Integrated amplifiers provide source input connectivity and switching, varying degrees of audio decoding or processing, and provide power for running speakers. However, unlike a stereo or home theater receiver, an integrated amplifier doesn’t receive AM/FM radio transmissions and is typically limited to a two-channel stereo configuration. However, if you don’t need all the AV receiver frills, then a two-channel integrated amp might be the best choice as the center of your home audio system
With that in mind, Denon is on hand at the High-End Munich show with two new integrated amplifiers, the PMA-1700NE (70W x 2) and less expensive PMA-900HNE (50W x 2). The one spotlighted in this article is the PMA-1700NE.
According to Denon, the PMA-1700NE incorporates a vibration-resistant design featuring a six-block chassis configuration and direct mechanical ground. Gold-plated speaker terminals and analog source inputs aid in providing solid connectivity and prevent corrosion with long-term use.
Amplifier Type: UHC (Ultra High Current)-MOS Singled Ended Push-Pull.
Audio Processing (Advanced AL32 Processing Plus): This feature supports high-resolution 384khz/32-bit input signals as well as provides the best possible sound quality from any source via its signal restoring algorithms.
USB DAC: This feature ensures optimum quality from digital audio sources coming in through the USB port, including suppressing jitter and additionally optimizing digital-to-analog conversion.
Digital Isolator: This feature helps to reduce digital noise from USB and Digital Optical/Coaxial connected sources.
TV Audio Standby: This feature enables the PMA-1700NE to detect an incoming digital signal source (such as from the digital optical feed from a TV) and automatically turn the amplifier on.
Source Direct: This feature allows you to optimize the quality of analog audio sources by turning off unneeded digital audio input and processing features of the PMA-1700NE to eliminate any interference that may affect analog audio quality.
EQ Settings: Bass, Treble, Midrange
(A/B) Speaker Terminals: The PMA-1700NE incorporates two-channel amplification, but you can connect two sets of speakers, and switch between them, or power all four at once.
Inputs: Phono (1 – with built-in MM and MC equalizer), RCA Line In (4), Optical (2), Coaxial (1), Headphone (1 – front panel with automatic speaker shut-off).
External Preamp Input Terminals: This feature allows you to connect an external preamp and use the PM-1700NE’s power amplifier section and bypass its own preamp functions.
Remote Control and front panel controls are provided.
Pricing & Availability
The Denon PMA-1700NE Integrated Amplifier will be available in Black or Silver with an MSRP of $2,099 (USD) sometime in June 2022.