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Parasound P5

2.1 Channel Stereo Preamplifier

Halo Collection


Burr-Brown PCM1798 DAC with USB, Optical and Coax inputs
Coax and optical accept all sampling rates up to 192 kHz, 24-bit
USB accepts up to 96 kHz, 24-bit
Incoming jitter on all three digital inputs is significally attenuated with an effective clock recovery system
Analog Bass management with high and low pass crossovers
Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration
Front panel subwoofer level control
5 RCA line level inputs
1 XLR balanced input (parallels Input 5 RCA jacks)
Phono input for MM & MC cartridges with 100 Ohm or 47k Ohm load
Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage
Balanced XLR and RCA left and right outputs
1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
Bass & treble controls with defeat from remote or front panel
Headphone jack with 10 ohm output impedance
Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks
12 V output to trigger power amplifiers and other devices
Automatic turn on with 12 V trigger or AC power
Fixed level record output
Premium motor-driven Alps potentiometer volume control
Left/Right Balance control
Remote control with discrete on/off power buttons
0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star spec
Rack mounting adapter available (Model HRA 2 sold separately)
Available in silver or black finish
Frequency Response
10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion
< 0.01 %
> 70 dB at 20 kHz
Input Sensitivity
300 mv: 1 Volt Out
Total Gain: 10 dB
Maximum Output: 7 Volts
Input Impedance
Unbalanced: 24k Ohm
Balanced: 100k O 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
Phono Stage Sensitivity / Input Impedance
Input Impedance
MM: 35 dB / 47 k Ω
MC: 52 dB / 47 k Ω or 100 Ω
Input Capacitance
150 pF
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
Hi/Low pass crossover slope
12dB / Oct
DC Trigger Requirements
+9 Vdc to +12 Vdc, 2 mA
XLR Pin Identification
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)
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)

Quick Specs

  • Appearance

  • Type: Amplifier

  • Dimensions

  • Width: 17.25"
  • Height: 4.125"
  • Depth: 13.75"

  • Features

  • Energy Star Rated: No
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Video about the P 5 and A 21. Recorded at the CEDIA show 2015

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