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Introducing the Parasound Halo P 5 Stereo Preamplifier

A 2.1-channel audio preamplifier with DAC, MM/MC phono, balanced XLRs, analog bass management, and home theater bypass

 
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SAN FRANCISCO (8/28/13) — Parasound has added a new 2.1-channel audio preamplifier to its high-end 'Halo' product family. The new Parasound Halo P 5, which replaces the popular and long-lived Halo P 3 stereo preamplifier, adds a high-quality DAC (digital-to-analog converter) with coaxial, optical, and USB inputs, subwoofer outputs with analog bass management, home theater bypass, moving-coil capabilities to the phono stage, and a precision, motorized volume control.

"For 10 years, the Halo P 3 has been a mainstay of our line for value-conscious audiophiles," said Richard Schram, the founder and president of Parasound. "However, new technologies have changed the ways audiophiles connect to and enjoy their music. So, the addition of a high quality DAC was an obvious choice for the P 5. There has also been a resurgence in turntables, so we upgraded the MM-only phono stage to also handle moving coil cartridges with a choice of load impedances. While the P 3 has outstanding two-channel sound, many audiophiles today have 2.1-channel stereo speaker systems with robust subwoofers. The P 5 actually creates a sub channel output for the 2.1 listening. The P 5 also makes it easy to integrate audiophile stereo speakers with a home theater surround system. The addition of a balanced XLR subwoofer output and variable low frequency and high frequency crossovers makes the Halo P 5 uniquely capable in these configurations."

The Parasound Halo P 5's state-of-the-art DAC can process a wide range of digital sources with its coaxial and optical inputs accepting up to 192 kHz rates, and the USB input accepting up to 96 kHz.

The Halo P 5 inputs include one pair of balanced XLR, phono, five RCA line-level stereo inputs and a front panel 3.5mm mini jack for portable MP3 players or smartphones. Its line outputs are balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA, plus a choice of balanced or unbalanced subwoofer outputs. The main and subwoofer outputs can be run full range or placed under the careful regulation of variable frequency analog high-pass and low pass crossovers.

The phono input is compatible with all moving magnet cartridges, and virtually all moving coil cartridges, with a 100 ohm/47k ohm switch to select the appropriate load impedance matching.

The front panel has a headphone jack, controls for source selection, level, bass, treble, tone defeat, balance, and subwoofer level. There is an auxiliary input with an additional 12-dB gain stage to compensate for typically low output of portable devices. An included remote control duplicates these functions. The IC volume control of the P 3 has been replaced with a premium Alps motorized potentiometer.

In addition to upgrades to the analog audio circuitry, the P 5 features a 0.5 watt standby power consumption to meet the new Energy Star requirements. A 12-VDC trigger circuit and a IR connection and loop-out make it easy to interface with sophisticated AV systems.

The Parasound Halo P 5 audio preamplifier will be offered in both black and the traditional Halo silver finish. It will be available in September with a suggested retail price of $1,095.

About Parasound: Founded in 1981, Parasound Products, Inc., is a privately owned San Francisco-based company that specializes in making affordable high-end audio, home theater and custom installation gear for critical listeners. Parasound products are sold by select audio/video retailers and custom installation specialists. For more information, visit www.parasound.com or call 415-397-7100.

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Parasound Halo P 5 Audio Preamplifier Product Features

  • Very high quality DAC with Coax, Optical and USB inputs
  • Improved sound, specifications and versatility
  • Home theater bypass function for integration with a surround sound system
  • Analog bass management
  • Creates an independent sub channel to accompany L and R channels
  • Subwoofer output with front panel level control
  • RCA and XLR subwoofer outputs
  • Variable high pass and low pass crossovers
  • Crossovers can be switched off for full range L, R and Sub output
  • Phono stage compatible with MM, MC-100 ohm, MC-47 kohm cartridges
  • Front panel Aux input with additional 12dB gain stage (compensates for low output voltage of portable MP3 players and smartphones
  • 65 watt power supply
  • 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star requirements
  • Alps motorized potentiometer instead of an IC for volume control
  • Available in both silver and black
  • 5 RCA line level inputs
  • 1 XLR balanced input (parallels Input 5 RCA jacks)
  • Balanced XLR and RCA left and right outputs
  • Bass & treble controls with defeat switch (Tone on-off from remote or front panel)
  • Headphone jack with 10 ohm output impedance
  • Rear panel IR input and loop output jacks
  • 12v output trigger
  • Automatic turn on with 12V trigger or AC power
  • Fixed level record output
  • Headphone jack automatically mutes the L, R, Sub out jacks
  • Bass & treble tone controls with defeat button
  • Balance control
  • Remote handset includes tone on/off button
  • Gold-plated RCA jacks
  • Rack mounting adapter available
  • Parasound 5 year parts, 5 years labor warranty
    (For USA purchases only)

 

Parasound Halo P 5 Audio Preamplifier Specifications

Frequency Response
10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion
< 0.01 %

Crosstalk
> 70 dB at 20 kHz

Input Sensitivity
300 mv: 1 Volt Out
Total Gain: 10 dB
Maximum Output: 7 Volts

Input Impedance
Unbalanced: 24 kohm
Balanced: 100 kohm per leg

Output Impedance
Unbalanced: 100 ohm
Balanced: 470 ohm per leg

S/N Ratio - Line Inputs 1-5
> 108 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 88 dB, input shorted, unweighted

S/N Ratio - DAC Inputs
> 108 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 90 dB, input shorted, unweighted

S/N Ratio - Phono Inputs
MM > 80 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
MM > 70 dB, input shorted, unweighted
MC > 67 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
MC > 55 dB, input shorted, unweighted

DC Trigger Requirements
+9 Vdc to +12 Vdc, 2 mA

XLR Pin Identification
1=Ground (Shield) 2=Positive 3=Negative (Return)

Dimensions
Width: 17-1/4" (437 mm)
Depth: 13-3/4" (350 mm)
Height, with feet: 4-1/8" (105 mm)
Height, without feet: 3-1/2" (89 mm)

Net Weight
14 lb. (6.3 kg)

Shipping Weight
21 lb. (9.5 kg)

Power Requirement
Standby: 0.5 Watts
Power On: 20 Watts
100-250 Volts, 50-60 Hz (Automatic)

Suggested Retail Price: $1095

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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908 788-0700

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