"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.
"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!
Parasound HALO 2.1 Channel Integrated Amplifier (with DAC) Features & Benefits:
Preamp and DAC Features & Benefits
Latest generation ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M)
Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit
Native and DoP DSD decoding (Drivers for ASIO or WASAPI)
Coax and optical accept PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit
Analogue bass management with high & low pass crossovers
Home theatre bypass input for surround sound integration
Front panel subwoofer level control
Dedicated high current headphone amplifier (TI TPA6120)
Phono input for MM & MC with 100 Ω or 47k Ω load
Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage
5 pairs RCA line level Analog inputs
1 pair XLR balanced Analog input
Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs
1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from remote or front panel
Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks
12 Volt input and output to triggers
Premium motor-driven Alps potentiometer volume control
Back-lit remote control with discrete buttons
0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star & EU specs
Power Amp Features & Benefits
160 Watts x 2 @ 8 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
240 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
Power amp circuit topology designed by legendary John Curl
Direct amplifier input to bypass preamp section
High bias class A/AB operation
Oversized shielded toroid power transformer
Dual-mono power supply and power amplifier
40,000uF power supply filter capacitance
Matched JFET input stages and MOSFET driver stages
12 high voltage/high current bipolar output transistors
Heavy-duty 24k gold-plated 5-way speaker binding posts
Over temp and short circuit relay protection
Parasound HALO 2.1 Channel Integrated Amplifier (with DAC) Specifications:
10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion:
< 0.01 %
Power Output - RMS, All Channels Driven (20 Hz - 20 kHz):
160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω
240 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω
Unbalanced: 24k Ω
Balanced: 100k Ω per leg
Unbalanced: 100 Ω
Balanced: 470 Ω per leg
Hi & Low Pass Crossover Slope:
12 dB / Oct
XLR Pin Identification:
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)
Width: 17-1/4" (437 mm)
Depth: 16" (406 mm)
Height, with feet: 5-7/8" (150 mm)
Height, without feet: 5-1/4" (133 mm)
Standby: 0.5 Watts
Power On: 70 Watts
Maximum: 750 Watts
220-260 VAC 50 Hz (selectable via rear panel)