I listened to one in my system. It's pretty good. It has a lighter, slightly delicate character, but it spotlights the highs. Creates decent space, and very good width, and it is very musical.
Hope that helps.
Hope that helps.
It wouldn't be my first choice, but its a lot better than what you have now. You'll hear a significant improvement in sound quality. If you were to take the P5 and compare it to what was current when your Acurus preamp was made, it would be the equivalent of a Krell or Levinson. Possibly better in some respects.
I have been running the P5 and recently swapped in a McIntosh C39 preamp. I notice the C39 has some sratchiness on the balance control knob and was convinced the left speaker would drop in volume at times. I put the P5 back in my setup and am happy. I will take the cover off the The MAC and try to clean the pot and see if that helps and compare the two. In the mean time I'm happy with my P5.
Thx for all the input. I really like the sound of the amps I have and really want to see if I can improve this with a good pre. I used a Luminous audio passive for a while. It was good with the Mac but not the ATI. The Mac is really the main amp.As an old unit though it periodically needs maintenance. I would like to maintain two systems with this as the vintage one. I need to get off the upgrade merry go round so if this doesn't work I may just end up buying a new integrated and getting rid of the separates. That would just start another search and end my vintage pursuit/obsession. That would make my wife happy.
@MTdunn I actually e-mailed Richard Schramm / CEO of Parasound about the DAC in the P5 vs. the integrated.
He said the DAC in the P5 was just a convenience, but the Integrated has a much more serious and better sounding DAC built in. I personally have not heard either.
I can tell you I've heard the ZDac v.2 and for the price, it is a very very good performer.
Well, got sick (back) and ended up missing out on the P5 so I am still looking at a new used preamp. I remembered recently that one of the best experiences I had was with an older CJ PV4 tube preamp. It was the old CJ sound but still had some warmth that beat my Acurus but without the detail. Made me wonder if a CJ tube preamp would make a good match. Ideally, one with a remote as my back has me living in a recliner more than I like (though it is a good excuse to play the stereo). I see some ET3 units for sale around $18-00-2000? Are there other tube pres people recommend that have a remote, might be more in the $1k -1500 range and match the MC250?