In case you didn't notice, I snagged a Parasound P/HP-850 stereo preamp from ohskigod. Was selling it for a steal of a deal, and I had decided I was/had planned to spend too much on audio, so I left a tube pre for another day and jumped on this instead. Ohskigod was nice enough to also throw in some Outlaw locking interconnects. Wow, they're nice! I'm sure I know how to use the m correctly...I just screwed 'em on 'til the were tight and then shoved 'em on the RCA jacks. How are you supposed to do that?
Now, to the preamp...
This little thing is amazing! I wasn't really sure if I'd be able to hear a difference going from my Yamaha RX-V1400 receiver as a preamp to this Parasound, but boy was there a difference! So much so, I'm no longer really 'searching' for a better system. If I fix my placement, I'll be completely happy with what I've got.
I read so much about people saying new/better components 'lifting a veil', as if their system sounded muffled the start with. I can't say as that's what I thought when I heard my new preamp, but I've since thought about it and I've decided that that idea is probably applicable.
The bass has improved once again. It became more forceful when I added my ASL monoblocks, and once again now that I've added the Parasound. The highs are also not as shrill/harsh on some CD's/tracks as they were before, but the Parasound has not completely done away with that, either.
The first and most noticeable difference is the volume. The first few degrees of rotation of the volume knob make a BIG difference! Just a degree or two and you're good. Two more degrees and you're LOUD. But then today I was really rocking out to it, and after the first few degrees the rate at which the volume increases drastically decreases. I had it turned up fully a quarter of the way earlier today. Based on how fast the volume increases for the first little bit, I thought I'd never turn it up that much.
One question about the Parasound, though. On the back it has two sets of outputs. One is 'Normal' and one is 'Direct'.
I just hooked my ASL's up via the Normal outputs as I'm not sure if they can handle the Direct outputs or not. Should I just keep 'em hooked up to the 'Normal' outputs?Originally Posted by User's Manual
I apologize for not having as many photos of the box, the unpacking process, etc. as usual. I just couldn't seem to practice any self-control as I ripped my new preamp out of the box. So, you'll just have to make do with some pics I've snapped of it sitting in my 'system'. I decided to put it on top of my Rotel RCD-02, as the CDP is much heavier than the pre. You can also see the ASL's in their full glory since I took the covers off earlier today.