Product Type: Denon Amplifiers
Newest Review: ... little amp although it's not the best of the best sadly which surprises me for Denon as it's performance isn't the best I've used. It'... more
Standard amp, nothing special.
Denon PMA-500AE amplifier
Member Name: MamaC
Denon PMA-500AE amplifier
Advantages: Good build quality, priced right, easy to operate.
Disadvantages: Lacks sound quality, not ideal for mixing
Having a home studio means that I have to pay good attention to detail to whatever goes in it. I have a Mac setup and need to buy an amp to go directly into my Alesis mixing desk, but didn't want anything too pricy. We have a Denon amp in the lounge, which accommodates our home speakers so wanted to stick to this very reliable make.
It's silver integrated amplified with metal chassis and plastic frontage, power = 2 x 45 watts/channel (8 ohms, RMS), has a phono input along with 3 x line level and 2 tape loops. Controls consist of a bass that can be bypassed, and treble and loudness. Signal to noise ratio is 105 dB Comes complete with remote control plus instructions. Needless to say it has a headphone output., and 1 AC switched outlet. When amp is on standby it draws .3 Watts.
It's a good little amp although it's not the best of the best sadly which surprises me for Denon as it's performance isn't the best I've used. It's all very easy to use and looks the biz. Reviews state that it sports a wide dynamic range playback, whilst supporting a variety of high-grade audio sources - this is true to a certain extent. It does contain great clarity in a lot of musical performance especially in the mid range frequency. The overall sound to be sounds very harsh and there's no sympathy so it I find. Fine if you just want to play your CDs through it, but attempting to complete a mix is virtually impossible and impracticable. Bass is horrible - there's far too much and you can't control this so well. Has A & B switchable speakers which is handy although pretty standard so you can switch from say big speakers to smaller speakers if your setup consists of that.
The RC-1022 remote control is good and does everything you'd expect it to do such as popping it into standby, adjusting the volume, choose different sources i.e. CD, stereo, TV (if applicable) etc
This amp is a strong candidate for Ebay now as I have since purchased another one as this model didn't really meant my growing demands. Nt a good amp for serious semi-pro music producers like me!
Purchased from Amazon for £225 in del.
Summary: An ok amp if you just want to play your CDs, good build quality.
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