Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier with DAC
- Regular price £2,999.00
What Hi-Fi? (UK) October 2016:
"It's not often that such a fully-specified amplifier still delivers top-class sound quality. If you're after one do-it-all amp, there are few better alternatives." Sound, Features, Build.
HiFi Choice Editor's Choice (UK) December 2015:
"If there was ever a product that personifies the modern integrated amplifier, this is it. There's nothing not to like about this great value mid-price integrated."
When Parasound embarked on the Halo integrated amplifier project back in 2011 they had to re-think what a modern integrated amplifier should be. Guided by their 34 year reputation for delivering the most 'bang for the buck' in high end audio - they did just that!
They chose the best sounding parts and included the most current and useful features to bring you a superior integrated amp with the same performance as their highly acclaimed HALO separates. Their acclaimed P5 inspired its preamp stage and advanced feature set, while its power amp stage employs the same John Curl circuit topology found in the legendary Class A/AB A21 and A23.
It's cutting-edge DAC decodes 384kHz PCM and DSD using the latest ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC.
The HALO integrated features a plethora of features. Firstly the HALO integrated allows for balanced (XLR) inputs and outputs alongside un-balanced (Phono) connections. The amplifier also has designated 2.1 outputs (both balanced and un-balanced) with individual cross-over controls for optimum flexibility, as well as a home theatre (or home cinema depending on where you hail from) bypass inputs for subtle integration into multichannel systems.
Digital inputs into the class leading DAC are a merry threesome of optical, coaxial and also a dedicated USB connection, meaning that the digital world and formats are brilliantly catered for. The analogue world is reassuringly catered for as well with the inclusion of very flexible phono input with adaptable settings that cater for both MM or MC platforms. Internally the benefits of all this connectivity is coupled with an oversize toroidal transfomer - which help the amplifier deliver
The HALO integrated also features clever connectivity for power options - especially for those with a custom installation inclination - with 12v trigger inputs, which disables the front power button, so it is ideal for high end installations where control system integration could be required, and sticky fingers are not!
The HALO integrated is finished to Parasound's exacting standards and build quality as well, and a look across the front panel will leave you in no doubt that it is a creature born from a stable of noble distinction. The front panel also leads us to a dedicated headphone input - which leads internally to a dedicated high current headphone amplifier, which coupled with a high quality mini jack auxilliary input means that the you can indulge the benefits of great sound from headphones and mobile devices.
Demo the new Parasound HALO integrated and you'll understand why its the only choice!
Power Output - Both channels driven
(0.05% THD, RMS, 20 Hz - 20 kHz)
160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω
240 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω
Power Output - Both channels driven
(0.9% THD, RMS, 20 Hz - 20 kHz)
180 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω
270 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω
45 amps peak per channel
10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
< 0.01 %, average listening levels
< 0.05 %, 160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω
> 50 dB at 20 kHz
> 70 dB at 1 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio - IHF A-weighted
Line in: - 103 dB (input shorted)
Digital in: - 106 dB
Amplifier Damping Factor
> 800 at 20 Hz
Preamp Stage Input Sensitivity
300 mV in for 1 V at Pre Out jacks
Total Preamp Stage Gain: 10 dB
Max Output Unbalanced: 7 V
Max Output Balanced: 9 V
Power Amplifier Stage Sensitivity
1 V at Bypass/Amp In for 28 V at Speaker Out
Total Amp Stage Gain: 28 dB
Phono Stage Sensitivity / Input Impedance
MM: 35 dB / 47 k Ω
MC: 52 dB / 47 k Ω or 100 Ω
High & Low Pass Crossover Slopes
12 dB per octave
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/Opt: up to 192 kHz / 24-bit PCM
Digital to Analog Converter
ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M
384 kHz / 32-bit
USB 2.0 Controller
VIA VT1731, 384 kHz / 32-bit
Texas Instruments TPA6120A
Output Impedance 10 ohms
XLR Pin Identification
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)
Unbalanced: 24 k Ω
Balanced: 100 k Ω per leg
Unbalanced: 100 Ω
Balanced: 470 Ω per leg
Width: 17-1/4" (437 mm)
Depth: 16-1/4" (413 mm)
Depth, with cables 17-1/4" (437 mm)
Height, with feet: 5-7/8" (150 mm)
Height, without feet: 5-1/4" (133 mm), 3U
33 lb. (15 kg)
45 lb. (20.4 kg)
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