PMA-1600NE

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Integrated Amp with DAC mode for high resolution audio

Features - PMA-1600NE

Denon is one of the rare audio brands that continued to actively develop Hi-Fi components and accumulate, refine, and pass down Hi-Fi audio technologies. The performance of the PMA-1600NE goes well beyond that of Denon’s previous PMA-1500 series. With its ultimate built-quality, unique Denon technologies and state-of-the-art connectivity, the PMA-1600NE truly is a masterpiece of sound technology. Thanks to the rear USB-B input and embedded high quality D/A converter, the PMA plays high resolution files up to 384kHz/32bit and DSD up to 11.2MHz from a computer in impeccable sonic quality. For the best performance from analogue inputs, the PMA-1600NE features an Analog Mode which allows to switch off all unutilized sections like the digital input circuitry or the low noise display for an unaltered audio reproduction.

 

State-of-the-art Denon Solutions

  • 2 x 140 W (4 ohm) output - Enough power even for big rooms
  • Advanced Ultra High Current (UHC)-MOS Single Push-Pull Circuit Power Amplifier with Schottky barrier diodes - Wide bandwith sound from deep bass to detailed highs
  • DAC Master Clock Design - Jitter-free audio reproduction
  • Rear USB-B input - High Resolution Audio playback up to 384 kHz / 32 bit and 11.2 MHz DSD
  • Digital isolator to eliminate high-frequency computer noise on the USB-B or digital inputs - Enjoy all sources without any unwanted electric noise
  • FL display for source and sample rate indication - Easily capture most important information
  • Analog AMP Mode switching off digital audio circuitry and display - Pure analogue audio reproduction
  • Advanced AL32 Processing Plus - Digital recordings beautifully faithful to the original sound
  • Direct Mechanical Ground Construction - Minimizes unwanted vibration
  • Chassis construction with 6 independent blocks - Eliminates noises between the circuits
  • Main transformer with separate power supplies for analogue and digital circuits - Preserves audio signal purity
  • 2 Digital Optical and 1 Digital Coaxial inputs; High performance MM & MC Phono Equalizer Amp - Ready for music from all sources
  • Available in Premium Silver and Black - Perfectly matching the DCD-1600NE Super Audio CD Player
 

Advanced Ultra High Current MOS

Single Push-Pull Circuit

The amplifier features Advanced UHC (Ultra High Current)-MOS technology that utilizes a minimum number of high-current amplifier elements to balance advanced speaker drive capabilities and improved sound quality.

Advanced UHC-MOS is an ideal amplifier whose power supply performance is superior to that of bipolar transistors and incorporates the sound quality advantages of MOS-FETs. The Advanced UHC-MOS is provided in a single push-pull configuration that eliminates deviations in the amplification stage and balances high power with delicate musical details. This circuit masterfully reproduces the full sonic range, from the delicate musical nuances to the powerful climaxes of rich musical expression.

6-block chassis configuration & direct Mechanical Ground Construction

The PMA-1600NE’s chassis is configured of six independent blocks that house the phono equalizer and input circuitry, volume control circuitry, USB-DAC circuitry, amplification circuitry, power section, and the control section.

The chassis constructed with 1.0mm thick steel plates protects the signal circuits from external vibration and eliminates the adverse effects of mutual interference among the circuits. The power section has been positioned in the center of the PMA-1600NE. With heat sinks on both sides, this construction of well-balanced mass is in an ideal location to prevent unwanted vibration from affecting sound quality. In addition, the feet supporting the heavy weight of the power transformer, heat sinks, and chassis are made of ABS resin with rigid rib construction.

 
 

Advanced AL32 Processing Plus

Supporting 384-kHz/32-bit PCM input

For digital input, the PMA-1600NE employs Advanced AL32 Processing Plus, the latest version of Denon’s analogue waveform reproduction technology which utilizes unique data interpolation algorithms and also supports high-resolution 384-kHz/32-bit PCM signal input. These algorithms interpolate points that should exist before and after the points in large quantities of data to achieve a smooth waveform that is close to that of the original signal. By carefully restoring data that was lost during digital recording, the resulting playback sound is highly detailed, free of interference, accurately localized, richly expressive in the lower range, and beautifully faithful to the original sound.

Digital isolator

and Analog Mode

The PMA-1600NE is equipped with a high-speed digital isolator to eliminate adverse influences on sound quality caused by high-frequency noise from a USB-connected computer or from the PMA-1600NE’s digital inputs. Since data is transferred magnetically via coils embedded in an IC chip, the input and output sides are electrically isolated. By isolating the signal line between digital audio circuitry and the D/A converter, adverse influences of high-frequency noise on analogue audio circuitry after the D/A converter are eliminated. The PMA-1600NE also adopted a dedicated secondary winding in power transformer for the digital circuitry to shut out noise from the power source. During analogue audio playback, the Analog Mode can be used to turn off power to the dedicated digital power source and completely stop operation of the digital input circuitry to avoid any high frequency influence to the analogue section. Analog Mode also turns off the fluorescent display, allowing the PMA-1600NE to operate as a purely analogue amp (during Analog Mode, USB-B, coaxial digital, and optical digital inputs are disabled).


 
 

USB-DAC supporting 11.2-MHz DSD and 384-kHz/32-bit PCM

The PMA-1600NE provides USB-DAC functions that support high-resolution 11.2-MHz DSD and 384-kHz/32-bit PCM input signals. DSD transmission methods support ASIO native playback and DSD Audio over PCM Frames (DoP). Since asynchronous transfer is controlled by the PMA-1600NE’s master clock rather than the clock of a computer the transfer is free of jitter. The D/A converter used in the PMA-1600NE is the same 384-kHz/32-bit and DSD capable top class DAC used in the DCD-1600NE to deliver a clean, high-grade sound.

MM/MC phono equalizer

The PMA-1600NE includes a phono equalizer that supports input from both MM and MC cartridges. This phono equalizer has high gain, and as loops in the circuit board pattern can cause adverse effects on sound quality, the “simple & straight” design represents a significant improvement. On the PMA-1600NE, the MM/MC toggle switch was changed from a push type to a relay type, which shortens the pattern on the circuit board and makes signal loops smaller, allowing delicate analogue signals to be amplified with greater purity.

 
 

System remote controller

and clear view front display

The PMA-1600NE comes with a system remote control unit that can also operate the DCD-1600NE and other Denon CD players. The low noise FL display on the product front panel gives source and sample rate indication.

Specs - PMA-1600NE

Features

Channels 2

UHC-MOS single push pull circuit o (Advanced)

Advanced HC-TR single push pull circuit -

LC mounted twin transformer o

Wide range amplifier o

High current dynamic power supply o

Power amp discrete construction o

Micro processor auto off o

Solid Heat Sinks o (Separate)

Source Direct o

Power Amp direct o

Balance / Bass / Treble / Loudness o / o o / -

Digital in: USB-B / optical / coaxial / USB-A o / 2 / 1 / -

Sample Rate digital In 192 kHz / 24-bit

USB-A: DSD / WAV / FLAC / AIFF / ALAC -

USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 <=11.2

USB-B PCM sample rate 384 kHz / 32-bit

DAC chip PCM1795

Asynchronous mode rear USB o

Bit-perfect transmission o

AL 32 Processing Advanced AL32 Plus

DAC Master Clock Design o

Bluetooth / aptX / NFC -

Streaming audio from PC o

Music Server -

Wi-Fi / Wired LAN -

Internet radio -

AirPlay Audio Streaming -

Windows Play to -

vTuner / Spotify* -

DLNA certified -

DSD-Audio network streaming -

Lossy formats: MP3 / WMA / AAC -

Lossless Formats: DSD / FLAC HD 192/24 / ALAC 96/24 / WAV 192/24 / AIFF -

Power Transformer: Toroidal / El - / twin

Analog Mode o

Dac Mode

Digital in: USB-A / USB-B / optical / coaxial -

Sample Rate digital In -

Asynchronous mode rear USB -

Bit-perfect transmission -

USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 -

Ground isolator for DAC Mode operation -

AL 32 Processing -

DAC Master Clock Design -

Bluetooth / aptX / NFC -

Vertical Installation -

Low Noise OELD display -

Inputs/Outputs

Audio Inputs 4

Phono Input: MM / MC o / o

Audio Outputs 1

Pre-out / Main-in - / -

Power Amp Direct IN -

Gold plated Cinch o

Speaker A / B -

Number of terminals 2

Remote Control Bus in / out o

Headphone Out o

Digital in: USB-B / optical / coaxial / USB-A o / 2 / 1 / -

Specifications

Output power 8 Ohm (20 Hz - 20 kHz, T.H.D. 0.07%) 70 W

Output power 4 Ohm (1 kHz, T.H.D. 0.7%) 140 W

Total Harmonic Distortion 0.01 %

Input Sensitivity: MM 2.5 mV / 47 kohm

Input Sensitivity: MC 200 µV / 100 ohm

Signal to Noise Ratio: MM/MC 89 dB / 74 dB

Input Sensitivity: High level 125 mV / 47 kohms

Signal to Noise Ratio: High level 108dB

Treble Control ± 8 dB at 10 kHz

Bass Control ± 8 dB at 100 Hz

General

Available Colours: Premium Silver / Black o / o

Metal Front Panel o

Power Consumption in W 295

Standby Consumption in W 0.2

Auto Power Off o

Detachable Power Cable o

Remote Control RC-1213

System Remote Function o

Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H) in mm 434 x 414 x 135

Weight in kg 17.6

Downloads - PMA-1600NE

pdf file
Online Manual
pdf file
PMA-1600NE - Quick Start Guide (EN)

1,70 MB
04-02-2017

pdf file
PMA1600NE Product Information Sheets EN03

1,82 MB
01-24-2017

Reviews And Awards - PMA-1600NE

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Awards
Audio
„The PMA-1600NE is just like its brother, a real all-rounder with powerful performances. Thanks to its high connectivity, both analogue (phono pre-amp) and digital with the USB port, you are well prepared for every eventuality. Who is looking for a solid all-inclusive package, won‘t do anything wrong with this Denon.“
Hifi Choice
“The remarkably complete and sonically gifted Denon PMA-1600NE combines stunning resolution and drive with uncommon grace and subtlety. It’s no style statement, but whether digital or analogue, it’s the best in its class and quite beautifully built to boot.”
Hifi Choice [PL]
PMA1600NE – awarded Best Buy HiFi Choice badge and full 5 stars set verdict in all 4 categories. Great sound with proper controls and excellent dynamics. Neutral, but at the same time showing all the beauty coming out of music. Accurate stereo image nicely showing the weight and size of the individual instruments.
i-fidelity
“Tonal the PMA-1600NE outstandingly presents itself, both as a converter and as an amplifier. It also plays powerful dynamic on big speakers and at the same time it has a keen, transparent play full of atmosphere, with a large-sized, exquisite differentiated sound-stage.”
L&B
“Exquisite craftsmanship through and through. Very dynamic sound.”
Stereo
"Colourful and charismatic integrated amplifier with lots of power. Best equipped on analogue and digital side. Modern and classic in one piece. In short, a splendid fellow.“

Comparison - PMA-1600NE

Model
PMA-1600NE
Features
Channels
2
2
2
UHC-MOS single push pull circuit
o (Advanced)
-
o (Advanced)
Advanced HC-TR single push pull circuit
-
-
-
LC mounted twin transformer
o
-
o
Wide range amplifier
o
-
o
High current dynamic power supply
o
-
o
Power amp discrete construction
o
-
o
Micro processor auto off
o
-
o
Solid Heat Sinks
o (Separate)
-
o (Separate)
Source Direct
o
-
o
Power Amp direct
o
-
o
Balance / Bass / Treble / Loudness
o / o o / -
o / o / o / -
o / o o / -
Digital in: USB-B / optical / coaxial / USB-A
o / 2 / 1 / -
- / 2 / o / o
-
Sample Rate digital In
192 kHz / 24-bit
192 kHz / 24-bit
-
USB-A: DSD / WAV / FLAC / AIFF / ALAC
-
<=5.6 / 192 / 192 / 192 / 96
-
Lossless Formats: DSD / FLAC HD 192/24 / ALAC 96/24 / WAV 192/24 / AIFF
-
o / o / o / o / o
-
Dac Mode
Digital in: USB-A / USB-B / optical / coaxial
-
-
-
Sample Rate digital In
-
-
-
Asynchronous mode rear USB
-
-
-
Bit-perfect transmission
-
-
-
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6
-
-
-
Ground isolator for DAC Mode operation
-
-
-
AL 32 Processing
-
-
-
DAC Master Clock Design
-
-
-
Bluetooth / aptX / NFC
-
-
-
Vertical Installation
-
-
-
Low Noise OELD display
-
-
-
Inputs/Outputs
Audio Inputs
4
2
6
Digital in: USB-B / optical / coaxial
-
-
- / - / -
Phono Input: MM / MC
o / o
-
o / o
Audio Outputs
1
1x variable / fix selectable
1
Pre-out / Main-in
- / -
main + subwoofer / -
1 / -
Power Amp Direct IN
-
-
o
Gold plated Cinch
o
-
o
Speaker A / B
-
-
-
Number of terminals
2
2
2
Remote Control Bus in / out
o
-
o
Headphone Out
o
o
o
Digital in: USB-B / optical / coaxial / USB-A
o / 2 / 1 / -
- / 2 / o / o
-
Specifications
Output power 8 Ohm (20 Hz - 20 kHz, T.H.D. 0.07%)
70 W
35W
70 W
Output power 4 Ohm (1 kHz, T.H.D. 0.7%)
140 W
70W
140 W
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.01 %
0.004 %
0.01 %
Input Sensitivity: MM
2.5 mV / 47 kohm
-
2.5 mV / 47 kohm
Input Sensitivity: MC
200 µV / 100 ohm
-
200 µV / 100 ohm
Signal to Noise Ratio: MM/MC
89 dB / 74 dB
-
89 dB / 74 dB
Input Sensitivity: High level
125 mV / 47 kohms
130 mV / 22 kOhm
125 mV / 47 kohms
Signal to Noise Ratio: High level
108dB
110dB
108dB
Treble Control
± 8 dB at 10 kHz
± 8 dB at 12 kHz
± 8 dB at 10 kHz
Bass Control
± 8 dB at 100 Hz
± 8 dB at 100 Hz
± 8 dB at 100 Hz
Power Output (8 / 4 Ohm RMS)
-
35W/70W
-
General
Available Colours: Premium Silver / Black
o / o
o / -
o / o
Metal Front Panel
o
-
o
Power Consumption in W
295
60
295
Standby Consumption in W
0.2
0.3
0.2
Auto Power Off
o
o
o
Detachable Power Cable
o
o
o
Remote Control
RC-1213
RC1206
RC-1186
System Remote Function
o
-
o
Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H) in mm
434 x 414 x 135
280 x 104 x 337
434 x 414 x 135
Weight in kg
17.6
4.8
16.1
Others
Vertical Installation
-
-
-
Low Noise OELD display
-
o
-
Source Direct
-
o
-