I suggest that it might be exactly what you need. (Still have JBL L100s though). This is what I usually do. The Parasound's output impedance was a very low 0.067 ohm at 20Hz and 1kHz, increasing slightly to 0.085 ohm at 20kHz. Parasound's Halo JC5 conforms to some of these stereotypes, but there's more to it than just slam There's nothing terribly unusual about a big, hefty US-made power amp: after all, it's almost an archetype of what we think the US high-end is all about. Add Parasound Jc5 to NAD M32? Any opinions about whether adding the JC 5 would be worth it? Few months back I got a pair of Klipsch Rf 7III which are rated as 100DB sensitive. Even when connected to my new Denon X6700h 2020 AVR, the sound was very pleasing for 2 channel music. But Rf7III thrilled me with its dynamics. I simply go by what I hear/prefer regardless of manufacturer. The bass and low midrange were especially affected. Thanks for the input. Or would it? Released as a cut-down version of the more expensive JC3+, Paul Rigby reviews the Parasound JC3 Jr phono amplifier A few years back, I reviewed Parasoundâs JC3+ phono amplifier, a dual mono design that was noted for its particular internal layout. Obviously, there are a lot of pieces to consider; but I'l focus on the amp/pre-amp selection. B-Stock items are gently used Pre/Power Amplifiers Parasound Halo JC5 power amplifier Lab Report Although the JC5 is a 'power amplifier', its two gain controls and RCA line outputs also allow the signal to be intercepted between the 'high voltage' J-FET input stage and the MOSFET/bipolar output stage proper. I am not looking for a warm sound or lean sound. It's really interesting the responses you get back when asking questions like this. This is an amp that won the "Best of the Year" award from The Absolute Sound! Sorry for the long message - hope some of you guys with more experience can provide some guidance. It is acknowledged as the benchmark for amplifier performance and value. They too had suggested I consider upgrading the preamp but didn't suggest a brand. The Parasound Halo JC 1 monoblock was designed by John Curl and since then has garnered an amazing amount of popularity and notoriety as a benchmark for amplifier performance and value. Is this preamp musically engaging? Parasound's new $2995 JC3+ is a significantly upgraded version of the already high performance original JC3 phono preamplifier, though outwardly it looks identical to the handsome original. "Doing so has proved that extremely high performance-per-dollar is still possible today when a company leverages decades of experience, and is spearheaded by a legend." "The new JC 5 is a remarkable amplifier that creates a new sweet spot in our Halo product family," said Richard Schram, the president and founder of Parasound. Not sure how to describe it but the sound was fuller, more "muscular", and richer. Parasoundâs Halo JC 5 distills the essence of two Halo JC 1 monoblocks into a single-chassis stereo amp with outstanding sound quality, power, and value. Before this , I had a pair of Infinity Kappa 600, which was more on the brighter side. I am 96% certain that you will be thrilled with the way it sounds. I can't find a dealer nearby so that I can listen to that pairing yet. Parasound was founded in 1981 by Richard Schram, and the company has been offering audio products under their own name as well as for OEM sales since then. In the interests of transparency readers should know that the $2999 Parasound JC 3+ has been my reference phonostage since I reviewed it in Issue 245. I was also looking at PS Audio because I watch Paul McGowan's videos a lot also. One of my friends said it was like Diana Krall was singing in the room. Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo/Mono Amplifier Price: $5995 USD. The JC2 is replaced with JC2 BP. Before this , I had a pair of Infinity Kappa 600, which was more on the brighter side. I mostly stream jazz and R&B using Tidal. Additionally, Parasound's A21 just won aâ¦ You know, the amplifiers that remained on Stereophileâ¦ I didn't get the amp and bring it home - I don't really have room (or strength) to be hooking in the JC5 and lugging it back if I don't like it. Is it a waste of the NAD M32, which I think is a nice piece of equipment. Putting a new system together. Parasound has nothing to hide here as these are real numbers supported by A21+'s capability of delivering 60 amperes of current per channel, the ability to deliver this power through the amplifier's full band-width, and a low <0.1% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) when driving the full audio band (20Hz - 20kHz) at rated power. ( probably all my listening should be done with class A ) Please let me know, thanks. Well, I bit the bullet. My current system consists of an NAD M32 with a BluOS2 card. One of the best system I've heard had Gryphon amplifiers and the other had Absolare mono-amps. But Rf7III thrilled me with its dynamics. One way is to get the dealer to loan it to you for a week or at least 2 days. I also kept around my old Snell E.5 MK2 towers that I have hooked in with an AB switch to the NAD. He argues that separate components will always sound better (I think I am being fair to say that). The Positive Feedback review claimed it sometimes sounds a bit sweet. Then the dealer deviously broke my heart. I want to try something new in my system for a week or two before buying. According to Parasoundâs Richard Schram, the original JC3âs design began as a phono preamp retrofit for the JC2 line stage with separate small circuit boards for each channel. Thanks for a great review, John - I thoroughly enjoyed reading your write up. JC 3+ Phono Preamplifier This is a review and detailed measurements of the Parasound JC2 Preamp. I have been reading about monoblocks and watching quite a few of the videos done by Paul McGowan of PS Audio. He had an NAD amp (not my exact one but close enough) and the JC5 with the PSB T3's in his listening room. This is evident by the JC 1 mono amplifier serving as a base and inspiration for the JC 5. Parasound has announced a new flagship stereo power amp, the Halo JC5. Parasound Products, Inc. 2250 McKinnon Avenue San Francisco, CA 94124 Phone: (415) 397-7100 Fax: (415) 397-0144. I exchanged emails with the guys at Upscale Audio in LA because I watch a lot of their videos on Youtube. The Parasound Halo JC 1 monoblock was designed by John Curl and introduced 16 years ago to instant international acclaim. I suggest that you buy the Vincent amp and try it. B-Stock gives audiophile enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase Parasound products at a discounted price. The design features a high power and ultra-high bias Class A/AB topography capable of delivering 400 watts per channel. Mint condition Parasound JC5 Stereo Amplifier in Black finish. I can hear your mind voices here, saying " you don't need much power for these speakers" I agree, but I was more curious to enjoy the 7 w of class A power from the the 21+. Why did Parasound discontinue the Halo JC-1 monoblocks? I had several friends along and we all agreed it made a noticeable difference. But you have to buy a separate preamp and DAC from what I can tell. I had to get rid of the A21+ because I had an old Parasound 1205 5 channel amp and I was not able to find much of difference between the A21+ and 1205, the difference was very marginal when did the AB comparison . Another person told me he was concerned the JC5 could be "too bright", which is kind of the opposite of improving bass presence. That person recommended I consider Anthem or Bel Canto amplifiers. The new Denon comes with a special Pre-Amp mode, where you can switch of the power amp board in the receiver when using an external amplifier which helps to reduce the over all signal noise. That mono amp was awarded by Stereophile as Power Amplifier of the Year in 2003 and has honored it as a âClass A Recommended Componentâ twice a year for fifteen years. Speakers are PSB T3 Imagine Towers (love these) and.a Rega P3 that I have upgraded with the GrooveTracer platter and TT PSU and belt so that it is basically a P6. Greetings, I'm new after a 40-year break from hi-fi in the 70s. So the local dealer set up a demo for me. Parasound and, I believe, Ayre Acoustics have invested heavily to secure an ample stock of these no-longer-manufactured, low-noise J-FETs. ary2003Stereophile (Vol.26No.2).And Iâd had enormous respect for the Halo JC 1âs designer, John Curl, ever since the early 1990s, when Iâd used and enjoyed one of his Vendetta SCP-2 phono preamplifiers. "Parasound has chosen to take a staple core product that has remained an exceptional value for over fifteen years, the Halo A21 amplifier, and re-spin it into the Halo A21+," reports Michael Zisserson at positive-feedback.com. He had a Mytek pre-amp (I am assuming the Manhattan II) that he hooked in to replace the NAD entirely. My current system consists of an NAD M32 with a BluOS2 card. to some owners; Very high value for the money. When I returned the first JC5 I told Parasound that I hated them because they had made my already very nice system sound pale and lifeless by comparison to the JC5. I think that the JC5 would be an improvement, but there are other options you might consider that would sound better, and possibly for less money. I was wondering if anyone had an opinion about the Manhattan II. The Mytek added a bit more definition and clarity. I'm not negative towards Parasound. This is one heavy preamplifier which weighs as much as some power amps! I have had a few Parasound products over the years and currently own a P6 paired with a JC 5 power amp. So when Para - sound prexy Richard Schram e-mailed me, after last yearâs Home Entertain - ment Show, to ask if he could drop It is the Schitt Freya preamp. Some have said the JC5 would improve "bass presence and control". There is an amazing preamp that compares in sound quality and features with those costing $3000 and up, but sells for only $699! Warranty: Five years parts and labor. Given how infrequently I will listen to vinyl, I am done with upgrading the Rega. My Gear- Mains System-Pass X250 amp, BAT VK-51se preamp, Luxman DA-06 DAC, Magnepan 1.6's, Thorens TD-145 TT, Dual Martin Logan Subs, Vintage Luxman T-110 Tuner, Other systems- Parasound A21 amp,Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid tube DAC and Preamp, Magnepan MMG's, Monitor Audio S1's, PSB B6's, Def Tech Pro Monitor 1000's, Velodyne sub, Adcom GFR-700 AVR, â¦ Few months back I got a pair of Klipsch Rf 7III which are rated as 100DB sensitive. I tried paring these majestic speakers with a Parasound A21+ for a couple of months ( Source is my Denon ).. Came to market to compete and better the original JC1 monos (stereophile class A rated for longest time) performance in 1 box. The Krell Dou 125 ibias amplifier is a better amplifier, and it sells for $5500. I don't have the bucks to do that now and I think using the NAD M32 with the JC5 sounds just fine (I ended up buying the JC5 demo for a grand off the retail price and setting it up at home. It cost US $4,000 when it first came out (2009). Along those lines, build quality is Parasoundâs very foundation. I have to say, this also made a difference but at the higher end. But the question here is, for my speakers will JC5 make a difference when compared to A21 + ? I am relatively new to this era of audio, but I find myself drawn to monoblock amps. The latter is the best power amp I have ever owned and paired with â¦ Parasound JC 5 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed Myron Ho says that the Parasound JC5, like its big brother the original JC 1 is a stunning performer with great musicality and none of â¦ There was shielding here and isolation there while large power-supply filter capacitors were added to reduce strain on the amplifier. Now thereâs an endorsement. While the JC 1 driver was a single-stage circuit, for the JC 1+, John Curl designed a two-stage, cascode driver that would have some of the favorable attributes of vacuum tubes. Yeah, you have to pay for the shipping, but it is worth it to me to make sure before I buy for good. The design is â¦ Another one, which I highly recommend, is the Vincent SP332 amplifier, which is superb and sells for the low price of $2399 (less at Audio Advisor). I liked all that. Within a particular price range I think Parasound is great. Need an educated opinion on this since it would be hard to find a place that could duplicate my system so I could have a listen. Would the sound improvement be noticeable or minor? 80% of the time I keep it; occasionally I ship it back for a refund. Even when connected to my new Denon X6700h 2020 AVR, the sound was very pleasing for 2 channel music. A local dealer didn't have a strong opinion but suggested I somehow haul my amp and speakers into their shop to test different configurations (last thing I want to do is haul the T3s around town). In 2003, Stereophile awarded it 'Amplifier of the Year' and has honored it as a 'Class A Recommended Component' twice a year for fifteen years - far longer than any other audio component. 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