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PARASOUND Halo JC-1 AMPLIFIER
PARASOUND: Since 1981 our name has been synonymous with rock-solid
reliability, amazing sound quality and unequaled value. Building on this reputation
Parasound has created an ambitious new line of components, HALO by Parasound.
This exciting series brings you the highest level of refinement, performance,
and distinctive design.
Halo components have earned the highest praise from top magazine
reviewers and critics across the globe. The striking industrial design of
these products was given the prestigious Good Design Award from the Chicago
Athenaeum, and our remarkable JC 1 power amplifier was crowned Amplifier of
the Year by Stereophile magazine - a significant honor which until now was
bestowed only upon products at vastly higher prices.
Every review has praised Halo's unprecedented level of accuracy,
solid performance, flexibility, ease of operation, and exceptional value.
The reviews affirm one of our fundamental objectives: to give you more for
your money than any other product available.
Please take your time and learn about each of these exciting
models. This website will be updated from time to time, and when there is
new information about Halo developments - and honors - it will be available
The JC 1 Monaural Amplifier might possibly be the worldís finest
power amplifier. Parasound, John Curl and CTC Builders collaborated in the
design of this amplifier to create a new standard for elegance, sonic precision
and value. The JC 1 provides 400 watts into 8 ohms with 135 amps of peak current.
Its 25 watts of pure Class A power is user-switchable to 10 watts of Class
A power when heat dissipation is a concern. Other features include balanced
XLR or unbalanced RCA connectors, a 12v trigger, an audio sensitivity trigger,
adjustable turn-on delay, and a ground lift switch. Advanced circuitry, premier
parts selection, unequaled sound quality, and stunning design are bound to
make this amplifier a legend in its own time.
December Stereophile raves about the JC 1 Michael Fremerís
review of the Bryston 7B SST monoblocks is in The December Stereophile.
His speakers are the impressive new Wilson MAXX Series 3. During
the course of this review John Atkinson brought over his personal pair of
Halo JC 1s for comparison.
Here is what Michael Fremer wrote:
ďThe Parasounds couldnít have sounded more different.
Their bass was deeper, tighter, and better controlled, yet not overdamped,
so that textures were fully resolved, and rhythmínípacing were far more nimble.
Image specificity was greater, and dimensionality was more fully expressed.
Transients were faster and more effervescent while being free of artificial
etch. Reverb was expressed as genuine depth where appropriate, dropping way
down in level into the noise floor before dissipating. Images leapt from the
speakers and floated more freely in a huge three-dimensional space-but most
noticeable, and almost immediately, was the delicacy, resolution, and coherence
of the reverbís decay.
Neither pair of Brystons matched Parasoundís low-level resolution and microdynamic
delicacy. With the much nimbler, more holographic-sounding Parasounds there
was more musical information to consider and more musical pleasure to be had.
Detractors might say the Halosí top end was brash, but I counter that that
was the fault of the recordings, not the amps, which had a sweet top end despite
all their resolution and transparency.Ē
The Absolute Sound, October 2004
Editorís Choice Recommended Product - Power Amplifier $5,000
Stereophile, October 2004 Class A Recommended Component - "...the
sound wasnít strained in any way, and there was an overall sense of ease.
Dynamic ease. Listening ease. Just ease." "Tonally, the Parasounds were magnificent...
with no trace of solid state hardness."
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, August 2004 "The
bass on the JC 1s is state of the art, riveting, jaw dropping." "Listening
to the Parasound Halo JC 1 monoblocks is a thrilling experience. I could go
on for days praising their bass slam, transparency, immediacy, and brilliance."
"In three words: they are fabulous." - Jason Victor Serinus
Thatís Life! Entertainment Magazine, August 2004 "The JC 1ís
have an uncanny ability to reach out an touch you with their sound while at
the same time enveloping you in a sense of the recording space." - Joe Shanaphy
2003 Amplifier of the Year, Stereophile
HiFi News (UK), January 2004 "...incredibly effortless and
natural." "This amplifier certainly held me captivated and entertained, drawing
me into the music." "If you want to lose yourself in the music, there are
precious few components as good as the JC 1." - David Allcock
Stereophile, December 2003 Sam's Product of the Year "Before
you blow $10k-$20k or more on some amps that were recommended by a reviewer
who didn't buy them, give a listen to the Parasounds, which this reviewer
did purchase." "Don't buy an amp without hearing these, even if you can't
afford them." - Sam Tellig
EnjoytheMusic.com, November 2003 "Beautiful Brutes." "The
JC 1s rank with the best amplifiers I have heard in recreating a multideminsional
sound field." "They pump out seemingly effortless power no matter how insanely
loud I push them, with never any sense of strain such as you hear when an
amplifier is running out of gas." "The JC 1s are also capable of wondrous
delicacy, and the kind of transparency that makes you feel that you're hearing
every instrument, every voice, but never at the expense of the musical whole."
"To be able to buy these robust, delicate, emotionally involving, brilliantly
conceived and executed music recreators for $6,000 seems to me little short
of a miracle." - Wayne Donnelly
Positive Feedback, August 2003 "...Parasound's Halo JC 1 amplifier,
is among the most precisely nuanced amplifiers I know, able to draw the slightest
and most delicate of musical expressions, to make the subtlest distinctions.
It can also rock you, like your back ain't got no bone, 'cuz it's a brute.
It is the amp for all seasons." "It has the ability to produce a believable
facsimile of spaciousness, that 3-D sound-staging that makes the illusion
of space between the instruments nearly tangible; the ability to produce timbral,
harmonic, and dynamic accuracy that results in what we call 'inner detail';
the ability to produce delicate refined purity of tone one moment, and then
bowl you over with A BIG WALL OF SOUND the next." "...these amps are truly
outstanding, among the best I've ever heard, and the best I've had in my system."
- Max Dudious
The Absolute Sound, June 2003 "...I was impressed with the
remarkable speed, clarity, transparency, and focus of these amps straight
out of the box." "The high frequencies were to-die-for silky smooth, crystal
clear, and abundantly detailed. The kind you could listen to all day long
without fatigue." "There wasn't anything that didn't sound great on the JC
1." "I was left with an ear-to-ear grin on my face that lasted the rest of
the week." - Sue Kraft
Fidelity (Norway), May 2003 Stereophile, April 2003 Class A
Recommended Component - "...ultra-wide bandwidth, high-current capability,
low, low noise, a high S/N ratio, and a fast slew rate, among many other indicators
of outstanding amplifier performance." "There was an honesty to the overall
tonal and harmonic presentation that transcended technological stereotypes."
"The Halo JC 1 is not only the best amplifier to come from Parasound, it ranks
up there with the best high-end heavyweights." "Rocks for sure."
Stereophile, February 2003 "It took but a few seconds for me
to absolutely fall in love with the Halo JC 1." "Powerful, refined, smooth,
organized, dynamic, transparent, and rhythmically supple, the JC 1 offered
a combination of attributes that added up to many weeks of listening pleasure.
I'd be happy to have it go on indefinitely - as, no doubt, will many of you."
- Michael Fremer Bound for Sound, #149 "Clean, clean, clean." " I've heard
$30,000 power amps not sound so nearly perfect." - Martin DeWulf
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