About the Denon PMA-600NE
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Expert in 2-channel audio for your home, and commercial audio for your business.
Music has always been a huge part of my life. My family is full of singers and instrumentalists, so I grew up listening to recitals, concerts, records, and radio. These days I get to write about turntables, stereo amps and preamps, speakers, and the fascinating world of commercial audio. It's challenging, rewarding, and fun!
When I went to college at the University of Kansas, I got a student job as a sound engineer and announcer at the on-campus radio station, and that got me hooked on great gear. I've continued to share great tunes with my local community, first as a professional, and then a volunteer radio announcer.
My job at Crutchfield has drawn all of my passions together into job I love. I started as an Advisor, which gave me a chance to learn more about home, car, and commercial audio. Directly helping customers choose the gear that makes them happy was an enlightening and enjoyable experience. Becoming a copywriter let me flex the writing chops I've been honing over the past couple of decades - it's a perfect fit.
- Started at Crutchfield in 2013
- Completed our thorough in-house Advisor training, learning the details of every type of product we sell
- Attends dozens of vendor training events each year, including specialized commercial audio training
- Interviewed top home audio designers and engineers to gain insight into high-end audio
- Authored dozens of Crutchfield articles and hundreds of product web pages
- Author of "Hinkle Fieldhouse: Indiana's Basketball Cathedral"
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Solid power for your stereo system
Solid power for your stereo system
The Denon PMA-600NE integrated amplifier provides high-current power for your speakers — up to 70 watts at 4 ohms — plus plenty of connections for your favorite digital and analog sources. Inside the solid vibration-resistant chassis are carefully selected circuits and components, including a 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter that makes your CDs and streaming files sound excellent.
Special features for vinyl lovers
If you have a treasure trove of favorite records, the PMA-600NE features a built-in phono preamplifier that's compatible with moving magnet cartridges. The amp has a Pure Analog setting that disables its digital circuitry to preserve the warmth of your analog sources.
- 45 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.07% THD
- 70 watts x 2 into 4 ohms
- built-in Bluetooth® for convenient music streaming
- 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter for high-performance playback of digitally connected sources such as network music players or CD players
- built-in phono preamp compatible with moving magnet cartridges
- Analog Mode disables digital circuitry for better sound with analog sources
- Advanced High Current (AHC) single push-pull circuit power amplifier
- Stop Mode deactivates the microprocessor when it's not in use for a lower noise floor
- front-panel tone controls (treble and bass)
- built-in headphone amplifier with full-size (1/4-inch) jack
- remote control included
- signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB (line in), 84 dB (moving magnet)
- 2 optical and 1 coaxial digital audio inputs
- stereo RCA phono input
- 4 stereo RCA line-level inputs
- stereo RCA audio output for recording
- mono RCA subwoofer output
- 1 pair of binding post speaker connectors
Dimensions and warranty:
- 17-1/8"W x 4-3/4"H x 12-11/16"D
- weight: 15 lbs.
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # PMA600NEBKE3
What's in the box:
- Integrated amplifier
- Remote control (RC-1234)
- Two "AAA" batteries
- Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety Instructions
- Warranty Information
- Bluetooth correction note
I have owned more than a few stereo setups in my time. With the Denon PMA-600NE, Fluance RT-82 turntable and JBL ES30 speakers, I think I have the best sounding system I've ever owned. Well done Denon.
Jeff from Cincinnati, OH
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Features & specs
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||45|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||Not given|
|Minimum Impedance||4 ohms|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||105|
|Digital Music Features|
|Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)||Yes|
|Total Analog Inputs||4|
|Optical Digital Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||1|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
Advanced High Current (AHC) Single-Push-Pull Circuit: Engineered with Denon amplifier technology, the PMA-600NE delivers 45 Watts of power-per-channel (8ohm, 20-20kHz, THD 0.07%). The PMA-600NE incorporates AHC (Advanced High Current) transistors with 2 to 3x the electrical current supply capacity of conventional audio power transistors. The acclaimed Denon AHC single-push-pull circuit allows for the discrete amplifier in the PMA-600NE to produce powerful sound with musical fidelity. This integrated amplifier offers compatibility with a wide range of speaker types and impedances (4 to 16-ohm) for operational stability.
Vibration-Resistant Design: The PMA-600NE's vibration-resistant design with Direct Mechanical Ground Construction reduces the adverse audio effects of heavy components within amplifiers so sound quality meets Denon standards. The power transformer, which is the largest vibration source among amplifier components, is outfitted with a thick steel plate to the mount, suppressing vibration created by the transformer as well as external vibration toward the transformer. By directly supporting the transformer with a steel plate, the vibration surrounding the chassis is reduced resulting in pristine sound.
Signal Level Divided Construction (SLDC): The Signal Level Divided Construction (SLDC) chassis developed by Denon is used in the audio circuit to ensure that delicate musical signals are faithfully amplified and transmitted to the speakers. This design technology makes sure you can listen with exemplary quality, every time.
Main Transformer with Individual Wiring: To eliminate interference and maintain exceptional sound quality, the main power transformer of the PMA-600NE has separate coiled wires for the audio and control circuits. An integrated micro-processor features Stop Mode for even greater sound quality while you listen.
Micro-Processor Stop Mode: The micro-processor of the PMA-600NE features a Stop Mode that automatically ceases all operations of the micro-processor when it's not needed for playback. By stopping the oscillation of the micro-processor clock during these listening moments, the audio signal is protected from external noise and enhances sound quality.
24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Denon PMA-600NE utilizes a 24-bit/192kHz DAC for high-resolution audio playback; supporting 16- or 24-bit Linear PCM with a sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, or 192 kHz.
Analog & Source Direct Modes: Analog Mode allows the PMA-600NE to operate as a purely analog amp, disabling digital inputs as well as Bluetooth while you listen to an analog source. Turn on Analog Mode to close power to the dedicated digital power source and stop operation of the digital input and Bluetooth circuity, avoiding any high frequency influence on the analog section of the PMA-600NE. Enjoy your favorite analog sources with uninhibited clarity and detailed reproduction. When Source Direct is activated, you can listen to either analog or digital audio signals with higher sound quality. Source Direct mode the bypasses the integrated amp's tone adjustment circuitry (Bass/Treble/Balance), resulting in playback of higher sound quality for analog and digital audio sources.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Denon PMA-600NE features built-in Bluetooth (version 4.2) with a 98.4' wireless range for music streaming (A2DP 1.2) and control (AVRCP 1.6). You'll be able to wirelessly connect to smartphones (including iPhone & Android), tablets (including iPad & Android), laptops (including Microsoft Surface & Macbook), computers (including Windows PC & Mac), and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Up to eight Bluetooth devices can be remembered by the PMA-600NE, so family members as well as friends can enjoy their favorite tracks (only one device can be used at a time).
- Wireless Music Streaming: You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled source device to the Denon receiver. In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the PMA-600NE offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the Denon receiver offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod/iPhone/Pad.
- Wireless Music Control: You will also be able to control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) using the receiver's remote control. Advanced music operation will still need to be handled from your Bluetooth-enable device. There is no song/artist information display on the receiver or connected TV. Continue to use your Bluetooth device's screen to view song/artist info.
- Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls is not supported.
- Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Denon receiver.
Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The PMA-600NE features two Optical (Toslink) digital inputs and one Coaxial (RCA) digital input that support PCM signals up to 192kHz/24-bit. Linear PCM signals (16- or 24-bit) with a sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, or 192 kHz can be input into this unit. These digital inputs help to improve sound and visual quality of your TV audio, Blu-Ray, media players and more. You can also use these digital inputs for high-resolution sound from an audio source on your computer.
Note: The optical & coaxial digital inputs do not support Dolby Digital, DTS, DSD, or AAC.
Line-Level RCA Inputs: The Denon integrated amplifier is outfitted with four line-level, stereo RCA inputs labeled "CD", "Network", "Aux", and "Recorder". Use these analog line-level inputs to connect legacy devices, such as a CD player or tape deck.
MM Phono Equalizer: The PMA-600NE includes a phono equalizer that supports playback from turntables with a MM cartridge. This phono equalizer has high gain, and unlike loops in other circuit board patterns which cause adverse effects on sound quality, the simple, straightforward design of the PMA-600NE phono equalizer significantly improves sound.
Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The Denon integrated amplifier is equipped with binding post speaker output terminals that support bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual). You can connect a single pair of loudspeakers with impedances from 4 to 16-ohm.
Headphone Output: The Denon PMA-600NE is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone so you can enjoy your music privately. When headphones are plugged into the integrated amp's headphone jack, audio will no longer be output from the amplifier's connected speakers or subwoofer output.
Subwoofer Output: The PMA-600NE integrated amplifier is outfitted with a mono-subwoofer output for connection of a powered subwoofer (sold separately). The subwoofer output has a fixed 100Hz low pass crossover filter.
Line-Level Recorder Output: Audio signals input into this unit can be output to an external recording device, using the integrated amplifiers stereo line-level RCA outputs. When recording audio from a playback device connected to this unit, audio can be recorded with the playback device still connected to the integrated amp.
Remote Control: The included IR remote control can be used to operate not only PMA-600NE integrated amplifier, but Denon CD players and network audio players as well. The remote provides Power, Input, and Volume control for the integrated amplifier; as well as playback control for select Denon CD players and network audio players. In addition, there is a 3.5mm IR Control input and output for connecting Denon CD players and network audio players with an IR controller.
Tone Controls: The Denon PMA-600NE offers Bass, Treble, & Balance control. Bass (100Hz) and Treble (10kHz) can be adjusted from -8dB to +8dB. The Balance knob allows you to adjust the volume output from the left and right speakers. The Bass, Treble, and Balance control knobs are found on the unit's front-panel only (not on remote).
Auto Standby: When there is no input signal and no operation for approximately 30 minutes, this unit automatically enters Standby mode to conserve power and energy.
Protection Circuitry: This is a function to prevent damage to devices within the power supply when an abnormality such as an overload, excess voltage, or over temperature occurs for any reason.
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