Denon PMA-SA1/AU-S1

Excellently compatible with black discs: Denon PMA-SA1/AU-S1

  1. Denon PMA-SA1/AU-S1
  2. Data sheet

Not that the Denon PMA SA1 with 120 watts per channel into 4 Ohms would be weak. The reserves could be however scarce for live dynamics with below average efficient boxes. On the other hand the SA1 in the laboratory played the entire range of services with a consistently perfect distortion spectrum: only numbered, falling to higher orders harmoniously harmonics, by the first milliwatt up to the onset. Denon creates this feat with a circuit, whose refined lies precisely in the simplification and directness. The balanced power amplifier increases each half shaft with a pair of “ultra high current”-MOSFETs, which an unusually high for this construction principle electric power was brought up on. Developers have deliberately on a performance-enhancing parallel connection of multiple transistors – the performance is therefore not extremely high, but at least very load stable.

Gift of vinyl fans

Give the customer must be on a remote because ALPS provide the ultra-precise bright without servo motor. Is not infrared spoiled anyway LP listeners appreciate all the more the most luxurious Phonoteil far and wide. It consists of the internal, extremely low noise preamplifier (with separate power switch!) for magnetic systems, as well as a separate moving-coil transformer, AU-S1, the Denon Germany actually get in now. The three kilo block was previously only available in Japan-import and is one of the finest MC transformers, the author has ever tested.

Hearing test

It was not surprising then that the Denon amp with turntables sounded fantastic. Who has ever heard a cartridge with a good transformer, won’t forget this combination of complete freedom of noise, more inconspicuous dynamics and intense tones. The team from PMA-SA1 and AU-S1, holds just such experiences. With CD, the merciless honesty of the Denon can be understood as lack of charm and warmth. A misunderstanding: Who hears the SA1 alternately with another amplifier, will find that the Denon plays times brighter, even darker, even long-range, then again more compact than the comparison device. It seems from CD to CD to more can convert, has less personal sound, even if the comparison-amp Accuphase E-450 and is reigning power amplifier reference. The Denon sound actually more reminiscent of good single tubes as on a transistor, but it has its performance and stability.

The job the Denon does not dispute the Accuphase: may be, that the E-450 earphones here and there – in the bass, he’s just competent. Also he is fussy, less what is the speaker. As long as superior rooms is the destination to discreet concert volume, work performance Fellows like the JBL array 1000 or the revel Performa F-52 with the Denon perfectly, but if it is to rip correctly pulls away the Accuphase of such boxes. However, something quite different is “Boxes critical”: each large focal, B & W or KEF, the Denon is fully in his element. It is precisely his initially irritating sobriety that you least mag – renounce an audiophile ripening process.

Denon PMA-SA 1

Manufacturer Denon
Price €8000.00
Rating 120.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 43.5 x 18, x 0
51.0 cm
Weight 30.0 kg
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB. No
Tone controls / switched off /
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 0 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting No
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 6 / 1
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 0 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 2
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 0 W / 0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 0 W / 0 W
Noise line 0 DB (a)
Puristischer, purest sound gezüchteterAmp with very good Phonoteil
No remote control
Sound MM 120
Sound MC 120
Sound RCA 120
Sound XLR 120
Facilities well
Operation Very good
Processing outstanding
Sound judgment Reference class 120
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 10 / 07