July 30, 2007
| by Arlen Schweiger
Looking to put some extra zip into your audio? If you’re a fan of separate components, Parasound has introduced the precision Model 2100 stereo preamplifier in its NewClassic series.
The Model 2100 features a high-current power supply and low-noise circuit topology to optimize signal path, the company says. It has a boatload of inputs, including seven line-level inputs, one of which can be switched to a phono input with correct gain and load impedance for both MM and MC phono cartridges. It also has a front-panel input jack for MP3 players with an automatic 12-dB gain offset to match the volume level of an iPod with other source components, says Parasound.
For the low end sound, the Model 2100’s analog bass management creates a sub out channel with a low pass filter that is continuously adjustable from 40 Hz – 140 Hz and a front panel gain control. There are two sub out jacks for the sub channel.
A bypass input allows the L, R and Sub pre-out jacks on a surround receiver or processor to connect directly to the Model 2100, providing convenient integration in a home theater system. For stereo reproduction, two channel sources are connected to the Model 2100 inputs to completely isolate them from the A/V receiver for optimal signal integrity, Parasound says.
Other features of the NewClassic Model 2100 include full remote control, two-way RS-232, discrete IR codes for power on and off and IR input and loop out jacks for jack for use with IR repeater systems. There’s an optional automatic turn-on for either AC power or 12-volt trigger input with both 12-volt trigger input and output jacks.
Retail price on the Model 2100 is $600. Go to www.parasound.com for more info.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.