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PARA-P6-SL | Parasound Halo Series P 6 Preamplifier with Home Theater Bypass and ESS DAC - 2.1 Channels - Silver

Parasound Halo Series P 6 Preamplifier with Home Theater Bypass and ESS DAC

Halo is Parasound’s premier line with a reputation for going head-to-head with the most expensive equipment on the market, while costing a fraction of the price.


Power Consumption
110 - 120 V or 220-240 V, 50 - 60 Hz (Set AC Voltage switch on rear panel)
25W standby
30W turned on
Frequency Response
5 Hz – 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
Audio Crosstalk
> 100 dB at 10 kHz
> 90 dB at 20 kHz
Impedance Input
Unbalanced: 30k Ω
Balanced: 30k Ω per leg
Audio Gain
200 mV for 1 V output
Total Gain: 14 dB
Maximum Output: 8 V
Audio Features > 116 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 104 dB, input shorted, unweighted
Sensitivity Input +9 Vdc to +12 Vdc, 5 mA
Signal to Noise Ratio
XLR Pin Identification
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)
External Trigger Voltage +9 Vdc to +12 Vdc, 5 mA
XLR Pin Identification
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)
Pre-Amp Output Unbalanced: 7 V (max)
Balanaced: 9 V (max)
Supported Sample 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 Conversion ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M
384 kHz / 32-bit
Features USB 2.0 Controller: Savitech SA9227, 384 kHz / 32-bit
Headphone Amplifier: Texas Instruments TPA6120A 
Dimensions (W x H x D)
17.25" x 5.25" x 16" (438 x 133 x 406mm) (without feet)
17.25" x 5.88" x 16" (438 x 105 x 406mm) (with feet)
Net Weight: 24 lbs (11 kg)
Shipping Weight: 36 lbs (16.4 kg)


Halo has earned honors and awards that are unmatched. The P 6 is a quantum leap in audiophile preamplifiers. It’s ultra-high resolution DAC, built-in phono stage and balanced XLR inputs and outputs, are 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 theater without sacrificing subwoofer functionality.

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View of USB and Coax inputs

High Resolution Digital to Analog Converter

The P 6’s built-in 32 Bit DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) uses a ultra-high resolution 384kHz ESS Sabre32® Reference DAC IC. The asynchronous USB input supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit and DSD256. The 2 optical and 1 coax inputs can decode high resolution PCM audio up to 192kHz/24-bit. The P 6’s DAC is superior to the DACs in most digital source components. These sources will sound better if you connect one of their digital outputs to the P 6's DAC instead of connecting their analog output jacks.

Interior view of phono and XLR inputs

Phono Input & Balanced XLR Inputs/Output

The P 6 is equipped with a high-quality phono stage with a three-position load/gain selector switch making it compatible with all cartridge types. Additional analog connections include balanced XLR inputs and outputs. The P 6 also provides one XLR connector and two RCA jacks for one or more subwoofers.

Zoomed-in view of crossover dials on amp

High & Low Pass Crossovers

An especially useful feature of the P 6 is it’s innovative high and low pass crossover network. This provides analog bass management for easy integration of subwoofers and stereo speakers. With the P 6 crossover network your subwoofer(s) can easily be shared by two channel and multi-channel playback. This works in tandem with the home theater bypass input for a seamless transition whenever you select two channel or multi-channel operation.

Volume control dials on front of amp

Front Panel Volume Display

The volume control features a new, dimmable - display showing the exact volume setting. Other features include: user defined default turn on volume and favorite volume setting. The solid machined aluminum volume control knob, polished on the front and textured around the perimeter, rotates on ball-bearings giving it rock-solid and silky smooth operation.

Zoomed-in view of volume controls inside amp

Analog Volume Control by Burr-Brown

The P 6 uses a Burr-Brown high-performance, electronically-controlled analog volume control IC with high dynamic range. It functions as an analog switched resistor ladder array so analog audio is never converted to digital as with most IC volume controls. Parasound’s engineers bypassed the onboard gain stage and instead used an external, high-performance operational amplifier with a dedicated power supply. This approach achieves the lowest noise and the lowest distortion resulting in superior sound quality.

Subwoofer level control dials on front of amp

Subwoofer Level, Tone Controls & Headphone Amp

The subwoofer level control allows fine-tuning from the front panel. Bass and Treble Control Knobs offer precision adjustment of tonal balance. A front panel and remote control button provide an easy way to completely bypass the tone control settings. The P 6 is equipped with a dedicated high quality current-feedback headphone amplifier based on the top-grade Texas Instruments TPA6120A.

Zoomed-in view of theater bypass input jacks

Home Theater Byass Input

The Bypass input jacks are used to incorporate the P 6 into a surround sound system. The Bypass input works by passing the incoming L, R and Sub channels directly through to the L, R and Sub output jacks. None of the P 6 circuits or controls have any effect on the bypassed signals. The P 6 is thus transparent to the Left, Right and Subwoofer(s) outputs from the surround sound processor or receiver and passes them on to the amplifier(s) and Subwoofer(s).

12V trigger and IR Control inputs

12V Trigger Output & Rear Panel IR Input

If the power amplifier is equipped with a 12 V trigger input you may find it convenient for the P 6 to turn it on and off automatically. The P 6 is compatible with most popular infrared repeater systems for remote control operation from another room or when the P 6 is installed in a cabinet where its remote handset signals cannot reach its front panel remote control sensor. The IR Control Input connector is a standard 1/8” (3.5mm) mono “mini” jack.

Distributed Brand Warranty

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