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Denon PMA-560

Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1990-91)

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Denon PMA-560


Power output: 70 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.015%

Input sensitivity: 0.2mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 75dB (MC), 94dB (MM), 110dB (line)

Dimensions: 434 x 140 x 353mm

Weight: 7.7kg


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Reviewed May 11th, 2019 by Nick Name

Good amp, lots of watts, nice open sound. Very good quality hifi. Not high-end, but that is not to expected.
Note: the power supply good be improved by adding some extra capacitors, and that will result in even better sound.

Reviewed Sep 14th, 2018 by mjagjpereira

Very dynamic sound, clear and precise soundstage. A little bright on the top end.

Reviewed Apr 19th, 2016 by blizzard

As an avid collector and owner of Denon audio equipment, I picked up this little gem for 150$. Late eighties early nineties, Denon were at their peak, and this little amp is an example of that. Low and medium volume levels, this is an Absolute sweat sounding amp with with deep controlled bass, warm detailed midrange and crystal clear highs, thanks to Denon's optical class A biasing which keeps this baby singing in full class A at low to medium volumes. My speakers are huge floor standers which are difficult to drive because of their low impedance, but no problem for this amp. Only on high volume beyond comfortable listening levels, do the wheels come of on this 70 watt amp and manifests itself in the highs becoming a little aggressive. Did a back to back comparison to the latest 100 watt offering from Nu Prime and the Denon ran all over it.
They simply don't make em like that anymore!The amplifier is 100% original and functioning after 25 years like most of the Denon equipment I own from that era.

Reviewed Jun 09th, 2015 by colin44ct357

i had the 680 a year back which was a true pleasure to listen to, deep and pure...as good as or better than the nads, well this one is on a par and delivers 110wrms x 2 at 0.7 which is pretty impressive. just finished reworking the main pcb and speaker selector/protection pcb..loads of dry joints on both, well for an amp of this age that is to be expected. the new digital equipment can get lost, this is HI FI!

Reviewed Jul 27th, 2014 by micthetic

Pretty much agree with the other poster. These amplifiers offer a very neutral, open, quite deep and definately hifi experience. It cannot be faulted for the sort of money they sell for secondhand. I wholeheartedly recommend this amplifier if, like me, you once delved heavily in audiophilia and now take things a lot less seriously but still know and demand good performance from your equipment. Solidly built with a decent phono stage you don't need to look any further than the Denon PMA-560 if you're considering buying a quality budget amplifier.



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>Denon PMA-560

I got this amp in 2ยบ hand, i'm using it in a second system with a Marantz CD63 KY and a pair of Mission 751 with Straightwire Raphsody cables. I compare it with hes bigger brother, the Denon PMA 720, a Marantz PM6010 OSE KI and a Nad 3020i.
Sound: The soudstage is very wide, not to deep tough, but he is able to recreate a soundstage and fill the gap between the speakers like no other mencioned above. The bass is controlled and fast, of course he does't go as deep as my McCormack DNA 1 but he as strength enough to punch you in the stomac if music requires so. The mids are very expressive, maybe a little enfasis in the high/mids but combined with the right speakers gives him a sense of presence very convincing. The highs are sweet, not the most extensive and of course a litle grain, (the absence of grain in the highs is for another leage), but you can ear music for hours with this amp and never getting the sense of fatigue. The other thing i notice about this amp that make him special is the silence between the "notes", far better than any other mencioned here, (McCormack Inclusive!!!!).
After listen the the PMA 720 I wasn't expecting much from this amp, not that the 720 was bad but being a inferior model in the hierarchy...after all!!! He has a personality, isn't as neutral as the Nad 3020i, but the soudstage, the presencence and realism he plays music, makes it far better. A good buy.

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re: >Denon PMA-560

Using a good quality dolby digital cda player like a nad from the late 70's and a cda dolby d disc, true pleasure with the combo, sends shivers through the body, deep and pure.
built up a aiwa nsx-590 a month back and wow, put my old sony g70 to shame.
sold the sony and the nsx has a new life, took days to sort it out but well worth it.
i dont use the surround feature, straight is amazing.

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