New owner of a P5, my first PS audio product. I’ve been admiring them from a distance and finally jumped in. Also admiring the new Stellar monoblocks, eagerly awaiting the word on those. Anyway for the time being I have some questions on optimizing my current setup consisting of:
Parasound A21 and A31 for my main 5 channels. A small Parasound zonemaster 450 for my ceiling speakers.
Pre/pro is. Marantz AV8802a. Sources include a Sony HAP Z1ES hi-Rez player and a Marantz ud5007 disc player.
I have the pre, 2 sources, A21 amp running thru the P5 and power draw rarely exceeds 40%. I had the A31 plugged in and it rarely went past 60% but went back to plugging it direct to the wall.
To the questions:
As far as optimal setup is my current configuration best, leaving lots of headroom? Any reason I should use the p5 only for low level gear with amps direct to the wall?
would it help or hurt to plug my cable box into the p5?
i have 4 free outlets, any detriment to use them for non-essential items, i.e. Ethernet switch, harmony hub, Apple TV etc.
last question, which power cord is ok for this unit, I’m leaning towards the AC5 because I’m concerned about the flexibility of anything thicker.
On on another note, I’m very pleased with this unit, it’s definitely taken a rough edge off and added a bit more bass control and dimensionality to the soundstage.
thanks in advance for your feedback.