Originally Posted by Jive Turkey
P7 and A21; great combo. Especially with the phono stage.
not sure if i would use phono...pardon my ignorance but that is for vinyl correct? I don't listen to any vinyl currently.
if you are familiar with the different parasound preamp options out there would you care to elaborate on the major differences?
I have looked at the p5 - and i think that might be the better option for me but I do want to future proof incase I end up using another power amplifier or two for the whole surround sound eventually.
While the p7 is more expensive it doesnt currently (at least from what i can tell) have any additional features that the p5 has that i would be using for stereo playback. i could certainly be, and am often times, wrong though
I saw a couple deals on safe and sound today for b stock halo preamps...jc-2 b, p7 were the ones available today for decent discounts. i am mainly concerned with getting great 2 channel sound whether it be from the ud7007 on disc or digital from my NAS etc. passed through to the halo a21 as clean as possible. also i find it quite cumbersome and a bit irrational to use a beast of an avr like the sr7009 just to fire up some music that doesnt require anything else but a passthrough and sub eq/crossover/mgmt.
i do listen to some DSD and super audio cds but dont even have my surrounds hooked up yet as i ran into a speaker wire shortage running a 15 foot line to my front right speaker.
side note - i have no front left sound and the cable seemed fine and it worked last night - so going to try a replacement to ensure nothing is wrong other than a bad cable. waiting for some cables2go velocity 12 awg cables to arrive tomorrow that are 15 feet in length each. i have been shocked by the lack of options when it comes to longer cables with heavier gauge. seems counterintuitive to me, right?
i may try moving my rack closer to my television or even putting the a21 on a stand of sorts dead center of left and right speakers behind my tv....need to ensure proper ventilation though.
thoughts on using a jc-2? overkill? i do want to ensure i have a decent DAC as far as file playback options (i have many different formats and the only one i cant currently playback with existing equipment is AIFF) at least that i know of. im sure there are higher bit rate / sample rate files though that my marantz duo cant handle.