Everything about it screams "End-game tube amp, long-term keeper! Just curious what you mean by "the dynamics are demo-quality". $595.00 $ 595. 1. Oct 11, 2017 17:09:48 GMT -5 . . - Parasound A21+ well done. The Halo JC 5 is a great sounding … In very nice condition! Why does your 4ohm wattage measurement shoot up in THD at 250W and it stops at 300W, yet the THD vs wattage vs frequency graph goes to 800W? I actually purchased my A21+ from them. Willing to bet they choose ICEpower due to margins. This is a significant difference in price, serves different markets and leaves the options to upgrade for the customer. Easy to subscribe, even easier to leave if you wish. Offline; Platinum Boarder Posts: 4581 Thank you received: 7021 Karma: 15 arrow_drop_downMore … I previously has the A21 with a Van Alstine Ultra Plus preamp. Simply put, JM adored this petite integrated amp/DAC from PS Audio straight out of the box. The amplifier is amazingly quiet, tonally balanced with an ability to deliver detail and layering in a price bracket just a notch below some of it’s bigger brothers. There's no where I can go to listen to all the different amp options with a specific speaker model. On one hand - class D. Hmmm.. not sure how I feel about it. I no longer have the Revel Performa F228Be but I bought a pair of the Revel Performa3 F206 speakers for surround channels, primarily. Stereophile has also reviewed the PS Audio Stellar M700. But he also says power cables make a difference and sells a $10,000 power regenerator. In my long quest for satisfying performances of Gabriele Fauré's Requiem, I have waded through performances by large and small ensembles made in concert halls, studios, and cathedrals, and recorded in stereo and multichannel. I'm sure this is a wonderful amplifier, and I know there are significant differences in speakers' quality, but I never see A/B tests among amps (like Revel does with their speakers). PS Audio Sprout $499 Call it love at first sight. In his review of the ($3,495) Rogue Audio Stereo 100 power amp, HR stated that the amp in triode mode "delivered bigger, deeper, more CinemaScope soundstages populated with denser, more vivid three-dimensional aural images" and "in my view, the Stereo 100 is everything—sonically, mechanically, aesthetically—that we could hope for in a 21st-century tube amp. Go. Parasound Zphono XRM MM/MC Phono Preamplifier. I picked it up by hand and nearly hurt my back trying to hold it that way! I hadn't noticed any change. What I heard from the Parasound A 21+, in these recordings and others, was transparency without highlighting or emphasis. Note that Parasound rates the THD at <0.03% at typical listening levels. With the Parasound, that picture was spatially quite close and realistically present. Halo Amps Has anyone done a comparison on the difference between the sound of these two amps? Continuous power output: 250 watts RMS x 2, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω, all channels driven; 400 watts RMS x 2, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 4 Ω, all channels driven There was nothing to disturb the illusion of a personal communication. This is a review and detailed measurements of the PS Audio Stellar M700 Power Amplifier. 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. If this amp is 10% "better," that number is not worth testing the waters of diminishing returns. Monitor Audio Silver 10s, PS Audio M700 power amps (on the way), and a Simaudio Moon 240i integrated amp 2. It's difficult to audition amps. They can claim it at the front desk.". I suspect that you have put your finger on the reason for these mismatches. The Benchmarks live in the city where, so far, they have not disappointed. How does it compare with the Parasound 21+. Saying it’s a great value is a bit of a disservice. 700AS - 1 channel driven. Dunno. 1 of 2 Go to page. While overall you appeared to be impressed with the AHB2, you reported that it did not mate well with certain speakers. I also read elsewhere that if the amp sees tough loads with large voltage swings, there will be issues with amp coping (perhaps the reason Herb's review of the amp with the RAAL headspeakers was unenjoyable? Thanks, looks interesting...can't find any reviews. Rotel RSP 1068. I read with interest your previous review of the AHB2 amp. It arrived brand new, … I used it to power dynaudio 25s and it sounded great. A pair of these placed on any loudspeaker brings forth the lush, rich and soul-satisfying power of two completely independent power blocks with headroom to spare. The statement merely acknowledges that RR recordings are known for their wide dynamic range (R128 dynamic range is 22.2LU on the track discussed) and that they are often chosen to demonstrate that at audio shows. It is large and heavy—probably of necessity, given its abilities—but it is also handsome and graced with useful connections and controls. PS Audio’s Stellar range is meant to offer superlative value – and it does. Schram brought years of experience working for Pacific Stereo and as a consultant to other manufacturers to bear when he started producing Parasound amplifiers, but his company got a … The Parasound A 21+ is remarkably powerful, transparent and quiet. He tried the Classe amplifier which is a class D like the NAD and found the other 2 amps to be better match with the F228Be so I decided to go with the new Parasound. Food for thought? Saying it’s a great value is a bit of a disservice. Anyone have measurements of the A21+? (Don't let the impressive concluding thump startle you!). Holst's The Planets might be the obvious choice, but, on a recent Reference Recordings release by the Kansas City Symphony conducted by Michael Stern (SACD, Reference Recordings RR-146), it is the less obvious suite of ballet music from the same composer's The Perfect Fool that I prefer. Yea, because Paul for some reason thinks feedback is bad. The M700 features a higher power output provided by an ICEpower 700AS1 board, but the same alluring analog cell as the stereo S300. Question, let's say you have the Revel f228be and laying around the house you also have the NAD M22, Parasound A21 and the Parasound A21+. I don’t know where you are located but AudioAdvisor is a US online dealer for both Bryston and Parasound. It is kindly sent in by a member and costs US $2998 for a pair from the company direct. Sweet Joe !! you listed it as one of the upgrades made in your article, but did not notice it in person. AHB2 vs A21+ Thread starter archerious; Start date Sep 16, 2020; 1; 2; Next. Treble balance on the two was similar, and both were more revealing of suboptimal program sources than the A 31. The bass could be more impactful with A 21+ ....... Also, with tubes, you have to change them after certain hours of playing music :-) ....... ... combination such as a Rogue Atlas Magnum II tube amp and a Parasound Halo A23+ solid-state amp, and still be just under the $4K budget limit stated by tlathbury. It wasn't simply a matter of what sounds right; it was that the sounds created by the A 21+ and my two Revel Studio/2 speakers did nothing wrong. Whether you’re into digital or analog, you’ll discover big-buck sonics and incredible versatility in a neat little package. Is it that much better? Newsletter. heck, forget that conditional: I am greatly impressed with the Emotiva XPA-5.". Sep 16, 2020 #1. Sonore ultraRendu - UpTone ISO Regen - Mola Mola Makua - Apollon NC800 SL PRO - Thiel CS3.7 2. Through the A 21+, upon hearing the opening tones of the period brass and organ pedal emanating from the warm but not overly reverberant acoustic of l'Abbaye de Lessay, I felt an enveloping calm, and my anticipation was fully rewarded by this perfectly paced performance. Comparison to a pair of Benchmark AHB2 stereo amps, used as monoblocks ($2995 each), was more difficult. I mention this not to take away from the Parasound, but to help people mystified or susceptible to the charms of high priced audio equipment. Interconnects: High Fidelity Cables Reveal XLR cables, Synergistic Research Excite XLR, Audience Au 24 SX XLR ; Power: Synergistic Research Atmosphere Level 3 HC, Au24 SX powerChord HP; Speakers: B&W 804D2. A few comparisons Black faceplate with original double shipping boxes, power cords and owner's manuals. He most likely didn't do anything and just slapped an ICEpower module in an enclosure and called it a day. I would anticipate(!) I'd like to see this design implemented over Class D any day... ... (and one-third the price) Parasound NewClassic 2250 v.2, which has a 2-channel power rating of 275W into 8Ω and 400W into either 4Ω or 2Ω. Fascinating! $399.95 $ 399. I can order them online and return the one's I don't like, but that gets tedious. Parasound promotes itself as having a high value-to-price ratio, and one need look no further than the Parasound Halo line of preamplifiers and power amplifiers, which are consistently named to audiophiles' "best bargain" lists. In 1988, Schram enlisted the services of … Right now it's just a slab, framing starts tomorrow 12/5/2018 so it's … PARASOUND HALO A21 vs. HCA-1500A ? Joined Aug 10, 2020 Messages 63 Likes 36. haha. I took a chance on a pair of PS Audio M700 monoblocks, assuming there would be clear synergy with the SGC preamp. This is a review and detailed measurements of the PS Audio Stellar M700 Power Amplifier. As applied to larger ensembles, this enabled a more personal engagement with the performance and performers. maybe even listen. Continuous power output: 250 watts RMS x 2, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω, all channels driven; 400 watts RMS x 2, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 4 Ω, all channels driven Only 2 left in stock - order soon. Which one to you keep connected to the speakers, and why ? Payment method: Paypal: Condition: 9 - Excellent (?) Interesting. Parasound's Halo JC5 conforms to some of these stereotypes, but there's more to it than just slam There's nothing terribly unusual about a big, hefty US-made power amp: after all, it's almost an archetype of … It, too, has big brass and bass drum as well as conciseness in its expression that takes advantage of more exotic percussion accents and some lovely solo turns for the viola and cello. Parasound, based out of San Francisco, was founded by a former audio retailer Richard Schram. I cannot fix that but I will notify someone who can. 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