Hi Fi News - Highly Commended
"I can say that the little Denon set-up not only makes a classy basis for a compact system for use on a desk or in reasonably-sized rooms, but that it also manages to kick up something of storm when used with large, easy-going speakers…"
"…this little pairing is a whole lot of fun with everything from hi-res DSD files of smoky jazz or intricate chamber works to a bit of mainstream rock and pop spinning on CD, or even using lossless streaming via the computer."
"…vocals and lead instruments are both clean and well defined, with an impressive sense of soundstage depth and focus – even with large-scale orchestral works…"
"Even when you go more mainstream, the Denon will deliver: toward the end of my listening sessions I had it crashing out the recent re-master of Led Zeppelin's "Coda" with real determination…"
HI-FI NEWS VERDICT
"You can definitely buy other amplifiers for the same money able to do as much as the Denon PMA-50. However, they won't do it with such style, while taking up as little space, thanks to its clever design and ability to sit on end and reduce its already minimal footprint. The matching CD player is a compelling accessory, if more convincing as a transport than as a player. The amp, however, is the star of this show."