Parasound Halo P6 Preamplifier

$1,799.00 - $2,099.00
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Color: Black
Regular price $2,099.00
Regular price $1,999.00 Sale price $2,099.00

New Features (Changes from the P 5)
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
Preamp and DAC Features
ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M)
Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit
USB input decodes Native DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DoP DSD
Coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit
Analog bass management with high & low pass crossovers
Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration
Front panel subwoofer level control
Dedicated high current headphone amplifier (TI TPA6120)
Phono input for MM, MC and MI with 100 Ω or 47k Ω load
Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage
5 pairs RCA line level Analog inputs
1 pair XLR balanced Analog input
Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs
1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from remote or front panel
Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks
12 Volt trigger output
Back-lit remote control with discrete buttons
0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star & EU specs
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

LowBeats (Germany) November 2020
"the Parasound P 6 and Parasound A 23+ play together in a pleasingly balanced and precise manner, while still musical with tonality that tends toward warmth. The consistently very supple reproduction and simultaneously true-to-size presentation and pin-point positioning of individual instruments and voices is amazing. Yes, this is how HiFi is fun."
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Home Theater March 2020
"The P 6's sonic performance punches well above its price point. With its ability to render tremendous amounts of detail, excellent build quality, impressive DAC and bass management, the P 6 is a no-brainer for anyone shopping for a digitally enabled preamplifier."

ON-OFF (Spain) September, 2019
"One strength is its capability to reproduce a wide sonic palette, with depth and plenty of micro information. Parasound's power amp is able to bring out the best bass from speakers. Different kinds of music made us appreciate the unusual character of this amplification. Outstanding!"

Stereo+ (Norway) January 2019
"Together, the Parasound P 6 and A 23+ are dynamite. Pure sonic magic with brilliant dynamics, delicious midrange and impressive resolution. To get such good sound for the price of this duo seems almost unnatural. One incredibly appealing preamp-amplifier package from Parasound."