Just upgraded to a Parasound HCA-855a

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  1. Matt_R

    Matt_R Stunt Coordinator

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    I just bought a Parasound HCA-855a from my local dealer. WHAT AN UPGRADE! I am using my Denon 2801 as the pre-amp for now, until I can save up some funds for something new (Any suggestions?)

    I LOVE the extra dynamics, headroom and fullness to the sound!

    I have a question -- On the back of the amp, there is a gain knob for each channel... where should these be positioned? Should I adjust the gain on the amp or the Denon now when I calibrate it? I haven't had the chance because my friend has yet to return my SPL meeter. I'm getting it back today.

    Thanks again for the help
     
  2. Tony Lai

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    >I LOVE the extra dynamics, headroom and fullness to the sound!

    You do realise that the Denon has more power on paper :-P

    >I have a question -- On the back of the amp, there is a gain knob for each channel... where should these be positioned?

    Channel gain knobs should be at max. That's what the manual recommends. I use a Parasound HCA-1206...

    >Should I adjust the gain on the amp or the Denon now when I calibrate it? I haven't had the chance because my friend has yet to return my SPL meeter. I'm getting it back today.

    The amp is a 'dumb' device. All adjustments should be on the preamp/receiver.

    T.
     
  3. Matt_R

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    > You do realise that the Denon has more power on paper :-P

    Well, *on paper* yes, a whopping 5 watts/channel more. However, the AMP sounds MUCH better than the AMP in the Denon. Night and day difference with my setup...

    Thanks for the info about the gains.

    Matt
     
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