Kenwood VR 5090 A/V Receivers

VR 5090

Kenwood's Universal Video HD circuitry lets you enjoy stunning picture quality from an even wider array of video sources - including those with component video capability - with unparalleled convenience. The Pointless RF LCD remote makes operation easy while the All Channels-Driven Ultrasonic Response amplifiers with K-STAT output transistors brings you superior audio performance. Gold-plated connections for 7 digital and 11 analog audio sources, HDCD decoding, dual room/dual source audio and video capability. The SHARC DSP provides advanced Dolby Digital, dts, Dolby Pro Logic II, THX Surround EX, dts ES (matrix and discrete), and dts Neo 6 decoding. The VR-5090 is THX Select certified.

User Reviews (3)

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lsmar   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 29, 2004]
Strength:

Combines inputs, allowing you to integrate dissimilar inputs into component input. THX certification and features.

Weakness:

Weird remote. Complex setup.

This is one great piece of hardware. THX Select certification really paid off. Offers a great set of features for a low street price. Great imaging and fantasic power.

Similar Products Used: Sony 333ES
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
levi51   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 14, 2003]
Strength:

-- Clarity of sound, plenty of muscle. -- Video component switching -- THX, DTS, Dolby Digital EX, Pro Logic II modes. -- Full compatibility with SACD and other high-def audio sources. -- Programmable remote. -- Plenty of inputs for future expansions.

Weakness:

-- Complicated set-up and speaker switch-over from LARGE to Normal/THX. -- Remote takes some getting used to. -- Won't expand beyond 5.1 without buying another amplifier. -- Expensive.

Kenwood gets a bad rap because of its mass-merchant niche in a/v equipment, but the Sovereign line proves the company is still capable of putting together fine components. The VR-5090 delivers clean, well-imaged sound in a variety of formats. I listen to music most of the time in my home theater, so nuance and detail are important to me. On everything from acoustic Neil Young to the Clash's London Calling, the 5090 drives without overpowering. Bass, percussion, horns and vocals come alive in ways less expensive receivers can't match. Movies in Dolby Digital, THX and DTS deliver special effects with a satisfying rumble that adds dimension and atmosphere to the experience. There are certainly less expensive receivers on the market, but check out some of the 5090's features: inputs for 7(!) coax/opticalaudio devices (most of the receivers in this price range offer 3); component video with HDTV compatibility; Dolby Digital EX, THX and Pro Logic II surround modes; two-way RF/IR learning remote; full compatibility with SACD and other high-def audio formats. I began smiling the first time I switched from DVD to VCR to digital cable to PlayStation 2 -- all without ever touching a single cord or connection. I smiled even more when I heard OK Computer and Abbey Road for the first time on this equipment. I shopped around a lot for my first home theater receiver. I think the extra effort paid off.

Similar Products Used: Denon, NAD, Luxman.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Mel111   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 19, 2002]
Strength:

Universal Video HD, HDCD decoding and THX certified. Try it you'll like it!!

Weakness:

Heavy unit...but to me this shows quality

Kenwoods High End....excellant sound and options you would expect to get only if you paid over $2000.00. EXCELLANT VALUE!

Similar Products Used: Rotel, Marantz, Teac,
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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