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We were going to write some background about Parasound and what we feel stands out about the brand, but their website does it best:
"In the complicated landscape of audio, many companies put stratospheric price tags on great performance. Our mission couldn't be more different. Simply put, we offer the most performance for the money by finding the sweetest spot between price and diminishing returns. We've all been on the consumer side: music lovers, musicians, and audio enthusiasts looking for top-tier sound without breaking the bank.
Everything we do at Parasound is customer-centric because that's how we define value. Most of our customers don't have trust funds and have to work for their money — so we give them their money's worth and then some. Every time another expert compares our product to equipment that costs three times as much, we have succeeded."
A Few Standout Features:
- Home theater bypass enables seamless blending into a digital surround system, functions with both unbalanced & balanced inputs and outputs, and can be assigned to any input.
- 6 pairs unbalanced RCA line-level audio input jacks.
- Each channel's input is switched by its own gold-on-silver contact relay.
- Direct DC servo-coupled, no capacitors in the signal path.
- Premium 4-gang motor-driven analog master volume control.
- 3/8" thick aluminum shielding around audio boards.
- Four 12v trigger output jacks for power amp auto turn-on & a two-way RS-232 serial port connection.
*Please note there is no phono input - however we do have external dedicated phono preamps available separately for purchase.
From an excellent Stereophile JC 2 BP review written by John Atkinson:
"Parasound and John Curl got it very right. And at a price that will be within the reach of real-world audiophiles."
"It's design, circuit layout, and parts choice are unabashedly American."
"...the first aspect of the Halo JC2 that I noticed was the definition and the weight of its low frequencies."
Tested and working perfectly in our lab. MSRP $4,499.00.
5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
THD: < 0.003% at 100 Hz
THD: < 0.005% at 20 kHz
IM: < 0.003%
> 116 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 104 dB, input shorted, unweighted
> 100 dB at 10 kHz
> 90 dB at 20 kHz
14 dB, maximum
L, R Gain Control Range
- 10 dB
Unbalanced: 30k ohms
Balanced: 30k ohms per leg
Unbalanced: < 60 ohms
Balanced: < 60 ohms per leg
200 mV for 1 V output
Total Gain: 14 dB
Maximum Output: 8 V
XLR Pin Identification
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)
AC Power Requirement
110 - 120 V or 220-240 V, 50 - 60 Hzs
(Set AC Voltage switch on rear panel)
25 watt standby; 30 watts when turned on
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)
Net: 24 lbs. (11 kg)
Shipping: 36 lbs. (16.4 kg)
Rack Mount Accessory
HRA 3 (May be purchased separately)
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PURCHASING FROM SKYFI
This item will be professionally packaged and insured for safe transit to your home.
This item is also available for pickup in Glen Rock, NJ, with convenient parking near our building.
Click here for specifics on our specialized packing process that separates us from the rest.
If we don’t have the original manufacture’s packaging, we use heavy duty double-ply corrugated boxes with Instapak expanding foam custom inserts. In many cases this has proven to be better than the original packaging! We also use high quality fiber reinforced tape to seal our packages. Lightweight items will be bubble wrapped and shipped in a high-quality box.
NJ Residents or anyone picking up without a resale certificate will need to pay NJ Sales Tax.
Thanks for looking and be sure to call us at 201-879-0000 with any questions.
WHO WE ARE
SkyFi Audio is a small startup business specializing in the purchase, reconditioning, and reselling of select high-end audio equipment. We only buy equipment the we admire and are passionate about. No mid-fi, no gimmicks, no junk.
Each piece of equipment is cosmetically restored and fully tested in our well-equipped lab by an engineer with 30+ years of experience in the HiFi world. If it does not meet or exceed the original manufactures specifications, it will not be sold. We are very selective about the equipment we purchase, focusing on mostly analog, high-build quality, American, and European built units.
Through our sister company, which is an authorized dealer for McIntosh, Audio Research, Sonus Faber, ClearAudio, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, and Sony ES, we have access to OEM parts, service, and support. If you’re local and looking for new equipment from the above-mentioned manufacturers, please drop us a line as we can arrange both sales and professional installation in the tri-state area.
We do not accept or review any offers that do not go through the official Audiogon system. We have too many items for sale and it’s nearly impossible to keep track of offers outside of the official system. Please don’t message, email, or text any offers.
We prefer working through PayPal which allows you to use a credit card or bank transfer. We do not charge extra for any payment fees if you purchase the item at the asking price. You can also send us a personal check (which will need to clear before shipping), certified check, money order, or wire transfer. International clients without access to PayPal should use a bank wire transfer.
If you’re picking up an item we do not accept PayPal. You must pay in person with a certified or bank check, or wire transfer. If you make a PayPal payment and are picking up the item, your PayPal payment will be returned.
TRADE IN POLICY
We accept trade-ins of equal or lesser value under certain conditions. Simply click here to submit your gear for full consideration. We will only consider high-end equipment from mainstream manufacturers such as McIntosh, Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Krell, etc. and will typically pass on displays, projectors, receivers, dated surround processors, and mid-fi equipment of any type. We will offer a fair value for your equipment, but keep in mind we’re running a business and will need to be able to resell the equipment at a profit after investing a great deal of time and resources in testing, certifying, repairing, cleaning, and packaging the incoming equipment. If you’re looking for top dollar, we suggest selling it directly on your own.
SELL US YOUR GEAR (Working or Broken)
We’ll also purchase your used or broken gear and arrange pickup if you are in our local market. Simply click here to submit your gear for full consideration.
SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT
We are currently operating from our shop located inside our dedicated building in Glen Rock, NJ. You’re welcome to make an appointment if there’s a piece of equipment you’d like to see in operation before or after purchase. We have several well-equipped, dedicated listening areas plus a dedicated studio with tons of equipment of all makes and models. We’re not a store, so please don’t make an appointment if you’re just curious as to how a speaker or piece of equipment sounds. In essence - no tire kickers please.
You can call or text 201-879-0000 with any questions, or to schedule an appointment. We can also arrange to install, calibrate, and tune your newly purchased gear in your listening room if you’re local to our area. This is super useful when purchasing large speakers or heavy amplifiers. It’s also great for ensuring your new turntable is setup correctly in its final resting place.