Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier

Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier

So why all the buzz about this new stereo preamp? Because it’s a quantum leap in standard features, sound quality and price in a preamp that is sure to surpass your expectations. It’s the perfect product if you want a great two channel music system that integrates with your existing home theater - without sacrificing subwoofer functionality. New technologies have changed the ways audiophiles connect to and enjoy their music.


So, we included a high quality DAC in the P5 to widen your software playback options. Turntables are enjoying a resurgence, and we’ve responded by including a phono stage to accommodate MM & MC cartridges with a choice of load impedances. Additionally, the P 5 has a subwoofer channel with 2 output jacks for dynamic 2.1 listening and seamless integration with your home theater surround sound system. The addition of a balanced XLR subwoofer output and variable low frequency and high frequency crossovers makes the Halo P5 an amazing bargain.


Why buy an ordinary preamp when you can own the Swiss Army Knife of preamps? 





  • Burr-Brown PCM1798 DAC with USB, Optical and Coax inputs

  • Coax and optical accept all sampling rates up to 192 kHz, 24-bit

  • USB accepts up to 96 kHz, 24-bit

  • Incoming jitter on all three digital inputs is significally attenuated with an effective clock recovery system

  • Analog Bass management with high and low pass crossovers

  • Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration

  • Front panel subwoofer level control

  • 5 RCA line level inputs

  • 1 XLR balanced input (parallels Input 5 RCA jacks)

  • Phono input for MM & MC cartridges with 100 Ohm or 47k Ohm load

  • Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage

  • Balanced XLR and RCA left and right outputs

  • 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs

  • Bass & treble controls with defeat from remote or front panel

  • Headphone jack with 10 ohm output impedance

  • Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks

  • 12 V output to trigger power amplifiers and other devices

  • Automatic turn on with 12 V trigger or AC power

  • Fixed level record output

  • Premium motor-driven Alps potentiometer volume control

  • Left/Right Balance control

  • Remote control with discrete on/off power buttons

  • 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star spec

  • Rack mounting adapter available (Model HRA 2 sold separately)

  • Available in silver or black finish





  • Frequency Response 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB

  • Total Harmonic Distortion < 0.01 %

  • Crosstalk > 70 dB at 20 kHz

  • Input Sensitivity 300 mv: 1 Volt Out Total Gain: 10 dB Maximum Output: 7 Volts

  • Input Impedance Unbalanced: 24k Ohm Balanced: 100k O per leg

  • Output Impedance Unbalanced: 100 Ohm Balanced: 470 Ohm per leg

  • S/N Ratio - Line Inputs 1-5 > 108 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted > 88 dB, input shorted, unweighted

  • S/N Ratio - DAC Inputs > 108 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted > 90 dB, input shorted, unweighted

  • S/N Ratio - Phono Inputs MM > 80 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted MM > 70 dB, input shorted, unweighted MC > 67 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted MC > 55 dB, input shorted, unweighted

  • Hi/Low pass crossover slope 12dB / Oct

  • DC Trigger Requirements +9 Vdc to +12 Vdc, 2 mA

  • XLR Pin Identification 1 = Ground (Shield) 2 = Positive 3 = Negative (Return)

  • Dimensions Width: 17-1/4” (437 mm) Depth: 13-3/4” (350 mm) Height, with feet: 4-1/8” (105 mm) Height, without feet: 3-1/2” (89 mm)

  • Net Weight 14 lb. (6.3 kg)

  • Shipping Weight 21 lb. (9.5 kg)