or Connect
AVS › AVS Forum › Audio › Receivers, Amps, and Processors › Parasound Owners Thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Parasound Owners Thread - Page 56

post #1651 of 3344
I found out from Richard today that my P7 is repaired, just need to send it back to Ecuador.
Also found out the tech in Quito, who was supposed to do the repair, did not. The part he was suppose to replace was still the original part when they opened it up. 6 months of sometimes working and sometimes not, cos some douche did not do the job he was paid to do.
post #1652 of 3344
Do you know what part it was that went bad? Is the repair under warranty?

I also own a P7. I do a lot of switching from one input to another to compare how my stereo music sounds on one pair of speakers or another or using the Behringer DEQ2596 in my system to digitally expand the overly compressed and or too hi or lo equalized remastered rubbish that's being sold these day's as an updated or improved version as opposed to a flat high resolution transfer of the original master. I wonder how much switching/muting the unit can take over time.
post #1653 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by davee70 View Post

Do you know what part it was that went bad? Is the repair under warranty?

I also own a P7. I do a lot of switching from one input to another to compare how my stereo music sounds on one pair of speakers or another or using the Behringer DEQ2596 in my system to digitally expand the overly compressed and or too hi or lo equalized remastered rubbish that's being sold these day's as an updated or improved version as opposed to a flat high resolution transfer of the original master. I wonder how much switching/muting the unit can take over time.

The part was a chip in the RS232 circuit.
For my 96/24 downloads I've only used AIFF format, which is uncompressed music.
Although I do play around with the built-in EQ in VLC & iTunes.
But I am not using any DAC between my MacBook and the P7 or AVR. I'm thinking of getting a Parasound Zdac for that purpose.
post #1654 of 3344
Just curious, what were you using the RS-232 for?
I use the Behringer on CD's rather than downloads.
post #1655 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by davee70 View Post

Just curious, what were you using the RS-232 for?
I use the Behringer on CD's rather than downloads.
I was not using the RS232. But it is some how connected to the digital controls.
What would happen is after the P7 was turned on it would lock up...would not change volume, inputs, balance, SW settings.
And the only way to turn it off was to turn off the master switch in back. Then it might not come one for 2, 3, 4, 5 days or more.
Then it would just start working again for maybe a week or two.
post #1656 of 3344
That's a real bummer. Hope you get it back soon.
post #1657 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4DHD View Post

I was not using the RS232. But it is some how connected to the digital controls.
What would happen is after the P7 was turned on it would lock up...would not change volume, inputs, balance, SW settings.
And the only way to turn it off was to turn off the master switch in back. Then it might not come one for 2, 3, 4, 5 days or more.
Then it would just start working again for maybe a week or two.
WOW! That's totally wierd. Sounds like the electron gremlins were at work. eek.gif
post #1658 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4DHD View Post

For my 96/24 downloads I've only used AIFF format, which is uncompressed music.
Although I do play around with the built-in EQ in VLC & iTunes.
But I am not using any DAC between my MacBook and the P7 or AVR. I'm thinking of getting a Parasound Zdac for that purpose.
I'm also thinking about a DAC, but to work with the Behringer DEQ2496 I mentioned. It's got a decent AKM DAC on board already but I think I could get that last little bit more out of it with an external DAC. I've seen a mod of the 2496 that specifically focuses on the analog output stage. I'm not into mod's as such. There are so many stand alone DACs out there. What do you like about the Zdac?
post #1659 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by davee70 View Post

That's a real bummer. Hope you get it back soon.
It needs to be decided what my return cost will be...they are saying $380, but I only paid $222 to send it to SF.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torqdog View Post

WOW! That's totally wierd. Sounds like the electron gremlins were at work. eek.gif
It was certainly odd to say the least. And irritating!!
Quote:
Originally Posted by davee70 View Post

I'm also thinking about a DAC, but to work with the Behringer DEQ2496 I mentioned. It's got a decent AKM DAC on board already but I think I could get that last little bit more out of it with an external DAC. I've seen a mod of the 2496 that specifically focuses on the analog output stage. I'm not into mod's as such. There are so many stand alone DACs out there. What do you like about the Zdac?
I only know about the Zdac as to what I've read...its more of liking Parasound gear.
And in another thread on dac's one guy claims ALL dac are the same (much like some think amps are the same).
So therefore spending more than $25 for a DAC is a waste.
Which I would liken to the claim, All CD players are only transports so they are all the same.
I had a Sony CD player that was so harsh that it was like listening to cheap, ear bleeding horn speakers.
The Denon SACD/DVD-A player plays CDs like silk.
post #1660 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4DHD View Post

I only know about the Zdac as to what I've read...its more of liking Parasound gear.
And in another thread on dac's one guy claims ALL dac are the same (much like some think amps are the same).
So therefore spending more than $25 for a DAC is a waste.
Which I would liken to the claim, All CD players are only transports so they are all the same.
I had a Sony CD player that was so harsh that it was like listening to cheap, ear bleeding horn speakers.
The Denon SACD/DVD-A player plays CDs like silk.
Yeh, a USB DAC on a stick is all you need. rolleyes.gif
What Denon player are you using? I had a 2900 I bought on eBay a few years ago. Although I thought it was a very good player, I decided to switch to the Oppo 95. What I like about the 95 especially is that it allows the user to set whether to convert the DSD signal directly to analog or to convert it to PCM first, which allows for the usual array of options such as bass management, etc. etc. The thing is, the DSD direct to analog is a revelation sonically, at least for certain types of recordings. The 2900 was originally advertised to have that capability but it was dropped by the time it went into production, at least that's what I gather from what I've read online. But mostly I listen to CD's because that's all there is for the most part. The only discs that sound like silk to me though are SACD's. I'd like to read a review of the new Parasound CD player.
Edited by davee70 - 3/29/13 at 12:30pm
post #1661 of 3344
I have the Denon 1030ci.
And compared to the Sony pos, the Denon sounds sweet with all formats.
As far as getting any given dac, I have not decided and most likely will need to have one imported. Unless the local Harman Pro shop has one I might want. I have not been over there since I bought the HK AVR3600 last year.
It would be interesting to compare the new Parasound CD to the Oppo 95 or 105.
post #1662 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4DHD View Post

It needs to be decided what my return cost will be...they are saying $380, but I only paid $222 to send it to SF.
It was certainly odd to say the least. And irritating!!
I only know about the Zdac as to what I've read...its more of liking Parasound gear.
And in another thread on dac's one guy claims ALL dac are the same (much like some think amps are the same).
So therefore spending more than $25 for a DAC is a waste.

Well, the return shipping is $352, still $130 more than the cost shipping to SF.

About the things I like about Zdac is its Asynchronous mode and the up-sampling to 422khz.
Although I was also looking at AudioQuest Dragonfly usb dac. Which is also Asynchronous mode and has two on-board clocks for about 1/2 the price.
post #1663 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4DHD View Post

Well, the return shipping is $352, still $130 more than the cost shipping to SF.

About the things I like about Zdac is its Asynchronous mode and the up-sampling to 422khz.
Although I was also looking at AudioQuest Dragonfly usb dac. Which is also Asynchronous mode and has two on-board clocks for about 1/2 the price.
WOW!!! I guess livin in paradise comes at a price. That's crazy!
post #1664 of 3344
Just a heads-up.........there's an A-31 listed on AudioGon right now for $2,000.00
post #1665 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torqdog View Post

Just a heads-up.........there's an A-31 listed on AudioGon right now for $2,000.00

eek.gif
post #1666 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4DHD View Post

Well, the return shipping is $352, still $130 more than the cost shipping to SF.

About the things I like about Zdac is its Asynchronous mode and the up-sampling to 422khz.
Although I was also looking at AudioQuest Dragonfly usb dac. Which is also Asynchronous mode and has two on-board clocks for about 1/2 the price.
I doubt it has the analog section compared to something like the Zdac but with ESS Sabre dac chips on board I imagine it can't be too bad and seems to have good reviews.
post #1667 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torqdog View Post

Just a heads-up.........there's an A-31 listed on AudioGon right now for $2,000.00

Not anymore.biggrin.gif
post #1668 of 3344
I'm feeling like this is going to be the month folks. I've been waiting for the P5 and trying to read the tea leaves, and Tetley's indication is that we're real close. rolleyes.gif

I only hope it comes in under the possible list of 1400, but either way I'm like an expectant father!
post #1669 of 3344
Another heads-up........now there's a Halo A-51 for sale on AudioGon for $2500.00. That's the lowest price I've seen one of these advertised for yet.
post #1670 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torqdog View Post

Another heads-up........now there's a Halo A-51 for sale on AudioGon for $2500.00. That's the lowest price I've seen one of these advertised for yet.

Great price. Just keep in mind that the warranty is not transferable.
post #1671 of 3344
Hi, I have a couple of questions about Parasound D/AC 1500. I consider to get a used one for about $300. The seller told me that when no digital signal is received (the DAC powered on, but no digital cable connected), the LED "Error Data" is lit. Is it a normal behavior or something is wrong with device? Please advise. And second question, what do you think about the sound of vintage Parasound DACs compared to the new one ZDac? Thanks in advance.
post #1672 of 3344
Anyone use the Parasound ZBreeze? I am selling my Marantz MM8077 and replacing it with 3 A23's. I'm putting them in an open shelf but looking at different ideas for stacking if possible? This would give me an A51 and 3 A23's. Tons of heat what to do? I know yes I could put them all over the floor, but that takes up a lot of room and now I would need to buy a lot of XLR's and dump my RCA's.
post #1673 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr_Mark View Post

Anyone use the Parasound ZBreeze? I am selling my Marantz MM8077 and replacing it with 3 A23's. I'm putting them in an open shelf but looking at different ideas for stacking if possible? This would give me an A51 and 3 A23's. Tons of heat what to do? I know yes I could put them all over the floor, but that takes up a lot of room and now I would need to buy a lot of XLR's and dump my RCA's.

Just curious why you want to swap your MM8077 for the Parasounds? I'm using the A51/MM8077 combo and I think the MM8077 is fine for rears/heights. If you really want to go go the Parasound route, doesn't the A53 make more sense?
post #1674 of 3344
I need 6 more channels for 11.1 and 3 A23's for surround duty is about 1/2 what 2 A31's would run me. Plus if I need more power the A23's can be switched to mono blocks and I can add 3 more later.. Now I am moving to all Dali Helicon 300 MKii speakers for surround duty. Parasound amps really fit this speaker than my MM8077.
post #1675 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr_Mark View Post

Anyone use the Parasound ZBreeze? I am selling my Marantz MM8077 and replacing it with 3 A23's. I'm putting them in an open shelf but looking at different ideas for stacking if possible? This would give me an A51 and 3 A23's. Tons of heat what to do? I know yes I could put them all over the floor, but that takes up a lot of room and now I would need to buy a lot of XLR's and dump my RCA's.
I'm sure you're aware that Parasound recommends putting the A23 on a separate shelf with at least 3" of space above. 28lbs each and the A51 at 80lbs (which Parasound recommends 6" of space above) gives you 164lbs of amp weight on 4 shelves plus whatever other equipment you have. You'll need a very sturdy stand or two.
post #1676 of 3344
164 lbs of Parasound epic-ness. biggrin.gif
post #1677 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr_Mark View Post

164 lbs of Parasound epic-ness. biggrin.gif

I say go for it! biggrin.gif

Do watch out for the heat though... cool.gif
post #1678 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by moonhawk View Post

I say go for it! biggrin.gif

Do watch out for the heat though... cool.gif

And your next electric bill! wink.gif
post #1679 of 3344
People that are looking to spend several thousand on amps probably aren't worried about a girly man electric bill!
post #1680 of 3344
Quote:
Originally Posted by runnin' View Post

People that are looking to spend several thousand on amps probably aren't worried about a girly man electric bill!

It's interesting though. My wife uses my set a lot during the day, and I calculated based on my usage that my A51 cost about $100 in electricity annually.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors
AVS › AVS Forum › Audio › Receivers, Amps, and Processors › Parasound Owners Thread