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Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre Stereo Preamplifier & DAC (Each)

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The Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre two-channel preamplifier represents a new generation of affordable, high performance audio products from Parasound. At the heart of the 200 Pre is an all-analog signal path which includes analog bass management with high and low pass outputs.

The NewClassic 200 Pre has connections for just about any source including an MM/MC phono input, home theater bypass, USB, Coax, optical and a front panel Aux with an automatic 12dB gain bump. The built in DAC features a Burr-Brown IC, and the circuitry is pulled directly out of the award-winning Halo P5.

Convenience and Ci features include turn-on volume preset, a favorite volume setting, two-way RS232 serial port, rear panel IR input and 12V output trigger. The front panel LCD display allows the input names to be changed and provides for easy control. The back-lit remote provides adjustment of the bass, treble, subwoofer trim, subwoofer on/off and balance.


  • Burr-Brown 192kHz-24 bit DAC from the Halo P 5
  • USB, Optical and Coax digital audio inputs
  • 4 Analog audio inputs
  • Phono input for MM or MC cartridges
  • Pure analog signal path from input to output
  • Analog bass management w/ variable 20-140Hz high pass crossover
  • Subwoofer On/Off & level by remote control
  • 80Hz low pass subwoofer output
  • Full range subwoofer output can also be used for a mono listening area
  • Variable and fixed stereo outputs
  • Bypass input for surround sound or music streamer integration
  • Default turn on volume memory
  • Favorite volume memory with remote control button
  • Input level matching (source volume offset)
  • Bass, treble and balance adjustments by remote control
  • Front panel LCD display with dimming
  • 2-way RS232 w/ exact volume control & feedback
  • Control4 Driver available here
  • Rename inputs to match connected source
  • 12dB auto gain for front panel AUX to match levels of other sources
  • Dedicated headphone amplifier
  • Back-lit remote control with discrete buttons
  • 12V trigger output
  • Rear panel IR input
  • 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star & EU specs


  • Frequency Response:
    20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0 / -0.05 dB
    10 Hz – 80 kHz, +0 / -3 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: (20 Hz – 20 kHz): 
    < 0.03 %
  • Interchannel Crosstalk:
    75 dB at 20 kHz
  • Input Sensitivity:
    250mv = 1V output
    Total gain = 12 dB (volume set to 100)
    Unity Gain = Volume set to 76
    Maximum output = 3.5V
  • Phono Stage Sensitivity / Input Impedance
    MM: 40 dB / 47 k Ω
    MC: 50 dB / 100 Ω
  • Input Impedance:
    24k Ohms
  • Output Impedance:
    470 Ohms
  • S/N Ratio – Line Inputs:
    > 100 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
    > 90 dB, input shorted, unweighted
  • S/N Ratio – Digital Inputs:
    > 100 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
    > 90 dB, input shorted, unweighted
  • DC Trigger Output:
    12 Vdc, 50ma
  • AC Power Requirement:
    10 Watts maximum
    <0.5 Watts in standby
    90-250 VAC 50/60 Hz (automatic)
  • Dimensions:
    Width: 17.25″ (437 mm)
    Depth: 14.25″ (362 mm)
    Depth: 16″ (369 mm) with cables connected
    Height, with feet: 2.5″ (105 mm)
    Height, without feet: 1.75″ (89 mm), 1U
  • Weight:
    Net: 11 lbs (5 kg)
    Shipping: 17 lbs (7.7 kg)


“Rather than merely checking off a list of features and connections, Parasound has provided in the NewClassic 200 Pre a high-quality, well-built preamplifier-DAC,” notes Sathyan Sundaram at soundstageaccess.com, October 1, 2019. “All of the most important features are here, plus an unexpected one ¬– the subwoofer output options ¬– and for $895, all are well executed. The extras included – headphone amp and phono stage – are hard to imagine being bettered without a substantial increase in money spent. The NewClassic 200 Pre will easily suit many buyers, as well as make a good first step into the world of audio separates.”


The Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre is ready to bring you maximum enjoyment from your digital music files. It incorporates a very high quality state-of-the-art DAC using circuitry from the highly regarded Halo P 5 preamp. This DAC can process a wide range of digital sources with its coaxial and optical inputs accepting up to 192 kHz rates, and the USB input accepts up to 96 kHz.

The NewClassic 200 Pre’s Cirrus Logic Digital Receiver scrubs the digital clock to attenuate jitter not only for the USB but for all inputs. This enables its acclaimed Burr-Brown PCM1798 DAC to achieve outstanding, natural sound quality for all of your digital sources.


The 200 features a pure analog signal path for the analog inputs plus input level matching (offset +/- 8dB per input) to keep input levels similar from your source gear. The analog inputs consist of one phono in, two line level inputs, and L, R, and subwoofer bypass inputs. A front panel 3.5mm mini jack is perfect for portable audio players or smartphones. The outputs consist of full-range stereo preamp output jacks, a full-range mono preamp output jack, and an 80 Hz mono low-pass subwoofer output jack.

And since vinyl has once again become a big part of home hi-fi, Parasound includes the same high-quality built-in phono stage that is used in the Halo P 5 preamp. The phono input is compatible with all moving magnet cartridges, and virtually all moving coil cartridges, with a 100 ohm/47k ohm switch to select the appropriate load impedance matching.

Headphone jacks are an afterthought on many other manufacturers’ hi-fi gear, but this has never been true of Parasound. The 200 Pre includes a newly designed dedicated headphone stage for the best in private listening with your favorite pair of ‘phones.


The 200 is the perfect partner with your home theater system. The left-channel, right channel, and sub bypass inputs simplify integration with a surround sound system or a Sonos Connect. Analog bass management includes a 12 dB/octave high-pass crossover, adjustable from 20 Hz to 140 Hz plus an 80 Hz mono low-pass subwoofer output.




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