Parasound Halo P6/JC 5 Pre-Power Combo
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Includes High Quality ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC And High Quality Headphone Amplifier
Class A/AB Power Amplifier Delivers 400 Watts per Channel into 8 Ohms!
About The Parasound Halo P6/JC 5 Pre-Power Combo
The Parasound Halo P6/JC5 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 JC5 is no exception! The P6/JC5 Combo contains quality design and plenty of features that are perfect for those wanting amazing stereo performance in a medium sized room.
More On The 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.
More On The Halo JC5 Power Amplifier
For years fans of Parasound have petitioned for an alternative amplifier: A John Curl-designed stereo power amplifier which would save them money and space. Well Parasound love a challenge and gave John Curl the task of distilling the essence of two JC1 mono blocks (Stereophile 2003 Amplifier of the Year) into a single chassis stereo amplifier with a more attractive price. Needless to say John Curl achieved just that.
The Halo JC 5 stereo amplifier is profoundly powerful and supremely musical. John Curl’s signature appears discreetly on its front panel honouring his considerable role in its development. The JC 5 will delight the ears and wallets of serious audiophiles and music lovers alike. With exquisite performance and compelling value, the JC 5 is the new amplifier benchmark.
Circuitry Designed By John Curl: John Curl has been designing for Parasound since 1989. He was already a legend in the '70s for designing and building mixing consoles for The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. He designed the iconic Mark Levinson JC-2, Vendetta and Constellation phono stages and mic preamps and master recorders for Wilson Audio and Mobile Fidelity. Curl’s inspired designs have earned Parasound world-wide acclaim and our stunning new JC 5 is certain to build on this storied heritage.
Independent Input Stage Power Supply: Power amplifiers must eliminate input stage distortion in order to avoid output stage distortion which is especially irritating to a listener. In typical power amplifiers the input and output stages share the same power supply. When driven hard their output stages’ voltage will sag, dragging down the input stage voltage that’s critical for preventing these distortions. A signature feature of the JC 5 is a separate independent input stage power supply for each channel that is always 10 volts higher than the output stage voltage. Maintaining input stage voltage prevents distortion even under the most demanding conditions.
Sanken Output Transistors: High current is essential for uncompromised sound. The JC 5 output (current) stage uses 24 Sanken 15A output transistors, carefully hand-matched for maximum performance. Their 60MHz bandwidth eliminates slew-rate distortion that robs music of its nuances. They operate in pure Class A up to 12 watts per channel, eliminating distortion that blurs music at lower listening levels. Eliminating noise at the input stage is also critical. The JC 5 uses rare Toshiba 2SJ74 J-FETs which are highly coveted for their ultra-low noise.
Quality Speaker Terminals: Every part within the JC 5 is carefully chosen for its accuracy, sound quality and long life. Its speaker terminals are new, developed in collaboration with CHK Electronics. Their ample size and wide spacing accommodates even the largest gauge speaker wire or spade connectors. High quality 24 K gold-plating on the speaker terminals, input connectors and internal audio signal connections assure sound quality that won’t be compromised by corrosion.
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 P6 JC 5 Combo
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 Pre-Amplifier): 2.1 Channel Stereo Pre-Amplifier With Built-In DAC
- Frequency Response
- 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
- 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.5 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): < 0.01 %
- Line Inputs: 5 x RCA
- Phono Input: Accepts Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC)
- DAC Inputs:
- 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 Analog Converter
- ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M
- 384 kHz / 32-bit
- USB 2.0 Controller
- Savitech SA9227, 384 kHz / 32-bit
- Headphone Amplifier:Texas Instruments TPA6120A
- Power Requirement
- Standby: 0.5 watts
- Power On: 15 watts
- Available Finishes: Black & Silver
- Dimensions(WxHxD): 437 x 105 x 381 mm
- Net Weight: 6.35kg
- Design (JC5 Power Amplifier): Stereo Power Amplifier Designed By John Curl
- Amplifier: Ultra-high bias Class A/AB operation
- Power Output - Stereo Mode:
- 400 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω RMS, both channels driven
- 600 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω RMS, both channels driven
- Power Output – Bridged Mode:
- 1200 watts x [email protected] 8 Ω RMS, in bridged mode
- Current Capacity: 90 amperes peak current per channel
- Frequency Response:
- 5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
- 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.25 dB
- Total Gain: 29 dB
- Input Sensitivity for 28.28 V Output into 8 Ω: 1V
- S/N Ratio: > 116 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
- > 111 dB, input shorted, unweighted
- Power Requirement:
- 1 Watt Standby
- 225 Watts Idle
- 400 Watts Typical Listening Levels
- 1500 Watts Maximum
- Speaker Wire Terminals: Accept bare wire, spades and banana plugs
- Available Finishes: Black & Silver
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 448 x 181 x 508mm
- Dimensions With Feet & Cables: 448 x 197 x 546mm
- Net Weight: 33.1kg
- Warranty: 3 years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE