- Jun 16, 2006
I have both.. The Denon 2930ci easily beats the 5900 in the video department. But audio wise, Digitial/Analog the 5900 is a clear upgrade.. My HDCD on my 2930ci sounded less then special.. I was thinking HDCD was more marketing hype.. Not with the 5900.. I was surprised how much better it sounded. The small audio detail I missed with the 2930ci.. Instruments came a live with better seperation, realism, & a resolution I wasn't used to before.. The 2930ci accepts SACD over 2 channel. I don't think the 5900 does. I tried playing my SACD & got nothing.. Will read the manual. The 2930ci.. Is more user friendly. I also noticed a greater improvement when I used the 5900 as a transport in combination with my Yamaha 1800.. I was admittedly taken back. The 2930ci transport ability was rather poor.. If you want satellar video the 2930ci is the easy choice. If 2 channel analog/digital audio is what you crave the 5900 is the clear winner.. I paid nearly 200 for the 2930ci (including shipping).. The 5900 was 325. (including shipping) I am happy with my purchase.. Although I had a hand shake problem with my BC DAC 2... When I used it with my 5900, the sound I got from my GP amp was very light.. I trouble shooted, & optical worked fine with every other source when used with my 5900.. analog with my GP headphone amp was flawless.. I'm having the same problem with my BC DAC2 & PS3 now.. I think the BC DAC2 needs a check up..