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Denon PMA-800NE

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC and phono preamplifier

Item # 033PMA800

This amp provides high-current power for your speakers and plenty of connections for digital and analog sources

This amp provides high-current power for your speakers and plenty of connections for digital and analog sources

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About the Denon PMA-800NE

Clean power for your stereo system

The Denon PMA-800NE integrated amplifier provides high-current power for your speakers — up to 85 watts at 4 ohms — and plenty of connections for your favorite digital and analog sources. Inside the solid vibration-resistant chassis are carefully selected circuits and components, including a 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter that makes your CDs and streaming files sound excellent.

Clean power for your stereo system

The Denon PMA-800NE integrated amplifier provides high-current power for your speakers — up to 85 watts at 4 ohms — and plenty of connections for your favorite digital and analog sources. Inside the solid vibration-resistant chassis are carefully selected circuits and components, including a 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter that makes your CDs and streaming files sound excellent.

Special features for vinyl lovers

If you have a treasure trove of favorite records, the PMA-800NE features a built-in phono preamplifier that's compatible with moving coil and moving magnet cartridges. The amp has a Pure Analog setting that disables thits digital circuitry to preserve the warmth of your analog sources.


Product highlights:

  • 50 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.07% THD
  • 85 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz)
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter for high-performance playback of digitally connected sources such as network music players or CD players
  • built-in phono preamp supports input from both moving coil and moving magnet cartridges
  • Analog Mode disables digital circuitry for better sound with analog sources
  • Advanced High Current (AHC) single push-pull circuit power amplifier
  • Stop Mode deactivates the microprocessor when it's not in use
  • front-panel tone controls (treble and bass)
  • front-panel A/B switching for two pairs of speakers
  • built-in headphone amplifier with full-size (1/4-inch) jack
  • remote control included
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB (line in), 86 dB (moving magnet), 71 dB (moving coil)
  • 3 optical and 1 coaxial digital audio inputs
  • stereo RCA phono input
  • 4 stereo RCA line-level inputs
  • stereo RCA audio outputs for recording
  • 2 pairs of binding post speaker connectors
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What's in the box:

  • Integrated amplifier
  • Remote control (RC-1223)
  • Two "AAA" batteries
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

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Denon PMA-800NE

Jason from GA on 6/24/2019

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Great sounding integrated amplifier, especially with cds. Was building a bedroom stereo setup that I wanted music to be a focus but also needed to be able to pull av service. Opted out of stereo receivers because most are physically bigger than I wanted and don't carry any particular advantage over an integrated IMHO. I hooked it up to a pair of Klipsch RP-150M's with a turntable, blu-ray and a tv. Streaming spotify through the tv connected roku over optical and blu-rays sounded clear but it stood out playing cds. Vinyl also sounded good but I'm not super picky with vinyl. I just don't play cd's as much as I used to and went with another integrated that handled the streaming options slightly better, while also having BT and hdmi arc for av sources.

Pros: Great with CD's The knobs and dials are delightful, almost kept it just because of this Compact enough for most setups No obnoxious lights

Cons: Not as impressive with other digital formats Feels stuck between generations No front face display indicating volume level

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Stars and wonders

Loretta from Sylvania, OH on 2/26/2019

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The Denon PMA coupled with KEF LS50's prove, "You don't need no million-dollar hifi's, just get a little integrated and some good British two-way speakers." Its 50 watts are better than the 80 of my old Denon DRA-395 receiver: the bass is solid and well defined, voices have more body and presence, the treble is detailed without any cringing sizzle. The tonality is spot on and natural: I attend the Toledo, Detroit and Cleveland Orchestras and hear no unpleasant surprises from the PMA. (Greta van Fleet benefits from this excellence as well.) The headphone stage lets my low-impedance but efficient HiFiMan 400S sound as enjoyable as the KEFs. Its DAC is an improvement over my 2013 CD/DVD/Netflix box. The MM phono stage has no trouble driving my 2.1 mV Soundsmith Carmen cartridge, and it is good enough to detail the sonic differences between the Carmen and my Grado Reference Master. I look forward to trying the MC stage with a Denon true-mono cartridge. The Analog Mode and Source Direct (i.e, tone defeat) further demonstrate that Denon has used their technical skills to craft a special component with musical sensitivities.

Pros: Tonality!

Cons: The remote doesn't have enough PMA-specific buttons.

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Exceptional Foundation for High Quality Audio Experience

Dan from Chapel Hill, NC on 2/20/2019

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I conducted considerable research before making this purchase, and I could not be happier with the decision I made. The build quality of the Denon is excellent, the front and back panel layout and connections are logical and accessible, and the sound quality from the integrated amplifier is most impressive. I'd also like to address two concerns that were particular to me but that others may share. The first has to do with whether 50 watts at 8 ohms (it delivers 80 watts at 4 ohms) is underpowered to drive tower speakers. I also purchased Polk RtiA7 speakers, and the Denon drives them easily. The second concern I had revolved around the lack of a subwoofer out. After reading about my options, I decided simply to connect speaker terminal B on the back of the Denon to the speaker ins on a Polk PSW110 powered subwoofer (also purchased from Crutchfield). I then activated both speakers A and B on the front panel of the Denon and, once again, the sound proved to be excellent. The bottom line is that if you seek a mid-priced 2.1 system for music, the Denon PMA-800NE should be among the integrated amplifiers you give serious consideration. I have been happy with the way the Denon handles my turntable (it has the option of selecting MM or MC cartridges, and the Analog and Direct source options give you the ability to bypass all of the digital circuitry). The latter can also be implemented when using a cd player. The optical in works great, too, and is perfect for Airplay. Thumbs up!

Pros: Front and back panel layout and connections; ease of use; audio quality; ability to choose MM or MC phono cartridges; Analog and Direct modes

Cons: N/A

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Denon's Back In The Saddle!

Bob from Mays Landing, NJ on 10/17/2018

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Denon has always been one of my favorite audio manufacturers since the 80s (I still have - and use - one of their terrific cassette decks) but of late, I had begun to wonder why they'd abandoned the American market when it came to stereo components that didn't involve video playback (they make integrated amps for the Japanese market but the voltage isn't compatible for the US and they live a short life). My NAD 7155 receiver had seen its day (a story that only angers me so we won't go there) and I began the process of looking for a replacement. Almost pulled the trigger on the Marantz 5005 but low and behold, this magnificent beast showed up on the Crutchfield site and it took about 5 minutes of research and conversation with Doc before I made the purchase. I can't imagine how much better this unit will sound after the "burn in" period, but it sparkles with detail and clarity already. It drives a pair of vintage ADS L520s and they sound more spacial than ever. Attention to detail has always been one of Denon's strong suits and being able to turn off all digital functions in favor of going all analog coupled with the source direct feature, brings out nuances in the music that previously were hidden. Mind you, the NAD was by no means a sonic slouch, but this Denon is flat out fantastic.

Pros: Source direct feature makes cds sound as they were intended.

Cons: Wished it had come out prior to being hosed by an awful stereo repairman.

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Features & specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 50
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 85
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.07%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 105
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
High-resolution Audio Playback PCM
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi N/A
Total Analog Inputs 5
Phono Input Yes
Optical Digital Inputs 3
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
USB Input No
Preamp Outputs No
Headphone Output 1/4"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 4-13/16
Depth (inches) 12-5/16
Weight (pounds) 16.53
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

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Advanced High Current (AHC) Amplifier: Powered by the Denon Advanced High Current (AHC) single push-pull circuit power amplifier, the PMA-800NE provides exceptional sound quality that balances high power with delicate, musical details. The Denon PMA-800NE integrated amplifier is rated for 50 watts x 2 channel (@ 20-20kHz, into 8Ω, with 0.07% THD).

24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Denon PMA-800NE utilizes a 24-bit/192kHz DAC for high-resolution audio playback; supporting 16- or 24-bit Linear PCM with a sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, or 192 kHz.

Main Transformer w/ Individual Wiring: To eliminate interference and maintain exceptional sound quality, the main power transformer of the PMA-800NE has separate coiled wires for the audio and control circuits. An integrated micro-processor features Stop Mode for even greater sound quality while you listen.

Micro-Processor Stop-Mode: The micro-processor of the PMA-800NE features a Stop Mode that automatically ceases all operations of the micro-processor when its not needed for playback. By stopping the oscillation of the micro-processor clock during these listening moments, the audio signal is protected from external noise and enhances sound quality.

Signal Level Divided Construction (SLDC): The Signal Level Divided Construction (SLDC) chassis developed by Denon is used in the audio circuit to ensure that delicate musical signals are faithfully amplified and transmitted to the speakers. This design technology makes sure you can listen with exemplary quality, every time.

Vibration-Resistant Design: The PMA-800NE's vibration-resistant design with Direct Mechanical Ground Construction reduces the adverse audio effects of heavy components within amplifiers so sound quality meets Denon standards. The power transformer, which is the largest vibration source among amplifier components, is outfitted with a 1.6mm thick steel plate to the mount, suppressing vibration created by the transformer as well as external vibration toward the transformer. By directly supporting the transformer with a steel plate, the vibration surrounding the chassis is reduced resulting in pristine sound.

Analog Mode: Analog Mode allows the PMA-800NE to operate as a purely analog amp, disabling coaxial digital and optical digital inputs while you listen to an analog source. Turn on Analog Mode to close power to the dedicated digital power source and stop operation of the digital input circuitry, avoiding any high frequency influence on the analog section of the PMA-800NE. Now, you can enjoy your favorite analog sources with uninhibited clarity and detailed reproduction.

Phono Equalizer (MM or MC): The Denon PMA-800NE includes a phono input and equalizer that supports connection of a turntable with either MM or MC cartridges. This phono equalizer has high gain, and unlike loops in other circuit board patterns which cause adverse effects on sound quality, the simple, straightforward design of the PMA-800NE phono equalizer significantly improves sound. There is a button on the front-panel that allows you to switch between an MM or MC turntable cartridge.

  • Input Sensitivity/Impedance: 2.5mV / 47kΩ (MM), 200μV / 100Ω (MC)
  • Maximum Input: 70mV / 1kHz (MM), 6mV / 1kHz (MC)
  • RIAA Deviation: 20Hz to 20kHz (+/-5dB)

Line-Level RCA Inputs: The Denon integrated amplifier is outfitted with four line-level, stereo RCA inputs labeled "CD", "Network", "Aux", and "Recorder". Use these analog line-level inputs to connect legacy devices, such as a CD player or tape deck.

Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The PMA-800NE features three Optical (Toslink) digital inputs and one Coaxial (RCA) digital input that support PCM signals up to 192kHz/24-bit. Linear PCM signals (16- or 24-bit) with a sampling frequency of 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, or 192 kHz can be input into this unit. These digital inputs help to improve sound and visual quality of your TV audio, Blu-Ray, media players and more.

Note: The optical & coaxial digital inputs do not support Dolby Digital, DTS, DSD, or AAC.

A & B Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The Denon integrated amplifier provides A & B speaker terminals for connection of up to two pair of loudspeakers or bi-wiring a single pair of loudspeakers. The A & B speaker terminals consist of binding-post connectors that support bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual).

  • Speaker A or B: When connecting only one pair of speakers, you can use loudspeakers with a 4 to 16-ohm impedance.
  • Speaker A & B: When connecting two pair of speakers, you can use loudspeakers with an 8 to 16-ohm impedance. The same audio source signal will be output to both pair of speakers.
  • Speaker A/B Bi-Wire: When bi-wiring one set of speakers using both A & B speaker terminals, you can use loudspeakers with a 4 to 16-ohm impedance.

Headphone Output: The Denon PMA-800NE is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone so you can enjoy your music privately. Connecting a set of headphones does not turn off the amplifier's speaker outputs automatically. You will need to manually turn of the speaker output when listening to headphones.

Line-Level Recorder Output: Audio signals input into this unit can be output to an external recording device, using the integrated amplifiers stereo line-level RCA outputs. When recording audio from a playback device connected to this unit, audio can be recorded with the playback device still connected to the integrated amp.

Remote Control: The included IR remote control can be used to operate not only PMA-800NE integrated amplifier, but Denon CD players and network audio players as well. The remote provides Power, Input, and Volume control for the integrated amplifier; as well as playback control for select Denon CD players and network audio players. In addition, there is a 3.5mm IR Control input and output for connecting Denon CD players and network audio players with an IR controller.

Tone Controls: The Denon PMA-800NE offers Bass, Treble, & Balance control. Bass (100Hz) and Treble (10kHz) can be adjusted from -8dB to +8dB. The Balance knob allows you to adjust the volume output from the left and right speakers. The Bass, Treble, and Balance control knobs are found on the unit's front-panel only (not on remote).

Source Direct: When Source Direct is activated, the audio signal does not pass through the tone adjustment circuitry (Bass/Treble/Balance), resulting in playback of higher sound quality.

Auto Standby: When there is no input signal and no operation for approximately 30 minutes, this unit automatically enters Standby mode to conserve power and energy.

Protection Circuitry: This is a function to prevent damage to devices within the power supply when an abnormality such as an overload, excess voltage, or over temperature occurs for any reason.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
Good online review on YouTube by zero fidelity. [ Keith  May 15, 2019 ]
It had everything I was looking for at a price I could afford. Phono amp; multiple rca and digital inputs. A reputable mid-fi brand. [ Brenda  Apr 29, 2019 ]
Had just the right input configuration and manual controls. Especially like the dual phono cartridge switch. Only thing missing is a sub-out, but my speakers have enough low end. [ Dan  Nov 14, 2018 ]

5 questions already asked

How do you receive Bluetooth on this amplifier?
[ Philip  May 20, 2019 ]
1 answer
That Denon doesn't have any built-in Bluetooth capabilities. You would need to add an external Bluetooth adapter like this Harmon Kardon:
[ Cosmo  May 31, 2019 ]  Staff
Can you run Preouts from a Denon 3400 AVR to this unit? I run a pair of CW AT-15 and a pair of Infinity SM152. Just recently burnt up a Kenwood M1D and looking for a great replacement. any suggestions?
[ you  Mar 12, 2019 ]
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I took a look at the manual for your device, and it would appear that you can run RCA cables from "Zone 2" on your back panel to the "AUX In" on the Denon PMA-800NE.
[ Daniel M.  Mar 13, 2019 ]
Is this amp comparable with Marantz PM6006?? Which you recommend?
[ Jorge  Nov 22, 2018 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  Dec 03, 2018 ]  Staff
Can i use the recorded out as a subwoofer out..? Plan to hook up a subwoofer.
[ Joy  Nov 17, 2018 ]
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Thanks for the good reply.. appreciated???? Plan to hooked up a SVS pb1000 subwoofer.
[ Joy  Nov 22, 2018 ]
Those outputs are not volume controlled and should not be used to connect a subwoofer. The only way to connect a powered subwoofer to this unit is using its speaker level outputs. Some subwoofers have speaker level inputs and outputs so they can be connected to a unit like this one. My Bio:
[ Paul  Nov 21, 2018 ]  Staff
Is there any sub out? or sub management with this unit. Can use the recorder analog out to the sub?
[ paul  Oct 27, 2018 ]
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No sub out. Don't know how using the recorder analog out would effectively power a sub woofer as the recorder is a channel unto itself.
[ ROBERT L  Oct 27, 2018 ]

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