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Parasound preamp/power amp?

I've been thinking lately about upgrading my Harman Kardon HK3475 stereo receiver to a preamp/power amp setup. I've been looking specifically at the Parasound Model 275 power amp in combination with the Parasound Model 2100 preamp since this combination falls within my budget. I've read some nice things about Parasound gear but I can't find much information on their "New Classic" line. I've written to Parasound sales and they've assured me that 75w per side @ 8-ohms should be plenty of clean power to run my somewhat inefficient B&W DM12 bookshelf speakers in a cluttered 13' by 13' by x 8' room.

Has anyone had the pleasure of using one or both of these pieces? Alternately, does anyone have any recommendations on a similarly priced (around $1000) separates solution?

Thanks, all!

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Re: Parasound preamp/power amp?

Sorry, I can't help you with direct experience with the "New Classic" series, or, for that matter with any current production Parasound equipment. I can suggest that if John Curl had anything to do with the design, that equipment is certainly worth a listen. Years ago, shortly after Curl began with Parasound I bought a little receiver to use in an AV system separate from my main two-channel system. The little devil has never faltered - totally reliable good quality sound and a better than average FM tuner. I suspect you'll get responses from others who have experience closer to what you're looking at, but I doubt you'll get anything but good recommendations.

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Re: Parasound preamp/power amp?

Out of curiosity, I've done some searching for reviews of the Parasound 275 and 2100 and, like you, found nothing. I checked out the information on the two components from the manufacturer. Based on manufacturers specs, they should do what you want, and the guarantee is impressive, but given the budget you have in mind (mfrs list $1100 for the two) I can't help but wonder why you think those components and your B&W speakers will give you the best sound you can get these days for that expenditure.

The fact that I have a Parasound R/HD -300 Receiver which has given me decent TV sound and good FM reception for so long I can't remember when I bought it has nothing to do with the kind of quality two-channel sound you can buy these days for $1100 or less.

If I were spending that $1100, seeking good quality sound I'd spend about half the budget on stand mounted speakers and stands (Epos for example) and the rest on one of the fine integrated amps available today (NAD for example). You can do a lot better than the speakers you now have for very little money, and given the great amount of info, reviews, etc. available on entry level integrateds, I can't help but wonder what it was that led you to your current plan. Could you explain what led you to where you are now?

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Re: Parasound preamp/power amp?

Good advice and good question regarding how I arrived at my current plan for upgrades. Regarding integrated amps, I actually bought one of the NAD C325BEE amps back more than a year ago and just didn't like the way it sounded in my system so I brought it back. Just after this, a medical "situation" side-lined my plans for upgrading my system.

Now I'm back to looking for a suitable upgrade to my system. I agree that there are certainly better speakers out there than the ones I have and there are also some very nice integrated amps around, too. In fact, just yesterday I stopped at a local Magnolia AV and heard a Marantz PM7001 driving a pair of Monitor Audio RS2 bookshelf speakers. The combination was very nice indeed!

With regards to separates, I've just always heard that separates are "the way to go" and give you more bang-for-the-buck than integrated amps or receivers. I've never had a lot of time or extra cash to go out and explore these claims first-hand so I'm just reading forum posts and taking thier advice under consideration, you know?

Again, thanks for taking the time to pick my brain about audio gear. There are tons of opinions out there and it's great to know that so many options exist! I may just end up back at Mag AV for that Marantz/Monitor Audio combination.

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Re: Parasound preamp/power amp?

Have you looked at Parasound's website? There's loads of information (photos, specs, owners manual...)Also here is a very positive review. www.parasound.com

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/1107/parasound_2100_2125.htm

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