Denon refines Hi-Fi with mid-range 600 amp and CD player

posted on Thursday, 22nd August 2019 by Steve May

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Denon has introduced two new Hi-Fi separates designed to offer high level performance at a mid-range price. The PMA-600NE amplifier, with Bluetooth, and the DCD-600NE CD player are a cosmetic match for those building or upgrading a two-channel sound system.

The PMA-600NE boasts Denon’s Advanced High Current (AHC) single push-pull circuit power amplification technology, rated at 70 Watts per-channel (into 4ohm), and a 24-bit/192kHz DAC.

Connectivity includes five analogue inputs, including a MM Phono input with high-gain EQ circuit, two optical inputs and one coaxial input.

“No product leaves the Denon factory until it has the Sound Master seal of approval, for which our team in Japan meticulously listens to every product to ensure the voicing and build quality is consistent with other Denon New Era series products,” says Shinichi Yamauchi, sound master at Denon. “The new 600 series products have the same precise, clean and powerful Denon sound because they have the same Hi-Fi engineering concept, including advanced components, circuitry, amplification, and layout as other Denon Hi-Fi products. The overall aesthetic, sound quality and design integrity of the PMA-600NE is unparalleled at the price.”

To ensure a large dynamic range, engineers have carefully selected each component and constructed the amplifier circuit to secure a frequency response of up to 100 kHz, says the brand. The main power transformer has separate coiled wires for the audio and control circuits as well as an integrated micro-processor that features a Stop Mode. A user-selectable Analog Mode allows the amplifier to operate as a purely analogue amp by disabling digital inputs as well as Bluetooth.

The PMA-600NE amplifier also features a proprietary Signal Level Divided Construction (SLDC) chassis to minimise vibration.

The partnering DCD-600NE disc spinner supports CD, CD-R/RW, MP3 and WMA formats and features Denon AL32 Processing technology.

The deck is outfitted with power transformers fitted immediately above the insulators to prevent unwanted vibration.Circuit design has also been refined.Signal paths have been kept as short as possible and layered circuit boards used to minimise interference between left and right channels. A Pure Direct Mode deactivates the front display.

The PMA-600NE integrated amplifier and DCD-600NE CD player will retail for at £349 and £249 respectively, from September.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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