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Denon PMA 520AE Integrated Amplifier

Our rating:

“Value for money, this one is a keeper”

The gist:

The Denon PMA-520AE is an integrated amplifier that features a High-Current Single-Push-Pull circuitry which could achieve both strength and detail in music playback that the manufacturer say is their focus for its pure audio amplifiers. The relay switch used for CD and phono input even contains an inert gas, which they also say would prevent the occurrence of noise that can negatively affect the signal. Durable parts were strictly selected to contribute on sound quality, which include large-capacity block capacitor for the power supply circuit, high-quality sound carbon resistors, and high-quality sound capacitors. The remote control unit that comes with the PMA-520AE includes the main functions that also control Denon CD players.

Denon PMA-520AE Integrated Amplifier

The good:

Sound quality
Powerful enough for bookshelf speakers
High-quality finish and parts
Simple front layout
Easy access on all controls
Easy to setup and use

The bad:

Very few knobs and switches to tinker on

Our verdict:

We paired the Denon PMA-520AE Integrated Amplifier with a pair of Q Acoustics 3020 and it was perfect. Both the speakers and the amplifier. Then we paired the same amplifier with a pair of Denon-branded but Mission-designed SC-MK5 bookshelf speakers and again, it was perfect. Goes to show that this Denon Amplifiers works very well with any compatible speakers. And the sound quality? It’s good. May not be the best, but it’s really good. And for its price, it is something hard to beat. For the audiophile beginner on a budget, this entry-level integrated amplifier from Denon is definitely for you.

Quick specs:

Output power: 8 Ohm (20 Hz – 20 kHz, T.H.D. 0.07%) 45 W35W (1kHz)70 W
Output power: 4 Ohm (1 kHz, T.H.D. 0.7%) 70 W70W140 W
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.02 %0.004 %0.01 %
Input Sensitivity: MM2.5 mV / 47 kohm-2.5 mV / 47 kohm
Input Sensitivity: MC–200 µV / 100 ohm
Signal to Noise Ratio: MM/MC 84 dB / — / -89 dB / 74 dB
Input Sensitivity: High level110 mV / 30 kohms130 mV / 22 kOhm125 mV / 47 kohms
Signal to Noise Ratio: High level 105dB110dB108dB
Treble Control: ± 8 dB at 10 kHz ± 8 dB at 12 kHz± 8 dB at 10 kHz
Bass Control: ± 8 dB at 100 Hz ± 8 dB at 100 Hz± 8 dB at 100 Hz

SRP: P17,800.00

Denon PMA-520AE Integrated Amplifier