Parasound Halo P-5 Solid State Preamplifier - DAC

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Parasound Halo P-5 Solid State Preamplifier - DAC

Parasound Halo P-5 Solid State Preamplifier - DAC


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927

Parasound Halo P-5 Solid State Preamplifier - DAC


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927


  • Description

    MY TAKE:

    For more than twenty five years Parasound has been a name synonymous with unequaled value. Their electronics are respected for both performance and reliability, and compete with significantly more expensive products. Modestly priced, previous offerings have changed common perception about the level of performance that can be achieved at the price point. - Galen Carol

    With the introduction of the Halo line, Parasound looks to bring the same level of value and performance to a more upscale market. The ambitious Halo range spans the gamut from state of the art home theater offerings to high end two-channel audio. - Galen Carol
     

    For more than twenty years Parasound has been a name synonymous with unequaled value. Their electronics are respected for both performance and reliability, and compete with significantly more expensive products. Modestly priced, previous offerings have changed common perception about the level of performance that can be achieved at the price point.

    With the introduction of the Halo line, Parasound looks to bring the same level of value and performance to a more upscale market. The ambitious Halo range spans the gamut from state of the art home theater offerings to high end two-channel audio.

    For a number of years, the legendary John Curl has worked with Parasound as a consultant. His input has greatly influenced their products and is one of reasons for the praise they’ve received from the audiophile community.

    The new Parasound Halo P 5, which replaces the popular and long-lived Halo P 3 stereo preamplifier, adds a high-quality DAC (digital-to-analog converter) with coaxial, optical, and USB inputs, subwoofer outputs with analog bass management, home theater bypass, moving-coil capabilities to the phono stage, and a precision, motorized volume control.

    "For 10 years, the Halo P 3 has been a mainstay of our line for value-conscious audiophiles," said Richard Schram, the founder and president of Parasound. "However, new technologies have changed the ways audiophiles connect to and enjoy their music. So, the addition of a high quality DAC was an obvious choice for the P 5. There has also been a resurgence in turntables, so we upgraded the MM-only phono stage to also handle moving coil cartridges with a choice of load impedances. While the P 3 has outstanding two-channel sound, many audiophiles today have 2.1-channel stereo speaker systems with robust subwoofers. The P 5 actually creates a sub channel output for the 2.1 listening. The P 5 also makes it easy to integrate audiophile stereo speakers with a home theater surround system. The addition of a balanced XLR subwoofer output and variable low frequency and high frequency crossovers makes the Halo P 5 uniquely capable in these configurations."

    The Parasound Halo P 5's state-of-the-art DAC can process a wide range of digital sources with its coaxial and optical inputs accepting up to 192 kHz rates, and the USB input accepting up to 96 kHz.

    The Halo P 5 inputs include one pair of balanced XLR, phono, five RCA line-level stereo inputs and a front panel 3.5mm mini jack for portable MP3 players or smartphones. Its line outputs are balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA, plus a choice of balanced or unbalanced subwoofer outputs. The main and subwoofer outputs can be run full range or placed under the careful regulation of variable frequency analog high-pass and low pass crossovers.

    The phono input is compatible with all moving magnet cartridges, and virtually all moving coil cartridges, with a 100 ohm/47k ohm switch to select the appropriate load impedance matching.

    The front panel has a headphone jack, controls for source selection, level, bass, treble, tone defeat, balance, and subwoofer level.

    There is an auxiliary input with an additional 12-dB gain stage to compensate for typically low output of portable devices. An included remote control duplicates these functions. The IC volume control of the P 3 has been replaced with a premium Alps motorized potentiometer.

    In addition to upgrades to the analog audio circuitry, the P 5 features a 0.5 watt standby power consumption to meet the new Energy Star requirements. A 12-VDC trigger circuit and a IR connection and loop-out make it easy to interface with sophisticated AV systems.

    The Parasound Halo P 5 audio preamplifier will be offered in both black and the traditional Halo silver finish.

     

    REVIEWS:

    "The Halo P 5’s superlative feature set covers virtually every type of audio input that can be plugged into it. Its sound is neutral and resolving. The performance was stress-free, presenting nothing that would be cause for buyers’ remorse, and of a quality notably above what might be expected from the price. Were I in the market for a preamplifier costing $1100, the Parasound Halo P 5 is the one I would buy." - Erich Wetzel, Soundstage!


    "In one box you get all the analog and digital you need and there are very few preamps, DACs or combination(s) out there that the affordable P 5 stands out. The fact that it replaces up to four separates is more than just space saving, it’s smart in our economic climate, for me anyway. If DACs become more sophisticated and technology changes, the P 5 can still remain the controller.


    "My advice is simple, just get one, I recommend it strongly!" - Piero Gabucci - Home Theater Hi-Fi


    "Parasound is one of the very few companies in the world that has a reputation for state-of- the-art sound quality and engineering as well as a reputation for delivering superb value for money, and in looking at this duo, it’s easy to see why: buy this pair and you’ll be getting an awful lot of power and incredible performance for what, quite frankly, are ridiculously low prices. And that’s true no matter whether you buy the P5, the A23, or both." - Greg Borrowman, Australian HiFi


    "Overall, the Parasound P5 and A23 perform synergistically as an outstanding pre/power duo, with particular kudos due the performance of the A23. But then given the credentials of its designer, I would not have expected anything less!" - Greg Holding, Australian HiFi


    FEATURES:

    • Very high quality DAC with Coax, Optical and USB inputs
    • Improved sound, specifications and versatility
    • Home theater bypass function for integration with a surround sound system
    • Analog bass management creates an independent sub channel to accompany L and R channels
    • Subwoofer output with front panel level control
    • RCA and XLR subwoofer outputs
    • Variable high pass and low pass crossovers
    • Crossovers can be switched off for full range L, R and Sub output
    • Phono stage compatible with MM, MC-100 ohm, MC-47 kohm cartridges
    • Front panel Aux input with additional 12dB gain stage (compensates for low output voltage of portable MP3 players and smartphones
    • 65 watt power supply with 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star requirements
    • Alps motorized potentiometer instead of an IC for volume control
    • Available in both silver and black
    • 5 RCA line level inputs, 1 XLR balanced input (parallels Input 5 RCA jacks)
    • Balanced XLR and RCA left and right outputs
    • Bass & treble controls with defeat switch (Tone on-off from remote or front panel)
    • Headphone jack with 10 ohm output impedance
    • Rear panel IR input and loop output jacks
    • 12v output trigger
    • Automatic turn on with 12V trigger or AC power
    • Fixed level record output
    • Headphone jack automatically mutes the L, R, Sub out jacks
    • Bass & treble tone controls with defeat button
    • Balance control
    • Remote handset includes tone on/off button
    • Gold-plated RCA jacks
    • Rack mounting adapter available
    • Parasound 5 year parts, 5 years labor warranty



    SPECIFICATIONS:
     

    • Frequency Response
    • 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
    • Total Harmonic Distortion < 0.01 %
    • Crosstalk > 70 dB at 20 kHz
    • Input Sensitivity 300 mv: 1 Volt Out
    • Total Gain: 10 dB
    • Maximum Output: 7 Volts
    • Input Impedance Unbalanced: 24 kohm Balanced: 100 kohm 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
    • 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
    • Dimensions: Width: 17-1/4" (437 mm) Depth: 13-3/4" (350 mm) Height, with feet: 4-1/8" (105 mm)
    • Net Weight 14 lb. (6.3 kg)
    • Shipping Weight 25 lb. (9.5 kg)
    • Power Requirement Standby: 0.5 Watts
    • Power On: 20 Watts
    • 100-250 Volts, 50-60 Hz (Automatic)

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Parasound Halo P-5 Solid State Preamplifier - DAC


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927


Description

MY TAKE:

For more than twenty five years Parasound has been a name synonymous with unequaled value. Their electronics are respected for both performance and reliability, and compete with significantly more expensive products. Modestly priced, previous offerings have changed common perception about the level of performance that can be achieved at the price point. - Galen Carol

With the introduction of the Halo line, Parasound looks to bring the same level of value and performance to a more upscale market. The ambitious Halo range spans the gamut from state of the art home theater offerings to high end two-channel audio. - Galen Carol
 

For more than twenty years Parasound has been a name synonymous with unequaled value. Their electronics are respected for both performance and reliability, and compete with significantly more expensive products. Modestly priced, previous offerings have changed common perception about the level of performance that can be achieved at the price point.

With the introduction of the Halo line, Parasound looks to bring the same level of value and performance to a more upscale market. The ambitious Halo range spans the gamut from state of the art home theater offerings to high end two-channel audio.

For a number of years, the legendary John Curl has worked with Parasound as a consultant. His input has greatly influenced their products and is one of reasons for the praise they’ve received from the audiophile community.

The new Parasound Halo P 5, which replaces the popular and long-lived Halo P 3 stereo preamplifier, adds a high-quality DAC (digital-to-analog converter) with coaxial, optical, and USB inputs, subwoofer outputs with analog bass management, home theater bypass, moving-coil capabilities to the phono stage, and a precision, motorized volume control.

"For 10 years, the Halo P 3 has been a mainstay of our line for value-conscious audiophiles," said Richard Schram, the founder and president of Parasound. "However, new technologies have changed the ways audiophiles connect to and enjoy their music. So, the addition of a high quality DAC was an obvious choice for the P 5. There has also been a resurgence in turntables, so we upgraded the MM-only phono stage to also handle moving coil cartridges with a choice of load impedances. While the P 3 has outstanding two-channel sound, many audiophiles today have 2.1-channel stereo speaker systems with robust subwoofers. The P 5 actually creates a sub channel output for the 2.1 listening. The P 5 also makes it easy to integrate audiophile stereo speakers with a home theater surround system. The addition of a balanced XLR subwoofer output and variable low frequency and high frequency crossovers makes the Halo P 5 uniquely capable in these configurations."

The Parasound Halo P 5's state-of-the-art DAC can process a wide range of digital sources with its coaxial and optical inputs accepting up to 192 kHz rates, and the USB input accepting up to 96 kHz.

The Halo P 5 inputs include one pair of balanced XLR, phono, five RCA line-level stereo inputs and a front panel 3.5mm mini jack for portable MP3 players or smartphones. Its line outputs are balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA, plus a choice of balanced or unbalanced subwoofer outputs. The main and subwoofer outputs can be run full range or placed under the careful regulation of variable frequency analog high-pass and low pass crossovers.

The phono input is compatible with all moving magnet cartridges, and virtually all moving coil cartridges, with a 100 ohm/47k ohm switch to select the appropriate load impedance matching.

The front panel has a headphone jack, controls for source selection, level, bass, treble, tone defeat, balance, and subwoofer level.

There is an auxiliary input with an additional 12-dB gain stage to compensate for typically low output of portable devices. An included remote control duplicates these functions. The IC volume control of the P 3 has been replaced with a premium Alps motorized potentiometer.

In addition to upgrades to the analog audio circuitry, the P 5 features a 0.5 watt standby power consumption to meet the new Energy Star requirements. A 12-VDC trigger circuit and a IR connection and loop-out make it easy to interface with sophisticated AV systems.

The Parasound Halo P 5 audio preamplifier will be offered in both black and the traditional Halo silver finish.

 

REVIEWS:

"The Halo P 5’s superlative feature set covers virtually every type of audio input that can be plugged into it. Its sound is neutral and resolving. The performance was stress-free, presenting nothing that would be cause for buyers’ remorse, and of a quality notably above what might be expected from the price. Were I in the market for a preamplifier costing $1100, the Parasound Halo P 5 is the one I would buy." - Erich Wetzel, Soundstage!


"In one box you get all the analog and digital you need and there are very few preamps, DACs or combination(s) out there that the affordable P 5 stands out. The fact that it replaces up to four separates is more than just space saving, it’s smart in our economic climate, for me anyway. If DACs become more sophisticated and technology changes, the P 5 can still remain the controller.


"My advice is simple, just get one, I recommend it strongly!" - Piero Gabucci - Home Theater Hi-Fi


"Parasound is one of the very few companies in the world that has a reputation for state-of- the-art sound quality and engineering as well as a reputation for delivering superb value for money, and in looking at this duo, it’s easy to see why: buy this pair and you’ll be getting an awful lot of power and incredible performance for what, quite frankly, are ridiculously low prices. And that’s true no matter whether you buy the P5, the A23, or both." - Greg Borrowman, Australian HiFi


"Overall, the Parasound P5 and A23 perform synergistically as an outstanding pre/power duo, with particular kudos due the performance of the A23. But then given the credentials of its designer, I would not have expected anything less!" - Greg Holding, Australian HiFi


FEATURES:

  • Very high quality DAC with Coax, Optical and USB inputs
  • Improved sound, specifications and versatility
  • Home theater bypass function for integration with a surround sound system
  • Analog bass management creates an independent sub channel to accompany L and R channels
  • Subwoofer output with front panel level control
  • RCA and XLR subwoofer outputs
  • Variable high pass and low pass crossovers
  • Crossovers can be switched off for full range L, R and Sub output
  • Phono stage compatible with MM, MC-100 ohm, MC-47 kohm cartridges
  • Front panel Aux input with additional 12dB gain stage (compensates for low output voltage of portable MP3 players and smartphones
  • 65 watt power supply with 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star requirements
  • Alps motorized potentiometer instead of an IC for volume control
  • Available in both silver and black
  • 5 RCA line level inputs, 1 XLR balanced input (parallels Input 5 RCA jacks)
  • Balanced XLR and RCA left and right outputs
  • Bass & treble controls with defeat switch (Tone on-off from remote or front panel)
  • Headphone jack with 10 ohm output impedance
  • Rear panel IR input and loop output jacks
  • 12v output trigger
  • Automatic turn on with 12V trigger or AC power
  • Fixed level record output
  • Headphone jack automatically mutes the L, R, Sub out jacks
  • Bass & treble tone controls with defeat button
  • Balance control
  • Remote handset includes tone on/off button
  • Gold-plated RCA jacks
  • Rack mounting adapter available
  • Parasound 5 year parts, 5 years labor warranty



SPECIFICATIONS:
 

  • Frequency Response
  • 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion < 0.01 %
  • Crosstalk > 70 dB at 20 kHz
  • Input Sensitivity 300 mv: 1 Volt Out
  • Total Gain: 10 dB
  • Maximum Output: 7 Volts
  • Input Impedance Unbalanced: 24 kohm Balanced: 100 kohm 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
  • 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
  • Dimensions: Width: 17-1/4" (437 mm) Depth: 13-3/4" (350 mm) Height, with feet: 4-1/8" (105 mm)
  • Net Weight 14 lb. (6.3 kg)
  • Shipping Weight 25 lb. (9.5 kg)
  • Power Requirement Standby: 0.5 Watts
  • Power On: 20 Watts
  • 100-250 Volts, 50-60 Hz (Automatic)