Posted on 17th December, 2018


Parasound's new Zphono XRM phono preamplifier bridges the price gap between the entry-level Zphono and internationally acclaimed Halo JC 3 Jr.

The Zphono XRM includes balanced XLR outputs, a switchable rumble filter, and a mono-stereo switch.

To wrap things up, there are also separate input jacks and independent circuitry for MC and MM cartridges, allowing it to accommodate two turntables. Switching between MM and MC input jacks is handily done from the unit's front panel. Additionally, there is a continuously variable load adjustment for moving coil cartridges around the back.

Parasound Zphono XRM

The Stereo/Mono switch combines L and R channels so you can optimise the sound quality of mono LPs as well as reducing background noise on worn or poorly stamped pressings. This useful feature is rarely found on even high priced phono preamps, much less at the Zphono XRM's price point.

Another significant feature is the Rumble Filter switch. Flicking this on selects a steep 18 dB per octave high-pass filter that cleans up the low end by preventing feedback from mechanically transmitted vibrations.

Richard Schram, Parasound's president and founder, told StereoNET:

Our current Zphono is the ideal product for entry-level vinyl lovers. We've noticed the fast-growing popularity of more expensive turntables and increasingly high-performance MM and MC cartridges. With the Zphono XRM's adjustable load impedance knob (rather than DIP switches) MC cartridge users can easily make on-the-fly adjustments to achieve the best sound. With its rumble filter and mono-stereo switch, the Zphono XRM provides even more control to the increasingly serious vinyl lover.

The Zphono XRM is fitted with gold-plated single-ended RCA output jacks and balanced gold-plated XLR outputs with a high common mode rejection ratio (CMRR) to reject external sources of noise. You also get an internal linear high-capacity/low-noise power supply.

Parasound Zphono XRM

Like other Parasound Z models, the Zphono XRM uses the company's compact 1U high x 8-1/2 inch wide chassis.

The Parasound Zphono XRM will be available in the US by the end of December 2018 with a suggested retail price of $599 (not including taxes). We have reached out for UK details.

For more information, go to Parasound.


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