SAN FANCISCO (3/2/05) -- Parasound
has announced the introduction of five new power amplifiers and
a 7.1 channel A/V surround controller as the first of the company's
"NewClassic" line of products for professional custom
audio-video system integrators and installers. The NewClassic
line provides high-value, high-performance, and competitively
priced products with installer-focused feature sets and attractive,
"Custom installers are a major segment of our customer
base," said Richard Schram, Parasound's president and founder.
"We designed these NewClassic models to better fit the custom
installer's business model, giving them the integration features,
flexibility, performance, and durability necessary to satisfy
clients and assure profitability."
The Parasound NewClassic series includes the Model
7100 AV Surround Controller, a 7.1-channel THX Ultra2-certified
processor that supports every major audio format in use today,
including Dolby Digital ProLogic IIx. Rear panel connections include
eight digital audio inputs and thirteen video inputs. Its comprehensive
feature set includes video upconversion, including onscreen display
for component video to simplify connections, and Lipsync adjustments
that can be saved in five assignable preset profiles. It also
features a full suite of control and integration capabilities,
including one fixed and two programmable 12V trigger connections,
a two-way RS–232 control port, and two external IR repeater
inputs. Finally, the available PC easy setup software simplifies
and speeds up configuration and backup of system settings. A three
rack space RMK33 rack mounting kit is available for secure rack
mounting. The Parasound Model 7100 includes a back-lit universal/learning
remote control and has a suggested retail price of $3000.
All of the NewClassic power amplifiers are designed for efficient,
low heat operation. Each model features high current capabilities,
fully discrete circuitry, gold plated RCA inputs, and heavy-duty
24 K gold plated 5-way speaker terminals. The two channel models
are rated for continuous power output even down to 2 ohms. They
are also bridgeable for high power operation with both 8 and 4
ohm mono loads. The two-channel models also feature a 20 or 40
Hz switchable 18dB/octave high pass filter that provides amplifier
protection in systems employing autoformers, and improves performance
and efficiency when driving inwall or ceiling speakers where amplifier
output below 40 Hz is wasted.
The Model 5125 and Model
5250 amplifiers are both THX Ultra2 certified, delivering
5 x 125 and 5 x 250 watts per channel (all channels driven) into
8 ohms. Each employs a dual toroid transformer power supply for
exceptional high current capabilities. With 4 ohm loads, the Model
5125 provides continuous power output of 185 watts per channel,
and the 5250 delivers 385 watts, each with all channels driven.
Rack mounting kits are available for both: the RMK33 for the three
rack space Model 5125, and the RMK44 for the four rack space Model
5250. The Model 5125 and the Model 5250 have suggested retail
prices of $1800 and $2500, respectively.
The Model 2125 and Model
2250 amplifiers are both THX Ultra2 certified and deliver
125 and 250 watts per channel into 8 ohms, respectively. The Model
2125 delivers 200 watts into 4 ohms, is bridgeable for 400 watts
into 4 or 8 ohms, and occupies two rack spaces. The Model 2250
delivers 400 watts into 4 ohms, is bridgeable for 700 watts into
4 or 8 ohms, and occupies three rack spaces. Both models are rack
mountable using the two rack space RMK22 for the Model 2125, and
the three rack space RMK33 for the Model 2250. The Model 2125,and
Model 2250 will have suggested retail prices of $700 and $1200,
The two-channel Model 275
is capable of 75 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 125 watts per
channel into either 4 or 2 ohms, and is bridgeable to deliver
200 watts into a single 4 or 8 ohm load. The amplifier occupies
only one rack space when used with the available RMK11 rack mounting
kit. The Model 275 will have a suggested retail price of $500.
The Parasound Model 7100 surround controller, and the Model
5125 and 5250 five channel amplifiers are currently available.
The Model 2125 and 275 two channel amplifiers will be available
at the beginning of March, and the Model 2250 two channel amplifier
will be available in April.
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.