New v.2 Version of a Critically Acclaimed Classic
Parasound's NewClassic Model 2125 power amplifier just received an update. It's been reborn as the NewClassic Model 2125 v.2. See below for the lowdown on all of the great new features.
Parasound's NewClassic Model 2125 has been one of the company's most popular two-channel power amplifier. Its winning combination of power, features, build quality, and affordability make it a must-have for all but the most demanding systems. And the THX Ultra2 certification means that it meets the highest performance standards for convincing reproduction of movie soundtracks.
New Version v.2 Features
This is the new v.2 version offers several new features for enhanced performance and convenience. First is a new A/B speaker button lockout switch on the rear panel. When this switch is set to Lockout, the front panel A and B buttons are disabled and speakers A and B will always be on. This can be particularly useful for a professional audio installer who never intends for the client to use the front panel buttons.
The new ultra-sensitive two-position audio trigger allowed Parasound to eliminate the audio trigger sensitivity knob. A 'Quieter' setting will automatically turn on the amp at a very low volume. If this isn't sensitive enough for your system needs, you can also use the 'Louder' setting.
The 12 volt trigger jacks change from 2.5mm to 3.5mm. The standard for 12 volt triggers in the audio world has become the 3.5mm size and all new Parasound products will change to use this larger size.
Here's one more change to the rear panel. The ground lift switch has been removed. Changes to the internal grounding of the amps make this switch unnecessary.
To conserve energy and meet Energy Star and EU power consumption requirement NewClassic amps only require 0.5 watts in standby.
Updated front and rear cosmetics give the v.2 amps a fresh new look. The front panel has been updated with rounded corners, a new display lens, and updated silk screening. The rear panel has updated silk screening making it easier to read and understand the functions.
There's also a power specification increase. The original versions of the NewClassic amps were underrated. With the v.2 amps, Parasound has changed the specification to match the actual capability of each amp. There is an average rating increase of 10-15%. Both version 1 and v.2 amps have the same power and there are no changes to the audio circuits.
With its advanced and extremely efficient low-heat design, the NewClassic Model 2125 v2 runs cooler than previous Parasound Classic series models, making it ideal for rack or cabinet mounting. The newly designed power supply delivers all the voltage you need for transient peaks in musical programs and stunningly realistic special effects.
"The NewClassics make a fine upgrade for those wanting to ditch their mass-market receivers and step in to the world of hi-fi separates," writes Clarke Robinson in his November 2007 review of the Parasound Model 2100 preamp and Model 2125 power amp for EnjoyTheMusic.com. "I am very easily excited by the music they produce. For that they get my recommendation."
High-Resolution Power On Demand
The Model 2125 v2 delivers the high-resolution power you need for big entertainment. It offers 150-watt-per-channel output at 8 ohms and 225 watts at 4 ohms. It will also deliver a huge 400 watts into 8 ohms or 4 ohms in bridged mono mode. And it boasts 35 amps of peak current per channel for superior resolution of demanding musical peaks. The sound quality is pure Parasound pleasure, of course.
Fully Discrete Circuitry
Fully discrete circuitry with a large toroidal transformer keeps the noise floor exceptionally low and the musical signal pure. The 'Class AB' circuitry provides efficient operation with less heat output than pure 'Class A' for the highest degree of reliability with DC servo and relay protection circuitry. Standby, channel status, and high temperature indicators keep you informed of the operation status.
Ideal for Custom Installations
The NewClassic amplifiers have several features that make them ideal for custom installation. These include automatic switch on and off when the amplifier detects the presence or absence of an audio signal. It can also switch on and off via its DC trigger with looping output. The soft touch power buttons glow in standby mode.
The Model 2125 v2 can drive and select two speaker pairs (or two mono bridged speakers) with two pairs of speaker terminals and speaker select buttons with relay switching.
Other features include handy rear-panel gain controls, gold-plated RCA input jacks and loop output jacks, and heavy-duty 24K gold-plated five-way speaker terminals.
New v.2 Features
|Write Your Own Review|
This amp has beautiful sound - warm and neutral. Bass line is amazing - both deep and tight. Running with Ryan Acoustic tower and they sound fabulous. Mids are beautiful. Highs are clear but never bright. Great imaging. The 2125 reproduces subtleties so well that I can hear things I've never heard before. Build quality is top notch with a massive power supply. Other great features include 20/40Hz filtering, line level output adjustments, input loop and auto-on. ONly rated for 125 watts it nevers seems to run out of juice. I plan to keep for at least ten years
|- Simon P, OH|
|Can't Go Wrong With This Amp|
Although this one is ranked as a budget amp it does not offer budget sound. Makes me want to listen to more music than other amps I've tried near this price. Sounds warm with good bass, easy on the ear. For the price you can't go wrong with this amp.
Very neutral sound. Excellent value. Good connections. Runs cool.
|- Mike A, KS|
Top knotch build quality and this amp has a beautiful sound. Incredibly warm and natural. The bass is just amazing, deep and tight. I have them running a pair of Infinity Beta 50 speakers and they sound fabulous. The midrange is beautiful and the highs are not too bright with great imaging. This amp sounds warm at any level. It never sounds like it's starving the speakers during songs with heavy bass and the dynamics are also wonderful. It should be powerful enough to drive almost any speaker. I used to be suspect of reviewers who say that they can hear more detail in their songs with the addition of a new component, but I can honestly say that the 2125 can reproduce subtleties so well that I can hear things I`ve never heard before.
|- Jerry c, CO|
|Good Budget Amp|
Sounds quite good and makes me want to listen more to music than other amplifiers I've tried at this price such as Rotel, Adcom and NAD in a similar price range. IMO Audio Advisor is a top company to work with and build quality seems respectable.
|- TKO, TX|
|Better Than My Denon|
Excellent amp! I am very happy with this purchase. It replaced my old Denon. The Denon served me well for many years and still is in good working order, but the Parasound sounds even better.
|- Virgil T, ME|
I am a blue collar guy that will never afford a 50,000 dollar system. i am extremely happy with this amplifier. The level of detail and clarity just astounds me. It has given new life to my vinyl and cd collection. Thank you Parasound for making this fantastic amplifier accessible for my budget and thank you Kaan at Audio Advisor for your great advice. I cant wait until I order my Parasound pre amp from you!
|- Mark E, FL|
|Big Performance Value|
This amp is transparent, confident, detailed and nuanced. Its toroidal power supply is huge and heavy--giving it the stability to drive two pairs of low impedance speakers 4 ohm effortlessly. Love the adjustable gain, front panel MP3 connector for friends with songs on their phones, and the simple remote. Impossibly good sound and getting better with use for such a reasonable price. 3 year warranty to boot.
|- D E, ID|