The new Halo JC 5 stereo amplifier from Parasound, is a truly powerful piece of kit. Designed by audio legend John Curl, the high bias class A/AB provides 12W per channel pure class A power and class AB effortlessly to its 400W per channel 8-ohm rating. It can also deliver 600W per channel into 4-ohms, and can also be bridged to mono for 1200W into 8-ohms.
The power supply employs a 1.7kVA shielded toroid power transformer with a premium H18 grade steel core. It has independent secondary windings for its dual-mono power supply. Independent power supplies for left and right channels input stages employ filter caps totalling 8880 µF. Driver and output stages employ massive Rubycon filter caps totalling 132,000 µF.
The Halo JC 5 is direct-coupled, protected by DC servo circuits to eliminate coupling capacitors, while extending bass response down to 5Hz. Its balanced inputs use discrete circuits with Neutrik locking XLR connectors, and Vampire 24k gold-plated RCA input and loop output jacks. Five-way ‘propeller’ speaker binding posts are custom-manufactured for Parasound by CHK Infinium. They are 24k gold-plated and accept 7-gauge bare wire. The premium-quality 9-foot detachable IEC 12-gauge power cord features silver-soldered connectors.
Available from June, the Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo Amplifier will have a suggested retail price of US $5,995.