INDIANAPOLIS (9/09/05) -- Parasound has introduced
the Zpre2, a high-quality two-channel audio/video preamplifier
with a wide array of connectivity and control features, including
two-way RS-232 control, making it ideal for custom installation
and multizone applications. Part of the problem-solving Parasound
Zcustom series of matched mini-components, the Zpre2 features
a chassis that is just 1 rack space tall and 9-1/2 inches wide
– half the width of a conventional audio component.
The Zpre2 includes four line-level audio and four composite
video inputs to accommodate a full audio/video system in a remote
zone, or for a mini-system in a bedroom, den, or dorm. There is
a fixed line-level output for a recorder loop, and a variable
line-level output for a power amplifier, such as Parasound's half-width
Zamp v.3. There is also a high quality front panel headphone jack,
including automatic line-out muting for private listening.
The Zpre2 is an audiophile grade component, with the same attention
to design, parts selection, and performance as Parasound's acclaimed
full-size components. It features gold plated RCA jacks, and a
high quality analog motor-driven volume control for optimal signal
fidelity. Front panel controls include an input selector, balance
control, and bass and treble tone adjustments.
For use in whole house audio and control systems, the Zpre2
features advanced capabilities such as bidirectional RS-232 control,
an external IR repeater input, and 12 Volt trigger in and out
jacks. Input 1 includes a defeatable auto select priority function
to facilitate use as a zone preamplifier, and there is a rear
panel selector switch for manual or automatic power on/off. The
included remote control features discrete power on and off codes
to simplify programming and integration of control systems. There
are four selectable IR codesets, allowing for individual remote
control of up to four Zpre2s in a single home system.
The Zpre2 can be used in conjunction with an optional Zblank
adaptor for mounting alone in a 19-inch rack, or with an SBS side-by-side
adaptor for mounting alongside other Parasound Zcustom components,
two abreast. The Zpre2 also includes no-mar isolation feet for
standalone use, and a high quality removable AC power cord.
The Parasound Zpre2 is currently available at a suggested retail
price of $350.
All of the Parasound Zcustom components are designed to meet
the needs of consumers and custom installers for multi-room/multi-zone
installations, PC and desktop audio, and bedroom or den stereo
systems. The Zphono phonograph preamplifier, Zselect loudspeaker
selector, Ztuner FM/AM tuner, Zamp v.3 stereo amplifier, and Zpre2
two channel preamplifier are all currently available. Additional
components, including the Zhd HDMI digital A/V switcher and the
Zbreeze rack system cooling fan, are forthcoming.
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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Response – Audio
10 Hz – 100 kHz +/- 3 dB
10 Hz – 50 kHz +/- 0.8 dB
Frequency Bandwidth – Composite Video: 10 MHz
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.006%
S/N Ratio: 112dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
92 dB, input shorted, unweighted
Input Impedance: 15 kOhms
Input Sensitivity: 150 mV for 1 V output
Maximum Output: 7.7 V
Crosstalk: 83 dB at 1 kHz; 76 dB at 20 kHz
Tone Controls: Bass +/- 8 dB at 100 Hz
Treble +/- 10 dB at 10 kHz
AC Power Requirements:110
- 120 V/220 – 240 V, 50 – 60 Hz
2 watt standby; 20 watts when on
Dimensions: 9-1/2" wide x 10" deep with
connectors x 2" high with feet
Net Weight: 4.6 lbs.