Parasound DAC 2000 ULTRA DACs

Parasound DAC 2000 ULTRA DACs 

DESCRIPTION

Hi End DAC with HDCD

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 19, 2018]
bphil


Strength:

Ce DAC est tout simplement pour son prix une tuerie sans nom, sûrement du au fameux D20400, médium très net, bonne transparence, à le sens de la rythmique, facile à intégrer, ne chauffe pas, accepte AES/EBU, ST, SpDif, avec sortie asymétrique et symétrique, je le trouve moins morne qu’un audiosynthesis.

Weakness:

Le grave manque un peu d’articulation, dommage.

Price Paid:
800
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2017
OVERALL
RATING
5
[Sep 04, 2010]
cozmicdiabolic
Audio Enthusiast

This DAC is the best known secret in DAC's out there. I have played so many in my system and some costing $3000+ (hint: Audio Note and Acoustic Alchemy) and this DAC kills them. I've also had Music Hall 2.5 and Audio Mirror DAC'S and this KILLS them - hands down. Not even close. I had the 1600HD before and it was very good, certainly comparable to the aforementioned, but when I got this one the others even though more expensive, don't even come close. If you happen upon one, jump on it and thank me later. This is the most under-valued product I have ever owned.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 25, 2003]
pig00_ca
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Perfect on Hi, Mid and Low. HDCD is very nice especially using Reference Recording CDs. 4 inputs including XLR. 4 Blurr Brown chips really make a different.

Weakness:

I can find any.

This is for Parasound DAC 1600. I brought this unit from an online store. As soon as I hook it up, both my wife and myself can hear the differences. It is quiet, perhaps because I am using ST glass connector. The bass is deeper and more solid. The high and mid is clearer. It made my entire Hi-Fi system go even higher. I would say it is the best investment I have ever made.

Similar Products Used:

Camelot Arthur 3.0

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 01, 2003]
starguygwb
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

hdcd play back is outstanding, regular cd's are much improved.

Weakness:

after 4 years, none.

This is for the D/AC-1600 HD, since I can't seem to find more than one product in this catagory from parasound, I will write it here. This product has allowed me to hear what i've been missing using my Rotel cd player. I just wish the hdcd format had more material. As soon as I hooked it up I heard things as never before and without knowing it my foot started tapping to the music. Also improved the soundstage and image.

Similar Products Used:

no outboard dacs besides this unit used

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 24, 2002]
Juan Prieto
AudioPhile

Strength:

Build quality Sound quality Flexibility

Weakness:

Not upgradeable to 24/96 ¡¡

My best buy ever in an audio component. Got it 2 years ago in a Parasound clearance (Audio Advisor) for around $ 800, (vs. its list price of 2000). In short, an absolutely outstanding D/A converter, in a class of its own, and far superior to anything that I have heard before (or since). I agree that this converter achieves its design goals: to reach the maximum possible sound quality with the 16/44 medium (in fact, it is capable of 20/48). Its sound ? Transparent highs, natural midrange, very deep bass, exceptional imaging, a dynamic yet delicate, "classy" sound that sets it apart from the crowd. Not to be mated with a cheap player, however, it is very sensitive to "low quality" signals and will inmediately reveal weaknesess in the preceding component or source material. Will benefit (of course) from a good transport, one that can provide a clean, jitter free signal. In addition, build quality is excellent and it has a full complement of I/O possibilities. I feed mine thru both its AES/EBU (preferred) and S/PDIF inputs. I think it is very hard to beat at its price, (perhaps you can get one today for 500-600, a true steal) So if you see one, go for it ¡¡

Similar Products Used:

Audio Alchemy, Musical Fidelity X-24K, MSB link DAC, others

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 08, 1999]
Soren
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Extremely detailed. Makes the music breathe.

Weakness:

On poor recordings: Unforgiving. Not quite as precise when it comes to reproduction of voices as Primare 30.2. On the other hand more natural reproduction of large scale orchestras.

Extremely well balanced product, though not forgiving towards source material of inferior quality

Similar Products Used:

Copland 289, Primare 30.2, Micromega Stage 6, Audiolab 8000 DAX / 8000 CDM, Pioneer 901 (Trichord modification).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 02, 1999]
Steve Haynes
an Audiophile

When I first put the 2000 in my system I listened to a whole cd to the end before I realized that I didnt have my Monitor Audio MAS1 sub turned on! I could not believe what a difference in low end control that this d/a made. I even made my wife have a seat in front of my system (not an easy task) and after she reluctantly listened to a whole song I asked her what she thought of the bass and she said that it was very good. Even she was impressed (not an easy task either!). Then I told her that the sub was off she didnt belive me she had to go touch it to make sure that I wasnt lying! Unfortunately, Parasound no longer makes this product. But for you fellow audiophiles you will be able to get one for around $1000.00 to $1500.00 not the $1995.00 list. I got mine for $1350.00 new. I think that I would give up my gun before I would give up my D/A! And I am a Police Officer!Go get yourself one you wont be sorry!
My system:
Parasound 2000 d/a
Parasound 1000 cd
Parasound 2000 pre amp
Monarchy DIP
Llano A200 amp
Unity Audio Cerous 6 speakers
(I had Monitor Audio PMC 700's when I first got the d/a)
Purist Audio Elementa cables
Sony DVD7700
Teac 777 Studio grade tape deck
JVC HI FI VCR
Kenwood tuner ($20 from a pawn shop)
Monitor Audio MAS1 SUB'S yes I have two of these bad boys running them in stereo

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 08, 2001]
Alan Dana
Audiophile

Strength:

Excellent resolution across full bandwidth, multiple inputs, build quality

Weakness:

Great detail can make poor CDs unlistenable

Superb implementation of a DAC designed to maximize the sound of 16/44 CDs. Even at original list of $2000 this was an excellent deal - competing with DACs in the $4000 to $6000 range. I directly compared it with a competing $3500 DAC and considered the Parasound a clear winner over it.

Biggest strength is the unit's phenomenal transparency and detail. This is not a unit that will appeal to those looking for a very smooth, rolled-off top end.

After you get through noticing all of the extra high frequency information on your CDs, then you will eventually notice how solid & well-defined your lows are. String bass is glorious, with each string hanging out there in your living room reverberating.

Instruments and voices sound very natural. It moved my system one step closer to sounding like live music. Dynamics are excellent too. Rock guitar, drums, and orchestra all have punch.

I've had a number of DACs and CD players in my system. Over the years the most consistent theme was in how they sounded so much alike, sometimes taking days to discern small, subtle differences. But when I hooked up the D/AC-2000, the effect was immediate and wonderful.

I picked mine up during the Parasound clearance, as they got out of the DAC market. Paid 50% of list and still got the full factory warranty.

Similar Products Used:

Have used DACs from Audio Alchemy, Krell, Rotel, Proceed, Sonic Frontiers, and Audio Research

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 21, 1999]
Joe Harrison
Audiophile

Strength:

Very hi quality, Built like a tank and
best of all MADE in the USA with a 10 year warranty.
Tremendous soundstage and 3D imaging.

Weakness:

Dont use with cheap cd players. Will reveal the flaws.

Compared to a $4000 dlr. classe, wich requires 300 hrs.of burn in to sound ok,
The Ultra is a hell of a buy at $1500.
Stereophile recommended component.
Get one if you can find one. They are hard to find.

Similar Products Used:

Classe dac-1, Monarchy.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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