Excerpt: The feature set of the Denon is so rich, in fact, and its operation so flexible (or complicated, depending on your point of view), that it takes a 191 page manual—all in English—to explain it all!
Excerpt: Unless you've been in a cave for the last decade, you already know that audio is rapidly steamrolling toward multichannel forms. Evidence is abundant on both the software and hardware fronts. These days, you'll be hard-pressed to find a modern movie in stereo on any medium outside of television. Music probably has years to go before its stereo form becomes esoteric, but the writing may be on the wall.
Conclusion: The Denon AVR-5805 is truly the most innovative product of the year and certainly (currently) the most advanced receiver or processor for that matter on the market. I can think of no other product that better exemplifies the bleeding edge in technology, fit and function than the AVR-5805. At first glance the $6k price tag may seem a bit steep until you consider this single box solution essentially takes the place of three with so many added goodies (i.e.
Pros: Phenomenal performance & fidelity, Unprecedented Power Reserves, (see measurements), Independent Multi Room Surround, Excellent trigger options, HDMI & IEEE 1394, Awesome Audyssey room correction, Upgradeable architecture
Cons: BIG, Complex, No OSD for HDMI (available summer 05), No analog video up-conversion to HDMI (also available late summer '05)