Parasound PLD-1100 Preamplifiers

4.5/5 (8 Reviews)


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line drive preamp with remote control, John Curl design


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I bought this baby so I would no longer have to run my Rotel RB991 through my Denon AVR 95. The one I bought was a demo so I was able to pick it up what I considered a fair price. After bringing it home and dealing with the fun of rearanging things in my rack I was ready for a listen. As soon as I heard the first few bars of music I was shocked, no longer would I have to wonder if I made the right choice. The soundstage was better than ever,clarity made a huge jump, vocals had great realism. I think if you have a nice high quality power source and an equaly good sounding front end you cant go wrong with this pre amp.

EQUIPMENT USED:
Parasound PLD 1100
Rotel RB 991
Ah Tjhobe 99
SVA 1600

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $429.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by EJ a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The PLD-1100 is a great pre-amp - the first time I used it, I threw some Ronin Hardaman into my CD player and was blown away by the sound quality - it literally brought tears to my eyes. I was running it with the Parasound HCA-1000A, and was just blown away by the dimensionality and alive-ness it brought to the music. I'm also impressed by the build - both the pld-1100 and hca-1000a amp are built with very high quality - definitely the best build out of all the electronic equipment I own. Parasound obviously stands behind their work with an impressive 10-yr warranty.

Here's the problem - the PLD-1100 sounds spectacular with some of the music I own, and not-so-good with other music. I can't lay all of the blame on the pre-amp, because I know that much of it may deal with my speakers, apt. size, and other factors. However, the PLD-1100 suffers when it comes to delivering solid bass. I demo'd the product at the stereo shop and noticed it would give an accurate portrayal of a recording, meaning it will reproduce a recording based on the way it was mixed - ultimately the way it stands on the medium (CD, vinyl, etc.). This can be good and bad - obviously the PLD-1100 is a quality product with spectacular sound, but based on my particular arrangement - small apartment, speakers, the PLD-1100 didn't allow me to make adjustments to the lower end of the signal. I didn't think this would be a problem because I have a pair of higher-end JBL's with powered subs, so I thought, no-problem, I'll just crank the volume on the subs if the very bottom is missing. Problem is, there's a lot of bass that falls above the sub crossover level within the signal that I wasn't able to amplify with my subs, and unfortunately for the PLD-1100, there's no adjustable EQ to bring up the lower-end in situations such as this. This Pre-amp is a thing of beauty already, but could be improved by providing bass/treble EQ controls so as to tune the signal to your particular room arrangement and/or aesthetic tastes. Because of this, I give the 1100 4 stars instead of 5. If you like your music with a lot of good, solid, bass, and are worried that you may need to filter or boost the bottom end, this pre-amp is not for you. Additionally, there's no loudness feature so that the bottom end drops out almost completely when playing music at very low levels. If you're not a bass maniac and enjoy music faithfully reproduced as it was originally mixed in the studio, then this is a great preamp.
The best thing you can do is demo it at home and see if it works, because unlike other pre-amps, this baby is non-adjustable - not in the least. What you see is what you get. I have no doubt it'll sound awesome in some settings, but for me, it was anemic on the bottom-end at times, which ultimately led to my dissatisfaction. I know you should give products time to break-in, but I don't think more of a break-in period would've helped this problem. By the way, I was using high-end Ultralink stereo cable and good speakers, so I know most of the blame is with the pre-amp. I'll be bringing the PLD-1100 back to the store tomorrow - too bad, I was really hoping that it would've worked out. Sometimes breaking up is hard to do.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   HiFi Sales



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by randy a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2000

Bottom Line:   
overall a nice improvement on my old adcom gtp 450 all i use it for is my cd player through the direct inputs. there is only 1 direct line input though. could not be happier all of the music is very controlled and sounds very nice with no grain. will not be upgrading any time soon.

p.s. try pure note silver cables www.purenote.com last cables ill ever buy period.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $515.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Damian a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This is a very good pre amp. I have it connected to my amp ( Rotel ) and I am very satisfied with this product. I like the design and the little lights that it has. Remote control has a kind of retro look but who cares. This product deserves 5 stars!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lyle Fong a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 15, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Overall, a good sounding pre-amp. Very solidly built, and I like the rackmount fins for aesthetics. When you order this or other Parasound equipment, make sure you specify whether or not you want the rackmountable version or the non-rackmount (smaller width) version. Unfortunately, the headphone jack volume is not always balanced with the line-outs, and thus when listening with headphones I have to first mute the speakers and turn the volume knob all the way up. It is easy to forget to turn the volume back down when switching back to speakers. Maybe others don't run into the same problem, but this is really annoying. There are other small problems too, but those are more usability issues. I'd say for the sound, these are a good deal. Supposedly, these aren't bad as a headphone amp either, but I haven't tried other headphone amps so I can't make a comparison. But this is one unit I'd definitely try before you buy, to make sure you can live with it's usability shortcomings.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998




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