Advantages Good looks, sounds great, just does what it is meant to do. Remote is very handy and user friendly
Disadvantages A more expensive amplifier will give better results basically, but nothing wrong with this product
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Okay so about a year ago now I bought my first decent set of speakers. A pair of old but good B&W 602's from eBay. I therefore bought cables and then an amplifier to go with them. After looking around on the internet and really wanting something that wasn't scratched or second hand, I took a trip to my local richer sounds after looking about on the internet to buy this beautiful amplifier - the Denon PMA-510AE. (Yes I know the dooyoo title is wrong, they must have misspelt it after I suggested this product).
Out of the box I also noticed the weight of the product, which is basically down to the power supply being a proper old school transformer, and nothing electrical like a switch mode power supply, which can often fail.
---OPENING THE BOX---
So when I came home I unpacked my new amp and started to set it up. The packaging the amplifier comes in is just a simple box, with some decent, and strong polystyrene moulds to hold it in place, there is certainly no way this is going to get damaged in transport unless it is dropped from a significant height, so rest assured. The box has everything in it, including batteries for the remote, and an excellent user manual to get you going.
I also noticed that if you switch inputs on this amplifier mid song the amplifier actually turns off and back on to protect the circuits and speakers, which is a handy feature. Also the LED illumination of the input selection is very nice to look at.
So I connected my speakers up with some decent wire, and plugged it in. I noticed that as you turn on the product a loud clicking is heard and after a few seconds another click is heard and it is ready. Okay it takes a few seconds to charge the capacitors but it's no worries really. Starting with the volume low, as I recommend! I slowly raised the volume and heard beautiful music coming from my speakers. Okay now, the sound quality will not just depend on the amp, but the input source and also the speakers but I have played lots of music now and it is easy to tell the difference between mp3's at 320Kbps, something at CD quality and a high definition FLAC file at around 4500Kbps.
Upon first use I also noticed that as you look into the grills at the top of the amp, there is quite a bit of 'white stuff' around the bottom of the capacitors, so in case you are wondering what it is, it is just glue, nothing is leaking, do not fear.Also you will probably know this but I just advise you to always place your amp on top of things and not to put anything on top of it as it will be the product that gets the hottest, especially when driving many speakers at loud volumes for a while. Something every amp does though, so not a downfall of this product.
Well I can't fault this product at that. I did purchase a 5 year warranty with this product but I fully expect to be returning after 5 years to claim back my money after not using the warranty service. The unit is a little heavy but you can tell it is a really solid build with no points of flex or movement. The finish is superb, and while I have my unit in black to match other items in the room, I am sure the white looks just as impressive, it really stands out as a decent piece of kit for the money.
High Speed rectifier circuit
Independent Power Transformer for Micro-Processor
Controllable DENON Components - Tuner, CD-Player, Cassette deck
Signal Level Divided Construction (S.L.D.C.)
Tone and Balance Controls
Speaker A/B Switching
Dimensions (WxHxD mm) - 434x121x337
Weight - 6,5 kg
Standby Power Consumption - < 0,3 W
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