Parasound Integrated Amplifier Includes Built-In DAC, Supports Sonos Connect
The newly announced Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated Amplifier features a bi-directional RS-232 port that comes equipped with Control4 drivers, a rear-panel IR repeater input, and a 12-volt trigger.
Parasound's latest product addition to its NewClassic series is the newly announced Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated Amplifier and DAC.
Parasound states that it took its most affordable preamplifier and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) combination and added a 110-watt per channel amplifier stage to provide homeowners with a reasonably priced all-in-one amplifier, preamplifier, and DAC.
"Integrated amplifiers with a DAC have replaced the venerable stereo receiver as the entry-level system anchor for serious music lovers," suggests Richard Schram, president and CEO, Parasound.
"The NewClassic 200 Integrated gives budget-minded audiophiles an affordable, sensible pathway to a higher end system. For just $300 above the cost of the preamp-only version customers will have a system with great power amplification and outstanding preamp features.
"The inclusion of preamp outputs allows for the flexibility of adding a separate power amp in the future."
Class D Amplifier Circuit Saves Space
Working with the Danish amplification manufacturer Pascal, which specializes in Class D designs, Parasound was able to incorporate the 110-watt per channel amplification section into a 1U chassis to help keep the product's footprint small.
According to Parasound, the Pascal Class D amplification design along with its preamplifier design avoids the typical analog-to-digital conversion for volume control, while providing functions such as bass management, high-pass and low-pass crossovers options.
The integrated amp's rear panel offers integrators a moving magnet (MM)/moving coil (MC) phono preamplifier input, two RCA line-level inputs, and digital inputs that include USB, coax and optical.
Parasound also incorporates a home-theater bypass for left, right and two subwoofers, and a front-panel aux line-level input that employs 12dB of gain to help increase the sound quality of portable devices.
Some of the other integrator-friendly options built into the product include volume and favorite volume presets, a bi-directional RS-232 port that comes equipped with Control4 drivers, a rear-panel IR repeater input, and a 12-volt trigger.
In addition, the NewClassic 200 Integrated Amplifier and DAC features a bypass input that enables a direct connection to the amplifier stage to facilitate its connection to surround-sound systems or streaming devices such as a Sonos Connect.
The integrated amp and DAC will be available this summer at an MSRP of $1,195.
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