110 years. That is, according my records, a number to be very proud of in the ever shifting tides of HiFi. Congratulations are in order.
The 110 Anniversary Series includes four new products — the AVR-A110 AV Surround Receiver ($5499), PMA-A110 Integrated Amplifier ($3499), DCD-A110 SACD Player ($2999), and the DL-A110 MC phono cartridge ($599). All of the Anniversary products are wrapped in a sleek Silver Graphite finish which is making my eyes drool.
As a lover of the integrated amplifier, I find the PMA-A110 most intriguing. OK that cartridge which is based on the classic Denon DL-103 is pretty yummy as well (but its bayonet connector is keeping me at bay).
The PMA-A110 features a new generation of Advanced UHC (Ultra High Current)-MOS Single Push-Pull circuit design, which combines with a differential 2-stage amplifier circuit to drive almost any speaker configuration with improved sound quality. To achieve impeccable balance between delicate details of music reproduction and vigor of low frequency sound, the PMA-A110 is capable of delivering a massive current output in a single push-pull configuration to drive even the most demanding speaker and ensure superior linearity in the output stage.
Spec’d at 80wpc into 8 ohms and doubling down into 4 ohms, the PMA-A110 includes a host of inputs including four digital (1x USB, 3x Toslink, and 1x Coax), MM and MC phono, and 5 line-level RCA inputs. Up front sit the welcome-by-some (including me) Balance and Tone Controls.
The PMA-A110 embraces electrical volume, balance and tone controls while preserving the analog feeling of operation. Clever engineering offers the feel of an analog volume knob while an MCU measures the position of the knob and converts that position to control the master volume digitally. This unique mechanism offers a smoother, more linear control of the master volume by adjusting the curve of the analog volume control in the digital world. The same configuration is also used for Balance and Tone controls.
Denon has really gone all out and packed their experience into the 55-lb PMA-A110. On the digital side, a quad of PCM1795 Burr Brown DACs in Mono-Mode allow for resolutions up to 11.2-MHz DSD and 32bit/384kHz PCM via USB while Denon’s Ultra AL32 Processing upsamples all incoming data to 1.536-MHz prior to conversion. A Master Clock equipped with two clock oscillators (one each for 44.1kHz and 48kHz data and their multiples) resides next to the DAC array suppressing jitter and ensuring optimum precision in D/A conversion.
And for those digital noise can effect analog output deniers, the PMA-A110 can be run in Pure Analog Mode:
When the PMA-A110 is set to Pure Analog Mode it turns off all digital circuits for the perfectly clear sound reproduction of an analog input signal. Pure Analog Mode also turns off the fluorescent display, allowing the PMA-A110 to operate as a purely analog amp (during Pure Analog Mode, USB-B, coaxial digital, and optical digital inputs are disabled) and remove any electrical disturbances that may adversely affect your listening experience.
There’s plenty more to read about on the Denon Website.