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Parasound P6 2 28.57%
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post #1 of 9 Old 08-20-2019, 09:48 AM - Thread Starter
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Pre-amplifier choices

So I am in need of a pre-amplifier as I upgrade my system. I have Revel M126be and a Bryston 4B-ST amplifier on the way. But I havent decided on the pre-amp yet. Need something to pair well with the speakers and amp.

So far I need:
dual subwoofer outputs(i can split or chain if I the choice is "better")
12v trigger outputs
multiple analog inputs(4 minimum given current setup with phono and dac external)

Wants:
XLR inputs and outputs
display(for volume)

I currently run an external dac, nor is a pre-amp for phono. so a dac/phono in the system isnt a big concern. but ill probly get 1 or both.

My short list has become:
Emotiva XSP-1(gen2 only)
Parasound P6
Parasound P5(no display and cheaper than the others)
NAD C 165BEE

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System: Emotiva XSP-1, Lexicon 225(Bryston 4B-ST with a new face), Revel M126be, SVS SB2000, Cambridge DACMAGIC 100, JVC XL-Z1050TN, Rega RP6, Vincent PHO-8. A bunch of monster power conditioning junk V: Samsung NU8000, Nvidia Shield TV
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If I had those feature wants and needs, I would get the Emotiva. But that's just me.
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Never heard the Emo. But the features look good. However I have heard the Parasound P-6 w/a Parasound A-21+ amp. Excellent preamp. Should go well w/the Bryston 4B SST. Is the Bryston a SST, SST2 or SST3?
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The Parasound P6 has nice ESS Sabre DAC chips if that is of any interest....

Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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Never heard the Emo. But the features look good. However I have heard the Parasound P-6 w/a Parasound A-21+ amp. Excellent preamp. Should go well w/the Bryston 4B SST. Is the Bryston a SST, SST2 or SST3?
The older ST, maybe in a few years ill upgrade to a SST*

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Anthem STR Pre-amp. If it wasn't for the price point, one would already be in my system, ahead of Parasound, NAD and others. As it happens, my budget means I'm shortly to demo the NAD C 658 which, by most accounts, has pretty decent SQ but does have some teething problems with firmware updates (that isn't necessarily a deal breaker for me as NAD are, albeit slowly, working through the issues).

Whatever you get, happy listening!
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Ended up grabbing the Emotiva XSP-1. So far I am very pleased with the new setup
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Ended up grabbing the Emotiva XSP-1. So far I am very pleased with the new setup
Very nice. Now go and buy lots of records!
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Ended up grabbing the Emotiva XSP-1. So far I am very pleased with the new setup
Excellent choice. Can't go wrong with quality components, loaded features and technical competence for a reasonable price. Enjoy.
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