Denon is clearly out to show the world that the two channel integrated amplifier is here to stay by offering a very modern take on what is a rather old format, enter the Denon PMA-2500NE. By adding in a very high end DAC, this is one integrated ready for just about anything.
Lets look at the basics first, the Denon PMA-2500NE is designed to be the heart of a serious sound system, with dual mono design including twin transformers and power supplies, Mosfet transistors and a very high current design, this amplifier is ready to drive just about anything and offers 160 watts of power into 4 ohms to back it up. (80 watts per channel into 8 ohms)
A small OLED display provides feedback on which input is selected which makes it easy to see from the couch, nice touch! The real game changer in this amplifier is the DAC board that is clearly no after thought, or a half baked design just thrown in for good measure, no. This is a serious bit of digital audio design.
How does 32bit/384kHz PCM sound, or DSD Streaming at up 11.2MHz? You may never need these ultra high resolution options, but it is nice to know that they are there and ready should the race for high res continue to go up. And let’s not forget, if you are using a playback software package such as Roon, you can take advantage of the upsampling options and utilise those ultra high res playback options right now.
The build quality of this amplifier is typical of Denon, and that is to say that it is beautifully made. The styling is elegantly simple and timeless. This truly is a very capable, and desirable bit of kit and worthy of your time to audition if funds permit.
Denon PMA-2500NE Specifications:
- Power output into 4 ohms: 160 watts per channel
- Power output into 8 ohms: 80 watts per channel
- Frequency Response: “Wide bandwith sound from deep bass to detailed highs”
- THD: 0.01%
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 110db
- Weight: 25kg
- Dimensions: 434 x 431 x 181mm
Why you want the Denon PMA-2500NE:
If you are after an exceptional integrated amplifier with an inbuilt DAC that offers high-resolution playback to the highest standards, and rivals the performance of separates, then the Denon PMA-2500NE is worthy of your consideration. If the cost of entry is to high, take a look at it’s little brother, the Denon PMA-1600NE.