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"Recommended Component" 2013 - Stereophile
The Pinnacle of Analog Audio Technology
When Parasound designs a multi-channel preamplifier, it really does it right. The Halo P 7 preamp is the pinnacle of analog audio technology and value engineering for a stereo or surround sound music system. Parasound endowed the P 7 with unique connectivity and control features, which enable it to be the centerpiece of a high-end stereo or surround sound system.
Parasound really thought of everything with the P 7. There's no need to make orphans of your treasured vinyl in the digital age. The built-in low-noise phono stage is selectable to provide the correct gain and load for both MM and MC cartridges. You won't believe the detail that you'll hear in your favorite LPs.
Stereophile magazine honored the Parasound by including it in its "Recommended Components" list for 2013. According to the magazine, it's the "'category killer' of analog multichannel preamps or HT bypass. Nothing else I've seen can do what it does, and the few that sound marginally better cost many times more."
"Nothing Else Can Do What It Does"
"To say that I'm enthusiastic about the Parasound Halo P 7 is an understatement," raves Kalman Rubinson in the January2009 issue of Stereophile." Nothing else I've seen can do what it does, and the few that sound marginally better cost many times more."
"The Parasound Halo P 7 is the perfect choice for those looking for a preamp that won’t be outdated a year later and who want an audiophile-grade preamp for their two-channel and multichannel sources," notes Kris Deering in the June 2012 issue of Home Theater magazine.
"You'll Be in for a Treat"
"Thrill seekers lusting after a muscular audio system equivalent of the [Dodge Challenger] SRT8 should check out the following system," reports audio guru Steve Guttenberg in his October 20, 2008 review for The Audiophiliac. Steve's system includes The Halo P 7. "If you never heard what a well setup high-end muscle system can do you'll be in for a treat."
"One Of My Top Picks For 2009"
"It's still early, but the Parasound P7 will likely be one of my top picks for 2009," raves Gary Altunian at stereos.about.com. "Important sonic characteristics such as clarity, dynamic range and transparency are desirable in stereo and home theater systems and the P7 delivers on all counts.
"The Best of Both Worlds"
"In short, Parasound's new unit offers the best of both worlds: two-channel amplifier purity and multi-channel home theater capability," reports the November 2008 issue of JazzTimes magazine.
"With little to no sonic character of its own the P 7 simply presents the music as a whole and lets you enjoy," observes Rick Schmidt in his February 19, 2009 review for Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. "If you are looking to integrate your beloved two channel gear with your home theater set this preamp should be high on your shopping list."
Digital music has a central place with the Halo, too. The front-panel MP3 input makes connecting your iPod or other portable player really convenient. And you haven't experienced the full sonic potential of lossless MP3 file formats until you've experienced them through the P 7.
Theater Bypass Mode
The P 7 also enables you to upgrade your present surround sound system for serious two-channel, audiophile-quality listening. The theater bypass mode makes it simple to use the P 7 and your digital surround sound receiver in the same system. This lets you keep the P 7 directly in the signal chain and play either stereo or surround sound without messing with wires.
Built-in subwoofer control is another key feature. An adjustable subwoofer crossover provides analog bass management for your stereo sources. Subwoofer output level trim can be adjusted via the wireless remote.
Seven Inputs and a Multi-channel Input
The Parasound has seven inputs, with one balanced XLR input. The phono input can be switched for an MM or MC phono cartridge with the correct input impedance. Custom input naming is provided for all inputs, along with source input level matching for easy management of amplitude levels. The wireless remote provides 20 dB partial mute and full mute for those moments when you need to temporarily silence the sonic bliss. And the remote also provides relay-switched input select, plus mute and tone control engage/bypass.
Two 7.1 multi-channel inputs accommodate surround sound movies and music. Unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR 7.1 outputs add to the flexibility of this do-it-all preamp. Sound quality is what you would expect from Parasound – perfection itself.
"The real benefit of the P7 is it isolates analog circuits from noisier digital circuits to preserve analog purity - always a good idea as any audiophile worth his or her weight in 180-gram vinyl knows," reports JazzTimes magazine.
Custom Installation Features
The P 7 offers a 2-way RS-232 serial port connection for integration with Creston and other whole-house controllers. It also provides external IR repeater input. Three 12V trigger outputs for three different functions give you turn on/turn off functionality, and the 12V trigger can even be activated by remote control.
Other features include a high-quality headphone jack with headphone level offset, a balance control, bass and treble controls with defeat button, wireless remote with tone control on/off button, left/right balance adjust via remote, front/rear balance adjust via remote, and a detachable IEC AC cord. Five brightness settings for the front panel display let you easily coordinate the P 7 with room lighting.
"Recommended Component" 2013 - Stereophile
"To say that I'm enthusiastic about the Parasound Halo P 7 is an understatement. It's a superb analog stereo preamp at a realistic price, and its value increases when you realize that it's also an excellent two-input, 7.1-channel analog preamplifier with optional Theater Bypass for these inputs."
"The Halo P 7 is the 'category killer' of analog multichannel preamps or HT bypass. Nothing else I've seen can do what it does, and the few that sound marginally better cost many times more."
- Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile magazine, January 2009
"Here's how it went when I played records through the phono stage of the P 7: Needle drops, eyebrow raises, needle drops, eyebrow raises. Every record I tried caused this same Spock-like reaction. This was way better than I expected for a built in phono stage, on par with some external phono stages, way way better than a cheapy external phono stage."
"If you are looking to integrate your beloved two channel gear with your home theater set this preamp should be high on your shopping list. The HALO styling is beautiful and the ergonomics are first rate. The P 7 is also just an excellent preamp plain and simple. With little to no sonic character of its own the P 7 simply presents the music as a whole and lets you enjoy."
- Rick Schmidt, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity magazine, February 19, 2009
"The Parasound Halo P 7 is the perfect choice for those looking for a preamp that won’t be outdated a year later and who want an audiophile-grade preamp for their two-channel and multichannel sources. At $2,000, its value is a testament to Parasound’s ability to deliver world-class audio at prices that are actually realistic and attractive. With the right front-end device (I still emphatically recommend the Oppo BDP-95), you have everything you need for an involving sonic experience that will knock your socks off."
- Kris Deering, Home Theater magazine, June 2012
"One of the biggest challenges I face as a reviewer is resisting the temptation to buy everything I like and the Parasound P7 is a case in point. I enjoy pure two-channel sound as much as a dynamic home theater and the P7 makes it simple to have the best of both worlds in one system.
"If I seem favorably impressed, you're correct. Part of the thinking behind the Parasound P7 is that speakers that sound good in a two-channel system will also work well in a home theater system and it's generally true. Important sonic characteristics such as clarity, dynamic range and transparency are desirable in stereo and home theater systems and the P7 delivers on all counts.
"It's still early, but the Parasound P7 will likely be one of my top picks for 2009.
- Gary Altunian, stereos.about.com, March 2009
"The unit is both a two-channel and a 7.1-channel analog preamp. For two-channel listening, the P7 functions as a stereo preamp and even has an analog bass management feature to determine whether bas sis output from a subwoofer or from the stereo speakers, a very useful function for satellite speakers with a subwoofer."
"The real benefit of the P7 is it isolates analog circuits from noisier digital circuits to preserve analog purity - always a good idea as any audiophile worth his or her weight in 180-gram vinyl knows."
"In short, Parasound's new unit offers the best of both worlds: two-channel amplifier purity and multi-channel home theater capability."
- JazzTimes magazine, November 2008
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|Write Your Own Review|
Purchased six months ago on sale and am using the P7 as a straight two-channel stereo preamp with either my McIntosh 275 tube amp or Bryston 3B solid state amp and the P7 sounds brilliant with either amp. I hear more detail, better bass definition with an expansive soundstage. Soundstage is wide and deep and the effect caused me to experiment with my speaker position Wilsons until I reached the point where the image locked. Now my room sounds like a major concert hall. My wife noticed and commented on the improvement. Best preamp I've heard under $2500. Heck is its better than anything under $4000.
|- Andy P, KY|
I love my Halo P7! Using with Oppo Blu-ray as my universal transport. P7 lets me enjoy CD, SACD and even Blu-ray discs in stereo and surround-sound. The bass management feature was great because I have a big Velodyne subwoofer, but a small room. To my ears, the P7 sounds worlds better than the Denon receiver it replaced.
|- Greg A, GA|
|Great Analog Preamp|
this is my first Parasound purchase and I have to say I am very impressed with the sound. Comparing with my Arcam AVR, I am detecting more details in the music. Everything sounds more real - 'you are there' sound. Bass is more solid. Highs are sweeter with no detectable brightness. The longer I listen, the more I like
|- Peter G, MA|
|Thanks you Parasound|
Thank you Parasound for ruining my life. When I replaced my Yamaha receiver with the Parsound P7 and their budget-priced 275 amp I though it was hearing things. Well I was. A piano here. Bass there. Voices in the background. Some even backstage. I got up to see if my B&W 601 speakers were connected right. They were oK. Nothing out of phase. Then it hit me. I was hearing things on the album I never knew were there. Amazing. Now I have to go back now and listen to my 1,200-odd recordings to rediscover the music I've been missing for all these years. Thanks a lot, Parasound, for ruining my life.
|- T.M., AL|
|Great product and great support|
I purchased a P7 around when it was first introduced in 2008. Last year the front panel standby/power-on switch went flaky - sometimes it would work, most times not. I contacted Parasound and they fixed it for free. That is great product support.
|- Ken H, NC|
|Nice Versatile Pre-Amplifier|
This per-amplifier fits my HT/stereo step-up perfectly. It sounds great and has good bass management features for subwoofer integration. It also has a good phono section, cleaner than my $130 stand -alone phono preamp. Due to all the audio in's, I highly recommend using RCA noise stoppers for all the inputs not used. They made a nice difference in my setup. AA staff was great to work with and a big help.
|- Son N, TX|
|Just what I wanted|
This preamp is just right for me since my blu ray player has full decoding and speaker management capabilities. I wanted a high quality multi-ch preamp, and thats just what the P7 is. Nice fit and finish and excellent sound. The Audio Advisor folks were very helpful.
|- Jim D, MI|