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Parasound Model 2100 Preamp Ramps Up Your Audio
Parasound's Model 2100 optimizes signal path integrity for clear audio in stereo and multichannel applications.
Parasound preamp
Parasound’s Model 2100 preamplifier
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.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

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