In 1992 Densen introduced its first integrated amp, the DM-10, which immediately became a world wide success. Now 20 years later, Densen introduces a limited edition amplifer to celebrate the first 20 years of Densen amplifiers. The B-120 will be made in a total of just 100 pieces worldwide. These will be divided in 50 pcs in Black finish, and 50 pcs in Albino finish (“silver” aluminium). Each unit will come with an engraved serial number on the topcover, and a certificate of autentity.
In the last 20 years, Densens integrated amplifiers, has established them self as formidable music performers, which has received recognition all over the world.
Densen has worked on all parts of the B-120 integrated amplifier. The preamp stage bear witness to this, with an extreme low noise floor, to allow music to stand clear with a “black background”, that lets the music come to life without artificials, but pure and clear. The preamplifier stage, is based in topology on the B-250 preamp from Densen. The power amplifier stage is based on the B-150 integrated amplifier, but here in a 2x75w version, but using the same circuitry.
The B-120 comes in Densens traditional sleek fascia, showing only 6 small pushbuttons on the front. These buttons allows for the control of the standby function, input selection, volume, status and processor loop (and possible build in surround board or DAC board).
The B-120 design goal was to create a package that belies its price, and make true high end available at a price and quality, which has to be heard to be believed.
The B-120 has a newly developed DAC interface. This allows the mounting of Densens DAC boards inside the B-120. There is 2 options for DAC boards, either the Densen FAbelDAC which is a DAC with 2 COAX digital spdif inputs. The FabelDAC contains a 192/24 DAC which has its own powersupply for both analogue and digital stages. It contains 4 individual powersupplies, to ensure each part of the DAC optimum work conditions.
In a few months, will come an even more advanced DAC, which will contain 2 coax SPDIF digital input, 1 Toslink optical digital input and 1 USB digital input. It will use the special DAC interface in the B-120, and therefore both the Densen Gizmo remote and the frontpanel push bottons can be used to select inputs on the DAC. This will be a state of the art DAC, on a 4 later fiber glass pcb, with optimised signal path, encapsulated DAC chip, several individual regulators and powersupplies, and the signature Densen sound.
One of Densens key forces has always been design of integrated amplifiers, and the B-120 is no exception. Even though the B-120 carries on such a powerful legacy, the cabinet is a very slim and beautiful classic Densen design. It comes in either Albino silver or black with chrome or gold buttons.
As it is a limited edition model, each B-120 has their serial numbers engraved on the topplate. And a total of 100 pcs of B-120 will be made.
Do not be fooled by the very minimalist design. Under the hood the B-120 is filled with the advanced solutions and features that have previously been seen in Densen products. At the same time the B-120 is upgradeable and expandable.
The pre amp stage of the B-120 has a power supply of 30.000uF and 3 separate supplies. The entire pre amp stage is based on the B-250 reference pre amp. Most competitors use digital volume IC’s to control the level. These digital volume IC’s have a lot of drawbacks, because they have a very complex signal path, that thereby degrades signal quality and are often made using FETs which is notorious for poor sound quality. Actually the only real advantages these microchips have, is that they are extremely cheap. Densen will not compromise on sound, and as such Densen uses the ultimate solution; their own microprocessor controlled relay attenuator, which secures a very short signal path, the least interference with the signal and virtually no self induced noise. This attenuator does not compromise on precision since it has 200 steps where each steps accounts for 0.5 dB. This means that you can adjust the volume to the exact level you want. No more channel imbalance at low levels, no more difficulties hitting the exact listening level you require. The attenuator is also the reason for the distinct click from the relays you hear as you adjust the volume and it is a definitive sign that Densen use the advanced relay driven attenuator instead of cheap inferior technologies. The click is your assurance that Densen does not compromise!
The power amp stage of the B-120 is based on the basic design of the B-150 integrated amp. The B-120 delivers 2x75W into 8 and 150W into 4 ohm. As always with Densen, this is a conservative rating. The power supply for the power amp has 4 individual supplies and 40.000uF for the output stage, and the B-120 totally has 7 individual supplies, and 90.000uF in total.
The circuits of the B-120 have all been designed with no feedback (neither global nor local) and it delivers the first few watts in pure class A. All resistors are Vishay 1% metalfilm resistors. VIMA capacitors, and Densen’s own high speed capacitors deliver the power supply. The printed circuit board is a double sided fiber glass board which ensures an effective separation between the ground plane and the signal path. This is also the most efficient way to create an ultra short signal path.
B-120 does have a wide range of upgrade and expansion possibities. It is possible to install phono boards for MM (DP-03 MM). B-120 has two sets of pre outs so it is easy to upgrade with further power amps for bi-amping or tri-amping. Ultimately you can even add an electronic crossover (SAXO) as the B-120 has a socket for this inside, and use the Densen B-120 as the heart in an advanced active system.
The B-120 is prepared for expansion into multiroom installations and intelligent communication with other Densen products through the DenLink system. Furthermore you can upgrade the sound quality with the DNRG external power supply that will add extra power to the pre amp stage.
The B-120 can be further expanded from being a dedicated high-end stereo amp to be a very simple yet extremely well sounding surround pre amp. Basically you plug in one of the two new surround boards. These boards are not as much a technological breakthrough as they are a genius feature. The surround boards are a 5.1/7.1 line in and a 5.1/7.1 pre out. There is no processing capability so you will have to add a SACD or DVD-Audio / DVD-Video player with 5.1 analogue output. Levels and so on and can be adjusted via the Gizmo. Then you just need to add a B-340 (4 ch power amp) and then you are ready to enter the world of home theatre.
The B-120 is hand assembled at Densens factory in Esbjerg, Denmark. The PCBs are as always from Densen manufactured using surface mounted devices. Densen has been using this technology since 1994, which naturally gives a technology edge, as the technology has only lately been implemented by many other audio manufacturers.
All these highly advanced solutions have only one goal; to ensure that the B-120 is the ultimate in musicality with an unprecedented level of opportunity for upgrading and expanding. This is a no compromise construction. We expect that the B-120, just as with the B-100 and DM-10, will become the absolute reference, not only in its price class but for any integrated amp…
The B-120 is prepared for both the FabelDAC and the new forthcoming top of the line internal DAC.
Both can be mounted internally in the B-120.
The B-120 is prepared for internal mounting of the DP-03 MM Board.
Surround Board Upgrade
Both the SB-1 and SB-2 can be mounted internally in the B-120, to allow for an easy surround system, using a BluRay player with analogue out!