, Parasound Halo P7:
A well-made affordable and luscious-sounding preamp that is close to, but not quite the last word in, treble purity.
, Marantz AV8003:
Viewed simply as a preamp this controller is close to state-of-the-art; considering that you also get a full multi-channel decoder and Audyssey processor it is almost ideal for a mixed music and theater system.
SPECS & PRICING
Parasound Halo P 7 multichannel preamplifier
Inputs: 2 sets of multichannel (7.1-channel) analog audio inputs, 7 stereo analog audio inputs (six single-ended RCS, one balanced XLR), 1 MM/MC phono input, 1 front-panel input jack for portable MP3 player
Outputs: 2 sets of 7.1-channel analog audio outputs (1 set single-ended RCA, 1 set balanced XLR), subwoofer output with analog bass management, high quality headphone output
Other controls: Serial port for RS-232 control, rear panel IR input jack, 3 different 12v trigger outputs
Dimensions (H x W x D): 4.125” x 17.25” x 13.75”
Weight: 13.5 lbs.
Warranty: 5 years, parts and labor
Marantz AV8003 THX Ultra2-certified A/V pre-tuner
Decoding/sound processing formats: Dolby TrueHD, Digital Plus and EX, Pro Logic IIx, Virtual Speaker, and Headphone; DTS-HD Master Audio and –HD High Resolutions Audio, ES, 96/24, Discrete and Matrix 6.1, and Neo:6; THX Ultra 2; SRS Circle Surround II, DSD (SACD bitstream) via HDMI; THX Neural Surround for XM satellite radio; HDCD; and Marantz proprietary M-DAX mode for use with compressed audio formats. The AV8003 is also equipped with the Audyssey MultEQ room/speaker EQ system.
Video Inputs/Outputs: HDMI (four in, two out), component video (four in, two out), S-Video (four in, three out), composite video (four in, four out), network (RJ-45 connector)