Parasound has recently added four new components to the popular
Parasound Z series of compact “problem-solver” components
for custom installation, commercial, or consumer audio systems.
Each of the matched mini-components in the series features a chassis
that is just 1 rack space tall and 9-1/2 inches wide - half the
width of a conventional audio component. These replace earlier
models, and include an audiophile grade stereo power amplifier,
phono preamplifier, FM/AM tuner, and a loudspeaker selector.
Parasound 's Zphono MC/MM phonograph preamplifier addresses
the lack of phono inputs on most modern audio components, without
which it is impossible to play LP records on a turntable. The
Zphono fills this gap by providing a very high-quality phono preamplifier
gain stage with accurate RIAA equalization for a moderate retail
price of $150. Zphono gain is switchable for both high-output
moving magnet and low output moving-coil phono cartridges; its
output is compatible with the standard line-level audio inputs
used on all audio components. The Parasound Zphono is currently
available at a suggested retail price of $150.
The Parasound Zselect loudspeaker selector provides direct high-power
connections and switching for up to five remote speaker systems
in situations where there are an insufficient number of speaker
outputs available on audio receivers and amplifiers. For custom
installers and homeowners, Zselect makes it possible to provide
multi-room sound without the complexity and cost of some advanced
home automation systems. It also protects the output stages of
power amplifiers with a switchable protective load when multiple
speakers are selected. The Zselect is currently available at a
suggested retail price of $130.
The new Parasound Zamp v.3 is a high quality and powerful stereo
power amplifier capable of 45 watts per channel into an 8-ohm
load. The amplifier’s small size makes it ideal for unconventional
and space-limited applications, including multi-room/multi-zone
installations, PC and desktop audio, and bedroom or den stereo
systems. The Parasound Zamp v.3 is currently available at a suggested
retail price of $300.
The Ztuner is a high-quality FM/AM tuner with a wide array of
features that make it ideal for custom installation and multizone
applications. It features high sensitivity FM and AM tuning circuitry,
and advanced capabilities such as bidirectional RS-232 control,
looping IR remote, and 12 Volt trigger inputs and outputs. Direct
frequency tuning is available via remote control and through the
rear-panel RS-232 port. The remote control is assignable for up
to four distinct zones, allowing for multiple Ztuners to operate
independently of one another in the same system. The Parasound
Ztuner is currently available at a suggested retail price of $300.
The Parasound Z components feature appealing new styling to
complement the sturdy build-quality that's a hallmark of the company's
full-sized audio components. Each uses audiophile-grade parts
and design to provide solutions to everyday audio problems and
to complement the functions of traditional full-size components.
Each Parasound Z series component includes EIA rack mounting
holes for mounting in a standard 19-inch professional equipment
rack. An optional blank adaptor panel can be used to mount a single
component in a rack, or an optional SBS side-by-side adaptor kit
attaches two components together in one rack space. Each model
also includes no-mar isolation feet for standalone use on a shelf.
Founded in 1981, Parasound Products, Inc., is a privately owned
U.S. company that specializes in providing affordable audio and
home theater components to the critical listener. Parasound's
products are available from quality audio/video retailers, and
select custom installation specialists. For more information,
visit www.parasound.com or call 415-397-7100.
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