Denon AVR-5803 A/V Receivers

4.36/5 (25 Reviews) MSRP : $4300.00


Product Description

THX Ultra2 Certified THX Surround EX/DTS ES 6.1 Discrete/Dolby Digital EX Pro Logic II/DTS A/V Surround Reference Receiver


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SKMP123 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Please normal for a Denon 5803 gets very hot with 5 channels driven? which may be causing enough heat?
Samyr thanks.

por favor es normal que un denon 5803 se calienta mucho con 5 canales conducidos ? cual puede ser la causa de bastante de calor ?
thanks samyr.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fred neal a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2008

Bottom Line:   
what can i say? i have finally found the last piece of stereo equipment i will ever need. the 170 WPC give me the power i have longed for. having 4 cerwin vega D-9 speakers for my fronts and an infinity HPS 1000 sub along with infinity center and rears, i am finally listening to music as it was intended to be. I cant say enough about this reciever. the 7 channel stereo option allows me to play back music from all my speakers without being over powering in any field. this is an option that i never knew existed. if you have a chance to own this reciever, buy it. you will not be disapointed

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   craigs list



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Luis31 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2004

Bottom Line:   
It's pretty obvious the review below by JoseAlvarez (2nd review below mine...) does not belong here with the Denon AVR-5803, so please ignore.

This is my 2nd review after owning this incredible piece of audio equipment for over a year. And yet after a year, it still continues to amaze me with a "beefy" amplifier section, the SHARC D/A converters, and IMO, the most complete processing capabilities. The 5803 is the "finish" line when it comes to receivers and if anyone feels the need to upgrade from this beast, separates in the likes of Bryston, Krell, or Mark Levinson would be the only way to go. I know one thing for sure, this receiver will continue to be the "main staple" of my A/V setup until it "hits the can"...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2003

Bottom Line:   
The other reviews are quite right -- it is an excellent home theater receiver. I bought it for it's excellent video and audio processing, it really can't be beat for the money (yr 2003). Beautiful up-converting of VHS and S-video to component. The surround decoding covers all current (yr 2003) types and switching them for different movies based on preference is the way to go. We watch about 10 movies a week and I have found that there is more variation in DVD and CD recordings than in the sound differences between high end receivers. There is little a receiver can do to improve what the studio did to the sound. THX, DTS, Ultra, ES, dual DACs whatever, if the mix is poor they won't help. We have found that the simulated 7 channel surround is terrific on older material or bad Dolby 5.1 mixes. I would recommend the 5803 for anyone where $3-$4K is the most they can spend and want to get it at a local dealer. There are other values, Sunfire, Outlaw and others, but they can be harder to find. In the Onkyo, Yamaha etc. lines, Denon shines. There is a reason you see so many dealers using the 5803 to demo speakers.
My system consists of:
Mains - Martin Logan ReQuests
Center - Martin Logan Theater
Sides - Martin Logan Sequel II
Rears - Martin Logan Arieus
Sub - Velodyne HGS-18
Projector - Sony VPL VW10HT
AV - Denon 5803
Sources - Sony DVD, CD, VHS, tape etc.
Screen - DayLite standard 7x10
Many acoustical room treatments
Video cable - Beldon 7710A (by Blue Jeans Cable)
Audio interconnect - Beldon 89259 w/Eichmann Bullet RCA (by Heartland Cable)
Spkr wire - Belden 8237 bi-wired

The Denon is *NOT* worthy of the ML ReQuests. It runs the Sequel IIs but that signal is side surround, not main. Remember the MLs are 4 ohm electrostatic panels and require a lot of clean power, your mileage may vary. I added a Sunfire Cinema Grand (5 channels at 400W @4 ohm) and used two channels to each ReQuest to bi-amp them and used the 5th channel to drive the center. Now they have the sweet captivating sound that transcends you into the movie. The 5803 now has plenty of reserve power to drive the limited signals of the sides and rears during those *big* explosions etc. If I did it today, I would buy a lower power unit with all the processing I need and add an amp. This way I could toss the unit when new formats come out and keep the expensive amp although this combo would cost more than the 5803 alone. My better-half appreciates the sound so much she agreed to let me remove nearly all of our living room furniture and create a dedicated home theater. Curtains, acoustic treatments etc. have created a nearly perfect environment for the audio system and I have an 8 ft wide projected image - huge!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   B-Stock from Authori



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Monty a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Love the 5803 beyond words. Set-up was a snap compared to my Marantz SR-18. Remote was easy to use with lots of options. Control, sound and flexibility are outstanding! For those who still use turntables this unit still supports it. My SR-18 didn't and it's only two years old.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $3100.00

Purchased At:   Audio Dealer




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