“Newish” 90’s Parasound separate system

corticocortico Posts: 470
edited January 26 in 2 Channel Audio
Greetings!
Junt wanted to share and receiving some comments on this r90’s “mainly” separate system using the following equipment I have been collecting, replacing...

HCA2200II power amp,
PLD2000 pre,
DAC1100,
CDC 1500 cd changer,

In addition the set is hooked up to a vintage Pioneer PL530 turntable, Cambridge phono pre and an old 70’s Jennings research contrata pedestal speaker pair.

I am quite please with the way it sounds, could I get better bang for less than $2000?

Please let me know your thoughts, feel free to comment, critique, etc...

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Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
Cambridge Audio phono pre
Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
Belden ICs
MIT T2 speaker cables
Polk Audio LS70

"If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"

Comments

  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,287
    Looks elegant and clean.

    Well done sir!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,652
    What ICs and SCs did you end up going with? I recall you asked for advice on that for this system in another thread.
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  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    edited January 26
    Thanks EnderShadow!

    @Clipdat I am using Blue Jean interconnect and speaker cables, I haven’t tried any other options yet... but I am curious to do so, also I want to try XLR interconnects as well.

    Forgot to mention, got 12awg power cords from “mercury magnetics” they do pretty good guitar amp transformers and suggest these cord as an upgrade for guitar tube amps...

    Pretty cheap and they’re great quality and an obvious upgrade...

    https://www.mercurymagnetics.com/product-category/accessories/

    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    Any other suggestions?
    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,040
    edited January 29
    ^^Zu cables on eBay. Bid on their Mission series SC, IC's and PC's. You can score some excellent deals if on a budget. There are also other series, just take a look.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's with ZU Audio IBIS jumpers; Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; ZU Audio Mission speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage. All speakers have had crossover rebuilds, resulting in a small fortune invested in Sonicaps, and tweeter upgrades.

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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,663
    Very cool. You might want to let the amp breathe a little more.
    Source: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD/flac | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    steveinaz wrote: »
    Very cool. You might want to let the amp breathe a little more.

    Thanks, I friend of mine also mentioned that I was going to bake the turntable. I noticed that there's a fan mount on the back and installed a low noise fan, I think it does a good job keeping the heat tolerable, the heat sinks run around 115f.

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    ^^Zu cables on eBay. Bid on their Mission series SC, IC's and PC's. You can score some excellent deals if on a budget. There are also other series, just take a look.

    I'm on a budget, for sure! I am a poor type of audiophile :smile: ... maybe "poor" is too strong but the priority at this point in life are kids and plan the future.

    Thanks for the Zu cables reference, this is definitely a subject of my interest and I would like to experiment. I'm convinced I will be able to pick up the differences with this rig. I can clearly hear the differences between normal and direct inputs and outputs

    For the first time, I have a system without tone controls and think they aren't necessary...
    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,040
    edited January 29
    That HCA2200II, is s very good amp. Other than the 3500 probably the best of the HCA series.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's with ZU Audio IBIS jumpers; Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; ZU Audio Mission speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage. All speakers have had crossover rebuilds, resulting in a small fortune invested in Sonicaps, and tweeter upgrades.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there

    Social media makes dumb people dumber and smart people dumb and dumber.
  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,225
    I would say move the turntable off of the amp. Not just because of heat, but noise pickup potential. Other than that it looks good to me!
    Living room Home theater: Upgrade Company modified Onkyo PR-SC5509,Sunfire Cinema grand Signature 5 channel amp(1st gen),Carver TFM-45,Carver M-400a,Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50" Plasma(last gen before Plasma production stopped)Pioneer Elite DVL-91,Meridian 519 Dolby AC-3 RF Demodulator,Oppo Digital UDP-205,TiVo Bolt VOX,Nakamich BX-300,Technics SL-1200MKII,Shure V15 Type VxMR cartridge,Polk SDA-SRS 3.1 TL(with RD-0198 tweeters, upgraded with Larry's rings, black hole5,an Avel-Lindberg 1000VA isolation transformer, VR3 customer crossovers and internal wiring),Polk CS-1000P(with SL-6506 tweeter),Polk Monitor 5jr(with RD-0194 tweeters),Polk RT-35i (1),Polk Mini Monitors,Polk PSW150(4)Monster Power HTPS 7000 MKII Signature series,Monster Power AVS 2000 Signature Series,Various MIT,Monster,Upgrade Company and Belden interconnect,power,HDMI,Coax and Toslink Digital and speaker cables.

    Bedroom 2 channel system:Integra DTM 40.4,Nakamichi BX-100,TiVo mini,Musical Fidelity X-LPS,X-PSU,Carver TFM-25,Sony KV-34XBR970(last of the widescreen tube sets before production stopped)Technics SL-1200MKII,Shure V15 Type V MR cartridge,Polk RT-55(with SL-6506 tweeters),Polk PSW-200 in plexiglass(2),Sony Playstation 3 slim.Monster Power HTPS-7000,Monster AVS-2000, PowerVarious Kimber,Audioquest and MIT interconnects and speaker cables.
  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    The 2200II was sounding flawlessly, although status LEDs weren't working. Pretty frustrating that the previous owner didn't disclose it.

    I thought about attempt fixing it my self, but Parasound technician, "Tony" was super responsive and mentioned it's an easy fix should have it back in a few days!!!!
    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,472
    That Parasound P/LD 2000 pre amp is a great pre and a very rare beast. I have the P/LD 1500 pre amp (also a quite rare piece) and love it but that P/LD 2000 is one of John Curl's masterpieces. I would just recommend moving the tt off of the amp, as others have mentioned. Other than that, great system. I am sure it sounds fantastic. Congrats.
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