Parasound has introduced its NewClassic 200 Pre, a moderately priced analog audio preamplifier and DAC. At the core of the 200 Pre is an analog signal path which includes analog bass management with high pass and low pass outputs.
The 200 Pre has inputs for just about any source including phono MM/MC, two line inputs, theater bypass for L, R, and two subs, digital USB, Coax and Optical and a front panel Aux line level input with an automatic 12 dB gain increase to improve sound quality for portable devices.
Installation features include turn-on volume preset, a favorite volume setting, a bi-directional RS232 serial port, rear panel IR input and 12V trigger output. Input offset (level matching) is designed so that all sources play at the same level, regardless of their output levels. The back-lit remote control includes adjustments for L-R balance, bass and treble adjustment, subwoofer on-off and even subwoofer level.
The Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre is already shipping and lists for $895. Here are the detailed specs.