Tuesday Sep 17

Parasound's Zcd

Parasound's compact and high quality Z Custom components fit small spaces and, by doing so, fill big needs. The official word on the new zCD appears below. Click here for my take on it.

SAN FRANCISCO (March 14, 2012) - Parasound has added the Zcd Compact Disc Player to its popular Z Custom line of half-width (9.5 inches) rack-mountable components. While small in size, the Zcd has a high-performance digital-to-analog converter and a fully independent power supply for the analog circuits.

The Zcd plays conventional Compact Discs as well as MP3 files burned on a CD-R and includes a USB input for MP3 files on a flash drive as well as analog 3.5 mm stereo input jack for portable players or other line-level sources.

With its built-in preamplifier functions and included remote control, the Zcd can be teamed with a basic stereo power amplifier (like Parasound's matching Zamp and a pair of speakers or a pair of powered speakers to make a compact, high-performance audio system.

The Zcd has fixed and variable line outputs as well as coaxial and optical digital audio outputs. The source selection, track and MP3 file selection, and variable outputs are all operated via the supplied remote control. The Zcd volume adjustments are controlled by an independent analog volume control IC, not digitally inside the DAC.

The Parasound Zcd is now available with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $400.