The Parasound Z components are some of the most underrated I've ever come across. Great sounding and performing. I have no experience with this particular unit though.
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You’re in Audiogon.... have you thought of buying a used phono preamp? Nothing against the Parasound Z, I have a stack of their Z components, and they are OK for what they do (and cost) but there is much better and if going used, you save some bucks.
For example, not getting too exotic:
Then you can get a nice AD/DA
@johnss I was interested in flac because that is the file type my Bluesound Vault 2i saves my CDs to. Wav would be fine also, as I have read that is a quality file type.
@esporma, I assume that listings on Audiogon will be for very nice equipment at high prices; more than I care to pay. So I didn't even look here. The PS Audio phono preamp looks good -- I'm sure it is quality for only about twice what I paid for the zphono. But I don't see in the description any reference to using it to convert records to digital files, which is what I want. It does that?
I received the Parasound zphono USB yesterday. It supposedly only weighs 5 lbs., but it feels heavier. I haven't connected it yet, but at this point I think I might fend off a intruder by hurling at them. It is a hefty block. 😁
@bob540, one other thought. Over the years, I have worked on quite few of the parasound units. the zphono (and all of the Z units) as well as the HCA and Halo models. All are pretty easy to get a lot more out of simply by upgrading the parts quality. Mainly the film caps, but also replacing load resistors makes a huge drop in noise floor.
Hi John. Is that something you would do with a new device? I understand replacing parts on an older device, but upgrading a new device . . . first, I would probably at least wait until the warranty expired . . is that something that a lot of people do? I want to get the nicest equipment I can, without paying more than necessary. Would the cost of the upgrade plus device be better spent on better new equipment, or is it a reasonable cost to have a knowledgeable person do such work? I am new to this audiophile thing and want to learn from more experienced people. Thank you for your comments and information.
yes, did many parasounds fresh right out of the box, especially on their lower priced gear. Makes a notable step up in performance.
Keep in mind these units are a great deal but are also under tremendous pricing pressure, so upgrading the parts in a few areas, yields startling improvements.
Having said all that, its the kind of thing a person really needs to do themselves or find a trusted person to do it. By the time you purchase the unit, then pay for someone to upgrade, might as well take same funds and roll into a more expensive unit.