Bluetooth + USB Integration
Convenience & Remote Features
Discrete Amplification: The Denon
AVR-S500BT 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-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.08% THD,
driving 2 channels).
Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Denon AVR-S500BT AV
receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro
Logic) decoding formats.
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be
selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital
audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). Even though the AV receiver
will decode 7.1channel surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch
surround, because it lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs.
Other Listening Modes: You can also choose from the one of
the following Listening Modes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Direct Mode: The Denon AVR-S500BT 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
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.
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround
- Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in
the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements
you can adjust - Panorama (broadens the front stereo image to the surround
speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is
limited output from the surround channels), Dimension (allows you to move
the sound field forward or backward), and Center Width (allows you to adjust
the width of the center channel).
- Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image
feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the
center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less
dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel,
especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5
(nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut
Audio Enhancements: The Denon AVR-S500BT receiver provides
various audio enhancements to deliver a high-quality listening experience every
- Tone Settings: You can independently adjust the
system's overall Bass and Treble settings from -6 to +6 dB.
- 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 Range Compression (DRC): 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. DRC
works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS.
- 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 Settings: The AVR-S500BT offers the following volume
- Volume Scale: You can choose to display an Absolute
volume scale (0-98) or Relative volume scale (-79.5 to 18dB).
- Volume Limit: You can set a maximum volume level of 0,
-10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's total volume output.
- Power On Level: You can define the volume setting that
is active when the power is turned on (0, 1-98, -79 to +18dB, 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).
- 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 Inputs/Outputs: The Denon AV receiver offers a variety
of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
- Digital & Analog Inputs: The AVR-S500BT features two
optical digital (Toslink) inputs and a coaxial (RCA) digital input; the
digital input are assignable. There are also two stereo analog (RCA) inputs.
- Color-Coded 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. The AV receiver
comes with color-coded labels to easily identify which channel a speaker
cable should be connected to. Since the speaker cables have labels in the
same colors as the connectors on the AVR-S500BT's rear panel, there's no
longer any confusion about which terminals they should be connected to.
- Dual Sub Outputs: For
compatibility with dual subwoofer home theater systems, the AVR-S500BT
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
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
HDMI Inputs/Output: This AV receiver is equipped with 5 HDMI
inputs and 1 HDMI output, enabling connection to various HDMI compatible devices
such as Blu-ray Disc players, satellite/cable boxes, game consoles, and HD video
camcorders. The HDMI jacks can accept and switch 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p,
or 4K video signals to a HDTV (depending on input).
- 4K/60Hz Pass-Through: The receiver's HDMI 4 (Blu-ray)
and HDMI 5 (Game) inputs, as well as the HDMI Monitor output support 4K/60Hz
Ultra-HD and 4:4:4 Pure Color video pass-through, a feature of the latest
HDMI 2.0 specification for Ultra-HD content.
- 1080p: All of the receiver HDMI inputs and output
support 1080p (24 or 60Hz) for playback of high-definition content from
Blu-ray, satellite/cable, and gaming devices.
- 3D Ready: Every HDMI input and output of the AVR-S500BT
is able to pass through 3D video signals from your Blu-ray player or
satellite/cable box to your 3D ready TV via HDMI.
- Deep/x.v.Color Support: The receiver also 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.
HDMI Standby Pass-Through: When enabling the HDMI Standby
Pass-Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "On" or in
"Standby" both audio/video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your
television, via the receiver's HDMI monitor output.
- HDMI Input: Selects the HDMI Input (1-5) 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
- Off: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is
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 are no component video inputs or
Video Select Function: This receiver can display video from
a different source on your connected TV during audio playback from Tuner, USB,
Bluetooth + USB Integration
Built-in Bluetooth: The Denon AVR-S500BT features built-in
Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR) with support for profiles A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.4.
You'll be able to wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple
device, Android smartphone/tablet, portable audio player, laptop, or PC to the
Denon receiver. 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. Up to eight
Bluetooth devices can be remembered by the AVR-S500BT, so family members as well
as friends can enjoy their favorite tracks.
Note: 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.
Front-Panel USB Port: This AV 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 your Android smartphone
(Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. 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 portable audio 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
Lossless Audio Codec)
Note: The receiver's USB port is not compatible with
Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
Convenience & Remote Features
Stylish Front-Panel Design: The
AVR-S500BT features a stylish and ergonomic front-panel design, with a brushed,
glossy finish, along with dual control knobs for volume and input selection.
The front-panel graphical display features clear text and easy to understand
OSD w/ Setup Assistant (via HDMI):
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 can be output to your TV via HDMI only. If you connect the receiver to
your television via only composite video, you will need to use the AV receiver's
front-panel display for menu and source adjustments.
Quick Select: On the AVR-S500BT's
front-panel, you'll find four Quick Select buttons that let you quickly choose
from the most popular input sources; the ergonomically designed remote also
includes Quick Select function buttons. With Quick Select, the AVR-S500BT
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.
Wireless Remote Control: The AVR-S500BT comes with an IR
remote for wireless operation of the AV receiver.