Halo P6 Stereo Pre-amplifier


Two Channel Pre-amplifier with DAC

5 RCA line level inputs
1 XLR balanced input
Phono input for MM & MC cartridges

DSD & 384kHz/32-bit PCM

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In it's relatively recent time here it has delighted critics and owners alike with it's great range of features, performance and adaptability. 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 theatre - without sacrificing sub-woofer functionality.

The P6 ensures that you can bridge the analogue and digital divide in these ever changing and mercurial multi-format days. On the digital platform - new technologies have changed the ways audiophiles connect to and enjoy their music. So, that's why Parasound included a high quality DAC in the P6 to widen your software playback options. The P6 features a ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC with USB, optical and coax inputs. The coax and optical accept all sampling rates up to 192 kHz, 24-bit, whilst the USB input is capable of DSD & 384kHz/32-bit PCM.

On the analogue stage, turntables are enjoying a resurgence, and again Parasound responded by including a genuinely great and adaptable phono stage to accommodate MM & MC cartridges with a choice of load impedances (phono input for MM & MC cartridges with 100 Ohm or 47k Ohm load setting).

The connectivity is in abundance with a plethora of analogue balanced and unbalanced inputs for a myriad of sources, these are mirrored with the P6 output accordingly meaning it can suited to a host of Parasound amplifiers for the best performance - or other good quality pairings also. The beautiful front panel hosts a dedicated 3.5mm auxiliary input, along with treble and bass controls to suit your system requirements - and even is paired off with a dedicated headphone connection as well.

Additionally, the P6 has a sub-woofer channel with 2 output jacks for dynamic 2.1 listening and seamless integration with your home theatre surround sound system. The addition of a balanced XLR sub-woofer output and variable low frequency and high frequency crossovers makes the Halo P 5 an amazing bargain.

Parasound Halo P6 Two Channel Pre-Amplifier (with DAC) Features & Benefits

  • ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC replaces the original Burr-Brown DAC
  • USB input is now capable of DSD & 384kHz/32-bit PCM (up from 96Khz/24-bit)
  • Burr Brown analog resistor ladder volume control
  • Dimmable front panel volume display
  • Upgraded USB receiver with "plug and play" operation with Windows 10
  • An additional optical input (2 total)
  • Ball bearing supported solid aluminum volume knob
  • Programable default turn on volume setting
  • Favorite volume memory with remote control button
  • Increased phono stage gain for lower output cartridges
  • Improved Left/Right channel separation and balance tracking
  • Sand blasted metal end caps replace plastic end caps on the P 5
  • Updated cosmetics with subtle gold highlights


Technical Data

Frequency Response 
10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB 
20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.5 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 
< 0.01 %

Interchannel Crosstalk 
> 70 dB at 20 kHz 
> 78 dB at 1 kHz

Preamplifier Stage Input Sensitivity 
300 mV in for 1 V 
Total Gain: 10 dB 
Max Output: 7.5V

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

S/N Ratio - DAC Inputs 
> 108 dB (IHF A-weighted) 
> 88 dB (unweighted)

S/N Ratio - Phono Input 
MM > 80 dB (shorted, IHF A-weighted) 
MM > 70 dB (shorted, unweighted) 
MC > 67 dB (shorted, IHF A-weighted) 
MC > 55 dB (shorted, unweighted)

Phono Stage Sensitivity / Input Impedance 
MM: 38 dB / 47 k Ω 
MC: 52 dB / 47 k Ω or 100 Ω

Input Impedance 
Unbalanced: 24 k Ω 
Balanced: 100 k Ω per leg

Preamplifier Output Impedance 
Unbalanced: 100 Ω 
Balanced: 470 Ω per leg

High & Low Pass Crossover Slope 
12 dB per octave

Supported DAC Sampling Rates 
USB: up to 384 kHz / 32-bit PCM 
DSD Native: DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256 
DSD over PCM (DoP) at 384 kHz 
Coax/Optical: up to 192 kHz / 24-bit PCM

Digital to Analog Converter 
ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M 
384 kHz / 32-bit

USB 2.0 Controller 
Savitech SA9227, 384 kHz / 32-bit 

Headphone Amplifier 
Texas Instruments TPA6120A 
Output Impedance 10 ohms 

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

Width: 17-1/4" (437 mm) 
Depth: 15" (381 mm) 
Depth, with cables 17" (432 mm) 
Height, with feet: 4-1/8" (105 mm) 
Height, without feet: 3-1/2" (89 mm), 2U

Net Weight 
14 lb. (6.3 kg)

Shipping Weight 
21 lb. (9.5 kg)

Power Requirement 
Standby: 0.5 watts 
Power On: 15 watts 
100-250 VAC 50/60 Hz (automatic)10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB 
20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.5 dB

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