Parasound HALO JC5 Reference Stereo Power Amplifier by John Curl
This is probably the most significant new product line in our store ever! After an absence of 10 years in Canada, Parasound is BACK in Canada. For a couple of years now, Pat has been badgering Parasound to bring their products back to Canada and has been instrumental in getting Parasound back to our market. Why is Pat so excited? The Parasound HALO JC5 Reference Stereo Power Amplifier is a truly Reference Quality Stereo Power Amplifier. The Parasound HALO JC5 Reference Stereo Power Amplifier is designed by John Curl, the person who designed the first High-End Mark Levinson JC preamps which Pat sold in 1974. Since then, John Curl with Walter Jung, had built a tremendous data base on what and how each manufacturers’ electronic component sounds like. From by-pass caps to resistors to power supply capacitors, the widest spectrum of electronic components were carefully listened to and tested. These hand-picked components is what is found inside the Parasound HALO JC5 Reference Stereo Power Amplifier. Some of them are the Dual-Mono Input Stages with + or – 110 Volts DC rails, 24 Beta-Matched 15 Ampere, 60 Mhz Bipolar Output Devices, 8,880uF Nichicon Gold Tune Filter Capacitors for input stages, 132,000uF Rubycon Filter Capacitors for Output Stages, Harris Hyper-Fast Soft-Recovery Bridge Diode Rectifiers, etc. This Parasound HALO JC5 Reference Stereo Power Amplifier puts out 400 watts x 2 @ 8 Ohms, 1200 watts Bridged Mode @8 ohms. It is Stable to drive speaker loads down to 1.5 ohms. This is one power amplifier that the DIY audiophiles will not be able to modify to be better sound, why? Because John Curl wrote the book on parts selection, circuit layout, power supply designs in ultra High-End Audiophiles electronics. I have not found an equal at any price up to $130,000, and yet this Parasound HALO JC5 Reference Stereo Power Amplifier only sells for $8,500. Wow, talk about High End Audio Value, this HALO JC5 Reference Stereo Power Amplifier will surely go down in history as the STEAL of the century for High End Audio. Hurry, before this Reference Power Amplifier goes up in price.
Review from Audio Bacon by Siao Jer comparisons to the McIntosh MC452, “The JC5 is superior in its instrumentation and vocal outlines and has more dimension and air… The JC5 is much quicker, more insightful, has a tighter bass, and breathes further into the room. It has a wider and deeper soundstage… The JC5 does a better job layering out the soundstage and separating out the performers… The HALO JC5 is a great sounding amplifier, period… The HALO JC5 stereo amplifier not only excels in the technical qualities of great sound, it does so with sheer ease and tenacity. In addition to the outstanding build quality and amazing customer service Parasound provides, this top-tier amplifier deserves serious consideration for any reference Hi-Fi system.”
Shipping weight: 90 lbs.