons for AM and FM frequencies and the Eco mode switch.

Yamaha RX-V485 pros & cons

Pros

  • Native 4K / HDR video transmission through eARC and HDCP 2.3-compatible HDMI ports.
  • Quick quality streaming through Airplay; Apple Lossless support.
  • Can establish the wireless acoustic set through Music cast technology.

Cons

  • No Bluetooth output / no wireless headphones.
  • No separate subwoofer EQ.

Denon AVR-X540BT pros & cons

Pros

  • Solid multi-room performance through HEOS integration tech.
  • The setup is diverse with multiple EQ settings and helpful on-screen assistant.
  • Eight sources can be memorized for Bluetooth connection.

Cons

  • Not much gain on subwoofers.
  • Low-quality connector posts.

Yamaha RX-V485

Yamaha RX-V485 review

Sep 21, 2018

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Denon AVR-S540BT

Denon AVR-S540BT review

Oct 16, 2018

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V485
Denon AVR-S540BT

Model

RX-V485
AVR-S540BT

Brand

Yamaha
Denon

Rating

4.3 of 5
0

Reviews

66
0

Amplifier

Total output power

400 W
450 W

Output power per channel

80 W
90 W, 70 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm
6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.09 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

5
5

Signal-to-noise ratio

92 dB
98 dB

Functions

Amplifier class

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

DSD

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS neural:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K
up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

has not
has not

Optical digital inputs

1
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

HDMI inputs

4
5

HDMI outputs

1
1

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

1
2

USB

1
1

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station

40

Preset station qty

56

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

MCACC Pro

Deep color

X.v.Color

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz
24bit / 192kHz

DSP preset qty

15

Sound output mode

Surround Sound

Surround sound effects

Cinema DSP 3D

Surround system class

5.1 channel
5.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Digital sound processor (DSP)

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

240 W
310 W

Standby power consumption

0.15 W
0.1 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

12.4 x 17.1 x 6.3 inches
17.1 x 5.9 x 12.6

Weight

17.86 pounds
16.1 pounds
Yamaha RX-V485
Denon AVR-S540BT
Yamaha RX-V485
Denon AVR-S540BT

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  • 6.4
  • 24.9Yamaha RX-V485
  • 6.4Denon AVR-S540BT

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