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No wonder I can't find Kenwood Sovereign here. Only 1 store in Canada has it.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Eugene Hsieh, Aug 21, 2001.

  1. Eugene Hsieh

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    It's at the Brick Home Show in Toronto and according to Kenwood Canada, nobody else in Canada has it for the time being.
    Tentative list prices for the 5080/5090/5700 are CAD$1499/$1699/$1999 respectively, which works out to US$970/1100/1295 respectively. That's not bad considering the US retail prices are 1200/1500/2000 respectively.
    http://www.kenwoodusa.com/product/product.jsp?productTypeId=55&productId=753 digital inputs.
    All are THX certified, if you care about those things.
    While the 5090 has EX/ES there's no pre-out for that. Pre-outs exists for the other channels
    They all have this "PointLess" [​IMG] RF two-way remote with LCD screen, which also works with IR for your other devices.
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    [Edited last by Eugene Hsieh on August 21, 2001 at 10:36 AM]
     
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    I listened to the 5090 at a Good Guys store in Southern Calif. and it sounded awesome, just as good as the Denon 4800. Really impressive.
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  3. Eugene Hsieh

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    From their press releases of their current 5090 and previous models, they claim HDCD decoding. So am I to understand that they take the raw signal off the the CD/DVD player and then process within the receiver as HDCD?
    So far I've only ever heard one HDCD system, and it sounded just like a good non-HDCD system, but I digress.
    Anyways, it seems that by going with the Sovereign name and exclusivity, they're making the equipment more expensive. Online, some of the Kenwood VR-4080 machines (with DPL II etc.) were going for under US$400, while the Sovereign VR-5080 is $$$.
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    This unit does HDCD decoding, you just need a CD player with a digital out. I prefer DTS CD's but the HDCD's are damn good.
    It also does video upconversion so you can run in a hodgepodge of RCA, S-Video and Component and run everything out via the connection of your choice.
    It also has a video and audio record out for 3 of the individual inputs which makes it a dream with a projector system.
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