Preamp with HT bypass reccomendations

rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 176
edited August 2017 in Electronics
I am considering adding a preamp to my existing rig to enhance 2-channel listening. I have a yamaha aventage 1060 avr with a parasound a23 amp. This system servers ht and 2channel duty. Will I see a significant improvement by adding a pre?

I would think the p5 would be a great match since it has ht bypass, however I have heard some say the a23/p5 combo can be a bit sterile? What other manufactures that have ht bypass should I consider.

Looking for recommendations and suggestions.

Thanks,
RB
Living Room/HT
Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Polk S60, CSiA6, Samsung 60" LED
2-Channel
Parasound P5, B&K 200.2, Auralic Aries Mini, LSiM 703s

Comments

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
    I would add a tubed pre, if you want to enhance your 2 channel listening. Tubed pre's don't necessarily need a HT by-pass function. If they have a standby mode, the signal will still pass. I use a vintage Joule la-100 in the same fashion your looking for, works like a charm and sounds fantastic.
    ERA D-5
    B&K 1403
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    SVS SB-2000 SUB
    Sony 4k bdp
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
    Wireworld eclipse 7 Ic's
  • My budget for this is around $600.
    Living Room/HT
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Polk S60, CSiA6, Samsung 60" LED
    2-Channel
    Parasound P5, B&K 200.2, Auralic Aries Mini, LSiM 703s
  • Happy to update I pulled the trigger on a P5 and it does exactly what I want it to do. This unit is perfect for me and I am getting the experience of a dedicated pre-amp and matching amp while able to use the bypass mode for HT. The audio improvement is noticeable and pleasing. CDs sound more lifelike and detailed, streaming with chromecast is better as well. I am truly enjoying 2- channel music more and more.
    Living Room/HT
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Polk S60, CSiA6, Samsung 60" LED
    2-Channel
    Parasound P5, B&K 200.2, Auralic Aries Mini, LSiM 703s
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