The Pioneer A-70DA is one of a new breed of integrated amplifiers from Japan offering high quality amplification, both pre-amp and power-amp in a single chassis with the addition of a high quality DAC, the perfect partner to the modern music lovers playback preferences.
Sure there are many lower priced options out there, so what makes the Pioneer stand out exactly? Firstly, it is a very well made product, with solid construction and design principles normally associated with much higher priced amplifiers. Foremost amongst them are the use of multiple power supplies, and in this case separate power supplies for the analogue and digital sections.
Secondly, the pre-ampifier is a fully balanced design, so connections from your SACD player could be made via the high quality balanced input. The big story however is the included DAC, which unlike days of old is a high quality affair capable of accepting data streams in PCM as well as the very desirable DSD format.
To be more precise, the DAC can accept PCM streams at 32bit/384kHz and DSD streams up to 11.2MHz with all signals passing through an ESS ES9016S digital to analogue converter chip. This level of performance only a few years ago was the realm of very high priced dedicated DACs and is a very welcomed addition in an integrated amplifier of this price point.
I think Pioneer are onto a real winner with the A-70DA, it is very highly spec’d for a product at the price point and makes a real good argument for itself compared to similar product from the likes of Denon. Worthy of your consideration? You bet!
Pioneer A-70DA Specifications:
- Power output into 4 ohms: 90 watts per channel
- Power output into 8 ohms: 65 watts per channel
- Frequency Response: 5Hz – 50kHz
- THD: 0.01%
- Signal to Noise Ration: 101db
- Weight: 17.2kg
- Dimensions: 435 x 141.5 x 361.5mm
Why you want the Pioneer A-70DA:
If you are after an all in one integrated amplifier/DAC combo that offers high-resolution playback to the very high standards, with a budget that can not quite stretch to the very best in this segment, then the Pioneer A-70DA is worth your consideration.