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PARASOUND HALO SALE, 5 YEAR WARRANTY
JC1 AMPS, 400-1200W/ch, silver demo, STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND PRODUCT of the YEAR, STEREOPHILE A RATED, in same CLASS as $120,000 amps; list $9000, now $7198/pair. The 2021 JC1 is only 50w/ch more, plus costs $17,000/pair, over twice as much.
CLASSIC 2100 PREAMP, phono preamp, remote control, sub outs w/xover; black, 3 year warranty, was $700, demo $598
PREAMPS with remote control: P3 stereo Halo w/phono stage, P/SP1500. 1500 DAC.
For over 35 years, Parasound has been world-famous for making affordable, high end electronics. STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND give Parasound more recommendations, than any other solid-state amp. Parasound has won STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND PRODUCT of the YEAR awards.
"Parasounds look and sound expensive, but sell for much less than they should on the substantial legend of audio engineer John Curl, designer of influential classics [Mark Levinson, Grateful Dead electronics, etc.]" STEREOPHILE
New PARASOUND Classic INTEGRATED AMP $1195
384k DAC: USB, RCA & Optical; DSD input
PHONO Input: MM/MC [100 or 47k ohms] SUBWOOFER / SATELLITE OUTPUT: Adjust. Crossover, 20-140hz;
HOME THEATER BYPASS
Line inputs: 5 RCA, one XLR;
Bass & Treble controls
Outputs: XLR balanced & RCA
POWER AMP FEATURES: 110W/ch, 8 ohms
110W/ch, 4 ohms
Toroidal power transformer
Dual mono power supply
Parasound has long been recognized for world-class sound, exceptional durability plus great value. U.S. and European audio reviewers praise Parasound for exceptional sound. STEREOPHILE rates Parasound in the same class as amps for 8 times as much. STEREOPHILE and ABSOLUTE SOUND writers own Parasound amps and use them as their reference amps.
PARASOUND P6 PREAMP
STEREOPHILE highly recommended!
$1595 Remote Control
DAC: USB, RCA & Optical PHONO Input: MM/MC [100 or 47k ohms] SUBWOOFER / SATELLITE OUTPUT: Adjustable Crossover, 20-140hz; HOME THEATER BYPASS
Line inputs: 6 RCA, one XLR bass & treble controls
Outputs: XLR balanced & RCA
P6's features and sound are far above anything anywhere near its price. Most preamps for several times its price don't include Parasound's DAC, home theater bypass, adjustable subwoofer crossover or 5 year warranty. All Parasound Halo amps are designed by John Curl, "an audio design genius, arguably greatest of our generation. He designed and built electronics for Mobile Fidelity's Super Master and David Wilson's Ultramaster tape recorders, two of the three 's best analog recorders, plus Levinson's JC1 and JC2 preamp." STEREOPHILE
John Curl designed electronics for the Grateful Dead over 30 years ago. Parasound's best power amp, JC1; best line-stage preamp, JC2; best phono preamp, JC3, all bear his initials. All Halos have a 5 year parts/labor warranty. Many more expensive competing amps only have a 3 year warranty. Classic models have a 3 year parts/labor warranty; Z series, 2 years. Halo amps are available with black or silver fronts. At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Gold Sound, with Richard Schram, Parasound's president, presented a Halo system. STEREOPHILE's blog said, "with Parasound's universally praised Halo JC1 amps, this system delivered great highs, ear-opening depth and 3-dimensionality and excellent mids. With volume turned way up, there wasn't a hint of strain. Sound was sensational enough to live for."
In STEREOPHILE, Richard Schram, said, "Building cost-no-object audio doesn't interest me, but high performance/high value audio is an exciting challenge. My work feels like a hobby." People love Parasound's sound quality, detail, and super-quiet, natural imaging. Every Parasound has superb construction, plus audiophile quality at an affordable price. The power transformer is an amp's most expensive & most important electronic part and determines the amp's output and bass. Parasound's oversize torroid transformers are unique. The finest amps for many thousands of dollars use torroids, since they sound better and are quieter. Most amps and receivers have noisy standard transformers that can be heard humming across a room, even without speakers connected. Standard transformers have metal plates that vibrate 60 times a second. Torroids are shielded, more efficient and don't have the buzzing metal plates in most transformers.
"Gold Sound debuted Parasound's Halo JC3 MC/MM phono preamp with XLR and RCA outputs. Parasound's Richard Schramm and legendary designer John Curl were on hand." STEREOPHILE
PARASOUND on display:
A23+ stereo power amp, 160-240W/ch
JC1* Power amps, 400- 1200W/ch
JC3jr* Phono preamp
P6* Stereo preamp with built-in DAC
Stereo Integrated Amp with built-in DAC
2100 Stereo preamp
2125 stereo power amp, 125-200W/ch
PARASOUND Z - Only 9.5" wide!
Z Phono USB phono preamp*
Z Phono preamp*
Z Power amp
Z DAC, digital to analog converter*
Z Speaker selector switch
*These are highly recommended by STEREOPHILE &/or ABSOLUTE SOUND
PARASOUND, the Choice of the Pros
MOVIE STUDIOS & DIRECTORS
LUCASFILM acknowledged the role that Parasound amps played in the sound production for STAR WARS EPISODES I, II & III by giving Parasound screen credits for all three movies. This honor is unique among audio companies.
20th CENTURY FOX
SOUND DESIGN & RECORDING
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
LESLIE ANN JONES
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS has made over 60 recordings while conducting these orchestras: Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia Jazz Band, English Chamber., Hungarian State, London Sinfonietta, London Symph., Los Angeles, New World Brass, New World Symph., St. Luke's, Philharmonia, Royal Concertgebouw [Holland], San Francisco and Utah.
MARY J. BILGE
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR THEATER SYSTEM
Most home theater receivers power ratings melt away like a snow man in the hot sun. HOME THEATER tested a $600 Denon receiver rated at 125W/ch. With all channels running, tested power is under 53 watts/ch. You can easily fix this problem. If your receiver has preamp outputs, hooking up a good power amp makes your system come alive. Beyond getting a larger quantity of watts, you'll get far better quality of watts. Power amps have robust power supplies for richer and deeper bass and imaging that you can touch and feel. HOME THEATER compared a $5200 Denon & $7000 Lexicon receiver with a $2000 power amp which "easily won in all departments, especially treble transient clarity, transparency & resolution with an airy, open and extended yet sweet top end far superior to Denon, which was closed in & opaque. The amp produced complete sonic satisfaction at any volume + combined delicacy, detail, transparency and velvety overall sheen. Bass more supple, subtle, better textured & less mechanical than the Denon. I doubt any receiver at any price can match the amp's sonic performance."
The Parasound A23+ stereo amp, 160W, 8 ohm; 260W/ch, 4 ohm, $1595, improves receivers' sound.
"In addition to 24-bit/192k USB/DAC, includes optical + coax digital inputs, front-panel headphone jack [32-600 ohms via high current Class A op-amp] & RCA & XLR outputs. Immaculate soundstage with velvety, black backgrounds devoid of electronic hash or noise. This is one for the long haul." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
PARASOUND Classic Amp Reviews
2100, $695, Stereo Preamp, "I don't know of another preamp with all these features: Sub out with variable crossover; Phono input, switchable to moving magnet, coil or line; Remote control; Tone controls; Front panel MP3 input. Sound is clean, transparent & airy; highs, tight & controlled bass. Distortion so low we couldn't measured it." ENJOY THE MUSIC .COM
"High-end stereo preamp with unique capabilities for integration into home theater systems & custom installs."
EXCITE AWARD, CUSTOM RETAILER
POWER AMPS REVIEWS
JC1 Power Amp $9000/pr, 400W, 8 ohm; 800W, 4 ohm; 1200W, 2 ohm, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, A RATED;
"Powerful, refined, smooth, dynamic, transparent; rated 400W, does 586W." PRODUCT of the YEAR; in SAME CLASS as $55,000 AMPS. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"Build & sound quality of JC1 amps, my reference amps, is first rate. If they were U.S. made, they'd cost a lot more. $30,000 for Halcros? I'll take Parasounds. I heard both & I did." STEREOPHILE
"I [Sam Tellig] own a pair of JC1 amps. They're a steal. I've used JC1's with 24 different speakers and never ran out of power. In a large room, especially with high ceilings and open space, you need more power." STEREOPHILE
"A revelation; impressively coherent; transparent & detailed soundstage." STEREOPHILE
"Effortlessly powerful, silky smooth, crystal clear abundantly detailed." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
HOME THEATER, highly recommended;
Tested Power: 8 ohm, 499W, .1% dist; 582W, 1% dist.; 4 ohm, 609W, .1% dist; 836W, 1% dist.
"JC1 bass is far better than I'd ever heard before. Imaging and soundstage are staggering. Instrument placement had a more realistic feel. On Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," crisp highs & Stevie Nicks liquid vocals never sounded so good. I no longer felt the need to use a sub. Parasound amps get my complete standing ovation. JC1 left my jaw on the floor. A51 proved to be a superb complement with music and movies. They made a true believer out of me. It's rare any amp has such a profound effect. JC1 / A51 combo has found a permanent home in my reference system. I can't give a higher recommendation."
PARASOUND HALO PREAMP REVIEWS
JC3+ Phono preamp , $2850, GOLDEN EAR AWARD, ABSOLUTE SOUND - Only other phono preamp chosen was $19,000! "Built by Parasound, designed with insight and inspiration of the legendary John Curl, JC3 can embarass much pricier phono stages. With fully isolated dual-mono layout in its full-sized chassis, each channel has its own extruded aluminum vault. Backgrounds are eerily quiet; instrumental timbres rich; channel separation exquisite. There's a sweet kiss of romance through mids & uncanny ability to extract & define acoustic space. Capable of handling all but the lowest of the low output moving coils, JC3 truly is affordable exemplar of Curl's passion." ABSOLUTE SOUND
Parasound Halo Amp REVIEWS
A23 "A winner! Sexy in appearance, easy to use; sounds solid & satisfying. Showpieces in your living room, earn them easy spousal approval." GOOD SOUND.COM
Parasound Halo AV Amp Reviews
A51 Surround sound power amp, 250W, 8 ohm; 400W, 4 ohm x 5 channels, $4795 "My reference amp is Parasound A51. I bought it after wanting it over 10 years." SOUND & VISION
EDITOR'S CHOICE "Powerful power amp with impressive sound. Excellent value." HI-FI CHOICE, AWARDS
HOME THEATER, highly recommended; tested power: 8 ohm, 301W, .1% dist; 330W, 1% dist; 4 ohm, 357W, .1% dist; 423W, 1% dist. This issue has a test of a $6000 McIntosh MC8207 amp, with the same power as a $8500 MC207 amp. Parasound A51 is $1500 - 4000 less, has 40% more 8 ohm power, has higher value & is the amp the reviewer bought.
"Parasound gets my complete standing ovation. JC1 left my jaw on the floor. A51 is superb with music & movies. They made a true believer out of me. It's rare that any amp has such a profound effect. JC1 / A51 combo is now my permanent reference system. I can't give a higher recommendation."
A31$3295, 3 channel power amp "A31, rated 250W/ch, 8 ohms; 400W/ch, 4 ohms, all 3 channels driven 20Hz-20k. Remarkable midrange + bass. Bass was firm & extended & never lacked for power & weight. A31 is slightly less powerful than $10,000 McIntosh MC303 into 8 ohms & more powerful into 4 ohms. Mac's treble was recessed." STEREOPHILE
ALL PARTS and LABOR
PARASOUND Z, 2 years
PARASOUND Classic, 3 years
PARASOUND Halo, 5 years
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