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Denon DVD-5900 DVD Player Review

by February 28, 2004
Denon DVD-5900 DVD Player

Denon DVD-5900 DVD Player

  • Product Name: DVD-2900 DVD Player
  • Manufacturer: Denon Electronics
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: February 28, 2004 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 1999
Video Decoding Engine: DCDi Faroudja FLI-2310
Video Processing: Adjustable Chroma Delay and Level, White/Black Levels, CCS On/Off controls
Video DACs: 4:4:4, 12 bit Video D/A Conversion
Video Outputs: Wideband relay switched component video outputs, DVI-D (HDCP) with selectable 480p/720p/1080i output
Audio DACs: Burr-Brown 24-bit, 192-kHz DSD-1790 Audio DACs that decode PCM and DSD signals discretely with no cross-conversion of DSD

SACD: Sony CXD-2753 Second Generation DSD Decoder
Formats: Audio/Video CDs; DVD-Audio/Video; SACD, DVD +/-R/RW(conditional), Audio CD-R; Audio CD-RW, MP3 (128kbps+ recommended) and WMA-8 (64 ~ 160kbps), JPEG photo file viewer, Kodak Picture and Fujicolor CD, HDCD
Frequency Response:
10Hz - 100kHz +1/-3 dB
SNR: 100 dB (Direct mode) IHF A 0.5 V input
Dimensions: 17.1" W x 5.5" H x 17.1" D
Weight: 27.7 lbs


  • Benchmark playback performance of CD, DVD-A and SACD formats
  • Bass management & digital delay compensation for DVD-A and SACD
  • Benchmark video playback
  • Rock solid build quality


  • Doesn't retain last played DVD/CD track or settings when disc is removed and re-inserted
  • Erroneous D-Link operation
  • Slow navigation through DVD menus
  • Difficult menu navigation and set-up


Last year Denon dazzled us with the introduction to their first Universal DVD Player known as the DVD-2900 . In a single stroke, a manufacturer was able to produce an affordable machine that obsoleted much of the hardware limitations we noted in prior technical articles we wrote regarding DVD-A and SACD. The DVD-2900 satisfied many of our concerns, and performed admirably, especially for its asking price ($999 MSRP). As good as this player was, it did leave room for improvement thus paving the way for the DVD-5900.

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