Parasound amps appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by pdxway, May 31, 2019.

  1. pdxway

    pdxway Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    I don't see a thread like this and decided to start one.

    Got my Parasound A21 a little more than 2 weeks now. Using it to drive my Paradigm Signature S2 mains (as part of 5.1 playback system), I am very happy with the results. I listened to Two Men with the Blues this morning and this is the first time ever I don't have listener's fatigue after playing multiple songs loud. I believe the main reasons of the improvement is due to the initial 10 watts of class A power.

    Owners of Paramount amps, do share your thoughts here. Thanks!
     
  2. Not an owner but would love to audition a Halo Hint 6.
     
  3. Standingstones

    Standingstones Forum Resident

    Location:
    South Central PA
    I wanted to purchase a power amp to see me through the next few years. I bought the Parasound JC5. I had the A21 previously but I wanted more power. So far so good. If you have the resources I would step up to the recently released '+' products.
     
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  4. pdxway

    pdxway Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    Nice! My local store claims that JC5 is even better than JC1.

    You mentioned more power. It means better bass control? Any other advantages over a21? Thanks!
     
  5. Rick58

    Rick58 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Tracy, CA, USA
    I lust after an A21 on occasion ... yeah, I probably don't need it, some folks say an A23 (or 2) should sound just as good, etc. etc. ... but I would always wonder ... ack! now there are + versions and a JC5 (which is probably outta my price range). Have to eventually check on the + and whether new vs. used standard model would make the most sense to me.

    I currently use small monitors and a pair of 300B tube amps but did get the P 7 preamp several years ago, love it. Use some Monitor Silver 7s in my home theater separate setup, thinking an A21 would drive them really well in a combo or standalone stereo setup. Going to move & set up new large dedicated 'bonus room' man cave in our new Idaho home over the next year ... lots to consider!
     
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  6. GoldprintAudio

    GoldprintAudio Forum Resident

    Location:
    Lexington, NC
    The A21+ is fantastic, but I've been extremely impressed with my A23+ demo. Not sure there's much out there that will touch it at the price point.
     
  7. pdxway

    pdxway Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    I have three a23. Two currently being used in the same 5.1 setup. I would say go for a21 if you can. I have not heard a23+, thus can't comment about it.
     
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  8. Fruff76

    Fruff76 L100 Classic - Fan Club President

    Location:
    Pittsburgh
    I’ve always wanted to hear the new Parasound stuff. I have an inexpensive phono amp that i use, which works for me.
     
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  9. Litejazz53

    Litejazz53 Turkey & Crystal Clear Digital For Thanksgiving

    For years I have been impressed with their equipment. In regard to their power amplifiers, they just keep on keeping on, I've never had one fail! I had Jeff Rowland equipment, pre-amp and amp and finally after over 15 years, sold all of it and bought more Parasound. They have a service department that is second to none, they are a very strong company, very competitive with their products, and you can reach their President, Richard, at almost any time. I could not recommend a brand more highly.

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  10. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Location:
    Los Angeles CA USA
    I appreciate that Parasound is one of the few who actually have bass management in 2-channel equipment. It's spreading, but still quite rare, so kudos to them.
     
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  11. molinari

    molinari Forum Resident

    Location:
    new york city
    I've been aware of Parasound for a long time, but it wasn't until recently that I tried them out. I started with a ZoneMaster 650 for an outdoor system and liked it so much, I decided to replace my integrated in my apartment system with a 200 Pre and 275 V2 Amp. I was looking at the Halo line, but needed something that ran cooler, and 90 Watts is enough for my monitors. Like the ZoneMaster 650, the 200 and 275 have lots of useful features and sound great.
     
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  12. JackG

    JackG Forum Resident

    Location:
    NJ
    Analog, stereo BM always gets a "like" from me.
     
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  13. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago metro, USA
    the manual does not recommend bridging the a23+ for mono use with 4-ohm speakers. what about bridging them for nominal 8-ohms with dips to 4-ohms ~ 100 to 250 Hz?
     
  14. gguy

    gguy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wildomar, CA
    I was told this is safe by Parasound. Ultimately I opted an A21.

    On a different note. What is everyone using for interconnects and speaker wire? I am currently using Monoprice stageright XLR's between the P6 and A21, and BJC RCA's between everything else, Mogami W3103 speaker wire. I'd like to hear some opinions on connects/wires that made a positive difference with their Parasound gear.
     
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  15. MikeJedi

    MikeJedi Forum Resident

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Love my Parasound A52 Halo and NewClassic 2125. Good power and finesse all rolled into one. Makes my Def Techs sing and works perfectly with my Yamaha AV pre pro. I’ve had mine since 2012 and couldn’t be happier ! Love Parasound. And also have the Zphono phono pre. Amazing little peforner. Blew away stages that cost way more. ;)
     
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  16. MikeJedi

    MikeJedi Forum Resident

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Monster interlink THX 1000 Rcas for the pre to amp. (They are basically Interlink Ref 2). Works and sounds wonderful. Perfect match. And the speaker cables are Monster Z2 which work and sound great too. From my Zphono to Yamaha , Monster Interlink Ref 2. (Awesome as always ) and Pangea Premeir Signature SE XLR from Oppo to Yamaha ..(Love it!). Using all Pangea Ac14Se and Ac14 for power cords (great sounding for the cost !)
     
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  17. pdxway

    pdxway Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    I use BJC RCA between my preamp and amps. Speaker cables are mostly generic 12 AWG copper cables. BJC is better than my other low cost cables. No experience with other expensive cables....
     
  18. TheVinylAddict

    TheVinylAddict ___The Enforcer___

    BJC LC-1? Or other BJC RCA? (of course most of their RCA choices are Belden cable where BJC solders on a connector).
     
  19. pdxway

    pdxway Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    Yes, BJC-LC1.
     
  20. Boltman92124

    Boltman92124 Fish tacos

    Location:
    San Diego
    I am about 2 months into my new Parasound New Classic 275v2. Replaced a still good sounding Adcom 535L. Planning on bridging 2 of them later on for 200wpc per side. The great thing is you can bridge into a 4 ohm load. The 275v2 is 90wpc/150wpc into 4 ohms. Has a low pass filter and handles two sets of speakers down to 2 ohms. Love it.
     
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  21. mcd4959

    mcd4959 Head in the Clouds

    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    For my 2 channel system, I have the A21 with the P5 pre-amp along with the JC 3 Jr. phono preamp and love them all. My speakers are Paradigm Prestige 75F. The A21 has more power than I need, which is perfect, just in case I want to really crank it up.

    I also have the A52+ driving 5 of the main channels in my HT setup.

    I find the build quality to be rock solid, power to spare, and the sound is excellent. These are likely my last amps. Parasound rocks.
     
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  22. DPC

    DPC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Virginia
    I’ve had my A21 in the main audio system for 12 very satisfied years...if for some reason it failed, I’d likely buy the new version. I consider it a bargain.
     
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  23. PhilCo

    PhilCo Well-Known Member

    Location:
    san jose
    I am currently testing two JC5s (which I admit is a bit excessive) but my speakers can be bi-wired so Parasound recommended that I use the Left channel out of each amp for the High Frequencies, and the right for the Bass frequencies, this way I am getting 400 watts to each of all four of my speaker inputs. Parasound recommended against bridging the amps to turn them into mono amps but rather use them as described above. I am testing them against a pair of JC1s that I have had for years and there is no comparison. The JC5s offer much wider and deep soundstage, much clearer highs and spectacular imaging and specificity of instrumentation. I have had a number of Parasound amps in my system over the years and can't speak highly enough of the company, the support they give customers, their technical support when you call them and of course the fact that across a number of price points they have a great set of under valued products that perform at the highest levels. I wish all audio providers were this good.
     
  24. pdxway

    pdxway Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    Wow! Did you try just a single JC5 first? Can you describe how dual JC5 sounds better for you than single JC5? Thanks!
     
  25. PhilCo

    PhilCo Well-Known Member

    Location:
    san jose
    Yes, I did try one JC5 and all I can is that what I said about two is true about one but the size and scale and ease of two is better than just one (as it should be). On the other hand, had I not tried two, I might have been satisfied with one, I thought one JC5 was better than 2 JC1s, but two JC5s is just a different level of good. When I returned the first JC5 I told Parasound that I hated them because they had made my already very nice system sound pale and lifeless by comparison to the JC5. I don't know if Parasound is going to bring out a JC1 replacement, they have been on a bit of an upgrade tear recently, but if they do, I would expect it to be at least as good as 1 JC5 and would be curious to see how it would sound compared to two JC5s.
     
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