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Dear parasound owners,

does anyone here have KEF R series speakers? I would like to know how well the speakers matches with parasound amp and pre amp. This will be my first time experience with hifi separates. I'm planning to improve my stereo music quality by adding A51 and P 7 or P 5 (later) to my home theater setup (KEF R900 mains, R 600c center with yamaha AVR RX-A3020).
From your personal experience what kind of improvements can be heard by adding a power amp like A51 and/or adding a preamp like P 7 to your system?
Any input appreciated.

Thanks.

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I know the Halo amps work very well with the R series. I think the A31 would make a great addition to your system, let the 3020 power the surrounds which will be?
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Thanks for your input Jima4a. My surrounds are KEF Q300 bookshelf. Anybody ever compare P5 vs P7 for stereo sound quality?

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Thanks for your input Jima4a. My surrounds are KEF Q300 bookshelf. Anybody ever compare P5 vs P7 for stereo sound quality?

No P5 p7 comparisons yet. The P5 was just released and not sure if shipping has even began. Mine was ordered two weeks ago and nothing yet.
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Hey WAFWarrior do you know why the parasound z breeze cooling fan was discontinued? And do you know if their will be a replacement? Thanks
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Hey WAFWarrior do you know why the parasound z breeze cooling fan was discontinued? And do you know if their will be a replacement? Thanks
The Zbreeze was discontinued because of slow sales. I don't think there will be a replacement any time in the near future.

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I was told today the P5's should supposedly ship next week, yeah!
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I was told today the P5's should supposedly ship next week, yeah!
Right you are Sir. They are shipping now. biggrin.gif

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Right you are Sir. They are shipping now. biggrin.gif

Just heard that from my dealer.. Can't wait for my P5/ A21
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Just heard that from my dealer.. Can't wait for my P5/ A21
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Same here! A21 / P5 combo should be awesome.
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Dear parasound owners,

does anyone here have KEF R series speakers? I would like to know how well the speakers matches with parasound amp and pre amp. This will be my first time experience with hifi separates. I'm planning to improve my stereo music quality by adding A51 and P 7 or P 5 (later) to my home theater setup (KEF R900 mains, R 600c center with yamaha AVR RX-A3020).
From your personal experience what kind of improvements can be heard by adding a power amp like A51 and/or adding a preamp like P 7 to your system?
Any input appreciated.

Thanks.

I'm currently driving kef r700 and r600c with parasound a31 and kef r300 with the parasound a21 and it goes really well. I use it mainly for movies (80%) and set at -17 and it just sounds awesome.
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Same here! A21 / P5 combo should be awesome.

Awesome! Can't wait to hear your impressions.
What speakers are you going to be driving?
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Awesome! Can't wait to hear your impressions.
What speakers are you going to be driving?
Cheers, Mac

Ascend acoustic Sierra Towers with RAAL tweeters:). Currently have the parasound 2100 pre......will be for sale shortly.
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Dear parasound owners,

does anyone here have KEF R series speakers? I would like to know how well the speakers matches with parasound amp and pre amp. This will be my first time experience with hifi separates. I'm planning to improve my stereo music quality by adding A51 and P 7 or P 5 (later) to my home theater setup (KEF R900 mains, R 600c center with yamaha AVR RX-A3020).
From your personal experience what kind of improvements can be heard by adding a power amp like A51 and/or adding a preamp like P 7 to your system?
Any input appreciated.

Thanks.


I'm currently driving kef r700 and r600c with parasound a31 and kef r300 with the parasound a21 and it goes really well. I use it mainly for movies (80%) and set at -17 and it just sounds awesome.

Did you have a chance to compare parasound with other brands when you decided to buy parasound? I'm also being offered Cary 7.125 and NAD M25 as alternatives. I am more concerned with how the music sounds and the bass performance of my floorstander as I'm currently quite happy with movie performance of my AVR.

Bedroom: Panasonic Plasma 42", Yamaha RX-A3020 AVR, Classe CP-800 stereo preamp, NAD M25 power amp, Fronts: KEF R900, Center: KEF R600c, Surrounds: KEF Q300, Sub: KEF Q400b, Antimode 8033S-II, Sony BDP-590 Blu-Ray Player, Dune Smart H1 media player.
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I now have an A21 on my mains and A51 on the surrounds with the P7 as pre, 100% music. It's glorious. Speakers are Energy Veritas 2.3i floorstanders front L/R and Energy Veritas 2.2i L/R surrounds, from back when API manufactured them in Canada. I also have a pair of NHT Classic 3's, nominally rears but I use them for stereo playback beside the 2.2i's in a "pseudo-headphone" setup. ( I guess I don't like wearing headphones and then of course they sound especially good on some older recordings.) Anyway, I am quite happy with the combination. Center spot is open for now.

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I now have an A21 on my mains and A51 on the surrounds with the P7 as pre, 100% music. It's glorious. Speakers are Energy Veritas 2.3i floorstanders front L/R and Energy Veritas 2.2i L/R surrounds, from back when API manufactured them in Canada. I also have a pair of NHT Classic 3's, nominally rears but I use them for stereo playback beside the 2.2i's in a "pseudo-headphone" setup. ( I guess I don't like wearing headphones and then of course they sound especially good on some older recordings.) Anyway, I am quite happy with the combination. Center spot is open for now.

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Congrats smile.gif the A21 is a 2/ch maven wink.gif
Thanks. It was a more challenging upgrade than I imagined initially. Layout, power cords, expanded crossover capability, cables, more cables, etc. I guess that's why we do it.
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Finally have a tracking number for my soon to arrive P5! Very exciting.
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Finally have a tracking number for my soon to arrive P5! Very exciting.
Very Exciting! I am anxious to hear impressions of the P5 when you and others have a good listen.

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I will be sure to post my thoughts after some listening time! Do you work for parasound?
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I will be sure to post my thoughts after some listening time! Do you work for parasound?
Yes I am a proud Parasounder though I started as a Parasound owner with my first real amp a second hand HCA-2003. smile.gif

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Where did you order your P5 from. I am from Canada and looking at ordering one from down south.

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Yes I am a proud Parasounder though I started as a Parasound owner with my first real amp a second hand HCA-2003. smile.gif

Very cool! Richard seems like a great guy from past email correspondences. I'm sure it's a neat place to work. Have you heard the P5? I'm most curious on how it will compare to my current parasound 2100 pre!

I ordered my p5 from avs sales;)
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Where did you order your P5 from. I am from Canada and looking at ordering one from down south.
I bought mine from the Audio Video Unlimited store in Red Deer. They have stores across Canada.
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I bought mine from the Audio Video Unlimited store in Red Deer. They have stores across Canada.
http://www.avu.ca/website/
How is that possible? Parasound is no longer available Canada as of October this year..

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Sorry, I should have specified - I bought my P7 at AV Unlimited - last year. I wasn't aware that Parasound is no longer available in Canada.

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,IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN TRYING NADS BEST POWER AMPLIFIER , THE M25 MASTERS SERIES, IM WILLING TO TRADE FOR A HALO A51. . IF YOU DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS BEAST, GOOGLE NAD M25. TONS OF REVIEWS ON IT.
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^^^ Why are you willing/wanting to trade Nad's best amplifier for the Halo A-51? From the specs it looks like it only puts out 160 wpc into 8 ohms only and has no balanced inputs. How much money are you willing to throw into this "deal"?

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THE NAD IS HEAVILY UNDER RATED. IF YOU GOOGLE YOULL FIND THE LAB RESULTS. . ITS ACTUALLY 194. 2 X 7 ALL CHANNELS DRIVEN. IF YOU CAN HEAR A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 194 OR 200 WATTS THEN YOURE OUT OF THIS PLANET. IT TAKES 3 DECIBELS TO HEAR ANY LOUDER VOLUME AND THATS ACTUALLY SAYING TWICE THE POWER.
LASTLY, YOU HAVE BALANCED INPUTS, AND THIS NAD HAS TWO EXTRA CHANNELS. I AM WILLING TO DO A TRADE BECAUSE I SUSPECT THE HALO COULD BE A BETTER MATCH FOr MY SPEAKERS. NO OTHER REASON.
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