Denon’s New PMA-150H is Hub for Streaming Entertainment

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(September 5, 2019) Denon has officially unveiled a new voice-controlled integrated network amplifier. Designated as the PMA-150H, it features a small footprint designed packed to the gills with wireless connectivity and the ability to tap Sound United’s unique HEOS streaming technology. The backside of the unit allows for connection of sources such as a CD player, TV, turntable, or USB devices, while owners can also enjoy onboard support for services like Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and TIDAL, connection to local music libraries, or streaming with Bluetooth and AirPlay 2. Hi-Res audio support (up to 192 kHz/24-bit) covers major codecs such as ALAC, FLAC, and WAV, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks.

Of course, being a network amplifier, the PMA-150H possesses the ability to power a stereo pair of speakers (4 or 8 ohms) by delivering 70 watts per channel (4 ohm , 1kHz, THD 0.1%). And for moments where discrete listening is desired, owners can tap a dedicated headphone amp circuit.

The PMA-150H is priced at $1,099 and is available for purchase now. For more information, read Denon's press release below.


VISTA, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2019)Denon®, Japan’s defining audio manufacturer, today announced its latest high-performance integrated network amplifier, the PMA-150H. The compact and beautiful PMA-150 easily connects all popular digital and analog sources, including CD players, TVs, turntables, and USB devices. HEOS Built-in technology enables access to music over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and wired Ethernet using the HEOS app, or streamed directly via Apple Airplay 2 and Spotify Connect. Leveraging Denon’s Advanced AL32 Processing Plus analog waveform reproduction technology and powerful Direct Digital Feedback Amplification (DDFA), discerning listeners with an eye for design need not look any further to dramatically upgrade their listening experience.

“Denon has long been renowned for world class audio components, and the PMA-150H integrated network amplifier continues that tradition of audio excellence. It is designed for the audio enthusiast who doesn’t have the space for a traditional full-size component audio system, but wants amazing-sounding audio, support for high resolution wireless music streaming and the ability to connect all of their analog and digital sources,” said Michael Greco, senior director Denon brand management. “The amplifier is also simply a beautiful piece of electronics, with 5mm aluminum top and bottom panels designed to minimize vibration and support cooling, the vivid OLED screen and diamond-cut volume ring all demonstrate Denon’s attention to quality and detail.”

Every electrical component in the PMA-150H was carefully selected and custom-designed by Denon sound engineers to fine-tune audio performance and meet the highest quality standards. The amplifier delivers a robust 70 Watts of power-per-channel (4ohm, 1kHz, THD 0.1%) and supports both 4- and 8-ohm speakers. Additionally, it is equipped with a dedicated headphone amplifier circuit featuring a high-speed, ultra-low distortion wideband amp paired with a fully discrete final output stage. To accommodate a wide range of headphones, the PMA-150H has an adjustable headphone impedance control, with three settings for low, medium and high impedance models. The headphone jack offers a 6.3mm (1/4-inch) connector for compatibility with premium home and professional studio headphones. The PMA-150H’s compact design (11”W x 4.1”H x 12.6”D) features an elegant soft aluminum matte top and bottom panels with premium OLED, gloss black and silver accents.


High Resolution Audio
The PMA-150H is compatible with high-resolution digital audio files like ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files up to 192 kHz/24-bit, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks (the audiophile format of SACD). Users will enjoy high-resolution audio compatibility along with digital inputs and a premium onboard USB-DAC that features PCM 384 kHz/32bit and DSD file playback capability. Advanced AL32 Processing Plus is the latest in analog waveform reproduction technology from Denon and creates a highly detailed audio experience free of interference and richly expressive in the lower range.

Effortless Access to Music
The PMA-150H features two analog RCA inputs, two optical inputs, one digital coaxial input, and USB-A and B inputs to enjoy the best possible sound from nearly any source. The USB-A input will support WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV/FLAC/ALAC 192/24, DSD 5.6MHz files. From a computer, high-resolution output is also possible via the USB-B input, powering PCM signals up to 384 kHz/32bit and DSD11.2MHz. Additionally, listeners can easily connect CD players, turntables, USB drives, TVs, and more.

With HEOS Built-in, listeners can enjoy music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TIDAL, TuneIn Internet Radio, SoundCloud, Napster, Deezer or local music file libraries. The PMA-150H also offers Bluetooth connectivity, providing instant access to online music streaming. AirPlay 2 compatibility ensures users can simply stream Apple Music wirelessly to the PMA-150H, or group the amplifier with other AirPlay compatible speakers to deliver great-sounding music throughout the home. HEOS Built-in also enables listeners to enjoy their favorite music in any room, creating a wireless, whole-home audio experience using HEOS speakers, sound bars and/or receivers. Play the same song in every room, or select a different song for each connected room.

In addition, Denon leveraged its AV receiver engineering expertise to build autosensing into the first optical port and simplified IR learn to easily connect to most TVs. Once enabled, volume, mute and input selection can be controlled via a TV remote.

Works with Voice Assistants
Users can employ their voice to control the PMA-150H with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and the Google Assistant to adjust the volume, skip to the next track, and more.[1]

The PMA-150H is now available for $1,099 MSRP at authorized Denon retailers. For more information on the latest additions to the Denon product lineup, please visit usa.denon.com/us.
 
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This looks like something very close to what I am looking for... but I don't need the amp... it's wasted for me.

Really I think I'd rather have a 4K player with Tidal... that way I only have one source instead of two.

This is close.
 

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Sounds like you need this: Cambridge Audio CXN V2 Network Player
 

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That would be very nice... although after thinking about it... I really want it to include Netflix and Amazon Prime as well... all the streaming services.

Who's making the complete media hub source player?
 

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Apple TV 4K?
 

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I have that... maybe I need to look at it closer. I was not aware that it would do Tidal.

My NAD M17 has MQA decoding for Tidal Masters... and I can use wireless BlueOS from Bluesound for that, but it would be nice to have it all on the screen.
 

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Yup, you can download Tidal onto Apple TV... but you’ll only have access to Hi-Res, not Masters (I believe). That said, not sure if I could definitively hear any difference?
 

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Yep... did this last night, but I can tell you that some of the recordings sound awful. I suppose some of them are actual original recordings and not the latest remastered version. For example... the Pink Floyd Momentary Lapse of Reason sounded terrible, while my CD copy sounds superb, but it came from the remastered box set from a few years ago. Not sure why they would not have the remastered versions of that available. They do have a lot of remastered albums... and the Tidal Masters are available, but I don't think the MQA is being decoded via the Apple 4K. I could not get my BlueOS Controller to connect from my computer last night, but when I do, I can compare MQA.
 

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I've had a similar experience with TIDAL, Sonnie, through different sournces. There are many times where I think the CD presents better. I don't understand why either.
 

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If I pull out an older CD of MLOR from the 80's... it doesn't sound anywhere as good as the Discovery set that was remastered. They just did a fabulous job of bringing those songs to life. My thinking is when they remastered them, they eq'd them to improve on the sound. Tidal probably has the original CD loaded. Same thing with some of the Led Zeppelin music.
 

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Very well could be the case. It’s amazing they screwed up the mastering so badly on so many albums.
 
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