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Denon AVR-5803 Receiver Reviews

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Outstanding receiver for its time

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Pros: Full array of analog and early digital I/O; Upgradable

Cons: It's old and does not have HDMI or Audyssey

Often people try to judge history by using today's morals as a gauge for yesterday's actions. I feel a bit like that trying to use today's A/V standards to judge a 10-year old receiver. When new there was nothing that surpassed the AVR-5803 and upgraded AVR-5803A. It was a behemoth (although not as big as the subsequent AVR-5805A - the Dreadnaught). Denon pulled out all of the stops with the AVR-5803A. It even had high resolution digital audio inputs using the proprietary DenonLink 3 (original was a DenonLink2) which allowed DVD-Audio and SACD discs to be transferred digitally (including DSD) to the 5803A. The AVR-5803A had twelve separate A/V inputs and 3 A/V outputs. Three...
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