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A few quick observations about the 5900 in my system that may help other new owners. I may be repeating things that others have already noted.
First, my unit is very quiet. Anyone with a noisy unit should exchange it.
Next, it seems that the color saturation on the 5900 is hotter than other DVD players I've seen. You probably want to try dropping the color level a few clicks in the memory presets.
Make sure you go to "Set" and drop the IRE level to 0 from the default 7.5 so you can pass blacker than black. It cleans up the picture more.
Using the +10 db subwoofer setting is mandatory as far as I can tell, to get balanced output from the sub.
"All Off" on Pure Direct doesn't turn off the 5900 display. This is contrary to the operation of other Denon DVD players such as the 2900. However, there is a dimmer that can be used. By the way, why doesn't Denon put the Pure Direct control options on the remote? It drives me nuts having to run up to the player constantly and switch modes, using the not entirely ergonomic dual controls on the front.
Do adjust the chroma delay in the 5900 using the Avia test slide.
Can't wait to see what the DVI output looks like. Let's hope that's soon.
After having spent more time with the unit, I can confirm my initial impression that the video really is extraordinary. The level of detail and clarity lends a 3-dimensional effect to DVD's (at least good ones) that rivals HDTV signals.
The audio is exemplary as well. Its strongest point is dynamics, compared with other players. Its next strength is an involving surround effect due in great part to its ability to resolve extremley low level information. The harmonic structure is very neutral and smooth, lending a musical (but not warm) result.
I haven't had a chance to make comparisons to my own modded Philips 963SA, but I'll get to that soon and post some thoughts.
In short, Denon has done a wonderful job on this player. I haven't found a fault yet.