Denon DHT-500SD review

A home cinema package that's good to look at

TechRadar Verdict

Great-looking system that offers a great range of features and classy performance for the price

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Denon has a reputation for home cinema electronics that boast a high build quality, and this is no exception. The sleek main unit and sumptuous mix of wood and aluminium on the speaker package makes the 500SD a feast for the eyes - it certainly looks more high-end than its reasonable price tag suggests.

It's also one of the best-equipped setups at the price. Top of the list for plasma and LCD owners is its prog scancapable component video output, while there's also an RGB Scart for those without a component-capable TV. The provision for audio is similarly high-end, with Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES 6.1 or 7.1 decoding included in addition to regular Dolby Digital and DTS.

The 500SD doesn't disappoint with its performance. DVD movies look stunning, with impressive clarity, even in dark scenes. What's more, they sound just as good, with a soundstage that's so natural you'll feel like you're there. For the price, the DHT-500SD is one of the best systems on the market. was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.