Product Type: Denon Amplifiers
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Review about the Denon PMA 500
Denon PMA-500AE amplifier
Member Name: Radish24
Denon PMA-500AE amplifier
Advantages: Generally good soundquality, pretty loud with good speakers, great built quality
Disadvantages: Too much bass and no linear frequency responce
This review is consermed with the Denon PMA 500 amplifier, a standart stereo amplifier.
General stuff about the amplifier:
This Denon amplifier has a very good built quality. It is very solid and has a metal body all the way. The front plate of the amplifier has an aluminium surface and the rest has a plastic cover, which is enforced with metal below the plastic. It has many imputs, so you can connect a lot of sources to the amplifier.It also has controls for Bass, treble and balance and a loudness button. With these controls the owner of the amp can control the outcoming sound in many levels and the controls work well. As far as I know the amplifier has 140 watts, which is not very loud, but with good speakers it will be loud enough for most home parties. The amp allows two pairs of speakers to be plugged.
It is not very difficult to connect speakers to that amp. The backplate has big connections with screw terminals which you can open and connect the cables of the speakers. The connection is very easy and fast to be done.
The soundquality of the amp is not bad, but I expected more. An amp should deliver the sound just as it is coming from the source if you do not turn the knobs of the sound controls. This amp is not doing that, the amp delivers too mcuh Bass at standart settings so the sound is not really neutral and the higher Bass frequencies just play too loud. I used the amp with some Magnat quantum 503 speakers and the sound was false at 80 - 200 hz, altough i did not increase these frequencies on the equalizer.
Otherwise the amp sounds a bit like metal to me and does not have a soft and smooth sound, as I want it to be. This amp is definatly not a good buy for users, who want to plug some passive monitor speakers to it and produce music, since even with headphones the sound was falsified and too much bass was added. It is not too bad though and for normal porpuses the amp will do just fine.
Otherwise the soundquality is ok, it is clear and details are played. It is also fairly loud, with a pair of good speakers who do not need a lot of imput the amp will play very loud and is able to turn your room into a party. You should cool it with an amp for example from the computer to make sure the amp will not turn off during a long party. Even a 120 mm fan at 9 v will cool the amp enough so it wont stop playing at very high volumes.
The remote control of the amp works great. You can turn the amp into standby mode if you want and turn up and down the volume. You see how the big volume knob is moving when you press the volume buttons, a motor is moving it. You can also choose a different source. You can not increase the bass and treble though. With the remote control you can control the Denon DCD 500ae aswell, but that is not a good buy, since it wont play mp3.
The Denon pma 500ae is a very well made product with great built quality. The soundquality is fine except it has too mcuh bass at standart settings and is therefore not suitable for mixing porpuses. It is loud enough and great for parties and normal listening. It is not an amp for enthusiasts
Summary: The amp is ok but not the best
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