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I hear Parasound is much better quality sound then Rotel

post #1 of 24
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Do you think that it is better sounding? Do you think that it has better quality?
post #2 of 24
Um, no. I had a Parasound, now have a Rotel. Both very good amps, built like a tank. Who told you this?
post #3 of 24
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how reliable was para sound? Did you have para sound halo?
post #4 of 24
No; not in general.

The more expensive Parasound gear is very good (and very expensive); the A21 sounds very good IMO; the A23 does not (for example). I tried the A23 at home for a week and sent it back; I thought it sucked.

Rotel makes some very good components, and at comparable price points would probably give you more satisfaction based on my experience.

Every price range has some winners and losers, and there are also good integrated amplifiers from Creek and Musical Fidelity that are great-sounding for the money in the under-$2000 range.

Tell us what price range you want to compare within, and it will be easier to be specific.


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Do you think that it is better sounding? Do you think that it has better quality?
post #5 of 24
Which "GEAR" are you looking at in particular...???

Amps, pre-amps, both.... Hows about you narrow it down to what it is your after, as your topic is extremely broad in nature, so's we can better help you sir...
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No; not in general.

The more expensive Parasound gear is very good (and very expensive); the A21 sounds very good IMO; the A23 does not (for example). I tried the A23 at home for a week and sent it back; I thought it sucked.
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What are the schematic differences between the A21 and the A23 that would account for these differences in sound quality you heard?
post #7 of 24
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sorry about that Warpdrv. integrated amps is what I am interested in. I can't afford pre amp and power amp. Isn't a good pre amp like 600 bucks or more or no? a good power amp is close to 700 to a 1,000?
post #8 of 24
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commsysman have you got to hear the Rotel Ra 1520?
post #9 of 24
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beaveav which parasound stuff do you have?
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beaveav which parasound stuff do you have?

Used to have (old) HCA-500 and (newer) A23. Liked both, but sold both and went with an integrated amp for one system and an AVR for my TV setup.
post #11 of 24
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some people said on a review from another site that Rotel doesn't like 4ohms. the guy was trying to run four b&w speakers though. He got something else.

http://www.htguide.com/forum/showthread.php4?t=39732
post #12 of 24
Keyboardcat, you've been bouncing around asking a bunch of questions including stuff at goodwill. What do you have, what do you need, and how much can you spend?
post #13 of 24
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g_bartman a dealer said that they thought Para sound was better. Do you agree or disagree with this guy's amazon review?
http://www.amazon.com/Marantz-PM8004...6695352&sr=8-2
I remember reading his review a few months ago.

look for the review One of the best $1,000 Integrated Amp. December 28, 2011
By Nossy
tHis is part of what he said about the Rotel.

In summary, the Rotel amp was like that hot chick that you drool over, but you didn't like her personality once you went out a date with her. I really tried to like the Rotel amp and even gave it a longer audition time
post #14 of 24
Reviews are completely worthless in audio electronics. Never judge anything by a sonic review. Everyone hears differently and everyone likes different things. You'll actually have to go hear the units you are interested in and pick from there. Parasound and rotel both make good gear, you'd be fine picking either brand. Thats about the only useful info I can give. Lets your ears decide or find a place with a 30 day return policy and try a few out in your own home.
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Keyboardcat, you've been bouncing around asking a bunch of questions including stuff at goodwill. What do you have, what do you need, and how much can you spend?

you've noticed...

edit: dear me, there's some "interesting" creative writing at that amazon link....
post #16 of 24
I would not say Parasound is much better if any then Rotel anything. They both make quality gear on all levels but to say that it's much better I simply don't agree.
I have Installed countless Rotel and Parasound amps , pre's ,receivers , 2 channel , theater systems , Tuners which I have always found quality in both companies.
Unless you can listen to both said amps you wish to consider or all gear of those brands for that matter with the speakers you want to power , then there is no clear choice here.

On a side note Rotel everything can handle 4 ohm loads with ease. Even their 75 watt receivers and 50 watt amps. Same goes for Parasound , no concern with 4 ohm loads. Only concern would be how much power will be required to power unsaid speakers in unsaid room.
post #17 of 24
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Thanks for the helpful advice N8DOGG. I appreciate it. What review did you read that made a amp sound amazing but disappointing hearing it? I see what you mean about reviews. I thought that I would like Cambridge Audio from reviews. I heard it, and decided that it wasn't for me.
post #18 of 24
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Keyboardcat, you've been bouncing around asking a bunch of questions including stuff at goodwill. What do you have, what do you need, and how much can you spend?

Yep.

Plus, Keyboardcat, why separates instead of an AVR?

Random reviews can be entertaining/useful, but it seems you may want to nail down the fundamentals of what you want.

BTW, the answer to your question is "no."
post #19 of 24
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Ryan do Separates of the same brand last longer then a regular AVR?
post #20 of 24
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Ryan I am going to try and hear some more products, to help narrow it down.
post #21 of 24
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Ryan do you like the sound from Para sound and Rotel? Do you like one more then the other?
post #22 of 24
I am sure the other is nice too but I really love my Parasound A51!
post #23 of 24
One of my friends has a parasound amp and thought it sounded great. Love his set up!
post #24 of 24
I've had both Rotel and Parasound amps. The Parasound was a multichannel halo and the Rotel a 1075. I liked the sound of the Parasound better. My preference though is NAD.
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