240 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω, Power Output - Both channels driven ", AV Forums (UK) March 2016 1 V at Bypass/Amp In for 28 V at Speaker Out In short, just right. Speaking of Listening How can any audio component not have a personality? An enthusiastic nomination for EAN's ", Hi Res Audio Central November 2015 ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M "The bottom line—my absolute favorite thing about the Parasound Halo is its no-nonsense approach of simplicity combined with feature-rich tools when you are ready to push the limits of what the Halo Integrated has to offer. It shows me how my thoughts, feelings, and poetic imagination fit in with yours, Keith Jarrett's, and everyone else's. Moving-Coil Phono Stage "Let me say it without a blush: I absolutely loved this piece of gear. ", Home Theater Review Best of 2015 ", Stereo+ (Norway) November 2015 DSD over PCM (DoP) at 384 kHz ", Enjoy the Music.com's Blue Note Award 2016, Stereo Times May 2016 Parasound calls the Halo Integrated … Positive Feedback June 2019 "San Francisco-based Parasound continues to recalibrate accepted … Almost perversely, JGH's definition of accuracy requires 100% speculation on the part of the critical listener. Because, with certain extravivid recordings, I perceived the Halo as tracking the input signal pretty close to the feeling of master tape. No surprise then that I consider the Halo to be outstanding value for money. Total Amp Stage Gain: 28 dB, Phono Stage Sensitivity / Input Impedance Height, with feet: 5-7/8" (150 mm) Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 Channel Amplifier It's cutting-edge DAC decodes 384kHz PCM and DSD using the latest ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC. "Parasound Halo gear is reliable, well made, superbly engineered and can't be beat for value. I read John Marks's excellent column in the August 2015 issue, in which he addressed the question "Should a loudspeaker have a personality?" Parasound Halo Integrated integrated amplifier. The Parasound HINT 6 (Halo Integrated) is an integrated amplifier that combines digital and analogue inputs with a hefty amplification section. What little personality it had remained hidden, like a cat in the bushes—which made it easy to hear the sonic qualities of every associated component I used with it. "Parasound's Halo Integrated 2.1 channel integrated amplifier is a force to be reckoned with. Quality is checked both in Taiwan and the United States, which assures that the products maintain their reputation for quality in the 60 countries in which they are sold. I'd say Parasound has a winner on its hands here... especially for the price. But several said that neutral means "no personality." 12 dB per octave, Supported DAC Sampling Rates It has a raft of analog and digital inputs, built-in bass management, fully featured moving-magnet and moving-coil phono stages, a discrete headphone amplifier, and defeatable tone controls -- a feature set that, all by itself, makes Richard Schram's Hint unique among its peers. . Network Reviewers' Choice January 2016, HiFi Choice Editor's Choice (UK) December 2015, Latest generation ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M), Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit, USB input decodes Native DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DoP DSD, Coax and optical accept PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit, Analog bass management with high & low pass crossovers, Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration, Dedicated high current headphone amplifier (TI TPA6120), Phono for MM & MC with 100 Ω or 47k Ω load, Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage, Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs, 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs, Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from remote or front panel, Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks, Back-lit remote control with discrete buttons, 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star & EU specs, 160 Watts x 2 @ 8 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven), 240 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven), Power amp circuit topology designed by legendary John Curl, Direct amplifier input to bypass preamp section, Oversized shielded toroid power transformer, Dual-mono power supply and power amplifier, Matched JFET input stages and MOSFET driver stages, 12 high voltage/high current bipolar output transistors, Heavy-duty 24k gold-plated 5-way speaker binding posts, Over temp and short circuit relay protection. 180 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω ", When I asked to review the Halo, Schram was a little worried: "Herb, I thought you only liked integrated amplifiers that come stripped down, with features like DACs, phono stages, and headphone amps going Ö la carte." 110-125 VAC 60 Hz or 220-250 VAC 50 Hz "A company's track record is important—Parasound has been around since 1981 and has built a reputation on providing superior performance for the dollar. Parasound are a brand I’ve known of for many years mainly for their Pre and Power amplifier combinations, but never experienced first hand. That’s why we’ve had decades of purist amplifiers that have sported little more than source selection, a volume control, and a remote if you’re lucky. ", The Absolute Sound 2016 High-End Buyer's Guide VIA VT1731, 384 kHz / 32-bit, Headphone Amplifier ", What Hi-Fi? (During a recent solo performance at Carnegie Hall, Jarrett urged his fans to embrace his LP catalog: "I believe my work is best understood by listening to the LPs."). Like all Parasound Halo preamplifiers, the Integrated allows for a theater bypass if the unit is placed in a system beyond two-channels. Frustrated, and for the sake of this review, I was forced to speculate about the nature of accurate and neutral. When Parasound embarked on the Halo integrated amplifier project back in 2011 they had to re-think what a modern integrated amplifier should be. It has a raft of analog and digital inputs, built-in bass management, fully featured moving-magnet and moving-coil phono stages, a discrete headphone amplifier, and defeatable tone controls -- a feature set that, all by itself, makes Richard Schram’s Hint unique among its peers. Schram has also built Parasound on the substantial legend of audio engineer John Curl, designer of such enduringly influential classics as the Vendetta Research SCP-2 phono preamplifier. 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB, Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) The Parasound does an awful lot for the money but it gets the important thing right, it makes you want to listen to more music. The HINT should be on anyone's I kept playing discs and listening for a Parasound personality—an obvious sonic signature—but I couldn't hear one. I love balance knobs—I call them imaging controls—but why oh why does the Halo's balance control not appear on its blue-lit remote handset, so that I could fine-tune it while listening? That’s a good sign. (Is that a gauntlet I see lying on the floor?). In contrast to its MM stage's gentleness, the Halo Integrated's MC stage exhibited more punch and openness. Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 Channel Integrated Amplifier. "It's not often that such a fully-specified amplifier That original Haloone-box proved an extensive feature list and a great performance weren’t mutually exclusive, an… Works perfectly and have been using it … The Parasound HALO Integrated is actually going to sound a lot warmer. Digital in: - 106 dB, Amplifier Damping Factor Here is the power to breathe life into a party house with resolution and musicality in spades.     Input Impedance The Halo HINT 6, retailing for $2,995, is Parasound’s flagship integrated amplifier. Parasound product lines include its top-of-the-line Halo audio components, the NewClassic series, and compact Z-series gear, as well as speakers and accessories. "I believe that J. Gordon Holt would characterize the Parasound Halo Integrated as neutral and accurate. But! Since 1981, Richard Schram, founder and CEO of Parasound Products, Inc., has built the brand on making audio components that look and sound expensive, but sell for much less than it appears they should. "I suspect that many audiophiles who never anticipated wanting or needing an integrated amplifier may find, someday, that they do need a compact yet powerful one. Width: 17-1/4" (437 mm) "A highly accomplished piece of hi-fi equipment, the Parasound Halo offers a wealth of sonic options that should satisfy any determined audiophile. "The Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier is one of the really exciting amplifier purchases one can make for under 30,000 kroner. (0.9% THD, RMS, 20 Hz - 20 kHz) But when Parasound originally announced the new Halo Integrated amplifier, I immediately assumed that the company had simply soldered its excellent P 5 … Parasound’s amplifiers are well known and established products, which is of no surprise considering the legendary amplifier designer, John Curl, has been involved in the company’s amplifier product development since its early years. If you have 30,000 kroner to spend on an amp and compare it against others, its ingenious subwoofer output with high and low pass crossover filtering, in addition to its fairly lavish phono stage, should nudge you in the direction of the Parasound HINT. Stereophile's founder and prototypical audio sage, the late J. Gordon Holt, thoughtfully defined both in his "Sounds Like? 150 pF, High & Low Pass Crossover Slopes Balanced: 470 Ω per leg, Dimensions In theory, a Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 will produce more power than a P 5/A 23 combo, offer equivalent sound, and deliver more features over the P 5/A 23 for the additional $500 upcharge. There is no better DAC-integrated on the market for the price. ", New Record Day, August 2015 Next to the Input knob are the Sub Level and Balance controls. When you take a look at what Parasound is asking for this component, just $2495 in black or silver finish, you may well be as impressed as I am. Truth is, I like any integrated that plays music enjoyably. Like the previous HINT , which we reviewed three years ago, the HINT 6 has particular party piece in that it is unusually well specified for the business of operating with 2.1 speaker systems - something we’ll be covering in the review itself. His definition of neutral is easier. They can be switched out of the signal path when not needed, giving a slightly clearer sound. Don't waste your time trying to compare the features and ability the Parasound Halo Integrated can offer with another audio product. Setup and Ergonomics Installing the Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 in my upstairs system was easy. Despite being 35 years old the Halo Integrated or Hint is the first integrated amplifier that Parasound has made. < 0.01 %, average listening levels Positive Feedback Writer’s Choice Awards 2016, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, August 2016, SoundStage! Sound, Features, Build ★★★★★, Australian Hi-Fi (Australia)September/October 2016 Height, without feet: 5-1/4" (133 mm), 3U, Shipping Weight Highly recommended. The Parasound Halo 2.1 Integrated Amplifier with DAC is a fully featured integrated amplifier with an on-board DAC and much more. Standby: 0.5 watts "Superlative and affordable. I'm going to miss it around here. A well-engineered, well-performing product. In an online report posted in July 2014 by Jason Victor Serinus, one factory there "has been engaged in continuous production of Parasound products since 1982. DSD Native: DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256 If you are in the market for an integrated amplifier/DAC with AV sweetners then pay attention to Paul Rigby who gives the Parasound Halo a test Bit of an Swiss Army knife, is the Halo. Unique among its peers. Class A Recommended Component < 0.05 %, 160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω, Interchannel Crosstalk Parasound Halo HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier . (I'd begun to type soft, but gentle is more accurate.) Throughout my listening for this review, the Halo Integrated played with generous measures of that afore-defined neutrality. 45 amps peak per channel, Frequency Response But thanks to better technology and improved design, things are changing. “The Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier is one of the really exciting amplifier purchases one can make for under 30,000 kroner. Coax/Opt: up to 192 kHz / 24-bit PCM, Digital to Analog Converter According to Schram, "The Halo Integrated is the only amp on the market that provides a sub channel/out for the two-channel analog and the digital sources that are connected to it. I like having two turntables and sometimes two or three external computer/DAC/CD sources; gloriously, the Halo Integrated's rear panel has five line-level inputs (RCA). Jarrett's close-miked foot stomps and spontaneous vocal provocations had extremely natural tone through the Halo Integrated. ", Audioholics April 2015 This feature allows you to use the Halo Integrated for the front two speakers while letting your processor/receiver handle the remaining channels. MC: 52 dB / 47 k Ω or 100 Ω ", Please note that the HINT has been replaced by the. "If there was ever a product that personifies the modern integrated amplifier, this is it. It does a bit of this and a bit of that and, thus, will appeal to a lot of people. (20.4 kg), Power Requirement On the right is a small Input knob: As this is rotated, 11 tiny blue LEDs light up in sequence below a row of 11 minutely labeled input choices: Aux, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Phono, Opt, Coax, USB, Bypass. I never actually find Cage irritating, but with the Halo Integrated, this razor-sharp concerto startled me, and fastened my attention on a simple musical question: What could possibly happen next? Why? Some, agreeing with Goldilocks, thought it meant "just right." You get a switchable phono stage, a headphone output and even tone controls. I’ve been using the Parasound P 7 as my reference preamplifier for several years. I asked my Facebook friends what they thought is meant by a reviewer who describes a component's sound as "neutral." The only problem: Often, the stereo components that most enhance my experiences of devotion and identity are not those that I can sincerely declare to be the most accurate or neutral. ", SoundStage! The SCP-2 was a high-quality, high-gain, low-noise RIAA stage from the 1980s that probably spawned the oft-abused reviewer term: ink-black backgrounds. An Audio Glossary": accuracy The degree to which the output signal from a component or system is perceived as replicating the sonic qualities of its input signal. "A classy integrated amp with D/A. In his review in the November 2015 issue, Herb Reichert wrote that Parasound's Halo Integrated amplifier "has a recognizable sonic personality: easy flowing, mostly smooth, and decidedly mellow. 384 kHz / 32-bit, USB 2.0 Controller The Parasound does great music making everything sound effortless, dynamic and powerful. It is part of my search for identity and comfort. 270 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω, Current Capacity Highly Recommended", Positive Feedback December 2016 ", Positive Feedback Writer’s Choice Awards 2016 one do-it-all amp, there are few better alternatives." Parasound's effort to integrate the quality of separates into a single, functional, aesthetically-pleasing unit capable of providing high quality sound paid off in the Parasound Halo 2.1 Channel Integrated Amplifier. Like baking bread or watering my garden, playing records in my monk's cell is an expression of my devotion to living mindfully. ", Stereophile November 2015 MM: 35 dB / 47 k Ω Moving-Magnet Phono Stage Whether it's vinyl or the latest and greatest in digital audio, the Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier looks like it's equipped to handle just about anything you can throw at it. Both cartridges were fastidiously fine-tuned for correct vertical tracking angle (VTA) and stylus rake angle (SRA), but even so, the Halo's MM stage imparted a slightly hesitant, placid touch to all transients. . "The Halo Integrated transformed the sound of the .7s. ", Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, August 2016 And despite what the purists say, on occasion, for example when playing a poorly engineered recording, they can be useful. "Its performance blew me away, and its incredible bass-management capabilities make it stand apart in what is slowly but surely becoming a crowded integrated amplifier market. There are also an XLR input (when used, this replaces the fifth RCA input), and stereo line-level outputs and a subwoofer output—all balanced, all XLRs. Here is the power to breathe life into a party house with resolution and musicality in spades. Sound-wise the HINT is slightly full bodied, but it is neutral enough so the speakers are what determines the final sonic signature. © Parasound Products, Inc. All right reserved. "A serious contender for 'Best Integrated.' 30,000 this is the amplifier that currently reigns, and I have difficulty seeing any other integrated amps, or for that matter preamp and power amp combinations which can deliver the same capabilities and the same sound. In the price range under kr. A force to be reckoned with when it comes to high resolution digital audio. Also on the front panel, starting from the left, are: a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3.5mm Aux input for a portable MP3 player or mobile phone, and Bass and Treble controls and their defeat button. ", TheAbsoluteSound.com, October 2015 Total Preamp Stage Gain: 10 dB I thought, How can it not? In the world of hi-fi amplifiers, lots of features often means a compromised sonic performance. 2 = Positive ", Cnet, June 2015 Even if you don't need these, it is still a bargain. "The Parasound Halo [Integrated] is an excellent amplifier, but it's also an excellent phono stage, an excellent headphone amplifier, an excellent DAC and the inclusion of the electronic crossover circuit is a secret weapon that will improve the performance of any loudspeakers you own when you're also using a subwoofer. Uncompromising 'best sound for the dollar' value. Access - "In the Halo Integrated, Parasound has succeeded in creating the ultimate affordable DAC-integrated amplifier. by far the most musical. For $2495 it includes a powerful basic amplifier coupled to an excellent preamplifier that includes a built-in analog crossover as well as a DAC that supports all modern formats. The Parasound Halo Integrated provides an amazing value proposition. the Halo a fantastic value. The Halo Integrated is a no-brainer for anyone stepping into the realm of high-end stereo and digital audio. Unbalanced: 24 k Ω It concentrates on sound quality while including home theatre passthrough, subwoofer output, bass management, high resolution digital inputs, a decent phono input stage, quality headphone output and tone controls in a conservatively styled package. The HALO A23+ stereo power amplifier that is reviewed here is the updated version of the HALO A23 amplifier. All I can conclude from this definition is that, if I listen to the same recording through a number of different high-end systems, I might develop an imaginary construct of what was written on the disc. The labels are so small (2mm high) that I needed a flashlight and a jeweler's loupe to see which input I'd selected. Any integrated amp that can readily drive high-current loads while providing clear, clean, and spacious sound for under $2500 is a winner. The Halo's MM stage sounded quiet and gentle. After the original Halo Integrated Amplifier was introduced, it quickly became known as "HINT" in the Parasound community, and that name is now adopted in the new model as the HINT 6. Unbalanced: 100 Ω But don't worry it's not milquetoast mellow or unwashed-hippy-stoner mellow. > 800 at 20 Hz, Preamp Stage Input Sensitivity The Halo's USB, optical, and coaxial digital inputs are selectable from the front panel: That's a lot of inputs. "In the Halo Integrated, Parasound has succeeded in creating the ultimate affordable DAC-integrated amplifier. If you are a 2.1 user though, it needs to jump ", EnjoytheMusic.com, August 2015 ", Goodsound.com January 2016 3 = Negative (Return), Input Impedance Very good condition with one scratch on top of the front plate near the "P" (See attached images). Macrodynamics and inner detail dramatically increased. "For many audiophiles such mid-priced components will deliver a high enough level of sonic excellence to make for joyous listening for many years to come. I gulped. The Parasound Halo Integrated provides an amazing value proposition." Dynamics, especially microdynamics, were enjoyably natural; their well-scaled action made me feel closer than usual to Jarrett's disquieting art. Description DEALER AD: Parasound Halo A23+ Amplifier Combo, Open Box, Only $1899: Solid State Amplifiers: $1899.00: ON Dec 14, 2020: 12 : DEALER AD: Parasound Halo Hint 6 Integrated Amplifier - Open Box, Only $3499.00: Solid State Integrated Amplifiers: $3499.00: ON Dec 14, 2020: 13 the best implementation of what is needed to do 2.1 I love Jarrett's music, but I feel I have only begun to grasp the bigger picture of what he aspires to creatively. We say 'wow.' mellow personality. Parasound Halo JC2 BP Two Channel Preamplifier. The little fullness that's there is like magic washing over us, and we can sit and listen to music for hours. . likely to connect to it. (UK) October 2016 In the Halo Integrated, Parasound has succeeded in creating the ultimate affordable DAC-integrated amplifier. Put simply, the HINT is Max Output Balanced: 9 V, Power Amplifier Stage Sensitivity     Input Capacitance The Halo's phono stage has RCA inputs with gain that's switch-selectable for MM or MC, and with a choice of loading MC cartridges with 100 or 47k ohms. The Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier is a first rate, high-current amplifier. The Parasound Halo Integrated brings its ‘A’ game to the listening rooms of audio enthusiasts, and it keeps up with systems which cost a small fortune. The Halo Integrated, which measures 17.25" wide by 16.25" deep by 5.875" high and weighs 33 lbs, is the first new integrated amplifier from Parasound since 1986. Parasound products are built in Taiwan. Ron from https://www.newrecordday.com reviews the Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier! Idling power: 70 watts If that is the case, they may find that the Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 amplifier is the high-value solution. Legendary designer John Curl designed the critically acclaimed JC 1, JC 2, Halo Integrated, and other no-compromise Halo components. Max Output Unbalanced: 7 V "It is supremely powerful and unfazed by what you are But Parasound's new HINT 6 is an improved version of the acclaimed Halo Integrated Amplifier. With ruler-flat neutrality, top-to-bottom linearity, and a gorgeous midrange, it becomes peerless. Amplifier Product of the Year. [my emphases]. 45 lb. properly I've seen at almost any price and the result is 160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω USB: up to 384 kHz / 32-bit PCM We can’t remember the last time we reviewed a product such as this with bass and treble controls. Using Jasmine Audio's Turtle and Zu's Denon DL-103 MC cartridges, I played John Cage's Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra, with pianist Yuji Takahashi, and Lukas Foss conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic (LP, Nonesuch H-71202). Really dynamic recordings, like Antonio Sanchez' drums solos on the Birdman soundtrack amply demonstrated the Halo Integrated's muscle. played tunes and sang songs as if they mattered. ", The Ear Hi-Fi Music Gear (UK) July 2016 ", Lyd & Bild (Norway) September 2015 This was not to take away from But enjoyably, on the 1981 Munich concert included in Keith Jarrett's Concerts: Bregenz München (3 LPs, ECM-3-1227), the Parasound reproduced the pianist's vocalizations, as well as the applause and audience sounds, with an easy, intimate realism that I think all Jarrett enthusiasts would appreciate. 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