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Denon PMA-860

Integrated Stereo Amplifier (1990-93)

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Denon PMA-860


Power output: 80 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.07%

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

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

Output: 150mV (line)

Dimensions: 434 x 160 x 397mm

Weight: 9.7kg

Year: 1991

Price: GBP £240 (1991)


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Reviewed Jul 20th, 2019 by magoturi

dynamic sound, extended and refined highs, present and controlled bass, large scene, even difficult speakers.

Reviewed Mar 20th, 2017 by richiemsch

This amp sounds good only if loudness is turned on. Otherwise, there's no bass enough. Eaven on loudness, bass control isn't good as should be, and high are nervous and hard to control to. Good value for money, about 100euro.

Reviewed Jul 02nd, 2016 by guest

In my opinion probably best integrated model from denon, better than 1060, 1560, 920, 1520, with better linearity from new models 1550 and 2000.

Look budget yes, but very well sounded.

Reviewed Jun 11th, 2016 by albytommy22

Excellent sound. Wide soundstage, punchy bass.

Reviewed May 18th, 2016 by RTM

It's a great value for the money and isn't representative of the BPC movement that mars most the rest of the mass market gear of this piece's new marketplace lifetime. I have it in my workshop powering a pair of Advent Legacy II's and it's more than enough for that space. I still prefer vintage Pioneer from approximately a decade before (the Denon has to be treated respectfully with regard to volume-it doesn't clip gracefully) and it's not quite as voltage stiff output wise, but it's quite fine. Particularly when mated to the speakers in the marketplace at that time. I'm a bit more fond of Denon's CD playback devices and their turntables. Denon knew how to build and market silver era monolith type pieces, they just weren't commonplace. Their monster amps were easier to find in magazine reviews, although they weren't priced at very mass market levels.




I bought an used PMA 860 a week ago for about 200€.
In this week I used it a lot, initially to verify how I spent my money, but then because the music that came from my speakers was something of very pleased, difficult to switch off.
I had the opportunity to compare the PMA 860 with other two amplifier: an old (and good) Proton 540 and a recent Marantz 7005.
In either cases the winner of comparison is Denon.
Very detailed and at the same time pleased to listen for a long time, very complete image also at low volume.
A real gem, for a fraction of the cost of a new amplifier in its class.

re: PMA-860

I am a novice in this area so please bear with me.
Is the PMA 860 compatible with the Denon DCD 860?
I would appreciate any advice/alternative options.

re: PMA-860

The amplifier Denon PMA 860 can accept all types of normal CD players, as the Denon DCD 860. CD players of the principal brands can work perfectly with any good amplifier. A little advise, life expectance of second hand CD players is lower than DVD players due to last ones are newer devices and lasers and lents included in both have a limited life expectance (around 20 years the optical pick-up sometimes fail), then if DVD´s fits you buy one of the last ones.

re: PMA-860

Got this amp few years ago on auction for 150$. Since then enjoing warm rich sound and very large stage. It is very powerfull amp. Have had lots of different amplifiers and Denon PMA-860 is still my favorite.

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