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Denon 500SD or 550SD?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Buying & Building' started by clowner, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. clowner

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    Anyone know if the 550 is worth the extra when compared to the 500?
     
  2. ziggy66

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    I'd love to be able to tell you but as far as I can tell the 500 is out of stock everywhere!
     
  3. Helterskelter

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    Not sure about being 'worth more', it would 'appear' to be worth more as the dvd and A/V tuner amp are seperate and you have the added bonus of a self powered bass unit. Other than that I cant see a difference.

    eddie
     
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    Hi,

    I was originally attracted to the 500 afetr reading a review then noticed they did a 550 with seperate amp. I've always believed a seperately powered sub woofer is preferable to the passive ones as the amp has less to do so no overheating or need for noisy fans.
    I opted for the 550 and it's great, I got a good price on the net but after trying to get hold of the 6th speaker for 6.1, I was told DENON are no longer supplying internet sellers, by the firm that sold me it!
    So it was worth buying at £530 but the high street go upwards of £700 so I wouldn't have bought then.

    The others are right about seperates being better, I had the DVD player go wrong on my last All-in-one and couldn't get another compatable one as it had to have the right speaker connections, have a decoder etc.

    Cheers
     
  5. a5ian300zx

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    the + for the 550 for me was.

    Pros:
    seperate amp = the is connected to the dvd player via optical Only meaning you can use any dvd player with it that was a major pro for me.

    extra speaker slot at back for the rear surround 6th speaker.

    Active Sub -100w active sub (you can connect another sub to the active sub)

    Overall the sound quality is great with lots of depth, I love the 5/6 channel stereo mode.

    dvd player (multi region) is perfect with a cystal clear PQ.
     
  6. sigh

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    I was origonally atracted to the 500 as well and then stumbled across the 550. The company i got mine from were out of Denon speaker systems and are selling them with a Tannoy system instead (aparently better?).

    So i have never owned the 500 but i used to have the DAVS-888 Sony system .. and it blows that out of the water laughing.

    The sound quality, clarity and depth of sound is remarkable. I would reccomend anyone to buy the 550.

    If you want to hook up loads of stuff to it then the 550 has more inputs and outputs so offers a more versatile approach with 3 optical connections (PS2 sounds great in true 5.1)

    I have read some issues with noisy cooling fans on the 500 .. you should bear this in mind.
     
  7. spidermanalf

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    I ordered 550sd on Sunday, discontinued now SOBBING!
     

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