Parasound Zamp v.3 Compact Stereo Zone Amplifier

$229

Compact yet very capable amplifier from Parasound, with the same great sonic fingerprint found in all of their amplifiers.

Features:
• 45 watts per channel into 8 Ω
• 60 watts per channel into 4 Ω
• 90 watts bridged into 8 Ω mono
• Fully discrete circuitry with Toroid power transformer
• Low heat design
• Headphone jack
• Indicators for AC present and channel operating status
• Automatic on/off by 9 - 12 V trigger
• Gold-plated RCA input jacks and looping line output jacks
• 5-way speaker terminals
• Compact chassis; 1 rack space high
• Rack mount kit sold separately

Click here for a PDF copy of the Parasound Amp v.3 Sales Brochure

Click here for a PDF copy of the Parasound Amp v.3 Owner's Guide

Review:
John Marks February 2016 Part 1:
"I was thrilled when Eric Feidner (Steinway & Sons' SVP for Music, Technology and Media; and, Executive Producer of Steinway & Sons Recordings), asked me to specify desktop/computer-audio systems for him, and for Mike Sweeney, Steinway's President." (continues in part 2)

John Marks February 2016 Part 2:
"Parasound's Zamp v.3 is hardly a newcomer, but, it's very feisty! I was really taken by its sound quality and its ability to drive loudspeakers of lower efficiency. And it is a stellar bargain, given the exceptional value proposition Parasound's Zamp v.3 represents."

Specs:
Continuous power output:
45 watts RMS x 2, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω, both channels driven
60 watts RMS x 2, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 4 Ω, both channels driven
90 watts RMS x 1, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω, minimum impedance

Current capacity:
12 amperes peak per channel

Frequency response:
5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB

Total harmonic distortion:
< 0.07 % full power
< 0.02 % typical levels

IM distortion:
< 0.05 %

Dynamic headroom:
1.5 dB

Inter-channel crosstalk:
80 dB at 1 kHz; 60 dB at 20 kHz

Input Impedance:
33 k Ω

Input Sensitivity:
600 mV; 1.5 V for full output

S/N Ratio:
116 dB, input shorted, IHF A weighted

Dimensions:
8-1/2 w x 1-3/4 h x 10 d, 2 h with feet

Net weight: 7 lbs.

The SkyFi Testing Process for Solid State Amplifiers:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure there are no signs of stress or aging. Capacitors are checked for telltale sings of bulging or leaking, resistors are checked for signs of overheating or cracking, and transistors are checked for signs of stress or damage.

We then power up the unit carefully and run a simple 1k sine wave while monitoring the output on an oscilloscope for signs of distortion or noise. Finally, we run the amplifier to its full rated power into the appropriate resistive load provided by our Sencore amplifier tester. If there is an issue, it will usually be noticeable at this point. If everything reads clean, we will often test for THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) measured by our Keithley distortion meter, and compare it against the original manufacturers specifications. The amplifier then remains powered on to "burn in" on our test bench for a few hours to make sure there are no heat related issues. If there are balanced inputs available they will be also be tested.

Final testing involves pushing actual music thorough the amplifier. We've learned over time that some issues are only noticeable to a trained ear while listening to familiar source material. Our test bench has reference vintage KEF speakers that we're very familiar with which quickly reveal any discrepancies. Some amplifiers will then move into our listening room where they are tested with our in-house reference speakers of choice.

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Item

Included

Original Box

No

Manual

Online

Remote

No

Cables

Yes - Power

Physical Condition

7

Working Condition

10

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