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Marvelous for Multi-Room Multimedia
Parasound's upgraded Zpre2 version of its hugely popular Zpre isn't just a tweak, it's a genuine breakthrough. Despite its small size, and despite its low cost, the Zpre is quite simply one of the best Parasound preamplifiers ever made. And that's saying a lot, considering Parasound's reputation for first class audiophile components.
The Zpre2 redesign adds even more capability to this compact preamplifier. Zpre2 occupies only half the horizontal space of standard stereo components. But it delivers full-scale audio performance. Use it in small bedroom or office hi-fi systems or even for MP3 playback. A priority input feature makes the Parasound ideal for multi-room or multi-zone systems, too.
Two-Way RS-232 Connection
The Zpre2's upgrades over the original Zpre facilitate multi-room operation. The improvements start with a two-way RS-232 connection for feedback of key functions.
A new auto turn-on by 12-volt trigger locks out the front panel power button, keeping the on-off status in sequence with your other components during IR control. Revised circuitry and layout deliver better overall performance, and an improved auto select priority switching for Input 1 enhances operation and adds a colored status indicator. A 115-volt-230-volt selector switch on the chassis bottom had been added, too.
Advanced Power Supply and Volume Control
The Zpre2's high-current power supply and low noise circuit deliver ultra-clean audio signals to your amplifier. Full remote control with a high-quality motorized volume control add to the convenience of the Zpre2's compact 'tuck-in' size. And, of course, it's the perfect partner to Parasound's matching Zamp compact amplifier.
Priority Audio Input for Multi-Room Systems
Four audio inputs and four-source video switching give the Parasound plenty of hook-up flexibility. A priority input connection can be programmed to automatically override other audio video inputs for use in a multi-room or multi-zone system. For example, if you're listening to a CD on one of the inputs then switch to a multi-room tuner on the priority input, the Zpre2 will automatically switch to receive the tuner input.
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|Exceeds my Expectations|
My Zpre2 exhibits no audible AC hum or any other extraneous noise. In fact it is the best sounding preamp that I have ever used with the same Dynaudio speakers and Musical Fidelity amplifier which I have owned for well over a dozen years--the Zpre2 is quite handily outperforming previously owned 3 tube preamps and 2 solid state preamps. I might add that the headphone amp is very detailed and natural sounding; the motor initiated remote volume control allows for very easy and precise adjustment; and the bass/treble adjustment is subtle yet effective. The Zpre2 exceeds my expectations.
|- Seth k, DC|
Great little pre-amp, has more output than my passive pre and appears to be well built. The size fits nicely in my system and was good value for money.
|- Rich V, FL|
The Zpre2, in combination with a Zamp, has been a very good value for my living room streaming and CD set up. The solid build gives high confidence in its reliability, and it was a surprising upgrade in sound from my old legacy system.
|- James B, KY|
OK, this preamp is very quiet, has switching for 4 inputs and most importantly is very small in size. The build quality is appropriate for the price and the sound quality is very transparent with good inner detail and imaging. no complaints.
|- Duane J, SC|
I purchased the Z-Rack several months ago, including the Z-Pre, Amp, tuner, phono stage and fan. Along with it, I also got the Rega RP3 +Elys and run everything through new KEF bookshelf speakers in an attic office 11 x 14. I like everything about this system! After 2 or 3 days, everything really broke in, the sound is fantastic and the components are very easy to use. I listen mainly to vinyl classic rock, jazz and some classical. Theres nothing that doesnt sound great, from moderately loud Miles Davis to louder Floyd or Zep or Howlin Wolf. And the footprint of this system is nice and compact. You could fit it on a bookshelf. Both AA and Parasound were were very available and easy to work with. My only complaint is that the fan is a bit loud. I dont run it unless Im listening at a certain volume. I would certainly purchase this system again if I had to do it all over!
|- Al T, PA|
A great product for the price, but the volume control really has poor channel matching at lower levels ~ -40db...poor. You need to like the sound of the NE5532 op amp and electrolytic coupling capacitors to really like it though. BUT for $350....a good deal.
|- Phil W, MD|
|Pure Clean and Simple|
This preamp along with its matching amp by parasound produces the most open, airy sound i have ever heard in this price range. I use the two pieces with a set of tannoy towers and the sound is mesmerizing!
|- steve v, PA|