Denon DVD-5900 DVD Players

3.78/5 (9 Reviews) MSRP : $1639.00


Product Description

  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, and Video CD
  • plays SACD, DVD-Audio, CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 & WMA CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
  • Faroudja FLI2310 de-interlacer/scaler with DCDi and 3-2 pulldown processing
  • 8MB buffer memory for quick layer change
  • HDCD® decoding


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by adakoda a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Caveat Emptor "Buyer Beware"

Never again will I ever recommend or Purchase another Denon Product. I have been a solid Denon customer for about 30 years going back to a $600 DLP-Turntable. I have used their moving coil cartridges. This unit makes about the 9-10th product I have purchased from them. Well the story is after I have had nothing but issues on their at the time top end $4000 unit. I have had 4 different traverse Mechs. installed one even at my cost of about $350 bucks. It still will not read the majority of my DVD's??? I have a cheap Toshiba unit and a DVD 2900 that does read them fine. My P.c's read them all fine. The new Leader in Customer Service/Tech support at Denon now says the unit has been modified in its audio circuit which has nothing to do with reading a disc. I would also like to note it never matter before about 3-4 months ago when their repair service center repaired it under warranty repair??? Didn't matter when the charged me for the replacement either. This mod was done by a very highly repectable company and known to be leading edge in the industry. I might add that it was done when I originally received the unit and was told by Denon they had no problem with this action concerning warranty. I guess the main thing is this is the worse customer support in any field that I have encountered. Denon is just not the company they once were...$$$... Maybe that is why they are now known as D & M Holdings....Denon and Marrantz so you know. We as consumers should be aware of this type of thing especially when we spend our hard earned dough in this economic market. No value here and situations such as this will certainly hurt their value on the resale market. Oh and just so you may know? I was told by a very reliable Denon Tech that Denon has been making the Traverse Mechs without an adjustment for their lazers for a while now and that is when issues started? Saves money in their production cost. Screw the Customer and Mo'Money Mo'Money Mo'Money for Corporate profits and all. I guess they can sell their stuff at the local Walmarts and now the defunct Circuit Cities. Disposible units.

There are many other choices for us.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by langchen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this DVD in 2006 as a floor demo unit. It works fine for almost all CDs, DVDs, DVD-audio and SACDs. It does have the best video quality amony the DVD players I have owned. Its HDTV signals has smooth ines like those "upper-conversion" DVDs at 1080i output, with much better sharpness and colors. Its composite video output has kind of "over-rich" color which is perfect for tube TVs. But it would seem over saturated on my Panasonic Plasma monitor 50PHD8UK. But of course its HDTV component output has the correct (and can say perfect) color amount! Its sound is richer than my Old Sony comsumer top-of-line 970 (Not ES). The old Sony sounds a little too dry by comparison with less high-end details. However, if I use my Integra Research RDC-7 to decode the CD, the sound would have even higher resolution, but with a hint of being thinner. It reminds me the difference between DTS and Dolby Digital (from the same DVD). No matter what, these two would deliver sounds finer than all CD or DVD players I have owned. With the difference you can hear between the DVD-5900 and the Integra Research, you will be convinced that there are rooms for sound improvement (or at least, change).

This Denon plays 100% of discs I own, including many Chinese PAL version DVDs. However, it does have extremely slow navigation speed in DVD menus as well as routine operation. It does take 1-2 second hesitation time between your pushing a button and its beginning action. And recently, I did rent a couple of new Harry Potter DVDs (double layer version) which can be played on my Apex DVD (for kitchen) but can't be played on DVD-5900! I just sent it to Denon service center for this. To be fair, there are more DVDs the Denon can play but the Apex can't. Over all I would rate this Denon a solid 4.5 stars. I am giving a 5 star rating because I do not think at all that this player deserves only 1 or 2 stars! So I want to make some compensation. For the price I paid, the value would exceeds 5 stars. Good that I found the "double-layer" disc problem before 1 year warranty expires. Hope Denon can fix the problem.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Anderson's TV



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zino a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Beatiful, detailed audio from both CDs and DVDs. Picture quality is amazing. Nothing but praise for this machine. Sounds great with B&K receiver/Vienna Acoustics speakers. Build quality is first rate, and it's a pleasure to use. Got a great price! It plays every kind of disc I've tried, a true universal player. Simple to use, better-than-expected performance; Highly recommended.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Crutchfield (store d



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by zldjan a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I have owned this unit for over a year now and feel that I can honestly say that without a doubt this unit is the best performing reference DVD player by far. I feel I can say that because I have owned the following players : Toshiba 9200, Pioneer Elite 47a....Both of these players did a poor job with the Chroma bug issue although colors may have been a bit richer than the Denon, but still the bug just bothered me to death....Denon is the only manufacturer that got the bug thing fixed and realized that it needed to be addressed.....You would think that both Toshiba and Pioneer would get it together and fix it.....I currently use the Denon in the DVI domain....and it works great....I have not noticed any macroblocking issues described in chat rooms and publications....Just an overall great job by a terrific machine....

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Home Theater Store



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tinear a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2004

Bottom Line:   
When I first received the machine I was, of course, anxious to see if all the hype from this service as well as Audioholics was something I could agree with. Now, I have a fairly sophisticated set up with an overhead CRT projector (NEC)with a 100"x58" screen, Dwin line doubler,Odyssey amplification and Magnaplaner 3.6R speakers. My current DVD player was the Sony Dvp S9000es. After breaking in the Denon for several weeks I felt I had a pretty good idea of the Denons' capabilities. The video section of the Denon was sharper than the Sony and colors slightly deeper. An improvement to be sure. Maybe with a DVI connection into a quality DLP projector I would have noticed even more difference favoring the Denon. (I tried bypassing the line doubler by using the Denons' BNC connections but couldn't get it to work.) What greatly separated the Denon from the Sony was the superior sound coming from the S9000es. So much so I found listening to CDs very difficult on the Denon. Having heard great things about mods to Denon by Modwright, I took a chance and sent the unit to them for an upgraded audio section. I had everything done but the tube modification. I believe the whole thing came to about $1600.00. (This nullified the Denon warranty, of course.)For the second time, I opened the returned unit with great hopes of video and audio nirvana. Well, the sound was certainly better than the stock unit but still not as musical sounding as the Sony. A disappointment but movie soundtracks, at least sounded better. For CD playing I still use the Sony.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Crutchfield




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