Kenwood VR 5700 A/V Receivers

VR 5700

Engineered to merit demanding THX Ultra certification, this stellar performer delivers 120 watts x 5 of ultra low-noise, All Channels-Driven power thanks to Kenwood's K-Ground topology, Ultrasonic Response circuit design, and K-STAT output devices. Unique performance advantages include a Universal Video HD format transcoder, two-way Pointless RF LCD remote, HDCD decoding, and audio/video dual room/dual source capability. A second-generation SHARC DSP provides Dolby Digital, dts, Dolby Pro Logic II, THX Surround EX, dts ES (matrix and discrete), and dts Neo 6 decoding. 11 gold-plated audio inputs include phono for total flexibility.

User Reviews (5)

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galan 2000   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 07, 2006]
Strength:

buena calidad de audio y gran poder

Weakness:

ninguno

muy buen receiver tiene gran poder y muy buena apariencia

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
hazesamoy@yahoo.com   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 16, 2005]
Strength:

Quality build. Heavy. Clear. Supports every format. THX-EX setting matrixs 5.1 source format to 7.1 sound.

Weakness:

Jumping between 6-channel analog and digital signal from the same source.

Incredible sound. Only complaint is switching between an analog signal(DVD-Audio) and Digital signal from the same source (DV-5700 DVD player) sometimes requires powering down. Since the source can send both an analog and digital signal simultaneously, it seems that selecting which to use can hang up the system. Otherwise this unit sounds incredibly clear at high volumes.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Brad Goldring   AudioPhile [Dec 09, 2002]
Strength:

- Bass peak setting - Myriad of input capabilites - Simplified, sleeker remote - Power while maintaining clearity

Weakness:

- Weight, oh my god this thing is heavy, it's actually bending the equipment stand I put it on

I just installed my 5700 tonight, and managed to get in 1.5 movies that were very enjoyable. I watched the opening scene to Lord of the Rings on my VR-3100 I'm replacing, then setup the 5700 and watched it again. Not a vast difference but one that was noticeable to someone with some experience. During moments of vast quantities of sound, you could hear very clear definition and clearity across all channels, through all speakers, from all directions. Even though there is only a 10W increase between the 3100 and the 5700, it really is a lot more. I was able to easily max out my 3100, the 5700 I would be cringing if I did so during any intense loud scenes. The more simple remote exceeds the usablility of the Touchpad remote that came with my 3100. Although the 3100's remote sounded really neat before I got it... The addition of the bass level peak setting I thought was a good addition. As with my 3100 I would constantly be watching the red peak light on my sub to see if it was gonna blow up. Now I can rest assured the 5700 is doing it's best to protect it.

Similar Products Used: Kenwood VR-3100 Kenwood VR-6060 Many other Kenwood receivers.
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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
cprimous   Audio Enthusiast [Jun 20, 2002]
Strength:

Power, Looks, Price, Performance, Universal video, RF remote

Weakness:

No direct component selection - minor

This is simply a great receiver. It decodes every multi-channel format available today and is equiped with 5.1 channel inputs for future formats. One of the only weaknesses that most reviewers find with this unit is that it does not include the two channels of amplification for the back surround speakers used for Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES. I bought the additional two channel amplifier that was designed to be used with this receiver, the MX-5000. I really like the flexibility that this configuration gives me. I can use the MX-5000 to either power the back channels in EX or ES, or to power speakers for another room. Also, when I 'm ready to move on to another receiver, which won't be for a long time, I now have a THX Ultra high powered amp to augment whichever system I prefer. In short, Kenwood's VR-5700 is a well designed, high-quality receiver, that puts emphasis on bang for the buck. I purchased the VR-5700 and the MX-5000 for less than $1,500.00. That combination gives me everything available today as far as sound formats, and 7.1 input channels for the future (5.1 on the VR-5700 and 2 on the MX5000 ). And if you need more, consider that the VR-5700 was designed to be integrated with the rest of the Sovereign line of Kenwood products. Add the Entre, and the oh so cool Axcess Remote Portal, and you have a custom system that just can't be beat. With the Sovereign line of products, Kenwood is sure to turn some heads. I for one am impressed and would recommend this receiver to anyone who wants the best of both worlds between performance and price.

Similar Products Used: Kenwood 1090VR
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mike Pendergrass   AudioPhile [Feb 28, 2002]
Strength:

Power - Remote - Software .. its got everything you need.

Weakness:

7.1 receiver with only 5 channels of power. It does have a secondary B channel but you cant use them for the Surround Back channels Cant rename inputs for easier recognition

I have owned this receiver for about 3 months and have finally ran it through all of its paces. Power wise ... its a strong contender in that department. I always seem to have ''enough'' volume when i need it ... or dont :p DVD Audio decoding is in there. The remote control has about a week learning curve but there is nothing i cant do with it ... Its nice that it operates both RF and IR and i use Xantack IR eyes to throw the IR signal out of the receiver and at my other equipment. Universal Video is a big plus also. I like the fact i can go in with any video input and out of my receiver with component so no matter what i hook up it will pass through without changing inputs on my tv. Couple little quirks ... Cant rename inputs .. you can call it VCR but i cant rename it too something like Sony VCR. A simple feature i am sure that is easy to implement. You cant force 7.1 on anything thats done in Dolby Digital. Even if it would matrix the sound to my Surround Back speakers that would be fine but it only seems to work for those movies encoded in 6.1 or 7.1 Also, you''ll need another amp. It only has the preouts for the left and right Surr. Back channels .. They make a matching amp for about $500 retail but i found another .. a pioneer Elite for less ... It does a good job with decoding and is loaded to the gills with software so you wont be running out and buying another receiver soon. All in all .. i give it 4 stars out of 5 for both.

Similar Products Used: I used to own the Pioneer Elite VSX-36TX and a Yamaha RXV-1000
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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