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Latest Greatest Version of Wildly Popular Half-Width Preamp
The Zpre3 is Parasound's third generation stereo preamplifier in its Z-Series half-rack-width product line. It's small size and high performance make the Zpre3 perfect not only for custom installation, but it's also ideal for any space where a compact hi-fi or AV system is desired.
According to Parasound President Richard Schram, "We challenged ourselves in developing a line stage preamp with unique user interface features to make it an exceptionally useful tool for custom installers while endowing it with sound quality that will delight audio enthusiasts."
Designed to Deliver Full-Size Audiophile Sound
The compact Parasound Zpre3 is a five-source stereo preamplifier designed to deliver full-size audiophile sound. Features include turn-on volume level select plus the choice of a favorite volume memory, making it easy for the user to jump directly to his/her most common listening level. A separate bypass input integrates with audio sources that have their own volume controls, such as AV receivers and streaming devices. The bypass input is automatically selected when the Zpre3 is powered off, allowing you to operate your streaming devices without the need to turn the Zpre3 on first.
The Connections You Need
The Parasound Zpre3 has four line-level audio inputs, a bypass input and a 3.5mm front panel auxiliary input. It offers separate fixed and variable level stereo outputs, plus separate fixed and variable mono outputs for subwoofers and architectural speakers. Each of the inputs on the front panel display can be conveniently renamed from a list of words the user can select rather than having to enter one character at a time.
A single knob adjusts volume, selects sources, and adjusts bass, treble and balance. The remote control has buttons for the above selections plus recall of a favorite volume memory and dimming the front panel display.
Custom Installation Goodies
Custom installers will appreciate a unique feature set that includes discrete IR remote commands, a rear panel IR input, 12V trigger output and two-way RS-232 with direct volume control in 1dB increments. Automatic RS-232 feedback allows for easy integration with keypads or touch-screen control systems such as Crestron®, AMX®, Control4®, Savant®, and Elan®.
|Write Your Own Review|
Just replaced a ten-year-old Adcom preamp with this unit and It's made a huge improvement regarding the sound coming form my Eminent Technology LFT speakers. Voices are exceptionally clear, string instruments are silky without being forward. The midrange is robust and the imaging, front to back and left to right is excellent. This preamp is underpriced in my opinion. If you ever thought that your electronics don't make a difference in the sound of your speakers, please think again.
|- Zac M, NE|
|Yes, Love It|
My brother-in-law talked me into buying this pre. Best recommendation he's made since he told me to marry his sister. Anyway, all of my audio equipment, including my cherished tube power amp, sounds much better since I installed this great little preamp. There's more air and detail in everything from my 192/24 flac downloads to my LPs - and even my old CDs. It has just the right number of inputs and controls I want on the front panel. What's not to like?
|- RJK, PA|
|Great Little Preamp|
Fantastic stereo preamp! I am happy with this purchase. Quality good looking - great sounding unit. Well worth the cents I paid.
|Good Sound At A Great Price|
The ZPREV3 is a nice pre amp that does exactly what i needed it to do. sounds great just like my other high quality stereo stuff but is more compact and half the price I'm used to paying for quality high-end gear.
|- Franklin J, NJ|
|Bought This For My Second System, But ...|
I bought this little pre for my second system in my home office however it sounds so good I'm thinking of trying it in my main system with my Vandersteen speakers, tubes amp and all. Love the front panel analog input! I plug in my Samsung phone and iPod and I'm ready to go. The headphone amp is surprisingly good for a built-in. Using with AudioEngine A5 speakers and it's a killer-sounding combo!
|- Adam P, KS|
|Compact work of art|
The Zpre3 is an astounding work of art. It is beautiful, very well made and has an absolutely transparent sound. In addition, it is very compact and will fit on any book case or shelf. I purcahased the unit to replace an NAD pre in my TV room that had had its day. The Zpre goes to a Parasound amp, to small Energy spaekers and an Energy sub woofer. This system challenges my high-end NAD-Energy system in my living room. To sum up, I am very happy with the Zpre3.
|- Ron M, FL|