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Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo Amplifier Preview

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Summary

  • Product Name: Halo JC 5
  • Manufacturer: Parasound
  • Review Date: June 03, 2018 12:00
  • MSRP: $5,995
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • Buy Now
  • 400 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω RMS, both channels driven
  • 600 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω RMS, both channels driven1200 watts x [email protected] 8 Ω,
  • CHK Infinium, custom 5-way speaker binding posts
  • Neutrik locking XLR input connectors
  • Vampire gold-plated RCA input & loop output jacks
  • Direct-coupled signal path, no capacitors or inductors
  • AC turn-on inrush surge protection with relay bypass
  • Dual-mono input stages with ±110 volt DC rails
  • JFET input stage, MOSFET driver stage
  • 24 beta-matched 15 ampere, 60 MHz bipolar output transistors
  • 1.7 kVA shielded toroid power transformer with independent windings for each channel
  • Independent power supplies for left & right channel input stages, driver stages, output stages
  • 8,880 µF Nichicon Gold Tune filter capacitors for input stages
  • 132,000 µF Rubycon filter capacitors for output stages
  • 4 rack space chassis with rear carry handles
  • Rack mount hardware included
  • Dimensions (wxhxd): 17-5⁄8" x 7-1⁄8" x 20" 
  • Weight: 73lb
  • Available in silver or black

Executive Overview

 After 16 years of legendary reviews from their JC1 amplifier, Parasound has finally given consumers exactly what they want: Two top-of-the-line Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifiers integrated into a single chassis that is the same size as one JC 1. The new Parasound Halo JC 5 combines high power and ultra-high bias Class A/AB sonic quality at roughly two-thirds the price of a pair of JC 1s. The Parasound Halo JC 1 monoblock was designed by John Curl and since then has garnered an amazing amount of popularity and notoriety as a benchmark for amplifier performance and value.

The new JC 5 is a remarkable amplifier that creates a new sweet spot in our Halo product family. Our customers often tell us they love everything the JC 1 offers, while wondering if we could deliver comparable performance in a no-compromise stereo amplifier, and save them money and space. We challenged John Curl to distill the essence of two JC 1 mono blocks into a single chassis, and the result has exceeded everyone's expectations.

- Richard Schram, the president and founder of Parasound.

The Parasound Halo JC 5  comes with high bias class A/AB and is designed to provide 12 watts per channel pure class A power and class AB to its 400 watts per channel 8 ohm rating. It can also deliver 600 watts per channel into 4 ohms, and it can be bridged to mono for 1,200 watts into 8 ohms. The output stage employs 24 beta-matched, 15 ampere, 60 MHz bipolar transistors to deliver a formidable peak current of 90 amperes.

Parasound Halo JC5 amp inside

The power supply employs a 1.7 kVA shielded toroid power transformer with a premium H18 grade steel core. It has independent secondary windings for its dual-mono power supply. As with the JC 1, input stage B+/B- rails are 10 V above the output stage rails to eliminate any chance of distortion caused by voltage sagging when the amp is under load. Independent power supplies for left and right channels input stages employ filter caps totaling 8,880 µF. Driver and output stages employ massive Rubycon filter caps totaling 132,000 µF.

Parasound Halo JC5 ampfilter capacitors

The Halo JC 5 is direct-coupled, protected by DC servo circuits to eliminate coupling capacitors, while extending bass response down to 5 Hz. Its balanced inputs use discrete circuits with Neutrik locking XLR connectors, and Vampire 24k gold-plated RCA input and loop output jacks. Five-way "propeller" speaker binding posts are custom-manufactured for Parasound by CHK Infinium. They are 24k gold-plated and accept 7-gauge bare wire. The premium-quality 9 foot detachable IEC 12 gauge power cord features silver-soldered connectors.

Parasound Halo JC5 amp rear

Parasound's refined Halo design aesthetic is evident in the JC 5. Slim, hand-milled solid aluminum endcaps with gold highlights amplify its grace and elegance. The JC 5 is available in silver or black. Rack mount hardware for its four rack space chassis is included. The net weight is 73 lbs. The Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo Amplifier will be available from Parasound US dealers and international distributors starting this month with a suggested retail price of $5,995. This product has the type of guts we love to see in a high end amplifier. Is this the power amp your seeking to upgrade your system? Share your thoughts in our related forum thread below.

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Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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A_Shah posts on July 06, 2018 02:13
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just got a new OPPO 205 UHD about a week ago my 7 year old Marantz SR 5005 seems to have developed distortation on one of the surround channels this is my 3rd AV receiver that has gone kaput !!! in the last 10 years , So I am debating going separates, I already have separated my two channel listening , but for my HT I would like to use the 7.1 Channel outs of my OPPO with a good quality amplifier (7 channel )and than later on maybe add a pre pro , I am looking at the Emotiva BassX or the Wyred4sound MC7150 as amps. don't see too many recomendations on Audioholics on separates ? my HT speakers are all Kef LS 50 except for the center which is a reference class Kef R200C
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Hetfield posts on June 03, 2018 13:32
Parasound is an amazing audio company. They don't know how to make crappy products or what bad customer service is. Richard is a great guy. I have no doubt this is a great product.

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gene posts on June 03, 2018 13:08
After 16 years of great reviews from their JC 1 amplifier, Parasound has finally given consumers exactly what they want: Two top-of-the-line Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifiers integrated into a single chassis that is the same size as one JC 1. The new Parasound Halo JC 5 combines high power and ultra-high bias Class A/AB sonic quality at roughly two-thirds the price of a pair of JC 1s.

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