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Parasound Debuts Model 2100 Preamplifier

by July 26, 2007
Parasound Model 2100 Preamplifier

Parasound Model 2100 Preamplifier

SAN FRANCISCO (7/24/07) - Parasound has introduced the precision Model 2100 stereo preamplifier in its high-value NewClassic series of components for custom installation. In keeping with Parasound's 26-year reputation for delivering high quality and problem-solving gear at high-value prices, the Model 2100 also offers a unique solution that enables audiophiles to add high-quality stereo reproduction to their existing or planned home theater without compromising performance for either music or movies.

The Model 2100 is first and foremost an audiophile-grade stereo preamplifier, featuring a high-current power supply and low-noise circuit topology for optimal signal path integrity. It includes seven line-level inputs, one of which can be switched to a phono input with correct gain and load impedance for both MM and MC phono cartridges. Additionally, it features a front-panel input jack for MP3 players with an automatic 12dB gain offset to match the volume level of an iPod with other source components.

The Model 2100 includes analog bass management and uniquely creates a sub out channel with a low pass filter that is continuously adjustable from 40 Hz – 140 Hz and a front panel gain control. There are 2 sub out jacks for the sub channel. It also offers both full range output jacks and separate jacks for frequencies > 80 Hz to facilitate using a sub-sat speaker system.

The Model 2100 is also uniquely suited to integrate with home theater and multi-room audio systems thanks to its innovative Bypass Input, which connects directly to the L, R and Sub pre-out jacks on a surround receiver or processor.

For stereo reproduction, two channel sources are connected to the Model 2100 inputs, to completely isolate them from the A/V receiver for optimal signal integrity. When the system is used for multichannel music or home theater, however, the Model 2100 can be switched to pass the AV receiver's L, R and subwoofer pre outputs directly through to the power amplifier's inputs. Bypass can be selected manually and is automatically in effect when the Model 2100 is powered off.

The NewClassic Model 2100 includes a number of useful features designed to simplify integration in large systems and custom installations, such as full remote control, two-way RS-232, discrete IR codes for power on and off and IR input and loop out jacks for jack for use with IR repeater systems. The unit includes optional automatic turn-on for either AC power or 12-volt trigger input with both 12-volt trigger input and output jacks.

The Model 2100 front panel includes a precision motorized rotary volume control and its tone controls can be defeated with a front-panel button or by remote.

The Parasound Model 2100 preamplifier is rack-mountable with the company's optional RMK22 2u mounting kit. It is currently available at a suggested retail price of $600.

Parasound Model 2100 Specifications

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response
10 Hz – 100 kHz, +0/–3 dB
THD Distortion
< 0.008% at 20 Hz
S/N Ratio
> 105 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 95 dB, input shorted, unweighted
Crosstalk
> 75 dB at 20 kHz
Input Impedance
30k ohms
Output Impedance
< 60 ohms
Input Sensitivity
250 mV for 1 V output
Total Gain: 12 db
Maximum Output: 6.5 V

AC Power Requirement
110-250 V, 50 - 60 Hz
Voltage is automatically selected
5 watts standby; 10 watts when turned on

General Information

Dimensions
Width: 17.25” (437 mm)
Depth: 14.5” (369 mm)
Height, with feet: 4.25” (108 mm)
Height, without feet: 3.5” (89 mm)
Weight: Net: 13 lbs. (5.9 kg)
Shipping: 20 lbs. (9.1 kg)
Rack Mount Accessory
RMK22 (May be purchased separately)


About Parasound Products, Inc.
Founded in 1981, Parasound Products, Inc., is a privately owned U.S. company that specializes in providing affordable audio and home theater components to the critical listener. Parasound's products are available from quality audio/video retailers, and select custom installation specialists. For more information, visit www.parasound.com or call 415-397-7100.

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slipperybidness posts on January 13, 2017 10:13
Matt Thumann, post: 1166474, member: 80270
Good morning fellow 2017 New Parasound 2100 preamp owners. Time to see if any interest in talking the 2100 again after 3 years. I have wiring questions that I would appreciate thoughts on. My 24 y/o Dalquist Prelude Series speakers allow for some unconditional wiring options. I currently run HP to Parasound A21 which power the Dalquist Ca2 modules.(woofer/tweeter are gold plate bridged)
From the Sub out I run into An Emotiva XPA-200 which then run to the Dalquist W2 woofer bases. These are wired only into the woofer inputs. I DO NOT jump to tweeter posts as I am not passing signal thru to Ca2 above. Obviously with this configuration I DO NOT have the two modules (Ca2/W2) jumped together! They are run as separate units even though they lego stack on top of each other and with grills look like ONE speaker. Finally-From the main out I rca to a SVS Sb100. Having the LP to these bass modules gives me 100% control of mid bass to woofer module and I cross over at 100hz. The subwoofer control knob easily allows increases and I do enjoy that maxed(at 100hz again on back of Parasound) as the Dalquist W2's 2 6.5 woofers handle it well.. Now I tried traditional biamp with this system with modules jumped together and individually powering tweet and woofer posts and DID not like sound. Does this configuration max out what I can get? Any recommended other connections? I realize the LP is for sub control but the Dalquist W2 is mean efficient on the mid bass and enjoys all the juice I am sending them.. Should I ever rejoin the two speakers(ca2/w2) and drive them as 1? (for any Dalquists fans-the W2s were supposed to be powered by mono block amps which sadly never happened and Dalquist itself ended up fading into the sunset before they could be marketed.
Having different amps doesnt seem to be a problem with sound , in fact I've considered amping up the SVS sub with a Rotel 990 via speaker level from the mainout rca's! Fire away!
I don't see how this relates to a 2100???

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Matt Thumann posts on January 13, 2017 10:05
Good morning fellow 2017 New Parasound 2100 preamp owners. Time to see if any interest in talking the 2100 again after 3 years. I have wiring questions that I would appreciate thoughts on. My 24 y/o Dalquist Prelude Series speakers allow for some unconditional wiring options. I currently run HP to Parasound A21 which power the Dalquist Ca2 modules.(woofer/tweeter are gold plate bridged)
From the Sub out I run into An Emotiva XPA-200 which then run to the Dalquist W2 woofer bases. These are wired only into the woofer inputs. I DO NOT jump to tweeter posts as I am not passing signal thru to Ca2 above. Obviously with this configuration I DO NOT have the two modules (Ca2/W2) jumped together! They are run as separate units even though they lego stack on top of each other and with grills look like ONE speaker. Finally-From the main out I rca to a SVS Sb100. Having the LP to these bass modules gives me 100% control of mid bass to woofer module and I cross over at 100hz. The subwoofer control knob easily allows increases and I do enjoy that maxed(at 100hz again on back of Parasound) as the Dalquist W2's 2 6.5 woofers handle it well.. Now I tried traditional biamp with this system with modules jumped together and individually powering tweet and woofer posts and DID not like sound. Does this configuration max out what I can get? Any recommended other connections? I realize the LP is for sub control but the Dalquist W2 is mean efficient on the mid bass and enjoys all the juice I am sending them.. Should I ever rejoin the two speakers(ca2/w2) and drive them as 1? (for any Dalquists fans-the W2s were supposed to be powered by mono block amps which sadly never happened and Dalquist itself ended up fading into the sunset before they could be marketed.
Having different amps doesnt seem to be a problem with sound , in fact I've considered amping up the SVS sub with a Rotel 990 via speaker level from the mainout rca's! Fire away!
billy p posts on April 12, 2013 00:47
Alex…a very wise member once told me this…. “My best bet is waiting for a pissed off wife to be selling her husband's on Craigslist”….
slipperybidness posts on April 12, 2013 00:04
Alex2507, post: 956043
I think I need one of these … and I don't want to spend a lot. Anyone?

This doesn't look too shabby
PARASOUND 2100 pre 2100 pre-amp MINT Less than a yr old | Solid state | Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 | AudiogoN - The High-end Audio Community
macddmac posts on April 05, 2013 13:12
I read that parasound also has a new pre in their upmarket line that will be dubbed the P5, iirc digital inputs and bass management for 1400 bucks.
Cheers, Mac
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