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2 Channel Pre-Amp with Sub outputs

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I have some left over equipment so I started putting together a 2 channel setup. I bought some Revel M105 that will be powered by an Emotiva amp. The subs will be powered by a Crown amp. I really don't need anything that has a ton of streaming since I'm using a Sonos Port for the streaming. Any suggestions on a pre-amp? I'm looking at $1K - $2K range. Mini Dsp has a pre-amp / streaming unit that looked interesting it's a miniDSP SHD. It includes room correction that could be fun to play with. I use their mini dsp for my subs that I use for my media system. The 2 channel system is in a different room. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.
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The Parasound New Classic 200 preamp should do the job. Dual mono sub outputs. Has analog and digital inputs. Nice slimline design. I heard it at my local dealers. Excellent sound. Also it has a built in DAC, phono preamp and headphone amp. Price $895 at Crutchfield. I also think Audio Advisor carries it too.:)馃憤
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Also, Parasound has the Halo P6 at $1600. I鈥檝e been looking hard at that unit, but I am now thinking I am going with the Anthem STR, but it is costly, $4000. They have a sale with 20% off that I will be all over when it is announced.
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I have the Parasound P6 and it is a fantastic preamp. It can handle just about any setup configuration you can throw at it. I added a MiniDSP 2X4HD to integrate and EQ dual subs and it sounds seamless.
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I heartily agree with the Parasound suggestions and either the NewClassic 200 Pre or the P6 are right within your budget. Audio Advisor sometimes has demo units with full warranty for around $1300.
The miniDSP SHD has got good reviews. I have one and like it, though I can't say much about absolute sound quality, as it's in our very simple TV system. It has Dirac room correction (a lifesaver for us) and miniDSP's own EQ (which includes crossovers for subs), as well as four channels of analog outputs, so it's well suited to systems with subs.

Negatives? I find the interface a bit clunky. One must attach a computer via USB to update software or firmware, configure the unit, or change, say, display settings. Also, it lacks simple bass/treble controls, a nice thing to have on top of complex DSP. Positives? It offers a ton of function for the money, 4 channels of ADC and DAC and streaming input, too. It has Dirac, one of the best regarded DSP systems for audio use. It is compact and runs cool.

Have fun with your new system!
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I have an SHD as well, I think it is fantastic device. Set up is a bit cumbersome but it is really hard (impossible?) to get the functionality for room correction, peq, and sub integration in a competitive product. I don't use the streaming part of it though.

agree that the parasound is a good option in the more conventional design.
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