Parasound Halo P6/A21+ Pre-Power Amplifier
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Looking For Awesome High-End Performance At A Sensible Price?
The P6 Preamp and A21+ Power Amp Delivers A Conservative 300 Watts per Channel
High Quality ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC
High Quality Headphone Amplifier
About The Parasound Halo P6/A21+ Pre-Power Combo
The Parasound Halo P6/A21+ Pre-Power Combo combines pure quality and heavenly sound that stays true to Parasound’s mission, to constantly innovate and put great sound into stunning packages. Buying the two together will deliver more than just a saving of a few dollars in your back pocket, but will ensure you get a marriage made in heaven - well in a musical sense anyway!
Halo is Parasound’s premier line and completely designed in the USA. Yes, they have incredible styling and have done so for decades. Good news is the 'beauty' is also behind that beautifully engineered front panel! Parasound Halo series products have a reputation for going head-to-head with some of the most expensive and often 'hand-made' reference equipment on the market but due to the savings of relatively small-run mass production, cost a fraction of the price. The sheer quantity of rave reviews and honours is unmatched and without precedent. In fact, many of Parasound’s Halo products are stereophile class A Recommended Components and have been for the past sixteen years. The P6 and A21+ is no exception! The P6/A21+ Combo contains quality design and plenty of features that are perfect for those wanting amazing stereo performance in a medium sized room.
Halo P6 Stereo Preamplifier: The Parasound Halo P6 is the perfect addition to any modern home stereo or home theatre system. The new DAC in the P6 helps widen your software playback options via two optical, one coaxial and a new USB receiver - now with plug-and-play support for Windows 10 in addition to Mac. The USB input inside the P6 supports PCM up to 384 kHz/32-bit, native DSD256, and DoP DSD bit streams. The coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192 kHz/24-bit.
Packed Full Of Features: The P6 is also perfect For Vinyl Lovers. The Halo P6 Comes equipped with a high quality phono stage that supports MM (The most common), MC and MI cartridges. You can select these through the new three-position load/cartridge selector switch. The high quality features continue with the inclusion of a quality current-feedback headphone amplifier in the P6. The clever design of this headphone amp helps prevent distortions that lead to listening fatigue. The amplifier can drive headphones up to 600 ohms. With plenty more features such as balanced and unbalanced subwoofer outputs, high-pass and low-pass crossovers, Burr-Brown Volume Control and Theatre Bypass inputs it’s a truly must-have stereo pre-amp.
Halo A21+ Power Amplifier: The new Parasound Halo A21+ power amplifier has been designed with the most advanced, proven class A/AB amplifier technology and is built to extremely strict quality and performance standards for which Parasound is renowned. Parasound decided to update their already brilliant A 21 power amplifier which had become a staple for their brand since around 2008 - almost 10 years which is. With the assistance of legendary Audio Designer John Curl, they’ve created a beautiful and powerful successor to the A21...the A21+ stereo power amplifier. Read on for more info.
Circuitry Designed By John Curl: Parasound design consultant John Curl has been a legend among audiophiles and electronic engineers for decades. He pioneered measurements to correlate musical accuracy with the materials used in parts, worked with world-class touring companies, has designed highly coveted audio classics, including the original Mark Levinson JC-2, Denneson JC-80, Vendetta Phono Preamplifier, and CTC Blowtorch preamplifiers; master recorders for Wilson Audio and Mobile Fidelity; and the mixing consoles used in live concerts by The Grateful Dead and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
As Parasound's featured amplifier designer since 1990, he has created many products that have earned Parasound worldwide acclaim, including the Parasound Halo JC 1, JC 2 and JC 2 BP, JC 3, JC 3+ and JC 3 Jr. and JC 5. John is particularly proud of what he and Parasound have accomplished together: “The circuits I design for Parasound are extremely sophisticated and are typical of products that are far more expensive. I can’t think of any other audio products that offer nearly as much bang for the buck.”
Parts Selection: Every part within the A 21+ is carefully chosen for its accuracy and reliability. Metal film resistors with 1% tolerance are selected for their precision and because their values don’t drift as they heat up during operation. Polypropylene and mica capacitors are used extensively for their superior linearity and low dielectric absorption. Semiconductors are selected for superior performance in their specific roles in the circuit. Gold has the best conductivity of any metal, so Parasound use high quality gold-plated input connectors and speaker terminals. The double-sided circuit boards are FR4 glass epoxy for long-term durability. The chassis is made of heavy gauge steel to safely house the internal circuitry. This attention to detail when selecting parts makes the difference between a very good amplifier and an outstanding amplifier.
The Power Supply: The heart of the power supply is a massive 1.3kVA toroid power transformer, chosen for its efficiency, low hum field, and high power rating. Encapsulating this massive power transformer in an epoxy-filled steel canister assures ultra-quiet performance. The A 21+ power transformer employs multiple independent secondary windings so that each amplifier channel has its own power supply, assuring more than ample DC voltage at all times and under all conditions. It also reduces inter-channel crosstalk that can blur the sound and impair the correct sense of where instruments, dialogue and effects are positioned.
In the complicated landscape of audio, many companies, particularly in the USA, put stratospheric price tags on great performance. Parasound have a different philosophy with an aim to offer the most performance for the money by finding the sweetest spot between price and diminishing returns. If you're reading this then you are undoubtedly a music lover and audio enthusiast and should be interested in looking for top-tier sound without breaking the bank and this is why you need to seriously listen to Parasound products. Everything they do at Parasound is customer-centric because that's how they define value. Every time another expert compares a Parasound product to equipment that costs significantly more, Parasound has equalled or even surpassed the competitor.
Each new model is tested, improved and re-tested under worst-case conditions. It comes to market only when it is a finished product that's ready to stand the test of time. Parasound was founded not just on engineering expertise, but also 15 years of experience in retail audio. It may be a cliché, but they really do treat their customers the way they would like to be treated. And that includes Audio Trends and their customers here in Victoria, Australia. A long list of companies like Pixar and Sony, for whom money is no object, choose Parasound. Every Parasound products has the same chance of going to your home as it does to Lucasfilm or Capitol Records. When you choose Parasound you're getting uncompromised quality for every model. They all use the best parts and each must pass their strictest quality assurance. Come and see and hear why we love them.
Our Take On The Parasound Halo P6/A21+ Pre-Power Amplifier
No doubt that this combination can and should be considered as an investment! Sure, it is around three times the price of the entry point pre/power amp combinations offered by other very well-known brands with similar features and power output. Purchasing a product designed and built to this incredibly high-standard displays a commitment by you to your music and an appreciation that you demand more than just great sound at home but you demand awesome music at home!
Don't just take our word for it or the International Press reviews, but make an appointment with one of our senior and experienced sales staff to have a personal audition.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design P6: 2.1 Channel Stereo Pre-Amplifier With Built-In DAC
- Line Level Inputs: 5 x RCA stereo
- Phono Input: High quality suits both Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC)
- Frequency Response:
- 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
- 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.5 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): < 0.01 %
- S/N Ratio - DAC Inputs
- > 108 dB (IHF A-weighted)
- > 88 dB (unweighted)
- Supported DAC Sampling Rates
- USB: up to 384 kHz / 32-bit PCM
- DSD Native: DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256
- DSD over PCM (DoP) at 384 kHz
- Coax / Optical: up to 192 kHz / 24-bit
- PCM Digital to Analogue Converter: ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M
- 384 kHz / 32-bit
- USB 2.0 Controller
- Savitech SA9227, 384 kHz / 32-bit
- Headphone Amplifier: Texas Instruments TPA6120A
- Headphone Amplifier Output Impedance: 10 ohms
- Power Requirement
- Standby: 0.5 Watt
- Power On: 15 Watts
- Available Finishes: Black or Silver
- Dimensions(WxHxD): 437 x 105 x 381 mm
- Net Weight: 6.35kg
- Design A21+: Stereo Power Amplifier (Class A/B)
- Power Output: 2 x 300 Watts @ 8 Ohms Both Channels Driven
- 2 x 500 Watts @ 4 Ohms Both Channels Driven
- Bridged Mode: 1000 Watts x 1, 8 Ohms
- Current Capacity: 60 Amps Peak per channel
- Frequency Response:
- 5Hz - 100kHz, +0/-3dB
- 20Hz - 20kHz, +0/-0.25dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
- < 0.1% at Full Power
- < 0.03% at Typical Listening Levels
- Total Gain: 29dB
- DC Trigger Requirements: +9 Vdc to +12Vdc, 5mA
- Audio Trigger Requirements: 2mV - 10mV
- Power Requirement
- Standby:1 Watt
- Idle (no music playing): 160 Watts
- Typical Listening Levels: 300 Watts
- Maximum: 1400 Watts
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 448 x 181 x 508mm
- Height With feet: 197mm
- Depth With cables: 546mm
- Available Finishes: Black or Silver
- Net Weight: 32.2kg
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE