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post #121 of 131

I have now rehabbed a Pioneer PL-A45D belt-drive turntable and am running it through my P-5 phono stage. It sounds quite nice. I am going to look into a Terk house-mounted antenna as we recently cut the cable, and I think I will even hook up my old NAD tuner. We have a really good college station in my town, but I can't quite get a good signal in the house.

 

So far I am still very happy with this preamp, and am now listening to both computer audio and vinyl with it.

post #122 of 131

Greetings.  Thought I would enter the fray.  I bought the P5 and matching power amp a week ago.  Things have settled in nicely, and I must say, they sound wonderful.  I bought the P5 because I needed the analog connections in addition to the digital ones.  I run a Rega TT through an outboard phono stage, and a Jolida DAC III.  The Jolida has a softer tube sound, but the internal DAC is no slouch.  Both are very nice, and switching back and forth gives recorded material different textures.  My speakers are Klipsch Heresys, and this is really the first combination that has tamed them into a very mellow sound.  The horns have never sounded so good.  So, there you have it, a non-technical vote of approval.  Hard to beat for the price.  

post #123 of 131
Of course, the quality of a DAC always comes down to implementation but apparently the P5 uses the same chip as the NuWave DAC (Burr-Brown PCM1798): http://www.psaudio.com/shop/nuwave-dac/

So far people seem to really like the P5 and I personally think it's a killer value. Variable LPF/HPF is indispensable for people who want to integrate a nice subwoofer with their mains. I can't find any other pre besides the XSP-1 that has this feature.

I think the low price-point has people second-guessing, especially considering all the features that it offers. I'd conjecture that Parasound wouldn't stamp the 'Halo' name on one of their products if they weren't supremely confident in it's quality.
post #124 of 131

So far, everything about the preamp speaks quality, and the sound is superb.  As it turns out, both the P5 DAC and the Jolida DAC use the same chip.  And, like I said, one is not better than the other, just different.

post #125 of 131
I believe you are correct. You must have one. I have had mine for about three weeks now and have no complaints. I'm very pleased with mine. Sounds great. I've spent more time listening to LP's and the phone stage and it sounds quite good.
post #126 of 131

Just found this thread, and aside from the usual back and forth, nice to see some feedback from actual owners.  I'm hoping to get one this summer, and the comments about the performance with the Klipsch speakers is good news indeed!

post #127 of 131

New Stereophile review http://www.stereophile.com/content/parasound-halo-p-5-21-channel-da-preamplifier

 

Quote:
As an analog preamplifier, Parasound's Halo P 5 is well engineered and offers excellent performance at an affordable price. The digital section, however, I feel should be regarded as more of a convenience than offering measured performance that matches that of the analog circuitry.—John Atkinson 

 

 

 

post #128 of 131

And the King's New Clothes Syndrome strikes again.  The digital inputs sound smooth and distinct.  For the money, I find it hard to beat.  My digital music has never sounded as smooth and natural.  The phono section is very good as well.  As the pre-amp and amp settle in, they continue to please.  Then again, I'm not going to spend $10 or $15 grand to upgrade to a new level.

post #129 of 131
I didn't read the review because I take no stock in Stereophile but I suspect Atkinson's complaints about the digital audio measurements are all below the level of audibility.
post #130 of 131
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Originally Posted by zerobias View Post
 

And the King's New Clothes Syndrome strikes again.  The digital inputs sound smooth and distinct.  For the money, I find it hard to beat.  My digital music has never sounded as smooth and natural.  The phono section is very good as well.  As the pre-amp and amp settle in, they continue to please.  Then again, I'm not going to spend $10 or $15 grand to upgrade to a new level.

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post #131 of 131
I have owned one for over 3 months now and run a few output options from the P5. 2A3 PP to Klipsch Forte's and ST-70 to Paradigm Studio10 V5's. Both sound great and enjoy LP's much more through the P5 phono pre. And yes, I agree it tames the Klipsch quite well. Really enjoy the sub option and its level control which is needed just a bit for the Paradigm's. Excellent product.
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