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Denon DVD-5910CI DVD Player Review

by October 19, 2006
Denon DVD-5910CI

Denon DVD-5910CI

  • Product Name: DVD-5910CI
  • Manufacturer: Denon
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: October 19, 2006 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 3800

Video Features

  • DDVC (Dual Discrete Video Circuit) proprietary technology
  • Realta HQV chip by Teranex
  • HDMI 1.1 (HDCP Compatible – SiL9030) - With Selectable Scaling – 480p/720p/1080i/*1080p and DVD-Audio Output
  • DVDO-HD Scalar by Anchor Bay Technologies
  • Dual, Discrete 14-bit, 216MHz Analog Devices Video DACs (480i/480p)
  • 10-bit Pixel Image Correction
  • 10-bit I/P converter, capable of performing one trillion operations per second
  • 8MB Buffer to minimize layer change
  • 10-bit Precision Video Scaling™ by DVDO
  • HDMI 1080p / DVI 1080i Digital Video

Audio Features

  • HDCD Decoder
  • Full digital bass management featuring AD Melody 100 Sharc processing
  • Burr-Brown PCM-1792 24/192 Audio DACs (DSD/PCM Discrete)
  • IEEE-1394 ports
  • Advanced AL24 Processing
  • DENON LINK III, for high-grade audio transmission
  • WMA 9 (Audio only), MP3 Audio Decoder for CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW Discs
  • Pure Direct Modes (User Selectable - Video/Digital/Display Off)
  • THX Ultra®-certified

Physical Attributes

  • Weight: 42 lbs
  • Dimensions: 17.1" W x 6.7” H x 17.1” D


  • Top of the line video performance
  • Unsurpassed audio performance
  • Unparalleled build quality
  • Simultaneous output of scaled HDMI and 480p Component Video


  • Expensive
  • No HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc support
  • Audio Dropout between DTS CD track changes via Denon Link


While watching old Looney Tunes cartoons as a child, I always recalled Bug Bunny’s nemesis (i.e. Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, etc) say “it has everything but the kitchen sink” seconds before they’d get knocked upside the head with said item. When Denon announced the 1080p upgrade to the DVD-5910 I quickly put us on the list to receive a review sample. I had a mindful eye when the FedEx guy arrived at my front door. Lugging this nearly 50lb box up my flight of steps to the Audioholics Showcase system, I couldn’t help but wonder if Denon did, in fact, ship me the kitchen sink as part of a package deal with this DVD player. Enter the DVD-5910CI – Denon’s latest flagship DVD player packaged in a rugged chassis that would make most receivers envious. Seriously, this DVD player looks out of proportion to all receivers but Denon’s own venerable AVR-5805.
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Gene manages this organization, establishes relations with manufacturers and keeps Audioholics a well oiled machine. His goal is to educate about home theater and develop more standards in the industry to eliminate consumer confusion clouded by industry snake oil.

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