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Should I buy a Denon AVR-5600?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I have the opportunity to buy a Denon AVR-5600 for $225. I'm guessing this is a pretty good deal, but I'm wondering what others think.

Being an older model, I know it will be lacking the newer audio formats used in todays movies. But this brings me to wonder which formats it will support?

If I were to use this unit primarily for music, I believe it would work wonders for that because of the nice amp section.

I currently have a Denon AVR-2805 that I'm using. How would the AVR-5600 compare?

Also, does anyone have a manual or have a link, can't seem to find one for the AVR-5600, only the AVR-5700.

Thanks,

Jerry
post #2 of 15
I think it might make a nice paperweight.

http://www.excelsis.com/1.0/entry.ph...13&entryid=125
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Really? You don't think it would be worth picking up at that price? I know it's outdated as far as audio formats go, but the amp section seems very good and would sound very good, at least I would think so, unless I'm wrong...
post #4 of 15
It will sound better than your AVR-2805, but you're giving up DTS, and 6ch external inputs. Which means no SACD/DVD-A/Blu-ray (hi-rez). If it was $100, I'd say give it a try... but it's just missing too many features to give you any long term use, or hold up in resale value.

I think you'd be better off holding out for an AVR-5700 ($300-$400), or for a giant upgrade, the AVR-5800 ($500-600).
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
What if I wasn't too concerned about the unit not having DTS? Second, what if I used the unit primarily for a 5ch stereo system?

Thanks,

Jerry
post #6 of 15
What do you mean by "5ch stereo system"?

One of the real drawbacks of this unit is lack of 7.1 inputs. With those, your potentials are huge for Blu-ray/SACD/etc.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Just simple music playback, but using the 5ch stereo mode. Thinking about using it to power some speakers to fill a large area with good clean sound.
post #8 of 15
Ah, I see. Yeah, that will work.

But I still think it's no steal at $225. For $100 more, the 5700 will give you a lot more, and better sound, too.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
What year were the 5600's manufactured?

The only reason I was thinking of buying this 5600 was because it was not too far from where I live, and to top it off the seller has agreed to deliver it to my house. These units don't come up for sale very often, and therefore, I saw this as an opportunity to own a flagship receiver (In its day) for a fraction of the price new. Would it make a difference if it was $225 CDN vs. $225 US?

What other alternatives might you recommend in its place?

Thanks,

Jerry
post #10 of 15
AVR-5600 were around from 1997-1998. Isn't the Canadian dollar about even with USD?

I've owned a ton of Denon receivers...not the 5600, but I used it where I used to work. I have owned both the 5700 and 5800. I really think you're better off with either of those.

Get it for $225 if you want, but likely the resale value is (and will be) not that great due to lack of DTS and 5.1/7.1 analog inputs.
post #11 of 15
That's my first super AVR I owned, sold it like ten years ago for 700 dollars, I recall right out the gate it was obsolete. there was some sort of upgrade for the dts for about 750, as I remember you wouldn't be able to see the dts on the screen...I thought the SQ was pretty meaty, and clean compare to everything before then....Got a Sunfire AVR and then went to separates!

So my vote is a no..
DJoel
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well, I'm gonna take your advice guys and pass on that receiver.

Thanks, I appreciate the info.

Jerry
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by glemay View Post

Well, I'm gonna take your advice guys and pass on that receiver.

Thanks, I appreciate the info.

Jerry

I have a 5800 not in use. Will be happy to sell for $750, including FedEx (to anywhere mainland 48 states).

Have original box and original remote. In perfect working condition.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
I appreciate the offer Macanudo, but I'm gonna sit tight for a little while.

Thanks,

Jerry
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Macanudo View Post

I have a 5800 not in use. Will be happy to sell for $750, including FedEx (to anywhere mainland 48 states).

Have original box and original remote. In perfect working condition.

Do you still have your 5800 for sale Macanudo?
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