Densen B-300 Amplifiers

B-300

Power-Amplifier

User Reviews (7)

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JLe   AudioPhile [Dec 09, 2003]
Strength:

Warmth (if that's what you are after), involving in rock/jazz

Weakness:

Warmth (if that's not what you are after), power

The product has a good price to performance ratio but is mostly suitable for rock/jazz. For classical music it lacks the refinement and detail, hence somewhat dampening the music. The air and clarity of the highs is missing and the sound stage doesn't properly open up. The amp rocks quite well, though. I have used this product for a good 2.5 years with a number of associated components and it has more potential that is made obvious by B-200 I had first (replaced by Hovland HP100 since) but what in the beginning appeared as warmth and musicality ended up getting on my nerves. Given good sources and preamplification the B-300 can be pushed pretty hard and it responses to things like top end interconnects (tried a number of them, up to Transparent Reference) by opening up and giving reasonable amounts of detail (still lacking the clarity, though) but give it some serious bass (loud, orchestral music) the power supply will meet it's limitations. Therefore, despite rated 100W/8ohm, 200W/4ohm it requires quite sensitive speakers. In my unit the transistors blew up big time once (the factory replaced them for free) but other than that, I have not had quality related problems. I would prefer more space between connectors, having stiff and bulky speaker cables or interconnects with lockable terminators is likely to give you some trouble. I am currently looking for a new power amp, and one has to dig pockets pretty deep to find an upgrade that would justify the change. On my shopping list for a new amp is 1) more clarity and less rock, 2) more power to drive speakers and 3) better connectors. In general, with this price range Densen is a good choice if you are into jazz and rock and only marginally to classical. I am giving overall 3 stars because of the lack of versatility. If I wasn't into classical music, I would probably give 4 stars but this is a major limitation to me. Notice, however, that I have lived with the amp for 2.5 years so one can live with it happily despite the limitations.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Maverick23   AudioPhile [Jun 20, 2002]

Densen sounds different than anything else on the market. You can hear the hart and soul of the music and it just makes you want to listen for ever. The sound is very present and make you want to dance and be apart of it all.Try it!! If you are interested in Densen products check out their website. www.densen.dk Life is too short for boring Hi-Fi

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Per Vase Frederiksen   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 18, 2000]
Strength:

It´s musicality and the overall soundstage...You really feel like listening to more music...Deep, tight and swinging bass, natural mid and very transparent high..

Weakness:

none

If you are looking for a new poweramp in it´s pricerange, it´s a killer, you won´t regget...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Michael Young   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 20, 2001]
Strength:

Nice warm sound stage, and great with jazz music, great looks

Weakness:

Transformer hum, not that great with contemporary music, just too slow, heat build up if ventilation is tight.

I previously had the B100 integrated so decided to upgrade to the B300 in a bi-amp/bi-wire configuration, the bigest thing that I noticed is the transformer hum that I get and the slight hum coming from the speakers when not being used. I've also just brought a Bryston 4B amp, this also hummed until I switched on the groung lift switch now it's dead silent. As the B300 had no ground lift switch, I broke off the earth prong at the plug. The speaker hum then stopped, but there was no change to the transformer hum, it was still the same. Another area of concern is the heat this can produce, it has to be vented well or will really heat up. Sound is slightly above average, but does lack a little punch and liveliness.

Similar Products Used: Plinius SA100, Bryston 4B.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Atle Rønningen   Audiophile [May 16, 2000]
Strength:

Power, design and sound quality

Weakness:

Cant find any!

I replaced my NAD 216 with this good looking box from Densen. I just love my new sound!! Its this tight relax bass with plenty of power. Im using Densen's B-200 preamplifier which of course suit the B-300 perfect. The sound picture is very open with plenty of details. Go buy this perfect amplifier from Densen folks - its the best regarding to the price!!

Similar Products Used: NAD 216, Rotel
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Armand   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 19, 2000]
Strength:

Detailed and accurate!

Weakness:

None!

I have just replaced my Parasound HCA 1500 poweramp (2x205 Watt) with two Densen Beat 300 that I use to biamp (and biwire) my Audiovector M3 signature speakers.

The Parasound is good, especially, for Home Cinema and surround. But when it comes too HiFi, the Beat 300 does exactly that, I mean BEAT it. The sound picture is more accurate and opens up the music for you.

I will strongly recommend this amp for biamping and biwiring as I have done. With only a single amp I felt I lacked a litte bit of bass. But with two of them.. that was something different. The result is very tight bass (but still not too much of it)

Similar Products Used: Densen Beat 200 Preamp
Densen Beat 400 CD Player
Audiovector M3 Signature
3 x Red Dawn interconnects 0.6 m
2 x Red Dawn speaker cables (2x2m) for biamping
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Bert Dekker   an Audio Enthusiast [Mar 28, 1999]

Recently bought the Densen Beat B-300 power-amplifier to bi-amp with my Densen B-100. The B-100 is good on its own, reprocuding a see-through soundstage, with clean highs and mids and a tight bass. Adding the B-300 improves the sound quality much further. Bass becomes (much)tighter, and highs become cleaner. But what is most obvous : instruments and vocalists become more "real" in a sounstage which becomes more defined. This combo really involved me into the music as it is reproduced into a very natural way. A high air-guitar factor...
Bert Dekker,
http://www.cobweb.nl/bertyvon/index.html

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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