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Denon PMA-1315R
7 Reviews
rating  4.14 of 5
MSRP  850.00
Description: 115 Watts (1994-1997)


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James H. a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2011

Bottom Line:   
I bought this new in about 1997. Early in its life it had a warrany repair job performed after failure of the protection circuitry that caused damage to the pre-amp electronics. This was repaired by a Denon technician and it has never missed a beat since. I don't think I have ever been game enough to drive this amp to clip. Other amps yes, no problem clipping them, surround sound recievers, a small Cambridge power amp, I think I've even clipped a rack mounted PA amp, but this Denon just pours more and more current into whatever you have connected up untill it gets scary. I've had smoke coming out of Pioneer car subwoofers and many many angry neighbors over the years, and lots of things falling off shelves, looking forward to continuing the tradition haha.

This is a true high current, low distortion, clean amplifier that does not colour the sound in any way. To outdo this amp you really have to move into the serious realm of specialist audio equipment. About the only area lacking is the damping factor, everything else is faultless.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by AllenL a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2004

Bottom Line:   
My Denon PMA-700V integrated amplifier was my first venture into foo foo audio. It is the only amp, before or since, that is rated 100W per channel. The selling points I was attracted was its toroidal transformer high current direct coupled design.
But over time, this PMA-700V has proven unreliable- like a fickle rare high performance high maintenance sports car.

Mine spent its life far longer in non operation than in use. Less than a year following its third visit to the repair shop, it produced a fireworks show blowing out the entire right channel output transistors.

It sounded great- when it was working!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Federated (closed)



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thomas Ankerlund a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have owned this amp PMA 1315R since 1996, and it is the best amp i have ever heard. I use it with a Denon DCD 725 and a pair of Cerwin Vega VS-15. This combination can rock your heart out and at the same time play easy listening music with the cleanest and purest sound i have ever heard. Play it with the Dire Straits "Brothers in arms" album and you will fall in love with this amp.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $571.00

Purchased At:   1996



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nic Brooke a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2000

Bottom Line:   
In my view this amp is outstanding. As noted I moved up from a smaller, older Denon amp, and the difference is immense. The bigger amp has reserves of power and clarity undreamed of by its ancestor. With the old amp I was running the tone controls bass at 3 oclock, treble about 11 to try and get the balance I wanted. The bigger amp runs flat and sounds beautiful. Both ran Cerwin Vega VS120's. The only big problem I now have is excess treble at low volume (speakers, not amp) and worries aobut future hearing loss at about 50% of the amps power.

In comparison to the similar price range amps I tried, the Denon was far superior. The NAD, while slightly more powerful at 8 ohm sounded harsh, having noe of the smoothness present in the Denon. More tellingly, while listening to the NAD I was hearing specific frequencies etc, rather than just the music.

The Rotel combo was very nice sounding, with the promise of adding another power amp later, but apparently Rotel don't recommend using 4 ohm speakers with their amps while bridged. The same problem arose with the Onkyo. The consensus seemed to indicate that this combo sounded fine with some speakers, not with others, especially 4 ohm ones (like mine).

I have a suspicion that the comparison was not very fair at all. The indication given to me was that the 1315 was both more powerful and of a higher class than the PMA-2000. This sounded about right to my ear - the 2000 sounding worse in a soundroom than the 1315 does at home. I suspect from comments other salespeople made that the NZ retail for the 1315 may be substantially more than the $1600 I payed.

In summary, this amp seems about the pick of the reasonably priced bunch and should last for years.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $640.00

Purchased At:   Audiovision



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Excellent Integrated Amp if you have good low end speakers, or powered speakers. The rest of the music spectrum is covered superbly!

Highly recommend!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $625.00

Purchased At:   Discount Warehouse




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