I had a parasound A21+. It couldn't hold a candle to my kinki studios ex-m1.
HT Bypass from Parasound or NAD?
Can't bring myself to get rid of my AVR for home theater. A few TV shows and an occasional movie are all it's used for, but still, it sounds great when I do use it. So, to improve on my music listening I need a good stereo amp with HT bypass. My AVR being a NAD T758, I thought the NAD C268 or C298 would be great for driving my mains (Harbeth P3s). But then the Parasound NewClassic 200 caught my eye. I like its form factor and features, it's also a class D amp. Are there are current NAD or Parasound 200 users who can share their experience if using in an HT system? Thanks in advance!
Thanks for the response @carsbad. Must admit I've not heard of kinki studios. I'll have to research them a bit more. Looks like a Chinese-made product that just recently picked up US distribution, is that correct? Are you satisfied with the support or service of the product? In what ways did the A21+ fall short?
I tried my Parasound preamp for running two channel but preferred my Marantz processor because the Parasound lacks room correction. The same holds true for every other bypass I have tried, my Marantz does great double duty of both two channels and MCH. I did add an external DAC for music and that was a significant upgrade.
It's nice when you get more use out of the equipment you already own. I am using Audyssey Pro and I went in and tweaked the settings after running it to get it just right.
No, you don’t need a stereo amp, you need a stereo integrated amp. Why? The preamp section of your AVR sucks, so just replacing the amp only gets you halfway there. Buy a good integrated amp with HT bypass and run the front L/R preouts from your AVR into it and you’ll get a much better result. Also, no stereo amps have an HT bypass — only stereo preamps or integrateds can do that. Best of luck.