Denon Unveils 110th Anniversary Edition Product Series
Sound United’s Denon audio brand put the cherry on the top of its 2020 high-performance AV component lineup while honoring the legacy of the vaunted Japanese brand by introducing an “anniversary series” of products to commemorate the company’s long respected legacy.
The A110 series commemorates the 110th Anniversary of Denon and includes a series of new flagship products represented by a high-performance 8K AV receiver, a 2-channel integrated amp, an SACD player and highly accurate phono cartridge.
Models include the new Denon 8K AV receiver model AVR-A110 ($5,499 suggested retail), the Denon PMA-A110 Integrated Amplifier ($3,499), the Denon DCD-A110 SACD Player ($2,999) and the Denon phono cartridge DL-A110 ($599).
Three special edition 110 Anniversary components will be available at authorized Denon retailers in October 2020, including the AVR-A110, PMA-A110 and DCD-A110. The DL-A110 cartridge hits stores in November.
Denon said each model was designed and manufactured to “the highest standard, leveraging Denon’s century plus experience crafting top of the line audio components.” Each anniversary edition product has an exclusive silver-graphic cabinet color, a 110 Anniversary front-panel logo and “meticulous” tuning by Denon sound masters to stand apart from other products.
Denon is also providing purchasers of each product with a special certificate of authenticity carrying the stamp of approval from Denon’s head engineer, and comes with a five-year out-of-the-box warranty.
Each component is assembled at the Denon factory in Shirakawa, Japan, where they must pass a high-level extended quality assurance examination.
Denon AVR-A110 AV Receiver
The flagship Denon AVR-A110 A/V receiver is a 13.2-channel 8K/60Hz pass through-compatible AV receiver supports the leading 3D-surround sound and object-based audio formats include Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS:X Pro, IMAX Enhanced, and Auro-3D.
The AV receiver’s all-black interior is housed in a limited-edition silver-graphite finish with aluminum front and side panels, custom die cast feet and a copper transformer plate for superior isolation.
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In addition to high-bandwidth 8K/60 Hz video pass-through, the receiver will pass 4K/120Hz for gaming. It also supports a range of latest HDMI 2.1 specification features to help home theater enthusiasts remain current with advanced new high-resolution features and capabilities.
Connections include 8 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs, including a dedicated 8K input along with support for the latest dynamic HDR profiles. Also support is the new enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) through the main HDMI output, enabling lossless surround formats like Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio along with object-based audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for an expansive 360-degree surround sound experience.
Supported HDMI 2.1 gaming features include: Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT), minimizing lag and latency while eliminating frame tearing for more fluid gameplay and enhanced gaming thrills.
The AVR-A110 incorporates a best-in-class monolithic amplifier design, weighs in at a hefty 18 pounds, and offers a high current power transformer and custom 22,000uF/80V audio capacitors delivering 150 watts per channel (8 ohm, 20
Hz – 20 kHz, 0.05% 2ch Drive).
Also included is Sound United’s built-in HEOS wireless multiroom audio music streaming technology and adds Apple AirPlay 2 for streaming from iOS mobile devices. The AVR-A110 also offers access to the most popular music services including Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, SiriusXM, Deezer and others. Users will also be able to control AVR functions using voice commands with support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Josh.ai voice command engines.
Denon PMA-A110 Integrated Amp
The Denon PMA-A110 in a two-channel Hi-Fi integrated amp/preamp powered by Denon’s patented 7th generation advanced Ultra High Current (UHC) power amplifier. The PMA-A110 offers 80 Watts at 8 ohms (20kHz-20Hz, THD: 0.07%) of power per-channel.
The unit boasts an amplifier circuit offering a frequency response of up to 100-kHz during applied use. The volume circuit suppresses noise in the amplifier for high sonic resolution. Wide dynamic range output of Hi-Res audio sources with tone control and power throughout is produced. In addition, the Quad D/A converter which uses the Burr Brown PCM1795 chip operates in a quadruple configuration for optimal high-grade sound. Each channel has two PCM1795 chips working in a different mode to achieve a highly accurate signal to noise ratio.
Other features include: Ultra AL32 processing, which is the latest in analog waveform reproduction technology from Denon. By using data interpolation algorithms and supporting Hi-Res 384-kHz/24-bit PCM signal input, these algorithms interpolate points that should exist before and after the points in large quantities of data to achieve a smooth waveform that is close to the original signal, the company said.
The PMA-A110 will accept connection of both analog and digital sources, including a turntable to the built-in phono preamp compatible with both Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC) cartridges.
High-resolution digital audio content is reproduced using jitter-suppressing Coaxial, Optical or USB-B inputs connected to a Quad DAC for high quality PCM output up to 384kHz and DSD up to 11.2Mhz (aka DSD 256). For ultimate performance, the PMA-A110 can be paired with the 110-year Anniversary Edition DCD-A110 SACD player and the DL-A110 MC phono cartridge.
Denon DCD-A110 SACD Player
Lovers of highest quality digital music from physical media will find the limited edition DCD-A110 flagship SACD player offering support for CDs and Super Audio CDs, as well as DSD (2.8-Mhz/5.6-MHz) files and high-resolution audio files up to 192-kHz/24-bit recorded on DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. The player will reproduce music files with sampling frequencies of up to 48kHz recorded on CD-R/RW discs.
Denon incorporates its patented Suppress Vibration Hybrid (S.V.H.) mechanism, premium components, and power supply. The S.V.H. mechanism, used on other high-performance players from Denon, features the shortest possible signal paths to reduce noise along with related parts made from premium materials such as a copper plate for the top panel to strengthen rigidity, die cast aluminum for the disc tray, and 2-millimeter thick steel for the mechanism brackets. The high-mass, vibration-resistant properties contribute to high-level vibration resistance, while a low center of gravity design suppresses vibration occurring inside the player due to disc rotation.
The DCD-A110 introduces a new Quad DAC configuration, converting the large amount of data coming from the Intel Cyclone 10-driven Ultra AL32 processing engine. This advanced DAC assures accurate separation, ultra-low noise and THD levels.
The DCD-A110 replaces traditional OP-amp post filter circuits with a fully discrete filter stage and carefully selected custom-tuned audio parts. The DCD-A110 is equipped with two clock oscillators, one for each sampling frequency (44.1- kHz and 48- kHz) that can be switched between the frequencies to thoroughly suppress jitter. This high-quality clock is the reference for the Quad DAC operation and ensures that the digital audio circuitry always performs at its maximum potential regardless of source format.
The limited edition SACD player also features fully independent power supplies for digital and analog circuits to eliminate interference or noise. The analog power supply circuit boasts a fully discrete design optimized for audio with the original Denon large-capacity (3300 µF) block capacitor used for the power unit of the analog audio circuitry after the D/A converter.
The DCD-A110’s power supply is built around a high-power bipolar junction transistors, a fully discrete voltage regulator circuit, high-sound-quality electrolytic capacitors, and polyphenylene sulfide capacitors. These were co-developed through extensive listening tests to assure a clean, stable supply of power.
Denon DL-A110 Phono Cartridge
The new Denon DL-A110 phono cartridge is a premium Moving Coil design produced in the Denon Audio Works factory in Shirakawa, Japan just as it was in the 1960s when it was first introduced as the DL-103 cartridge. The company said these anniversary edition Denon cartridges represent the longest-running products to wear the Denon badge and maintain the original headshell design initially developed for wideband stereo FM radio broadcast applications.
The cartridge, which will be available through authorized Denon retailers in November, weighs 6 grams, and sports a silver-graphite headshell that ensures the cartridge is perfectly aligned for a balanced, detailed sonic signature with extended low frequency performance. The DL-A110 is equipped with a bayonet connector also known as the SME tonearm interface.
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By Greg Tarr
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