Parasound's New Classic Model 2100 is a versatile two-channel preamplifier that's equally expert with venerable and modern technology, from vinyl to MP3. A low-noise phono input provides the correct gain and load for both MM and MC cartridges. The Model 2100 also enables you to upgrade your present surround sound system for serious two-channel, audiophile-quality listening.
"The Parasound 2100 and 2250 [power amplifier] offer sound quality across the board so good, I would have thought you'd have to pay at least $3,000 to get it," reports Chris Groppi in his June 2008 review for Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. "If you have $2K to spend on a preamp and amp, you can't go wrong with the Model 2100 and 2250."
"The New Classics make a fine upgrade for those wanting to ditch their mass-market receivers and step in to the world of hi-fi separates," writes Clarke Robinson in his November 2007 review of the Parasound Model 2100 preamp and Model 2125 power amp for EnjoyTheMusic.com. "I am very easily excited by the music they produce. For that they get my recommendation."
Front-panel iPod / MP3 Input
The New Classic's front-panel MP3 input makes connecting your iPod or other portable player really convenient. The Model 2100 even increases level automatically via a 12dB auto gain offset whenever you plug your portable MP3 player into the front panel jack to make sure it plays at the same volume as your other sources.
Left, Right, and Sub Bypass
Left, right, and sub bypass jacks make it simple to use the Model 2100 and your surround sound receiver in the same system, even if your system has a subwoofer and small left and right speakers. This great feature lets you keep the 2100 directly in the signal chain and play either stereo or surround sound without messing with wires. Automatic pass-through is activated as soon as you turn off the 2100. And bypass input can be selected via remote.
Built-in subwoofer control is another key feature. Parasound really thought of it all with the Model 2100. An adjustable subwoofer crossover provides analog bass management for your stereo sources, and you can adjust the subwoofer level on the front panel. Also included are separate output jacks for full range (large speakers), and 80 Hz high pass filtered (small speakers). This lets you push only frequencies about 80 Hz to your satellite speakers, without needing an expensive external crossover.
Switchable Phono Stage / Line Stage Input
The Parasound has seven inputs and a built-in phono stage. One input pair can be switched for MM or MC phono cartridge with correct input impedance. But if you're not a vinyl junkie, the input isn't wasted. Just flip the switch, and it becomes a line-level input. Needless to say, the built in phono stage sounds superb, but you would expect nothing less from the fuss-budgets at Parasound.
Custom Installation Features
The Model 2100 offers a 2-way RS-232 serial port connection for integration with Creston and other whole-house controllers. It also provides external IR repeater input and loop out jacks, as well as a remote control with discrete codes for Off and On. Two auto turn on modes (AC power, 12v trigger) add to the flexibility. And selecting automatic turn on / off defeats the front panel power button.
Other features include headphone jack with auto mute for line out jacks, a motor-driven analog volume control, a balance control, bass a treble controls with defeat button, wireless remote with tone control on / off button, and a detachable IEC AC cord. The Model 2100 uses a high-current power supply and accepts both 115v and 230v AC. Voltage is automatically selected.
Ownerâs Guide (1mb PDF)
- Two channel high end audio preamplifier - Front panel jack for portable MP3 player with 12dB auto gain offset to match levels of other sources - 7 pairs of line level inputs - 1 input pair can be switched for MM or MC phono cartridge with correct input impedance - Can add to an existing surround system to upgrade analog 2 channel sound â¢ Connect your 2 channel analog sources to the Model 2100 instead of to your surround receiver â¢ Connects to surround receiverâs L, R, Sub line out jacks & to power ampâs input jacks â¢ Blends seamlessly into surround system, automatic pass-through when turned off â¢ Bypass input can be selected by remote â¢ Creates a mono sub channel output for 2 channel analog sources â¢ Analog bass management, low pass filter, adjustable 20 Hz - 140 Hz â¢ Separate output jacks for full range (large speakers), 80 Hz high pass filtered (small speakers) - 2-way RS-232 serial port connection - External IR repeater input & loop out jacks - Remote control includes discrete codes for Off and On - 2 auto turn on modes: AC power, 12v trigger - Selecting automatic turn/off defeats the front panel Power button - 12V trigger input jack and output jacks, 6â (2m) trigger wire included - Fixed level audio record output - Headphone jack with auto mute for line out jacks - Motor-driven analog volume control - Balance control, bass & treble controls with defeat button - Remote handset includes tone on/off button - High current power supply - Accepts both 115v & 230v AC, detachable IEC AC cord - 2u chassis, rack mountable with RMK22 (sold separately) - Parasound 3 year parts, 3 years labor warranty (For USA and Canada purchases only)
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity Review - June 2008
Review from EnjoyTheMusic.com - November 2007
Audio Specifications Frequency Response 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +/- 3 dB THD Distortion < 0.008% at 20 Hz S/N Ratio > 105 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted > 95 dB, input shorted, unweighted Crosstalk > 75 dB at 20 kHz Input Impedance 30 k Î© Output Impedance < 60 Î© Input Sensitivity 250 mV for 1 V output Total Gain: 12 db Maximum Output: 6.5 V AC Power Requirement 110-250 V, 50 - 60 Hz Voltage is automatically selected 5 watts standby; 10 watts when turned on General Information Dimensions Width: 17.25" (437 mm) Depth: 14.5" (369 mm) Height, with feet: 4.25" (108 mm) Height, without feet: 3.5" (89 mm) Weight: Net: 13 lbs. (5.9 kg) Shipping: 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) Rack Mount Accessory RMK22 (May be purchased separately)