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Denon AVR-5805 AV Receiver Review

by May 15, 2005
Denon AVR-5805

Denon AVR-5805

  • Product Name: AVR-5805 A/V Receiver
  • Manufacturer: Denon
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: May 15, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 6000
  • 170 watts x 10 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
  • THX Ultra2 certification
  • THX Surround EX, Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES®, Pro Logic IIx, DTS Neo:6 and Dolby Headphone processing
  • 3 Texas Instruments 32-bit processors for main room, one SHARC 32-bit processor for 2nd room
  • 32 Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit D/A converters (20 for main room, 12 for 2nd room)
  • 192kHz/24-bit A/D converters
  • Multichannel Advanced ALPHA 24 Processing
  • Pure Direct mode
  • HDCD decoding
  • DDSC-Digital construction
  • Advanced Auto Setup and Room EQ adjust with 6-point calibration
  • 4-room/4-source capability:
  • Line-level and speaker-level audio outputs for 2nd, 3rd and 4th rooms
  • Composite, S-video and component video output for 2nd room
  • Composite and S-video output for 3rd room
  • Learning/ pre-programmed touchscreen electro-luminescent remote
  • Faroudja DCDi scaling (480p/720p/1080i) for main-room component video output
  • Denon Link input
  • Two IEEE 1394 inputs (digital audio only)
  • DVI/HDMI switching (one DVI input, 3 HDMI inputs, one DVI output, one HDMI output - only one output can be used at a time)
  • 2 multi-channel inputs (one 9.1, one 5.1)
  • 2 preamp outputs: one 9.1 (main room), one 5.1 (2nd room)
  • Component video switching (100MHz bandwidth): 6 in (1 BNC), 3 out (1 BNC)
  • Component video up-conversion for main-room and 2nd room
  • Digital inputs: 6 optical (including one front-panel), 6 coaxial
  • 3 optical digital outputs
  • 3 audio (including phono) and 9 A/V (including 9 S-video and one front-panel) inputs
  • Two RS-232C and one Ethernet port (for third party IP control systems and future applications)
  • On-screen display (requires TV with direct video input)
  • 56 AM/FM presets
  • Anti-resonant chassis
  • High-current, low-impedance amp design
  • Dimensions: 17-1/8"W x 12"H x 20-1/2"D
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Weight: 97 lbs.



  • Phenomenal performance & fidelity
  • Unprecedented Power Reserves
  • (see measurements)
  • Independent Multi Room Surround
  • Excellent trigger options
  • HDMI & IEEE 1394
  • Awesome Audyssey room correction
  • Upgradeable architecture


  • BIG
  • Complex
  • No OSD for HDMI (available summer 05)
  • No analog video up-conversion to HDMI (also available late summer '05)


Denon AVR-5805 Introduction

There are pivotal moments in our society where we make quantum leaps in progress. Whether it pertains to civil rights or technology innovations to improve our lifestyle isn't the point. As a people, we strive to be better than ourselves and this may be our one endearing quality as a species which differentiates us from other primates. Ironically, this same concept can also be applied to home theater, though on a much smaller and perhaps less significant scale in the grand scheme of life. It's not often that a manufacturer makes a product under the guise of a certain category that absolutely shatters its stereotype and redefines the category or elevates it beyond the status quo. Lately, this appears to be a more common occurrence than not with Denon Electronics.  Enter the AVR-5805, a 10CH AV receiver masterpiece.  Read on to find out why.

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