05 November 2018
The Parasound Halo P 6, which replaces the five-year-old P 5, improves upon its predecessor with a premium ESS DAC, ladder-style volume control, many internal audio refinements, and subtle new gold highlights.
Like the P 5, the new Parasound Halo P 6 provides ultimate control over multiple audio source components ranging from high-end turntables to the latest high-resolution digital music sources. A 2.1-channel crossover allows a perfect interface with both stereo and subwoofer/satellite speaker systems.
For the new Halo P 6, Parasound has replaced the predecessor's venerable Burr-Brown DAC with a new ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC. It has an asynchronous USB input that supports PCM up to 384 kHz/32-bit (up from 96Khz/24-bit), and decodes Native DSD256 and DoP DSD. The coaxial and now two optical inputs accept PCM up to 192 kHz/24-bit. The upgraded USB receiver provides "plug and play" operation with Windows 10 as well as Mac OS.
The Parasound Halo P 6 also features a new Burr Brown analog resistor ladder volume control and dimmable, front-panel volume display to replace the P 5's motorized potentiometer. The resistor ladder provides greater accuracy, resolution, and it eliminates mechanical contacts in the signal path. It also allows the user to program turn-on volume and favorite volume settings, with access from the included back-lit remote control. The P 6 retains the aesthetic appeal of a rotary control with a solid aluminum, ball-bearing volume knob.
The Parasound Halo P 6 has a phono input for MM or MC with switchable 100 ohm or 47 kohm loads. On the P 6, the phono stage gain has been increased for improved performance with lower output cartridges. Full-range outputs from the phono and five other line-level sources can be directed to balanced XLR or single-ended RCA outputs. Signals can also utilize Parasound's highly-evolved analog bass management system with adjustable high-pass and low-pass crossovers for 2.1-channel speaker/subwoofer systems using either RCA or XLR connections. The P6 also offers improved Left/Right channel separation and balance tracking.
The Parasound Halo P 6 is the optimum audio interface component for both high-end audio and sophisticated custom integration applications, and it includes home-theater bypass inputs. There are front panel inputs for a portable player and for a dedicated high-current headphone amplifier. All the functions are designed to be accessible via the included remote control or by benefit of Parasound's support for standard third-party remote control protocols. There are rear-panel IR input- and loop-output jacks, 12-volt trigger output, and optional rack-mounting adapters.
The Parasound Halo P 6 2.1-channel Audio Preamplifier and DAC is now available in silver or black finishes.