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Hey Bill,
I just purchased a Parasound 2100 which is 4 months old and in new condition.I loved yours when I first listened to your system.You will have to give me all the info on using it the correct way.
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Hey Bill,
Thanks for your help on the SPLITTER.
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So I read quite a few reviews on the parasound zdac and the comments seem very positive/encouraging! I imagine the DAC internals from this that are also used in their new CD1 will be used in the upcoming P5 pre. If so, it might be a great combo and hopefully an improvement over my 2100 and PS DAC3 setup.
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Hey Bill,
Thanks for your help on the SPLITTER.
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My pleasure smile.gif. I'm glad I could help out.

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So I read quite a few reviews on the parasound zdac and the comments seem very positive/encouraging! I imagine the DAC internals from this that are also used in their new CD1 will be used in the upcoming P5 pre. If so, it might be a great combo and hopefully an improvement over my 2100 and PS DAC3 setup.

Brandon,

I wish I could find the email that Richard from Parasound sent me regarding the P5. If I recall Richard said the DAC in the P5 was as good or better than the Zdac. You could try emailing Parasound with any questions you have. I'm sure Richard would reply and would have plenty of information on the P5.

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Thanks Bill.
I can just wait and see what the P5 will entail:)

Should be interesting!
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I wonder how the zDAC compares to the Emotiva DAC? I am looking for a new DAC & possibly a Pre-amp. I like the fact that the Emo DAC can be used without a pre-amp.

I would like to be able to connect a DAC to my computer, then connect the DAC to my AVR so that I can listen to my high Rez downloads.
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Hi Everyone,

I'm considering a P2100 and found this thread while searching for some info. I'd like to know more about the phono stage, but there is very little information on the Parasound site or in the user manual. Does anyone here know the specs for the MM and MC gain, input sensitivity, impedance, etc?

Their site says "1 input pair can be switched for MM or MC phono cartridge with correct input impedance", but it doesn't say what the impedance is. I assume it's 47kOhm for MM, but what about MC?

I did read some posts earlier that the phono stage is a weak point on the P2100, but I'd still like to know the specs before making my decision.

Thanks very much.
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I'm selling mine soon too:). Did you grab the P5? Mine should be arriving soon!
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My 2100 has been sold. Thanks.

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It has not changed since 2009!

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It has not changed since 2009!

Actually there has been one nice change. The volume control was changed to allow much finer increment level changes when the remote is used. I'm not sure when this change was made but the 2100 I currently own has the upgraded volume control. It makes a big difference as the volume control on older 2100s I've owned was in much larger increments. Also the remote itself was upgraded with a slightly different shape and button layout.

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There is no volume control on this it is an amplifier?

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There is no volume control on this it is an amplifier?

The 2100 is a stereo preamplifier so it has a volume control.

http://www.parasound.com/nc/2100.php

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The 2100 is a stereo preamplifier so it has a volume control. http://www.parasound.com/nc/2100.php. Bill

My bad this is what I was talking about http://www.parasound.com/halo/a21.php
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My bad this is what I was talking about http://www.parasound.com/halo/a21.php

Not a problem. You were close just off a few zeros which I usually am as well wink.gif.

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Ordered a 2100 and Zdac yesterday.

Curious to determine whether they are an improvement over my current Cambridge C500 pre and Music Hall DAC 25.2 (current DAC) and an Emotiva DC-1 DAC (in 30 evaluation period, but sounds better than the Music Hall, IMO).

Per emails from Parasound, the 2100 and Zdac combo should sound better than the P5 for digital sources, due to the superiority of the Zdac over the P5’s internal DAC. They do not use the same DAC design.
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Howdy. I'm new to this forum.

I received my 2100 a few weeks ago. I have it in a conventional 2 channel system. It's exactly what I wanted: sub management; tone controls for the occasional times I want to use them; multiple inputs; remote; high pass output for some full range drivers I will build in the future. I won't need the phono for now so any short coming it has is not a concern.

This is paired with a ST-35 I built a few years ago. It has added greater low end and overall improved accuracy to what was a pretty good system (Infinity RSb). I have a Polk sub but have not found the need to use it.

Overall I'm very pleased.
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Howdy. I'm new to this forum.

I received my 2100 a few weeks ago. I have it in a conventional 2 channel system. It's exactly what I wanted: sub management; tone controls for the occasional times I want to use them; multiple inputs; remote; high pass output for some full range drivers I will build in the future. I won't need the phono for now so any short coming it has is not a concern.

This is paired with a ST-35 I built a few years ago. It has added greater low end and overall improved accuracy to what was a pretty good system (Infinity RSb). I have a Polk sub but have not found the need to use it.

Overall I'm very pleased.

Congrats! The 2100 is a solid full-featured preamplifier.

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Howdy. I'm new to this forum.

I received my 2100 a few weeks ago. I have it in a conventional 2 channel system. It's exactly what I wanted: sub management; tone controls for the occasional times I want to use them; multiple inputs; remote; high pass output for some full range drivers I will build in the future. I won't need the phono for now so any short coming it has is not a concern.

This is paired with a ST-35 I built a few years ago. It has added greater low end and overall improved accuracy to what was a pretty good system (Infinity RSb). I have a Polk sub but have not found the need to use it.

Overall I'm very pleased.


Congrats! The 2100 is a solid full-featured preamplifier.
I recently purchased the Parasound 2100 Stereo Preamplifier to integrate with my Home Theater 7.1 system. I am using the analog outputs of my OPPO 103 with the "Stereo Downmix" setting for the L/R channels. I did not connect the sub woofer as I was looking for two channel stereo only. All SACD's with 3+ content are via HDMI with the Parasound 2100 off.

First impressions? FANTASTIC !!! Da bass is back. The imaging and soundstage is much deeper compared to my Pioneer SC65 outputs. I'm not sure why there is such a vast difference in quality and sound. You would think that a $1,200 AVR 9.2 AVR could handle plain old stereo (older CD's) but it doesn't. Night and day.

The Parasound 2100 seamlessly integrates into my HT setup. In the "Off" - "Bypass" mode, it's like it was never there. Great soundtracks for movies and when it's CD time - - two channel version, the Parasound 2100 is engaged.

Absolutely zero noise floor. Dead quiet. The headphones work great but I crank up the volume a tad (around 10:00 o'clock). My "amplifier" did not mute when the headphones were being used, so when listening this way, I just turn the amplifier off and only have the PS 2100 and OPPO 103 on.

Two channel stereo sounds amazing. The volume setting is around 9:00 o'clock or even under and it packs quite a punch. On 90% of CD's, the "Tone" setting is not engaged. I use the "Tone" setting for the headphones to add a little extra bass punch.

All in all - - a great buy and highly recommended!

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I recently purchased the Parasound 2100 Stereo Preamplifier to integrate with my Home Theater 7.1 system. I am using the analog outputs of my OPPO 103 with the "Stereo Downmix" setting for the L/R channels. I did not connect the sub woofer as I was looking for two channel stereo only. All SACD's with 3+ content are via HDMI with the Parasound 2100 off.

First impressions? FANTASTIC !!! Da bass is back. The imaging and soundstage is much deeper compared to my Pioneer SC65 outputs. I'm not sure why there is such a vast difference in quality and sound. You would think that a $1,200 AVR 9.2 AVR could handle plain old stereo (older CD's) but it doesn't. Night and day.

The Parasound 2100 seamlessly integrates into my HT setup. In the "Off" - "Bypass" mode, it's like it was never there. Great soundtracks for movies and when it's CD time - - two channel version, the Parasound 2100 is engaged.

Absolutely zero noise floor. Dead quiet. The headphones work great but I crank up the volume a tad (around 10:00 o'clock). My "amplifier" did not mute when the headphones were being used, so when listening this way, I just turn the amplifier off and only have the PS 2100 and OPPO 103 on.

Two channel stereo sounds amazing. The volume setting is around 9:00 o'clock or even under and it packs quite a punch. On 90% of CD's, the "Tone" setting is not engaged. I use the "Tone" setting for the headphones to add a little extra bass punch.

All in all - - a great buy and highly recommended!
congrats on the new preamp, I have had mine for a while and I also like it a lot, I run 2.2 through it, I use a mini dsp for crossing, an audioengine d1 dac, and a pair of outlaw 2200 mono blocks for amps, I have never seen anything perform like this stack of electronics for the price.. I paid under $1500 for everything and with the dac and mini dsp you get digital conversion and an awesome crossover, then 400w of ab amplification I cant think of anything for that price that would compare...

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congrats on the new preamp, I have had mine for a while and I also like it a lot, I run 2.2 through it, I use a mini dsp for crossing, an audioengine d1 dac, and a pair of outlaw 2200 mono blocks for amps, I have never seen anything perform like this stack of electronics for the price.. I paid under $1500 for everything and with the dac and mini dsp you get digital conversion and an awesome crossover, then 400w of ab amplification I cant think of anything for that price that would compare...
Nice setup! It sounds like you can really fine tune your performance with the Mini DSP. I'm on their web site and while I do not fully understand the technology, I did read the review by Andrew Robinson and how he is using it for an equalization solution for his subs.

For anyone who has a Home Theater setup - 5.1, 7.1, etc. - - the PS 2100 is a seamless integration that let's you enjoy the best of both worlds - music and movies. Especially for two channel stereo music. You will fall in love with your old CD collection again.

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Nice setup! It sounds like you can really fine tune your performance with the Mini DSP. I'm on their web site and while I do not fully understand the technology, I did read the review by Andrew Robinson and how he is using it for an equalization solution for his subs.

For anyone who has a Home Theater setup - 5.1, 7.1, etc. - - the PS 2100 is a seamless integration that let's you enjoy the best of both worlds - music and movies. Especially for two channel stereo music. You will fall in love with your old CD collection again.
The mini dsp is a nice affordable way to integrate subs in a system that would other wise need bass blocks or fmods, and for a little more than the cost of a few sets of fmods you get a nice adjustable device, albeit not as easy as fmods, but I wouldn't call it difficult either...

I trust my ears since that is what I am trying to please so I do a little testing to see where the mains are comfortable, then I bring the subs in for everything beneath that, pretty simple, cross as low as you can and the subs will be invisible.. My brother uses a mini dsp with a pair of psb mini imagines and he has a pair of sealed subs out of sight in the reverse corners of the room, it is comical to watch peoples reactions when he plays them tiny speakers and all that sound comes out, it is an illusion of sorts because if you sit in the chairs he has in there and look at the PSB's while they are playing you will swear they are making the lows, but in actuality they are crossed somewhere around 60hz...
Since I discovered the magic of subs in music systems I never looked back, a few years back when really impressive bookshelfs started getting affordable and sealed subs followed suit its all history now. I own towers and love them too, but with some of the bookshelfs available now being capable of such output there is hardly a reason for them anymore...

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