Just finishing playing with my new 5900 for 2 days. All I can say is wow! I was all itching to post my 1st impressions, but AVS was down!
This thing is so HUGE it's even bigger in size then my Bryston 4BSST! Prepare your rack for a big piece of equipment, maybe 30% bigger then my Denon DVD-3800. I canâ€™t fit it in my custom made rack! If you don't believe me go see those photos I took:http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=340501
Nice box, with a Denon link cable and a Firewire cable both included.
I still have my 3800 to compare in-house. My friend brought his 2900 home. A lot of comparison to do!
So much tweaking, it's unbelievable. Cannot list all the tweaks in that unit, it would take 3 pages long... But everything is there, even chroma delay adjustment! Black level, white level, noise levels, +10 db sub out, etc. Everything is there. I didnâ€™t even start tweaking, and did use it with all the defaults on. More tweaking tomorrow!
Because the DVI-D is not already activated (it will be in 1 week or 2 probably now that it is approved...), I have access only to the component video outputs. Sorry for all the DVD-3800 owners, but there is a new king in town! I've never seen an image so 3D like and I change my source every 6 months! Awesome black levels, details, no softness at all. All sharp and clear. The image is crisper and more sharp then the 3800. The colors are more vibrant and accurate. Black is black and white is white, and I didnâ€™t even start to tweak all the video settings adjustment!!! I don't believe it. What a nice surprise. Just imagining what the DVI upscaling will be able to produce and I'm drooling on my keyboard! There is so much tweaking possible with that unit, that I feel like having an ISF calibration for free!
For DVD-A, it's a little bit in front of the 3800. For SACD, it's a good step-up in front of the 2900!
I think we finally have a really good DVD-A/SACD combo! Play boths format incredibly well.
I think that for once Denon did actually delivered the goods. The 5900 perform like a flagship unit. Video performance is a good step-up over the 3800 and the 2900. For audio performance, itâ€™s a BIG step-up in front of the 3800 and the 2900. IMHO opinon, and for my ears, for sureâ€¦
I just used everything in the default settings. But know I will compare the source direct and multi settings of the 5900 with my Anthem DAC's and DSP. I still have to compare the sound when the Anthem is doing all the tweaks (source direct) and when it's the Denon controlling everything.
Wow. What a unit. Awesome value. If you have the money, donâ€™t settle for the little brother 2900, but go for the 200 pounds gorilla of a big brother and jump on the 5900!
And I'm so glad because we will finally see the end of those thousands of threads on the Bravo D1 (just kidding)... we now have a quality DVI player...
Beware Pioneer Elite and Marantz... there is a new king in town.
Being one of the first to own that beauty, I think I should start the Denon 5900 thread. So let me start it. I have a lot of questionsâ€¦
1) DVI connection. Should be activated soon, we all know that now. So where can I order a DVI cable to run it from my 5900 to my 40XBR800 (I mean a good internet site). Where I live, we canâ€™t even find a decent component video cable! So imagine finding a DVI cable!
2) The SACD filter. Should I leave it at the default of 50khz or use the 100khz with the Anthem AVM20?
3) Can someone explain in more details all the progressive modes and what they do: Auto 1 Auto 2 and Video 1, 2 and 3.
4) I would like to have a more detail explanation of the Source Direct settingâ€¦
Comparison with the Denon 3800:
DVD's are only mild and almost at room temperature after working for hours (remember those burning hot DVD's coming from the 3800?). The Y/C delay is easily adjustable. With AVIA, I just had to put the delay at -1 on my 5900 to have a perfect Y/C delay .:D
Hope more question and answers will flow through here.:D