As for the 5900, Denon told me that there are no plans to release it in silver. They are "testing the waters" by releasing other models in silver, such as the 2900. Boy, if they would have had a choice on the 5900, then I would have ordered mine in silver to better match my silver Anthem AVM20 and silver Odyssey amps.
I compared the picture above with the picture off of Denon's website and they look different. The silver one on this thread has that long, rectangular port that looks like a DVI port but the quality of the image isn't that good so I can't read the 3 letters above it (looks like DVI though). Is that actually the 5900 then? Thanks.
Guess I was kind of wishing it was and seeing things=) Oh well, I'm actually thinking about getting this anyway. I've got the new Sony 34XBR910 with DVI and was looking for a DVI DVD player that upconverts to 1080i but I may just get this and wait a few generations into the DVI players. Thanks.
Anyway, I got the KVHR36M31 and the Denon 2900 last week and I cannot be happier.
I haven't tested the SACD sound but I was very surprised at the review of the CD sound quality as I thought the sound very good. The CD sound was highly responsive and easily outdid my dedicated Marantz CD player.
Now, I only have mid-range set-up (no Krells or Linns....yet!) but I have been very happy with the results. I'm running a hefty Yamaha stereo amp and Sonique speakers. The amp is a weak lilnk but that will have to wait and the Sonique speakers have not had a chance to spread their wings just yet.
Film quality is outstanding on the Sony TV - I am extremely fussy about my films as I watch mainly European cinema so contrast and clarity are paramount. In that regard, the Denon handles films with the same responsiveness as it does the audio. If you watch black and white cinema you will be in seventh heaven. Image quality is "elegant" - never forced or showy but always highly accurate and detailed.
And I got my Denon for $AUD1700 which is awesome value for what you get.
I've read the michaeldvd review several times and the reviewer compares the Denon against a very expensive dedicated Sony SACD player - the comparison is useful but a bit misleading. And anyway, I don't have SACD disks so I was more interested in video quality, which is first class.
I certainly did not perceive any "muffling" of sound referred to in the review. Sound may be a little bit "recessed" and I agree that presence is lacking but instrument separation is very good.
If you are a true audiophile then I strongly suggest you test the unit against a reference SACD unit to identify the difference.
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