Denon PMA-710 review

Quite simply the most enjoyable Denon amplifier we've heard in ages - the PMA-710 is a solidly accomplished performer Tested at £350.00

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Our Verdict

The best Denon stereo amp in ages is built to thrill

For

  • Build and finish impress
  • lucid, convincing sound

Against

  • 'Thumping’ isn’t always an entirely positive word

It's been a while since we wrote a review of a Denon stereo amplifier without struggling for variations on the words ‘workmanlike' and ‘so-so', so it's with a mixture of pleasure and relief we're able to say, from the get-go: the new Denon PMA-710 is really rather good.

In a world filled with prosaic lookers, the Denon's fascia contrives to look more cluttered than most – despite being a bit taller than the average.

Build quality is incontestable, the remote control clean and straightforward, and specification highlights include two tape loops among the five line-level inputs, switching for two pairs of speakers and a moving-magnet phono stage for use with a turntable.

Fifty watts of power per side is ample, but the PMA-710 features pre-outs for a power amp in case you disagree.

It's an uncomplicated, straight-ahead listen: The Honeydrippers' Impeach The President revels in the Denon's beefy, engorged presentation.

Detail levels are high, particularly through the sweetly realised midrange, and the PMA-710 shows a flair for timing that makes rhythms and tempos sound natural and unforced.

Detachable bass
Bass sounds are hefty and forceful but not without subtlety, and the soundstage is unified and explicit.

It doesn't take much (any hip-hop recording you care to mention, for instance) for that forceful low end to tilt from ‘ample' to ‘overbearing', though, and this trait is exacerbated by a slight hint of detachment – the very lowest notes sound a distance from the rest of the bass frequencies.

Of course, the very thought of a bass end you could use as a hairdryer is catnip to some listeners – so if your tastes are of the ‘thumping' variety you'll find this Denon very agreeable indeed.

Popular though a dominant bass presence is in some circles, we like a bit more equilibrium to our sound and feel there's a better balance to be achieved elsewhere.

But let's finish with things properly in perspective; none of the above alters the fact that this is the most enjoyable Denon stereo amp we've heard in yonks.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://usa.denon.com
Brand NameDenon
Product TypeAmplifier
ManufacturerDenon Electronics (USA), LLC
Manufacturer Part NumberPMA-710AE
Product NameDenon PMA-710
Product ModelPMA-710AE

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • PMA-710AE Integrated Amplifier
  • Remote Control
Country of OriginChina
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationWEEE

Audio

RMS Output Power170 W
Audio Channels2

Physical Characteristics

Width434 mm
Depth307 mm
Weight Approximate6.70 kg
Height121 mm
Dimensions121 mm (H): 434 mm (W): 307 mm (D)

Interfaces-Ports

Number of Analog Audio Inputs8

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption200 W

Technical Information

Impedance4 Ohm
Maximum Frequency Response1 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion THD0.7%

Warranty

Limited Warranty2 Year