Parasound has recently added four new components to the popular Parasound Z series of compact “problem-solver” components for custom installation, commercial, or consumer audio systems. Each of the matched mini-components in the series features a chassis that is just 1 rack space tall and 9-1/2 inches wide – half the width of a conventional audio component. These replace earlier models, and include an audiophile grade stereo power amplifier, phono preamplifier, FM/AM tuner, and a loudspeaker selector.
Parasound ‘s Zphono MC/MM phonograph preamplifier addresses the lack of phono inputs on most modern audio components, without which it is impossible to play LP records on a turntable. The Zphono fills this gap by providing a very high-quality phono preamplifier gain stage with accurate RIAA equalization for a moderate retail price of $150. Zphono gain is switchable for both high-output moving magnet and low output moving-coil phono cartridges; its output is compatible with the standard line-level audio inputs used on all audio components. The Parasound Zphono is currently available at a suggested retail price of $150.
The Parasound Zselect loudspeaker selector provides direct high-power connections and switching for up to five remote speaker systems in situations where there are an insufficient number of speaker outputs available on audio receivers and amplifiers. For custom installers and homeowners, Zselect makes it possible to provide multi-room sound without the complexity and cost of some advanced home automation systems. It also protects the output stages of power amplifiers with a switchable protective load when multiple speakers are selected. The Zselect is currently available at a suggested retail price of $130.
The new Parasound Zamp v.3 is a high quality and powerful stereo power amplifier capable of 45 watts per channel into an 8-ohm load. The amplifier’s small size makes it ideal for unconventional and space-limited applications, including multi-room/multi-zone installations, PC and desktop audio, and bedroom or den stereo systems. The Parasound Zamp v.3 is currently available at a suggested retail price of $300.
The Ztuner is a high-quality FM/AM tuner with a wide array of features that make it ideal for custom installation and multizone applications. It features high sensitivity FM and AM tuning circuitry, and advanced capabilities such as bidirectional RS-232 control, looping IR remote, and 12 Volt trigger inputs and outputs. Direct frequency tuning is available via remote control and through the rear-panel RS-232 port. The remote control is assignable for up to four distinct zones, allowing for multiple Ztuners to operate independently of one another in the same system. The Parasound Ztuner is currently available at a suggested retail price of $300.
The Parasound Z components feature appealing new styling to complement the sturdy build-quality that’s a hallmark of the company’s full-sized audio components. Each uses audiophile-grade parts and design to provide solutions to everyday audio problems and to complement the functions of traditional full-size components.
Each Parasound Z series component includes EIA rack mounting holes for mounting in a standard 19-inch professional equipment rack. An optional blank adaptor panel can be used to mount a single component in a rack, or an optional SBS side-by-side adaptor kit attaches two components together in one rack space. Each model also includes no-mar isolation feet for standalone use on a shelf.
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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