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Sounds good but needs better volume pot

The Parasound P5 when paired with the A23 the sound is beautiful. Top end is extending and midrange is neutral while resolving tons of details. Low end is a bit dry but tightly controlled. However, theres one flaw - the volume pot is not up to the task for this beautifully designed preamp. I got 2 P5 and also auditioned one locally - 2 of them have the L/R balancing issue L louder than R - both on the preamp out and the headphone out; the other one got a noisy pot when turning. Nothing DIYers cant fix with a high-end volume pot, but thats just not for me. If they kept the electronic volume control like P3, I think itll be an absolute win. Luckily the P7 still have the electronic volume control, but the integrated does seem to have the same pot....

- Frederick F, WA
 
Glad I Did

Was cruising for XLR connections w a 2.1 system when I found this -and AA. Zero noise between tracks or any switching. Nice texture and smoothness to the buttons and knobs. The phono stage is a big plus too. Not hard to admire at this wife pleasing price point. Very happy w this top shelf unit and AA, Thank You!

- Rob R, AL
 
Music

Its not complicated, gets out of the way and the rlet music shine through with my D-Sonice D class 1200 wpr @ 4ohm If you enjoy hard to drive speakers give this one man shop a listen. Outstanding combo. With the 2.1 channel and my MAggies I love a sub with REL S/5. Thanks Parasound. A pair of monos are next move in D-Sonics line.

- Steven Kaiser, IN
 
simply amazing!

i had a rather unconventional home stereo setup. 2 amps, 1 fed the monitors, 1 fed the subs. Advance Acoustic preamp, Yamaha eq, Rotel phono stage, Behringer 24/96 dac, and bass eq. the Halo eliminated all 4 pieces plus all that cabling. stubborn as i am, and on a fixed income, it didnt take me long to make the decision to purchase this fine piece of workmanship and quality. couldnt be happier.

- GEORGE MAJEWSKI, WI
 
Best Electronic Component In My Rack

By far the best pre-amp I’ve ever owned. Measures up to the advertising hyperbole and then some. The P-5’s digital optical in and on-board DAC provide clarity, depth, and detail I didn’t know was in my CD’s. This pre-amp perfectly matches my Ortofon MC cartridge’s impedance. Big difference! Love the sub level controls, and the convenience of the front panel digital input. Now I’m saving up my nickels for the A21.

- Andy R, SC
 
Back from the dead.

This single component has resurrected my OLD Theta Miles, Music Hall MMF-7, Adcom GFA 2800 and Snell C-Vs to a time Ive missed since my oldest son was born 17 years ago. Ive been listening over the last few days and Im blown away with what Im hearing. And guess what? That 17 year old is too!!! See ya later MP3!

- Ben B, GA
 
Feature Packed and Good Sound

I got this from Audio Advisor during the initial availability. They were kind enough to lock me in at the intro price, but even at the current price this unit is a bargain. I have ripped all my CDs to a Mac, as well as purchased some High Res files. Playing from the computer through the onboard DAC is a beautiful sounding front end. Then I can go really old school and play vinyl through the phone stage, and that sounds great too. Really good sound and absolutely best in class for its price.

- David B, CT