Denon PMA-SA1 review

Can perform miracles with less frenetic genres, but isn't built for anger Tested at £5500.00

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Our Verdict

This amp can perform miracles with less frenetic genres, but isn't built for anger

For

  • Incredibly detailed
  • great timing
  • build

Against

  • Bass lacks presence and some definition

Like the brand's multichannel amps, the PMA-SA1 is built like the proverbial outhouse. In fact, one gets the impression from the satisfying heft of the casing that no expense has been spared in its construction.

Impressive looking innards

Removing the lid reveals top-quality components. The volume pot is particularly impressive, being the sort of thing you'd typically see in kit costing 10k or more. As is common in high-end amps, there's no remote.

Power is a fairly conservative 50w per channel, which might go to explain the lack of a room-engulfing sound. If you play Foo Fighters' In Your Honour, you'll be impressed with the tight timing and stunning detail. Matched carefully say, with £2200 Wilson Benesch Square Two speakers, the amp sings.

The problem is lower down: a lack of definition and punch in the bass makes the Fighters' rock outings sound a little lightweight. However, the band's acoustic stuff shows just how sweet and sensitive the PM1-SA1 can be.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://usa.denon.com
Brand NameDenon
Product TypeAmplifier
ManufacturerDenon Electronics (USA), LLC
Manufacturer Part NumberPMAA100
Product NameDenon PMA-SA1
Product ModelPMA-A100

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • Anniversary Edition PMA-A100 Integrated Amplifier
  • Remote Control

Technical Information

Minimum Frequency Response20 Hz
Impedance8 Ohm
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion THD0.1%

Audio

RMS Output Power160 W
Audio Channels2

Physical Characteristics

Width434.3 mm
Weight Approximate25.81 kg
Height180.3 mm

Interfaces-Ports

Number of Analog Audio Inputs14

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption310 W

Warranty

Limited Warranty2 Year