PARASOUND JC5 – 2 CHANNEL STEREO / BRIDGEABLE MONOBLOCK POWER AMPLIFIER. The plugs used for the XLR input are Neutrik locking. Then again this is a well-mannered big amplifier, despite its 400W/8ohm rating, rising to 600W/4ohm, and capable of handling dips down to 1.5ohm [see PM's Lab Report, p75]. Stability according to Parasound is superb, and the JC5 will remain unfussed powering speakers with a load that dips to 1.5 ohms. First released in 2010, Parasound’s JC 3 MM/MC phono preamplifier began as a dual-mono John Curl-designed phono section retro-fit for its JC2 line stage. 3760. On to separates! Parasound has announced a new £7000 stereo power amplifier, the Halo JC5. Whether one would ever feel the need for such capacity is open to discussion, for the Halo JC5 is hardly short of power or dynamic ability in its standard stereo guise, as one might expect of an amplifier based on the John Curl-designed JC1 monoblock power amps. The new JC 5 is a remarkable amplifier that creates a new sweet spot in our Halo product family. 5 fuses/amplier. So this legendary US designer beavered away and after a long gestation period emerged from his research room with a design for the new amp. Meanwhile the JC5's output impedance is a low ~0.02ohm through the audio range and its frequency response an extended 1Hz-48kHz (±1dB). An additional $1500 retail value. Only the depth may give you some problems when it comes to positioning, as it's just over 50cm front to back, meaning it overhung the shelves on my favoured Quadraspire rack. Excellent condition. The JC5 delivers 90 amperes of peak current per channel. Top contenders are thus far Pass and Parasound amps. They all use the best parts and each must pass their strictest quality assurance. Amplifier sale includes (10) Synergistic Research BLACK fuses, installed and original factory fuses. I went with Emotiva because the equivalent amps I expected to get had increased so much in cost since I last was in the market. Since I had paired Parasound and KEF in previous systems with much success (JC1’s and Reference 3), I jumped at the chance to hear the new JC5 and the Blade 2’s together. Parasound has established close and long-term relationships, some spanning more than three decades, with contract manufacturers in Taiwan, which are responsible for the manufacturing. PM The Grandstand at Ascot Welcomes The UK Hi-Fi Show. 1 mono pair. Sign up to discover the best news and review from StereoNET in our FREE Newsletter. The power supply on the JC 5 has a peak current capacity of 90 amperes per channel, while each JC 1 amplifier has a peak current capacity of 135 amperes. We have a great online selection at the lowest prices with Fast & Free shipping on many items! Except it isn't quite what it seems, for while the £6999 amp, available in black or a rather more subtle silver, has the big, bluff looks of a Stateside powerhouse, it's neither that huge nor excessively heavy and is even vaguely sensibly priced when placed beside the five-figure tags you'll find elsewhere. B-Stock items are … It has enough power (450 watts RMS into 8 Ohms) to drive any speaker, and the parts quality is a statement on its own. Measured into 4 ohms, the JC5’s power output soars to 600 watts. Parasound vs. Bryston. Described as an ultra-high performance powerhouse, the JC5 will give its lucky owners 400 watts into 8 ohms per channel on tap. The Halo JC5 can deliver 600W per channel into 4 Ohms and can be bridged to mono for 1,200W into 8 ohms. A potentiometer allows the user to select the sensitivity of this mode of operation, and avoid it being affected by noise on the mains, which might otherwise switch the amp on when not required. San Francisco | January 17, 2020 — For nearly two decades, the Parasound Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifier, designed by the legendary John Curl, wasParasound’s flagship product, and the aspirational amplifier for thousands of audiophiles world-wide. They wouldn’t have it any other way. Was seriously looking at Pass INT/30 or INT/60 till I found out they don’t have tape loops or a rec out feature. Priced at $10,995 and available now, the JC5 is lots of amplifier for the shekels. I previously has the A21 with a Van Alstine Ultra Plus preamp. Consider Parasound's Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifier, designed by legendary engineer John Curl and originally reviewed by Michael Fremer in February 2003. First, hats off to Parasound for not bowing to convention and badging its new, hot-rodded version of the original JC 3 phonostage with the shop-worn cliché “Reference” or “Signature Edition.” And second, and more importantly, if you’re a current owner of the Parasound JC 3 … By [email protected] - January 15, 2015. There's nothing terribly unusual about a big, hefty US-made power amp: after all, it's almost an archetype of what we think the US high-end is all about. The Parasound Halo JC 5 certainly lives up to the buzz. There is no contest, the Pass amp is a much better sounding amp in most area's. ALL B-stock items are all professionally inspected by Parasound technicians and, most importantly, ALL B-Stock products contain the exact same FULL Parasound manufacturer’s warranty. All Rights Reserved. As for the signal path, Curl opted for one that’s direct coupled with not a single capacitor or inductor in the way. Designed using the "essence" of the JC 1 monoblock, but with two channels squeezed into a single chassis, the JC5 has high bias Class A/AB topography capable of delivering 400 watts per channel. Never with the JC1s. The latter feat is helped by grab-handles to the rear, hindered by sharp heatsink fins and not much to get hold of at the front. Truly an excellent amp! There’s also plenty of current on offer. I’m in the market for separates again. At this point the JC5 becomes a monoblock amplifier rated at a heady 1.2kW/8ohm! Tags: But once you and a willing assistant have it in position – I found my trusty leather rigger's gloves came in handy – it's not exactly a monster, at under 45cm wide (so not much more than a 'normal' hi-fi component) and 20cm tall, putting it in 'big AV receiver' territory. Curl was given the challenge of combining some of the JC1’s best features and performance into a single box stereo amplifier. January 2005 edited January 2005 in Electronics. With vinyl’s popularity on the rise, Parasound’s Richard Schram figured a stand-alone version priced right might find an audience. ', Supplied by: Connected Distribution Ltd, Gloucs, Lindemann Musicbook Source & Power 1000 Network DAC/Pre and Power Amp, Chord Ultima Pre 2/Ultima 2 Pre/Power Amplifier, PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC & Stellar M700 DAC/Preamp/Monoblocks, PrimaLuna EVO 400 series Pre/Power Amplifier, D'Agostino Relentless Mono Power Amplifier, Audio Research REF160S Tube Power Amplifier, Audio Analogue Bellini/ Donizetti Anniversary Pre/Power Amplifier, Simaudio MOON 740P/860A v2 Pre/Power Amplifier, AudioQuest William Tell Zero Loudspeaker Cable, D'Agostino Progression Integrated Integrated Amplifier. Mint condition Parasound JC5 Stereo Amplifier in Black finish. Parasound was founded in 1981 by Richard Schram, and the company has been offering audio products under their own name as well as for OEM sales since then. The amp outputs the first 12 watts per channel in pure Class A mode. Excellent condition. Too bad. The JC 1 took up residence in Class A in Recommended Components in the April 2003 issue and remained there through the October 2018 issue. Reply Curl was given the challenge of combining some of the JC1’s best features and performance into a single box stereo amplifier. However, its input level adjustment doesn't affect the signal level being output from these sockets, so if you were using two JC5s to drive your speakers, you might have to juggle these little input level controls or, I suspect, leave them all rotated to maximum. Parasound JC-1 power amplifiers. Volume Controls Parasound bundles a premium quality, 12-gauge 3-metre detachable IEC power cord finished with silver soldered connectors with each JC5. Parasound JC1. OK, so it will dwarf your average European integrated amp, and £7k is hardly chicken feed, just as its 33kg deadweight means it's a two-person lift. If you are interested in purchasing any Parasound products, such as the new Parasound Halo JC1+, A20+, A23+, P6, HINT6, JC5, or JC3+, you can trade-in another electronic component on it by filling out our Trade-In Form. The JC 5 is a 400-watt per channel stereo amplifier designed by John Curl that combines design elements of two top-of-the-line Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifiers into a … The A21 would always have my ears ringing the next morning after long listening sessions. Share on Facebook. 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"Parasound has chosen to take a staple core product that has remained an exceptional value for over fifteen years, the Halo A21 amplifier, and re-spin it into the Halo A21+," reports Michael Zisserson at positive-feedback.com. Distortion is generally within Parasound's loose 0.05% rating at 0.001%/1W, 0.003%/10W and 0.0075%/100W through bass and midrange, increasing to 0.055%/20kHz at 10W/8ohm [see Graph 2]. B-Stock gives audiophile enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase Parasound products at a discounted price. Came to market to compete and better the original JC1 monos (stereophile class A rated for longest time) performance in 1 box. If the JC5 is suppose to be a JC1 lite then it should be a worth while upgrade. One other lamp indicates a temperature problem, at which point the amp will drop into protection, something I failed to provoke even during arduous use. 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