Denon AVR-X540BT vs Pioneer VSX-532

Denon AVRS540BT vs Pioneer VSX-532 – what will you choose?

Denon AVRS540BT vs Pioneer VSX-532

Do you really need a good receiver? This article is for you. I had a chance to test Pioneer VSX-532 vs Denon AVRS540BT. I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new receiver.

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Features & Performance

Denon AVRS540BT vs Pioneer VSX-532 back

The devices operate using a 5.2-channel audio broadcasting scheme. If we compare these receivers in power output – Denon is better in this regard. The total output power of the Denon AVRS540BT model is 350 W, while that of the Pioneer is 210 W. Nevertheless, at the same time, Pioneer VSX-532 has more power per channel, it is 150 W vs 70 W. Both receivers can play 4K resolution video on a monitor connected via HDMI.

Connections & Setup

The Denon AVRS540BT versus Pioneer has 5 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI outputs. Pioneer VSX-532 has only 4 inputs and 1 output. Both receivers have built-in Bluetooth. Clear sound with all recognizable tones brought me real auditory pleasure. Playing bass is awesome!

The Denon AVR-X540BT AV receiver combines high-quality sound and a large number of advanced features. Bluetooth allows you to play AVR-X540BT music wirelessly from a tablet or smartphone, and the specialized Denon 500 Series Bluetooth application lets you control the receiver from a smartphone.

During testing, I noticed that the Pioneer VSX-532 did not turn on and did not turn off automatically with the TV. This independence allowed me to enjoy 30 different stations without even using the “big screen”. Thanks to a special application for iOS / Android, I can control the device without the remote.

Design

Denon’s front panel has a more rigorous and stylish design. The front panel of aluminum fits perfectly to the body.

The Pioneer VSX-532 looks very compact and classically rigorous. A matte front panel is an aesthetic advantage. All ports are very well labeled, easy to reach. All inputs and outputs do not spoil the appearance of the receiver.

Denon AVRS540BT

Pros:

  • AVR-X540BT is compatible with the widest range of speakers, it can work with various acoustics with low impedance.
  • The remote control is equipped with special buttons for quick selection.

Cons:

  • The screen freezes and you can hear the movie continue to play in the background.

Pioneer VSX-532

Pros:

  • Complete the receiver speakers with support for Dolby Atmos and be able to experience the 3D effect of sound.
  • Very flexible and easy to set up.

Cons:

  • Cuts about half an inch from all sides with any video playback.

Denon AVR-X540BT

Denon AVR-X540BT review

Oct 16, 2018

The new 5.2-channel model AVRS540BT which I managed to get on the review is based on the design of the best Denon receivers and combines high sound quality with progressive video features at a very c...

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Pioneer VSX-532

Pioneer VSX-532 review

Sep 21, 2018

I was looking for a budget-friendly AV receiver and when I found a Pioneer VSX-532, it was a great surprise for me because this small device has a great power within. It was hard to find all the hidd...

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Common

Product

Denon AVR-X540BT
Pioneer VSX-532

Model

AVR-X540BT
VSX-532

Brand

Denon
Pioneer

Rating

4.1 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

145
160

Amplifier

Total output power

350 W
210 W

Output power per channel

70 W
150 W, 80 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

5
5

Signal-to-noise ratio

94 dB
106 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS: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

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

6
2

Optical digital inputs

2
1

Coaxial digital inputs

1
1

HDMI inputs

5
4

HDMI outputs

1
1

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
1

USB

1
1

Phones

has not
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station

56
30

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

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

Surround sound effects

Dolby Pro Logic II
Front Stage Surround Advance. Headphone Surround (V.S.S.)

Surround system class

5.2 channel
5.1 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

310 W
210 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.35 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

12.6 x 17.1 x 5.9 inches
12.6 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches

Weight

16.54 pounds
19.9 pounds
Denon AVR-X540BT
Pioneer VSX-532
Denon AVR-X540BT
Pioneer VSX-532

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  • 12.5
  • 15.6Denon AVR-X540BT
  • 12.5Pioneer VSX-532

The Denon AVR-X540BT is better receiver in this comparison. Check Denon AVR-X540BT price