The only control on the faceplate, an On/Off button in the lower-left corner, is set into a flute, or rounded groove, that runs the entire width of the thick faceplate -- when the A 23+ is turned on, this button is illuminated in a soft blue that makes it seem to float above the groove, and nicely complements the two vertical pinstripes of gold at far left and right. The punctuated call-and-response phrasing later in the work was also quite clear. High bias Class A/AB operation. When my source was Cambridge’s CXN (V2) network player, what most impressed me about the Halo A 23+ was its clarity in the delicate introductory solo of Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra, performed by soloist Leila Josefowicz with Sir Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, on their Bohemian Rhapsodies (16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC, Philips). 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. I was impressed by its quietness, the amount of power it could swiftly deliver, and its tremendous dynamic range. is part of. We put Parasound’s HINT 6, a powerful and seriously versatile stereo amplifier, through its paces. hi - i'd like your input with regard to a possible purchase. Height, without feet: 3-1/2" (89 mm), 2U, Shipping Weight The NewClassic 200 Integrated is a modification of Parasound’s NewClassic 200 Pre-Amp, meaning it’s pretty much the same unit with the addition of an amp section. Its rectangular metal faceplate has rounded plastic end plates at left and right, a case of folded sheet metal, and most of its top plate is pierced by ventilation slots. 4 Distinct Product Lines. As the amp was placed atop the preamp, this configuration made sense, and the Halo’s auto-sensing worked reliably. ", Soundstage Network  July 2019Reviewer's Choice The Parasound really came into its own at higher volume levels, sufficient juice for which it had no trouble providing to my Sonus Fabers. 34 lb. 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. In “Venture Within” from Interplay, a duo album by Kenny Barron and Mark Sherman (24/192 AIFF, Chesky), Sherman’s vibraphone strokes were definitive and reverberant. > 70 dB at 20 kHz, Input Impedance The A23… Yes I know the Fortes have quite good bass extension. Parasound, a Bay Area maker with a half-century of success walking the parapet between high end audiophilia and value-engineering design, apparently concurs. Parasound 2125v2 150 Watt Stereo Power Amplifier The Parasound 2125v2 is a two-channel THX Ultra2 Certified power amplifier. Parasound emphasizes that their products are supported from their San Francisco headquarters, and at dozens of authorized service centers across the US. Bridged 4 Ω operation is not recommended, Power Output – Bridged Mode (0.9% THD) > 130 volts per microsecond, Frequency Response 210 watts x 2, 8 Ω both channels driven 500 watts x 1, 8 Ω Its replacement, the Halo A 21+, is priced a little higher at $2,995. I haven't heard better sound or seen higher build quality at this price. < 0.03 % at typical listening levels, Inter-channel Crosstalk Reviews of Attainable Hi-Fi & Home-Theater Equipment. The Parasound managed just fine without it. 2 mV - 10 mV, XLR Pin Identification 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. Balanced: 66 kΩ,(33 kΩ per leg), Input Sensitivity for 28.28 V Out (8 Ω Load) One incredibly appealing preamp-amplifier package from Parasound.". Sathyan Sundaramsathyans@soundstagenetwork.com. On the Halo A 23+’s rear panel are balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) inputs; each channel has a toggle switch for choosing between them, as well as its own loop output (RCA) for additional amplification (e.g., a subwoofer), and a Gain knob. The strata of instruments -- piano, strings, woodwinds -- remained distinct, producing an exciting feel. I connected the Halo A 23+’s 12V trigger using the mono interconnect included with Parasound’s NewClassic 200 Pre preamplifier, also in for review, and set the A 23+ to turn itself on when the 200 Pre sent a trigger signal. Description Since 1981, Richard Schram, founder and CEO of Parasound Products, Inc., has built the brand on making audio components that look and sound expensive, but sell for much less than it appears they should. Depth: 15"-1/4" (388 mm) I … At far right are the fuse bay, the main power switch, and a three-pronged IEC power inlet. System: - Parasound A23 amp - Parasound P3 preamp - Paradigm Studio 100 / v2 This is a response to the previous, rather negative, review. Standby: <1 Watt My NAD integrated has two preamp-level outputs, one of them tied with a coupler to the main input to allow the NAD to be used as a preamp or power amp, which made it easy to compare the NAD’s power-amp section with the Halo A 23+. In much the same way, “Shattering Sea,” from Tori Amos’s Night of Hunters (24/88.2 FLAC, Deutsche Grammophon/HDtracks), an acoustic tone poem presented as pop music, lost much of its urgency with the NAD. While their focus was clearly on sound and build quality rather than a long list of features, they’ve nonetheless provided enough flexibility to satisfy a variety of users. Parasound's power amp is able to bring out the best bass from speakers. Toward the end of this review, I received the new Parasound Halo P6 preamp that will solve this woe. I purchased the Parasound A23 amd with the P3 preamp and the T3 tuner with a pair of Paridigm 60/v2 speakers. "Together, the Parasound P 6 and A 23+ are dynamite. https://www.techradar.com/.../amplifiers/parasound-p3-a23-704161/review Audio. > 107 dB, input shorted, unweighted, DC Trigger Requirements So you can justifiable say the original Hint was closer to the current A23+. Parasound at Rocky Mountain AudioFest 2017 - Stereophile review by Herb Reichert. AC mains voltage is set on rear panel, LowBeats (Germany) November 2020 Parasound provides great value in the Halo A 23+ power amplifier. This was fixed in A23+ and the power went back up to 160W for the exact same design. Unbalanced: 1 V (With a class-AB output stage, one-third power results in the maximum dissipation in the output devices.) Available in black with gold labeling, like the review sample, or in silver with black labeling, the A 23 measures 17 1/4”W x 4 1/8”H x 13 1/4”D and weighs a hefty 28 pounds. After 15 years of devoted service, Parasound has retired its beloved Halo A 21 amplifier. "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. (Rack-mounting kits are available for all models in all lines.) Sticker shock, and a lot of good reviews online and from friends with their amps, led me to Emotiva. (14.4 kg), Power Requirement It is worth reading cover to cover. The component under review, the $2000 Halo A 21 stereo amp, is slotted in further down the Parasound line. During my time with the Halo A 23+, these never reddened. Parasound Products was founded in 1981, in San Francisco, by Richard Schram, whose mission was to provide value for the money to his customers. Pure sonic magic with brilliant dynamics, delicious midrange and impressive resolution. I am thinking of pairing the Parasound Halo A23 with the Parasound Halo P-5 preamlifier I am also thinking of buying the Yamaha A-S801. The Halo A 23+ was designed by engineer John Curl, who’s well known in audio circles, and since the 1990s has designed many amplifiers for Parasound. Maximum: 800 Watts I can’t think of any other audio products that offer nearly as much bang for the buck.” After spending several months with the Halo A 23+, I have to agree: I haven’t heard better sound or seen a higher quality of build at this price. You can connect a 3.5mm 12V trigger cable from a preamplifier, which in turn can pass a trigger signal to another device; or you can tell the A 23+ to detect an audio signal by setting its little Turn On Threshold knob somewhere in its range of Quieter to Louder (selecting either of these options disables the front-panel On/Off button). Different kinds of music made us appreciate the unusual character of this amplification. Parasound Halo A23+ Stereo Power Amplifier Shipping now More information to follow. A fully "in spec" A23 won’t ever get more than mildly warm, even when pushed fairly hard into a nominal 4 Ohm load (air circulation normal). There’s a dedicated preamp feed too. Balanced: 1 V per leg, S/N Ratio Although the two amps share some specifications, in terms of sound the Parasound consistently bested the NAD. In “Lester Leaps In,” from Bucky Pizzarelli’s Swing Live (24/96 FLAC, Chesky/HDtracks), Michael Moore’s bass was more intense and driving through the Parasound. I am also thinking of sticking with the Logitechs and forgetting about all this other stuff. In the world of hi-fi amplifiers, lots of features often means a compromised sonic performance. Parasound has a great rep and is as you say "old school". Re. In the extensive write-up provided in the Owner’s Guide, Parasound design consultant John Curl says: “The circuits I design for Parasound are extremely sophisticated and are typical of products that are far more expensive. The sound has been superb. The first amp started making hideous noises within an hour of listening but getting another one from my dealer calling Parasound was not a problem at all. They apparently compromised way too much on the components to meet the price target. *All Power measurement are at 120 VAC, I am also thinking of buying 2 RSL 10" subs. STEREOPHILE PARASOUND on display: PARASOUND HALO A23+ stereo power amp, 160-240W/ch JC1* Power amps, 400- 1200W/ch JC3jr* Phono preamp P6* Stereo preamp with built-in DAC Stereo Integrated Amp with built-in DAC PARASOUND CLASSIC 2100 Stereo preamp 2125 stereo power amp, 125-200W/ch PARASOUND Z - Only 9.5" wide! Parasound Halo A23 $995 Parasound’s A23 isn’t the last word in low-end authority, and it’s a bit cool in the midrange, but what it lacks in oomph it makes up for in finesse and pitch definition. At far left are some interesting alternatives to turning on the amp with its front-panel On/Off button. In the Halo A 23+, Parasound has delivered an impressive power amplifier. To contact us, please e-mail info@soundstagenetwork.com, Rotel RB-1582 MkII Stereo Power Amplifier, Musical Fidelity M6i Integrated Amplifier, Definitive Technology Mythos ST-L SuperTower Loudspeakers. The Halo HINT 6, retailing for $2,995, is Parasound’s flagship integrated amplifier. An impressive power amplifier. All rights reserved. Parasound Products was founded in 1981, in San Francisco, by Richard Schram, whose mission was to provide value for the money to his customers. At lower levels, Josefowicz’s E-string glissandi had a slight tendency to get lost against the orchestral backdrop in Sarasate’s showpiece Zigeunerweisen. < 0.06 % at full power Depth, with cables 17" (432 mm) The A 23+ offers 45A peak current per channel, and has gold-plated terminals and sockets, discrete Junction Field Effect Transistors (JFETs) for inherently high-impedance input, and Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors (MOSFETs) to reduce odd-order harmonic distortion in the driver stages. Parasound already brings listeners heavenly sound, but its halo now shines more beautifully than ever with its brand new version of the Halo A 23 two-channel power amplifier. Parasound serves both the consumer and professional markets; their products have been used by multiple Oscar-winning sound designers, from such studios as Lucasfilm, Pixar, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. Parasound currently makes preamplifiers and phono preamplifiers; mono, stereo, and multichannel power amplifiers; and integrated amplifiers; in the past they’ve offered AM/FM tuners, loudspeakers, preamplifier-processors, CD players, and DACs. A vibraphone comprises an array of tuned aluminum bars that are struck with cord-wrapped rubber mallets. Halo is our premier line with a reputation for going head-to-head with the most expensive equipment on the market, while costing a fraction of the price. 160 watts x 2, 8 Ω both channels driven 600 watts x 1, 8 Ω Both channels are driven, with 150 watts-per-channel into 8 ohms. For the same amp that was used in the Hint. "There is a lot to like in the reasonably-priced Parasound HALO A 23+ stereo amplifier. The A23's innards are almost entirely discretes and most of the traces run on the underside of the board, making it hard to probe around to reverse engineer the amp's schematic, but presumably Parasound does this so they can deliver balanced and unbalanced signals to a balanced input stage and save a bit of cost. Available in black with gold accents or silver, the HINT 6 is aimed at those who want the simplicity of having one piece of equipment versus two or more separate components, it also eliminates the need for additional power and interconnect … Bridged 4 Ω operation is not recommended That original Haloone-box proved an extensive feature list and a great performance weren’t mutually exclusive, an… That’s why we’ve had decades of purist amplifiers that have sported little more than source selection, a volume control, and a remote if you’re lucky. This is pop music as film soundtrack -- the Parasound delivered the roller-coaster with impressively expressive dynamics on a soundstage populated by detailed aural images. The output-stage transistors support high current levels and are extremely fast (60MHz), to tame transient intermodulation distortion. As Sherman traversed his instrument’s range, I could follow the movements of his mallets across the soundstage with the A 23+. Parasound Halo, ZoneMaster, Z Custom, and NewClassic are four distinct product families. Pure sonic magic with brilliant dynamics, delicious midrange and impressive resolution. "Parasound provides great value in the Halo A 23+. > 85 dB at 1 kHz Parasound’s expertise gained from years of building much-admired amps and preamps shows here. Their four current product lines are: ZoneMaster, for stable power amplification into impedances of 2 ohms, and outboard crossovers for multi-speaker custom installations; the Z models, half-rack-space components also intended for the custom market; NewClassic, their budget line; and the Halo line, which comprises their most extensive, expensive, and highest-performing models. Features include c ircuitry designed by legendary John Curl, upgraded power output, transformer, filter capacitance, internal connections, speaker terminals and cosmetics. Note: Measurements can be found through this link. Item: Parasound Halo A23 2 channel Power Amp Location: S/E Suburbs I can post as I have original packaging Price: $900 Item Condition: It is as good as new purchased November 2017 Reason for selling: I now have whatmough Signature 33s and these need more power I have decided. The A23 was not considered one of the best efforts at Parasound. Rapid changes in the ranges of frequency and dynamics, and spatially across the soundstage, were effortlessly accomplished. The A 23+ can be switched between its Stereo and Bridged Mono modes with a single toggle switch between the sets of left- and right-channel inputs -- in bridged mode, the Halo A 23+ delivers an astounding 500W into 8 ohms throughout the entire audioband (20Hz-20kHz). There are also A/B speaker terminals with individual on/off functions. Outstanding! Height, with feet: 4-1/8" (105 mm) ", ON-OFF  (Spain) September, 2019 . The power was clean and clear. The Emo has less power 50W @ 8ohms VS 125W @ 8 ohms, but Emo is just more musical to me (so is the HCA 3500). 2 = Positive The power cord provided was, appropriately, quite a bit heavier than that provided with a typical component. These attributes of the Parasound’s sound were much more pronounced with well-recorded, high-resolution recordings than with run-of-the-mill CDs. The reproduction of this recording takes a light but deliberate touch, and the A 23+ delivered it with well-managed dynamics in the solo violin, orchestral strings, and rumbling timpani. "Parasound provides great value in the Halo A 23+. All contents available on this website are copyrighted by SoundStage!® and Schneider Publishing Inc., unless otherwise noted. Then, after ten minutes of receiving no signal, the Halo A 23+ will shut itself off. Frustrated, and for the sake of this review, I was forced to speculate about the nature of accurate and neutral. I found that the Parasound didn’t suffer from power-line inconsistencies, as my NAD C 356BEE integrated amp ($900) does when plugged directly into the wall -- which is why I plug the NAD into an APC Line-R LE1200 power conditioner. Power Output – Stereo Mode (0.06% THD) Stereo+ (Norway) January 2019 "Together, the Parasound P 6 and A 23+ are dynamite. Via unbalanced (RCA) interconnects, I fed the A 23+ audio signals from my primary sources, a Music Hall MMF CD-25 CD player and a Cambridge Audio CXN (V2) network player. Access (formerly GoodSound!) Category: Amplifiers Parasound Halo P-3 Preamplifier and A-23 Power Amplifier Reviewed by David O’Gorman I purchased this unassuming little duo from a reputable seller on Audiogon ($1225 for the pair, N-I-B), without having *ever* heard them in a stereo salon. Additionally, Parasound's A21 just won an … Parasound Halo A 23+ Stereo/Mono AmplifierPrice: $1495 USD.Warranty: Five years parts and labor. The aural images of the instruments on this intimate recording of an acoustic jazz quintet were also more defined through the Halo. This site was designed by JoomlaShack, Karen Fanas, and The SoundStage! Meet the Halo A 23+ and enjoy performance upgrades for cleaner, ultra-low distortion sound, revised front panel cosmetics, and a revised rear panel layout offering enhanced features, too. . It has outputs for a subwoofer and the option to set the crossover frequency. i'm looking at upgrading my amp which is a NAD C320BEE. RMS continuous power, full audio band (20 Hz - 20 kHz), Current Capacity 45 amps peak, per channel, Slew Rate Gold-plated RCA input jacks ensure quality sound playback. 1 = Ground (Shield) "the Parasound P 6 and Parasound A 23+ play together in a pleasingly balanced and precise manner, while still musical with tonality that tends toward warmth. Back to Emotiva TA-100 VS Parasound A23, it is a conundrum. It had a dramatic punch, but also expressed delicate flute motifs, and even silence when needed. With small-combo jazz, the Halo A 23+ offered detail, precision, accuracy, and well-balanced tonality. 5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB Moreover, this reasonably priced amp is musically quite involving. The A23+ builds on the phenomenal performance of the A23. It’s an impressive set of features. While I’d never thought the NAD lacked for power, the Parasound offered much more, and was able to deliver it with greater control across the audioband. I'm curious about the overwhelming silence on the DRs. As Parasound defines it, value begins to decline when additional cost provides only marginal and diminishing returns, and increases when a product is reliably functional over decades. "Doing so has proved that extremely high performance-per-dollar is still possible today when a company leverages decades of experience, and is spearheaded by a legend." To get such good sound for the price of this duo seems almost unnatural. This sounds like an Amplifier made for movies, and I think it will do well in that section. Idle (no music playing): 75 Watts Sidebar 3: Measurements I tested the Parasound Halo A 21+ with my Audio Precision SYS2722 system (see the January 2008 "As We See It"). > 112 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted Its case is available in silver or the black of my review sample, which looked very elegant. » English Translation PDF, Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity, November 2020 300 watts x 2, 4 Ω both channels driven, Power Output – Bridged Mode (0.06% THD) The Halo A 23+ drove my Sonus Faber Principia 3 minimonitors. 110-125 VAC 60 Hz or 220-250 VAC 50 Hz The Halo A 23+ includes a number of upgrades from its predecessor, the Halo A 23: The power output in mono has increased from 400W to 500W; in stereo, the increase is from 125 to 160Wpc into 8 ohms, and from 225 to 240Wpc into 4 ohms; the filter capacitors have been upgraded, from 40,000 to 54,400µF; the large, shielded toroidal transformer, formerly 1.0kVA, is now 1.1kVA; the crosstalk has improved, from 63 to 70dB; and the speaker terminals are now the “heavy-duty” ones used in the Halo HINT 6 integrated amplifier. ``, stereo+ ( Norway ) January 2019 `` Together, the $ 2000 Halo 23+... 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