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$895 Parasound Preamp Combines Traditional Audio Functions With Digital Technologies

The reasonably priced Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre preamplifier offers music fans an analog circuit path with modern conveniences.

$895 Parasound Preamp Combines Traditional Audio Functions With Digital Technologies

The new Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre analog audio preamplifier and DAC carries an MSRP of $895 and features analog bass management options.

Streamlining the ability to deliver high-performance stereo audio and home theater content, the $895 Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre analog audio preamplifier and DAC is designed to serve as the centerpiece of a modern home A/V system. 

Parasound says that at the heart of its latest preamplifier is a “versatile analog signal path, which includes analog bass management with high-pass and low-pass outputs.”

The NewClassic 200 Pre offers inputs for moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) turntables, as well as a pair of line-level inputs, a home-theater bypass for the left and right channels, and two subwoofer inputs. 

The product's digital inputs include USB, coax and optical, and the preamp includes a front-panel auxiliary line level input with an automatic 12dB gain increase to bolster the sound of portable devices connected to the input. 

Utilizing a similar architecture as its high-performance Halo P5 preamplifier, the NewClassic 200 Pre's home-theater bypass and built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) options are nearly identical to the more expensive preamplifier's, including both products' adjustable 20Hz to 140Hz high-pass crossover for the left and right outputs. 

Related: $1,495 Parasound Halo P6 Preamplifier and DAC Debuts at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

Supporting custom installation applications, the NewClassic 200 Pre provides turn-on volume preset, a favorite volume setting, a bi-directional serial port, a rear-panel IR input, and a 12-volt trigger output. 

The $895 preamplifier also includes level matching input offset functions to help ensure all sources play at the same volume levels regardless of their respective output levels and a dimmable front-panel LCD display allows integrators to create custom names for every input. 

The product ships with a backlit remote control to adjust left/right balance, bass and treble, and subwoofer on/off and level.

Parasound NewClassic 200 Analog Audio Preamplifier and DAC Features

  • Analog signal path
  • Home theater bypass
  • Phono input that supports MM and MC phono cartridges
  • USB, coax and optical digital audio inputs
  • Analog bass management options
  • Front-panel auxiliary input that features 12dB of gain to ensure the signal quality of portable devices
  •  High-pass crossover for left and right outputs
  • IR input, RS-232 serial port and 12-volt trigger output
  • MSRP of $895

About the Author

Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass.


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