Like all Parasound Halo preamplifiers, the Integrated allows for a theater bypass if the unit is placed in a system beyond two-channels. Uncompromising 'best sound for the dollar' value. DSD over PCM (DoP) at 384 kHz That original Haloone-box proved an extensive feature list and a great performance weren’t mutually exclusive, an… 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. 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? USB: up to 384 kHz / 32-bit PCM And that's what it's all about! Its class-A/AB output section, which provides 160Wpc into 8 ohms, is based on bipolar transistors, while its input and driver stages use JFETs and MOSFETs, respectively. 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. "In the Halo Integrated, Parasound has succeeded in creating the ultimate affordable DAC-integrated amplifier. I gulped. 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. 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. Parasound calls the Halo Integrated … 160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω 384 kHz / 32-bit, USB 2.0 Controller "Parasound's Halo Integrated 2.1 channel integrated amplifier is a force to be reckoned with. ", Goodsound.com January 2016 A force to be reckoned with when it comes to high resolution digital audio. the Parasound's musical incisiveness: The Halo This is a big box, spanning 437 x 413 x 150mm and weighing in at (bend those knees first) 15kg. Then I began playing some favorite recordings with Parasound's new Halo Integrated amplifier ($2495). 110-125 VAC 60 Hz or 220-250 VAC 50 Hz The Halo HINT 6, retailing for $2,995, is Parasound’s flagship integrated amplifier. Why? Description < 0.01 %, average listening levels Digital in: - 106 dB, Amplifier Damping Factor one do-it-all amp, there are few better alternatives." ", Enjoy the Music.com's Blue Note Award 2016, Stereo Times May 2016 With ruler-flat neutrality, top-to-bottom linearity, and a gorgeous midrange, it becomes peerless. I learned it from Goldilocks: not too warm, not too cool, not too bright or dull, nor too hard or soft, etc. Like the Halo P 5 2.1-channel D/A preamplifier, the Integrated has built-in, variable-frequency high- and low-pass crossovers, a home-theater bypass input for integration into a surround-sound system, and a front-panel level control for a subwoofer. If that is the case, they may find that the Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 amplifier is the high-value solution. ", HiFi Choice Editor's Choice (UK) December 2015 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 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. > 50 dB at 20 kHz The Parasound Halo 2.1 Integrated Amplifier with DAC is a fully featured integrated amplifier with an on-board DAC and much more. < 0.05 %, 160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω, Interchannel Crosstalk > 70 dB at 1 kHz, Signal to Noise Ratio - IHF A-weighted "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. played tunes and sang songs as if they mattered. © Parasound Products, Inc. All right reserved. Like baking bread or watering my garden, playing records in my monk's cell is an expression of my devotion to living mindfully. 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. Power Output - Both channels driven At this price it is perfect. "Let me say it without a blush: I absolutely loved this piece of gear. His definition of neutral is easier. When Parasound embarked on the Halo integrated amplifier project back in 2011 they had to re-think w.. £3,799.00. Really dynamic recordings, like Antonio Sanchez' drums solos on the Birdman soundtrack amply demonstrated the Halo Integrated's muscle. Speaking of Listening Total Amp Stage Gain: 28 dB, Phono Stage Sensitivity / Input Impedance "Pretty much anything you pump through the Halo Integrated's speaker outputs sounds downright sumptuous. "Parasound has succeeded in creating the ultimate affordable DAC-integrated amplifier. AC mains voltage is set on rear, Hifi Pig (UK) March 2018 The Halo's USB, optical, and coaxial digital inputs are selectable from the front panel: That's a lot of inputs. There's nothing not to like about this great value mid-price integrated.     Input Impedance Unbalanced: 24 k Ω 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. 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 asked my Facebook friends what they thought is meant by a reviewer who describes a component's sound as "neutral." It is part of my search for identity and comfort. Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 Channel Amplifier It's cutting-edge DAC decodes 384kHz PCM and DSD using the latest ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC. ", Stereophile April 2016 There is no better DAC-integrated on the market for the price. ", Positive Feedback Writer’s Choice Awards 2016 But thanks to better technology and improved design, things are changing. Network Reviewers' Choice January 2016 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. (0.9% THD, RMS, 20 Hz - 20 kHz) 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. Parasound are a brand I’ve known of for many years mainly for their Pre and Power amplifier combinations, but never experienced first hand. 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. I kept playing discs and listening for a Parasound personality—an obvious sonic signature—but I couldn't hear one. Parasound products are built in Taiwan. There is no better DAC-integrated on the market for $2495 or less. "Easy, intimate realism, great boogie factor and a long way further up that list. The labels are so small (2mm high) that I needed a flashlight and a jeweler's loupe to see which input I'd selected. Sound-wise the HINT is slightly full bodied, but it is neutral enough so the speakers are what determines the final sonic signature. Recommended Award Total Preamp Stage Gain: 10 dB (I'd begun to type soft, but gentle is more accurate.) MM: 35 dB / 47 k Ω Here is the power to breathe life into a party house with resolution and musicality in spades. Height, without feet: 5-1/4" (133 mm), 3U, Shipping Weight . Despite being 35 years old the Halo Integrated or Hint is the first integrated amplifier that Parasound has made. I thought, How can it not? 45 lb. "A classy integrated amp with D/A. 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. 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. (20.4 kg), Power Requirement I used it extensively with two combinations of turntable, tonearm, and cartridge: the Technics SL1200MK2, SME M2-9, and Soundsmith Carmen; and the Acoustic Signature Wow XL, TA-1000, and Ortofon 2M Black. In the world of hi-fi amplifiers, lots of features often means a compromised sonic performance. ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M How can any audio component not have a personality? Positive Feedback Writer’s Choice Awards 2016, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, August 2016, SoundStage! The Ear Best Buy. "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. If, like the Halo, its standard equipment includes a moving-magnet/moving-coil phono stage, a discrete headphone amplifier, and a 32-bit ESS Sabre32 DAC chip, then please, Mr. Schram, make it better than what I can afford to add on my own. Dynamics, especially microdynamics, were enjoyably natural; their well-scaled action made me feel closer than usual to Jarrett's disquieting art. That’s a good sign. The Parasound HINT is just as good as everyone claims it is and it deserves an audition. 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. Setup and Ergonomics Installing the Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 in my upstairs system was easy. 1 V at Bypass/Amp In for 28 V at Speaker Out Available in black with gold accents or silver, the HINT 6 is aimed at those who want the simplicity of having one piece of equipment versus two or more separate components, it also eliminates the need for additional power and interconnect … Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 Channel Integrated Amplifier. "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. And despite what the purists say, on occasion, for example when playing a poorly engineered recording, they can be useful. 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. the Halo a fantastic value. Positive Feedback June 2019 "San Francisco-based Parasound continues to recalibrate accepted … Idling power: 70 watts Quality parts, design make by far the most musical. 3 = Negative (Return), Input Impedance 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. Unbalanced: 100 Ω "It is supremely powerful and unfazed by what you are DSD Native: DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256 the best implementation of what is needed to do 2.1 Almost perversely, JGH's definition of accuracy requires 100% speculation on the part of the critical listener. 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. Surprisingly, many of them said, "boring or dull." Works perfectly and have been using it … Coax/Opt: up to 192 kHz / 24-bit PCM, Digital to Analog Converter . The Parasound Halo Integrated provides an amazing value proposition. It shows me how my thoughts, feelings, and poetic imagination fit in with yours, Keith Jarrett's, and everyone else's. Even if you don't need these, it is still a bargain. still delivers top-class sound quality. Next to the Input knob are the Sub Level and Balance controls. "This Parasound isn't your traditional integrated amplifier. But when Parasound originally announced the new Halo Integrated amplifier, I immediately assumed that the company had simply soldered its excellent P 5 … Sound, Features, Build ★★★★★, Australian Hi-Fi (Australia)September/October 2016 The Parasound does great music making everything sound effortless, dynamic and powerful. The Parasound HALO Integrated is actually going to sound a lot warmer. ", Lyd & Bild (Norway) September 2015 180 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω Everything Audio Network November 2016 "The Parasound HINT is capable of addictive musicality when you find a good speaker match. An accurate device reproduces what is on the recording, which may or may not be an accurate representation of the original sound. Balanced: 100 k Ω per leg, Output Impedance Moving-Coil Phono Stage Put simply, the HINT is 1 = Ground (Shield) ", 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." Depth: 16-1/4" (413 mm) Standby: 0.5 watts Highly Recommended", Positive Feedback December 2016 They can be switched out of the signal path when not needed, giving a slightly clearer sound. > 800 at 20 Hz, Preamp Stage Input Sensitivity The Parasound Halo Integrated provides an amazing value proposition." A well-engineered, well-performing product. It hits on so many touchpoints of convenience, flexibility, usability, and musicality that it's hard to not develop an immediate crush. "If there was ever a product that personifies the modern integrated amplifier, this is it. Add to Compare. . ", The Audiophile Man (UK) April 2017 Hands-on with the HINT 6, Parasounds full-feature integrated amplifier. 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. ", SoundStage! The HALO A23+ stereo power amplifier that is reviewed here is the updated version of the HALO A23 amplifier. "I believe that J. Gordon Holt would characterize the Parasound Halo Integrated as neutral and accurate. 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. Width: 17-1/4" (437 mm) "A serious contender for 'Best Integrated.' "This is a great sounding amplifier! Stereophile's founder and prototypical audio sage, the late J. Gordon Holt, thoughtfully defined both in his "Sounds Like? ", New Record Day, August 2015 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. "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. 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. Output Impedance 10 ohms, XLR Pin Identification Yes, it will have more power and it will have great dynamics and slam, but will have very warm and rolled off highs (the high frequency resolution will not be nearly as good as the Primaluna). Unique among its peers. Some, agreeing with Goldilocks, thought it meant "just right." Moving-Magnet Phono Stage Parasound Halo Integrated integrated amplifier. ", TheAbsoluteSound.com, October 2015 [my emphases]. Throughout my listening for this review, the Halo Integrated played with generous measures of that afore-defined neutrality. ", The Ear Hi-Fi Music Gear (UK) July 2016 I love Jarrett's music, but I feel I have only begun to grasp the bigger picture of what he aspires to creatively. Max Output Unbalanced: 7 V But! No surprise then that I consider the Halo to be outstanding value for money. Likewise, it was neutral, in that well-considered, just-right Goldilocks way: It was never too anything-except, maybe, too inexpensive! 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. We can’t remember the last time we reviewed a product such as this with bass and treble controls. Whether you’re talking analogue or digital, the Halo performed superbly, across all formats and sub-formats, providing a basic sound quality that hit a peak way above its own inherent price point. If you're after properly I've seen at almost any price and the result is ", EnjoytheMusic.com, August 2015 shortlist. Any integrated amp that can readily drive high-current loads while providing clear, clean, and spacious sound for under $2500 is a winner. Depth, with cables 17-1/4" (437 mm) ", Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, August 2016 Class A Recommended Component Legendary designer John Curl designed the critically acclaimed JC 1, JC 2, Halo Integrated, and other no-compromise Halo components. Maximum: 750 watts With an excellent DAC and an amplifier that has enough punch to handle any dynamics one would want, the Parasound Halo Integrated will make you reconsider the need for separates. 45 amps peak per channel, Frequency Response But several said that neutral means "no personality." As the primary and sole integrated amplifier in the Halo range, Parasound has packed the 2.1 with a slew of nifty features in a clean and conservative, as far as amps of this level go, a relatively compact but substantial form factor – it measures 437 x 150 x … The Halo's MM phono stage seemed to figuratively slow his music just enough to let me examine his improvisations from a more intimate vantage. ", What Hi-Fi? If you are a 2.1 user though, it needs to jump But Parasound's new HINT 6 is an improved version of the acclaimed Halo Integrated Amplifier. 300 mV in for 1 V at Pre Out jacks "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. In the Halo Integrated, Parasound has succeeded in creating the ultimate affordable DAC-integrated amplifier. I simply removed my Parasound P 7 preamp and Perreaux E110 power amplifier and put the Integrated 2.1 in their places. "It's not often that such a fully-specified amplifier 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. I'm going to miss it around here. The amplifier is ideal for driving expensive high-end speakers, while it can help less expensive speakers realize the promise of their full potential. Here is the power to breathe life into a party house with resolution and musicality in spades. MC: 52 dB / 47 k Ω or 100 Ω Because, with certain extravivid recordings, I perceived the Halo as tracking the input signal pretty close to the feeling of master tape. Amplifier Product of the Year. In the price range under kr. 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. 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 Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier is a first rate, high-current amplifier. Line in: - 103 dB (input shorted) Jarrett's close-miked foot stomps and spontaneous vocal provocations had extremely natural tone through the Halo Integrated. In contrast to its MM stage's gentleness, the Halo Integrated's MC stage exhibited more punch and openness. 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. 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. 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. 12 dB per octave, Supported DAC Sampling Rates 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. Parasound Halo JC2 BP Two Channel Preamplifier. VIA VT1731, 384 kHz / 32-bit, Headphone Amplifier 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. "You'll be hard pressed to find another integrated amplifier at this price that can match the HINT 6's impressive list of features, power, and smooth and engaging sound." An enthusiastic nomination for EAN's (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."). Max Output Balanced: 9 V, Power Amplifier Stage Sensitivity 150 pF, High & Low Pass Crossover Slopes (0.05% THD, RMS, 20 Hz - 20 kHz) ", Please note that the HINT has been replaced by the. I’ve been using the Parasound P 7 as my reference preamplifier for several years. ", Hometheaterrview.com, September 2015 Highly recommended. The HINT should be on anyone's The Halo's MM stage sounded quiet and gentle. Height, with feet: 5-7/8" (150 mm) When Parasound embarked on the Halo integrated amplifier project back in 2011 they had to re-think what a modern integrated amplifier should be. (Is that a gauntlet I see lying on the floor?). "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. ", Everything Audio Network  November  2016 Macrodynamics and inner detail dramatically increased. Ron from https://www.newrecordday.com reviews the Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier! Are there … 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. David Robson takes a listen to this £2999 well specified amp. 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 Truth is, I like any integrated that plays music enjoyably. ", Cnet, June 2015 It is, instead, an everything's-under-control, don't-worry-now mellow." In short, just right. 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. 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). This feature allows you to use the Halo Integrated for the front two speakers while letting your processor/receiver handle the remaining channels. 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).     Input Capacitance It really is that good and an early favorite to receive 'Best of' honors in the category. Cage believed (as I do) that art continues to be vigorous and useful as long as it continues to be difficult and irritating. 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. This lack of a Parasound sound threw me off my reviewer game. 270 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω, Current Capacity The Halo Integrated is a no-brainer for anyone stepping into the realm of high-end stereo and digital audio. Don't waste your time trying to compare the features and ability the Parasound Halo Integrated can offer with another audio product. 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