Parasound Model 2100 High-end Preamp
Parasound has introduced the precision Model 2100 stereo preamplifier in its high-value NewClassic series of components for custom installation. In keeping with Parasound's 26-year reputation for delivering high quality and problem-solving gear at high-value prices, the Model 2100 also offers a unique solution that enables audiophiles to add high-quality stereo reproduction to their existing or planned home theater without compromising performance for either music or movies.
The Model 2100 is first and foremost an audiophile-grade stereo preamplifier, featuring a high-current power supply and low-noise circuit topology for optimal signal path integrity. It includes seven line-level inputs, one of which can be switched to a phono input with correct gain and load impedance for both MM and MC phono cartridges. Additionally, it features a front-panel input jack for MP3 players with an automatic 12dB gain offset to match the volume level of an iPod with other source components.
The Model 2100 includes analog bass management and uniquely creates a sub out channel with a low pass filter that is continuously adjustable from 40 Hz – 140 Hz and a front-panel gain control. There are 2 sub out jacks for the sub channel. It also offers both full range output jacks and separate jacks for frequencies greater than 80 Hz to facilitate using a sub-sat speaker system.
The Model 2100 is also uniquely suited to integrate with home theater and multi-room audio systems thanks to its innovative Bypass Input, which connects directly to the L, R and Sub pre-out jacks on a surround receiver or processor.
For stereo reproduction, two channel sources are connected to the Model 2100 inputs, to completely isolate them from the A/V receiver for optimal signal integrity. When the system is used for multi-channel music or home theater, however, the Model 2100 can be switched to pass the AV receiver's L, R and subwoofer pre outputs directly through to the power amplifier's inputs. Bypass can be selected manually and is automatically in effect when the Model 2100 is powered off.
The NewClassic Model 2100 includes a number of useful features designed to simplify integration in large systems and custom installations, such as full remote control, two-way RS-232, discrete IR codes for power on and off and IR input and loop out jacks for jack for use with IR repeater systems. The unit includes optional automatic turn-on for either AC power or 12-volt trigger input with both 12-volt trigger input and output jacks.
The Model 2100 front panel includes a precision motorized rotary volume control and its tone controls can be defeated with a front-panel button or by remote.
The Parasound Model 2100 preamplifier is rack-mountable with the company's optional RMK22 2u mounting kit. It is currently available at a suggested retail price of $600.
Source: Press Release