|Kenwood Sovereign Entré Entertainment Hub and DV-5900M DVD Player|
|Home Theater Audio Sources DVD-Audio/SACD Players|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Monday, 01 December 2003|
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The Entré and DV-5900M combination takes some time to learn to use properly, in order to take full advantage of all the available features. While I found it much easier to use than the previous generation of mega-changers, I would keep the manual handy if you want to use all of the recording and management features. My concern is that this is a cool piece that nearly everyone would be intrigued with, yet I am not convinced that the “electronically challenged” can grasp all of its splendor. With regard to logistics, the unit will take more space and needs to be located somewhere near your home network or a phone jack. While these should not be problems, some additional thought is required in the placement and set-up of this combination.
I would have liked to see some additional connections provided. On the Entré, a 5.1 pass-through and a coaxial digital output would have been nice. On the DV-5900M, a 5.1 analog input would allow DVD-Audio discs to be placed in the down-line, daisy-chained players without sacrifice.
The Kenwood Sovereign Entré and DV-5900M combination, at nearly $3,000, is not cheap but is a truly amazing source, placing CDs, DVDs, DVD-Audio discs, MP3s and Internet radio into one easy to use source without sacrificing quality. When I first received the unit for review, I thought it would just be a mega-disc changer that was easier to use than the norm. This combination surprised me as it also excels as an easy to use, audio/videophile DVD-Audio changer, as the exemplary playback quality is on a level that approaches that of the expensive single disc players. The added features of the Entré allow the advanced user the option of compiling and recording discs and accessing different music sources, but does not get in the way of the user seeking only a simple interface for the high-quality playback of movies or music on a variety of different disc formats.