February 02, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
It’s been a good run, but Parasound is giving its Model 5250 power amplifier a little upgrade. After six years, the company says that they’ve upgraded its flagship product, which will now be known as the Parasound NewClassic Model 5250 v.2.
The new product has a few features that are similar to its predecessor. It has the THX Ultra 2 certification and 250 watts for each of its five channels. However, this improvement adds in a better front panel, adjustable (+/- 10 dB) gain for each channel, and about 60 other tweaks to both operating features and circuitry.
“The NC 5250 v.2 provides a terrific solution for home theater enthusiasts who want great performance but worry about the cost of updating a new top-of-the line surround receiver every few years to keep pace with changing technology,” said Richard Schram, Parasound’s president and founder. “A high quality and powerful amplifier will never really become obsolete. Rather than spend $2,500 to $5,000 for a high power surround receiver every time technology changes, why not spend $800 to $1,200 for a lower powered surround receiver which has the same decoding and most of the same useful features, while connecting its preamp outputs to a 5250 v.2 to give the system a significant increase in audio power?”
Parasound says that the v.2 can deliver peak currents of 45 amps per channel and sustain 385 watts per channel into 4-ohm loads, all thanks to discrete power transistors, dual toroid power transformers, and large storage capacitors.
The NewClassic Model 5250 v.2 is available now through Parasound’s dealer network. The company has listed the product with an MSRP of $2,850.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.