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Parasound Halo P5 Two Channel Pre-amplifier (with DAC)
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Parasound Halo P5 Two Channel Pre-amplifier (with DAC)

£1,165.83 Exc. VAT |  


Parasound Halo P5 Two Channel Preamplifier (with DAC)

A relative new comer to the throw from Parasound is the P5 pre-amplifier.

In it's relatively recent time here it has delighted critics and owners alike with it's great range of features, performance and adaptability. So why all the buzz about this new stereo preamp?

Because it’s a quantum leap in standard features, sound quality and price in a preamp that is sure to surpass your expectations. It’s the perfect product if you want a great two channel music system that integrates with your existing home theatre - without sacrificing sub-woofer functionality.

The P5 ensures that you can bridge the analogue and digital divide in these ever changing and mercurial multi-format days. On the digital platform - new technologies have changed the ways audiophiles connect to and enjoy their music. So, that's why Parasound included a high quality DAC in the P 5 to widen your software playback options. The P5 features a Burr-Brown PCM1798 DAC with USB, optical and coax inputs. The coax and optical accept all sampling rates up to 192 kHz, 24-bit, whilst the USB input accepts up to 96 kHz, 24-bit.

On the analogue stage, turntables are enjoying a resurgence, and again Parasound responded by including a genuinely great and adaptable phono stage to accommodate MM & MC cartridges with a choice of load impedances (phono input for MM & MC cartridges with 100 Ohm or 47k Ohm load setting).

The connectivity is in abundance with a plethora of analogue balanced and unbalanced inputs for a myriad of sources, these are mirrored with the P5 output accordingly meaning it can suited to a host of Parasound amplifiers for the best performance - or other good quality pairings also. The beautiful front panel hosts a dedicated 3.5mm auxiliary input, along with treble and bass controls to suit your system requirements - and even is paired off with a dedicated headphone connection as well.

Additionally, the P 5 has a sub-woofer channel with 2 output jacks for dynamic 2.1 listening and seamless integration with your home theatre surround sound system. The addition of a balanced XLR sub-woofer output and variable low frequency and high frequency crossovers makes the Halo P 5 an amazing bargain.

So the question is; when you know it has the distinction of Parasound quality and reliability, with all these great features - would you buy an ordinary preamp when you can own the Swiss Army Knife of pre-amps?

The Parasound Halo P5 is available in black and silver finishes - please specify on order.


  • Burr-Brown PCM1798 DAC with USB, Optical and Coax inputs
  • Coax and optical accept all sampling rates up to 192 kHz, 24-bit
  • USB accepts up to 96 kHz, 24-bit
  • Incoming jitter on all three digital inputs is significally attenuated with an effective clock recovery system
  • Analog Bass management with high and low pass crossovers
  • Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration
  • Front panel subwoofer level control
  • 5 RCA line level inputs
  • 1 XLR balanced input (parallels Input 5 RCA jacks)
  • Phono input for MM & MC cartridges with 100 Ohm or 47k Ohm load
  • Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage
  • Balanced XLR and RCA left and right outputs
  • 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
  • Bass & treble controls with defeat from remote or front panel
  • Headphone jack with 10 ohm output impedance
  • Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks
  • 12 V output to trigger power amplifiers and other devices
  • Automatic turn on with 12 V trigger or AC power
  • Fixed level record output
  • Premium motor-driven Alps potentiometer volume control
  • Left/Right Balance control
  • Remote control with discrete on/off power buttons
  • 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star spec
  • Rack mounting adapter available (Model HRA 2 sold separately)
  • Available in silver or black finish

Frequency Response:

  •  10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion:

  •  < 0.01 %


  •  > 70 dB at 20 kHz

Input Sensitivity:

  •  300 mv: 1 Volt Out

 Total Gain: 10 dB

  • Maximum Output: 7 Volts

Input Impedance:

  • Unbalanced: 24k Ohm
  • Balanced: 100k O per leg

Output Impedance:

  • Unbalanced: 100 Ohm
  • Balanced: 470 Ohm per leg
  • S/N Ratio - Line Inputs 1-5:
  • > 108 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
  • > 88 dB, input shorted, unweighted

S/N Ratio - DAC Inputs:

  • > 108 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
  • > 90 dB, input shorted, unweighted

S/N Ratio - Phono Inputs:

  • MM > 80 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
  • MM > 70 dB, input shorted, unweighted
  • MC > 67 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
  • MC > 55 dB, input shorted, unweighted

Hi/Low pass crossover slope:

  • 12dB / Oct

DC Trigger Requirements:

  • +9 Vdc to +12 Vdc, 2 mA

XLR Pin Identification

  • 1 = Ground (Shield)
  • 2 = Positive
  • 3 = Negative (Return)


  • Width: 17-1/4” (437 mm)
  • Depth: 13-3/4” (350 mm)
  •  Height, with feet: 4-1/8” (105 mm)
  •  Height, without feet: 3-1/2” (89 mm)

Net Weight:

  •  14 lb. (6.3 kg)

Shipping Weight:

  •  21 lb. (9.5 kg)

Power Requirement:

  •  Standby: 0.5 Watts
  •  Power On: 20 Watts
  •  100-250 Volts, 50-60 Hz (Automatic)

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