Denon has announced the September availability of the PMA-600NE integrated amplifier ($399) and the DCD-600NE CD player ($299; shown), which offer both high-performance audio characteristics and connectivity options at affordable prices for music-streaming consumers who are looking to build a first hi-fi system.
“Getting started with a serious two-channel listening system can seem daunting when the majority of components boasting hi-fi qualities tend to be tens of thousands of dollars,” said Michael Greco, senior director, Denon brand management. “The amp and CD player are a great stepping stone for the music enthusiast looking to begin their journey into hi-fi.”
The PMA-600NE is engineered with Denon’s Advanced High Current (AHC) single push-pull circuit power amplification technology, delivering 70 watts per channel (4ohm, 1kHz, THD 0.7%, 2-channel). Similar to the Denon 800 and 1600 Series hi-fi components, the PMA-600NE features a 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter that optimizes the sound of streaming files as well as CDs and vinyl records.
“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,” said Shinichi Yamauchi, sound master at Denon, noting that the series was built with the same hi-fi engineering concepts informing construction as for advanced components.
To ensure a large dynamic range, Denon engineers constructed the amplifier circuit to achieve a frequency response of up to 100 kHz. The main power transformer has separate coiled wires for the audio and control circuits as well as an integrated microprocessor that features a Stop Mode. The user-selectable Analog Mode allows the amplifier to operate as a purely analog amp by disabling digital inputs as well as Bluetooth. Avoiding high-frequency digital influences on the analog selection gives listeners their favorite analog sources with clarity and musical fidelity.
To minimize vibration, the PMA-600NE features direct mechanical sound construction and a proprietary Signal Level Divided Construction (SLDC) chassis. It further features
five analog inputs including a MM Phono input featuring a new high-gain EQ circuit, two optical inputs and one coaxial input.
The DCD-600NE CD Player supports CD, CD-R/RW, MP3 and WMA formats and features Denon AL32 Processing technology. It has power transformers fitted near the bottom, and immediately above the insulators, to prevent unwanted vibration. The Pure Direct Mode feeds sound directly to the amplifiers by deactivating the front display that might otherwise color the sound, leaving listeners with clean, accurate audio, says Denon.
Additionally, the circuit design in the DCD-600NE is engineered to make signal paths as short as possible, and the adverse influences on audio signals are minimized. As a result, the circuit paths in the DCD-600NE reproduce a cleaner audio signal, says the company.