preamps – Denon 2017

The Denon DN-500AV preamplifier gives you powerful high-quality surround sound and works well in home theaters or large venues. The system has many types of inputs and outputs, letting you connect to other external components, depending on your needs. While it doesn’t have a built-in DA converter, it has other connectivity options for streaming media.

The preamplifier supports both 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, using XLR-balanced outputs. XLR-balanced outputs are typically higher quality than unbalanced RCA outputs, meaning you will get higher-quality sound for a variety of types of audio, all with no noise. You can integrate the device into a home theater system and even in a large facility, so it is flexible to your needs.

The preamplifier offers six HDMI inputs including one output for video, two assignable analog component inputs and one analog component video output. On the front of the system, the preamp has other ports for convenience including a USB port, auxiliary inputs and an HDMI port. The USB port will allow you to connect external storage sources and source music or video. You can also enjoy music or photos via DLNA streaming over a network connection.

Unlike many other preamps on the market, this one does not come with a digital to analog converter. It will not be able to upconvert or downconvert any audio or video file, so if that is a feature you need, you may want to consider a different model.

Included with the preamp are an infrared remote control and a 4U rackmount kit. Plus, once you have your settings adjusted however you like them, you can utilize the key lock feature for the front panel, meaning your settings will never be altered without your consent.

The Denon DN-500AV preamp can be a great addition to your home theater system or to a large venue, as it compatible with 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. Its multiple outputs and inputs let you customize your setup with other external and local devices, and you can enjoy streaming music and photos as well as high-quality audio. However, if you need to upconvert or downcovert audio and video files, you may want to look at other models.