I recently upgraded my front speakers to B&W 804D3. Even at reference levels at which I could feel the jarring kick of weapons’ recoil among the frenetic action, there was no discernible distortion: the music and dialogue remained stable and coherent, allowing me to listen at these levels for extended periods without fatigue. Very solidly built, it weighs 65 pounds, and its large case, measuring 17.25"W x 7.6"H x 19.1"D, is the same one used for the Halo JC 1 monoblock, the A 21 stereo, and the A 51 five-channel amps. Andrew Robinson evaluates the A31 to see if it carries on the Parasound name. Moving from left to right the first thing you'll notice are the A31's massive metal rack handles. Capacidad de corriente: 60 amperios pico por canal. The A31 utilizes the same chassis as its fellow multi-channel and stereo siblings (including the JC1), measuring 17.25 inches wide by nearly eight inches tall (with feet) and just over 19 inches deep. 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. Parasound Products was founded in 1981, in San Francisco, by Richard Schram, whose mission was to provide value for the money to his customers. The cracks of Ivan Vanko's whips were positively violent in their dynamic snaps and the resulting electrical crack was so vividly rendered that it made me shudder. The only faults I found with the A 31 were the lack of a black finish finish, which has been remedied by a new finish that Parasound is releasing now, and the bright lights on the front of the unit. Parasound Halo JC 1 Monoblock Amplifier High value at a low(ish) price! Parasound Products, Inc.2250 McKinnon AvenueSan Francisco, CA 94124Phone: (415) 397-7100Fax: (415) 397-0144, E-mail: marketing@parasound.comWebsite: www.parasound.com, SoundStage! The rest of my system was as follows: Dune-HD Max and Oppo BDP-103 as the primary source components, Behringer Feedback Destroyer feeding into a single JL Audio Fathom f110 subwoofer with parametric EQ filters from Room EQ Wizard, and a SIM2 Nero single-chip DLP projecting onto a 120-inch Acoustic4K screen from Elite Screens. The film’s soundscape wasn’t quite as expansive, and I couldn’t feel the forceful recoil of the automatic weapons as easily as I had with the A 31. Parasound Halo A51 Multi Channel Amplifier. I'm not big on "break-in," but I do believe amplifiers, especially those with Class A and AB topologies, do need a little bit of time to warm up, so I gave the A31 a good 30 minutes or so of just playing music at background levels before sitting down for any critical listening sessions. item 3 Brand New Parasound Halo A31 Three Ch Power Amplifier Black - Retail $3,500.00 3 - Brand New Parasound Halo A31 Three Ch Power Amplifier Black - Retail $3,500.00. "Doing so has proved that extremely high performance-per-dollar is still possible today when a company leverages decades of experience, and is spearheaded by a legend." Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front: Live in London (BD, Eagle Rock Entertainment), probably the best-sounding Peter Gabriel concert video available (I’ve watched a lot of them), is a great test for multichannel systems. While the eVo6 didn’t sound thin in any way, there was a richness to the A 31, as evinced by the big but melodic, gentle notes of the piano in “Christmas Time Is Here.” Lorde’s voice on her Pure Heroine (24/48 FLAC, Lava Music/Republic) had a wonderful purity in the midrange with the Bel Canto, but the Parasound -- also very clean through the midrange -- had just a touch of warmth, and a bigger but better-defined image of the voice, that were more musically satisfying. Dialogue was always intelligible, arguably more so as a result of the A31's power and resolution as described above. Vocals again were intelligible and natural in their timbre, not to mention true to their respective actors, but also carried with them a wonderful sense of weight and physical presence. Parasound has a longstanding history when it comes to amplifiers. Que es muy buen aparato, que suena muy bien, que es muy digno y honrado. I had been a Parasound customer previously, having owned both the Halo and Classic line of products, so I was not unfamiliar with the brand or its sound. The front speakers were KEF’s R900 and R600C (center). Bass and low mid-bass control was again exceptional, as was definition and presence amidst the high-frequency onslaught happening around it. With every cut I played, there was great pace and musicality in these arrangements for acoustic instruments. As for the A31's soundstage, I found it to be fairly three-dimensional, provided the material called for it, meaning it was capable of extending beyond the front baffles of the speakers and further back as well, while the side to side extension was wall to wall and beyond. Add to that its prodigious power output and rock-solid build quality, and I can assure you: It’s the real deal. For a Parasound customer, this could mean that he or she is already in possession of either a pair of JC1 monaural amplifiers or an A21 stereo amp. For example, let's say your home theater and two-channel system are one and the same and you use a A21 Halo amp for your left and right mains and an A31 for your center and rear channels. The Hookup I received the A31 amplifier from Parasound shortly after attending the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. The Halo A 31 is able to drive any speaker you are going to throw at it and not complain, as well as impeccably built and beautiful in appearance." When I played multichannel recordings, I heard the same precision and musicality, as well as impressive dynamics across all three front channels. All rights reserved. Parasound has nothing to hide here as these are real numbers supported by A21+'s capability of delivering 60 amperes of current per channel, the ability to deliver this power through the amplifier's full band-width, and a low <0.1% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) when driving the full audio band (20Hz - 20kHz) at rated power. Parasound 5 años de piezas, 5 años de garantía de mano de obra (sólo compras en EE.UU.). Operated in bridged mono, Bel Canto’s six-channel eVo6 ($4900, discontinued), which I usually use to drive my center and surround channels, is claimed to produce a powerful 350Wpc into 8 ohms, three channels driven -- and it has a transparent and musical sound. It should not be overlooked. To the left of the input options rests a gain knob that gives you control, plus or minus 6dB off normal or THX reference, to help level match the A31 to other amplifiers - presumably ones that fall outside of the Halo lineup of products. If you only wish to listen to music, then you needn't power up the A31 at all. More importantly, even with each crack spiking at around 100dB, the resulting sound was never fatiguing, sharp or brittle. Your support is greatly appreciated! All contents available on this website are copyrighted by SoundStage!® and Schneider Publishing Inc., unless otherwise noted. Moving on to movies, I cued up a guilty pleasure of mine, the disaster flick 2012 (Columbia), on Blu-ray disc. So that is how a three-channel amplifier comes into play. The subwoofers were two Paradigm Reference Servo-15 v.2s. By staying out of the way and letting me enjoy the music, the A 31 made this review a challenge to find new ways to say that it sounded wonderful. However, this may not allow for the same level of flexibility should you wish to power your stereo mains differently than the rest of your speakers. The entire performance was one of terrific balance and sheer effortlessness. The control it exhibited over my speakers' drivers was impressive, but not so much so as to call attention to itself. That last part is a big deal (for me at least), as I've encountered no other brand that does this free of charge. All Halo products are available in black or silver finish. The A 31 also got the better of the eVo6 with two-channel music. It's possible to get a Halo-branded amp with five channels. I've gotten word of users with ten-plus-year-old Parasound amps still performing as well as the day they were taken out of the box and, while this reliability may cost Parasound some sales down the road, it does go a long way toward justifying the A31's slightly higher price point. Polk LSiM-707, LSiM-704C, LSiM-702FX; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz SR7011 receiver; Parasound A31 and A23 amps; Oppo 205; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Plant Premier; MIT S2 cables 2. What I mean by this is that a manufacturer of a three-channel amplifier, in this case Parasound, assumes that the customer has an existing stereo amp (or two mono amplifiers) that he or she likes and simply wishes to add amplifier channels for a center channel and surround speakers. After soliciting some advice here and considering various brands and models, I decided on the Parasound A23. The A31's internal circuitry was designed by none other than John Curl, a longtime Parasound collaborator and designer extraordinaire, with more than a few hits to his name. Parasound has been making their Halo line of amplifiers for years now, mostly without change. The Halo Integrated 2.1 combines a preamplifier with a power amp, phono preamp, DAC, and built-in adjustable crossover to make a device that can handle any current-format digital, line-level analog, or phono input. I found the two to be interchangeable in terms of sonics, i.e., I couldn't tell them apart. The A31, like all Halo-branded amplifiers, is a high-bias Class A/AB amplifier, meaning the first few watts - in this case seven - are delivered in pure Class A fashion before switching over to AB status. Regardless of the speaker choice, all were connected via 12-gauge bulk speaker cable from Binary, a SnapAV company. Reviews of Attainable Hi-Fi & Home-Theater Equipment. December 5, 2012 by Chris Heinonen Leave a Comment. Note: Measurements can be found through this link. Front-man Jacob Dylan's vocals were presented in their full unaltered dry but sultry state. The A 31 is certified THX Ultra2, for those who care about such things. Even so, with Edge of Tomorrow it lacked some of the A 31’s weight and depth. Atmospheric scenes had dead-silent backgrounds when required, and dialogue was more than merely intelligible -- it was realistic, and perfectly integrated within the mix, heightening Emily Blunt’s deadpan delivery of some of the film’s most memorable lines. You'll automatically be entered in the HTR Sweepstakes, and get the hottest audio deals directly in your inbox. It’s a fantastic-sounding amp with power to spare. Once installed, making the requisite connections was a breeze. 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I only run a 3 channel home theater and have a Parasound A31 3 channel power amps. It also utilizes eight beta-matched, 15-amp 60Hz output transistors for each channel. Instead, other brands always offer rack ears as an optional extra, sometimes a costly one. The A31 is THX Ultra2-certified as well. First, the A31 is large and in charge, meaning its physical requirements may be a deal-breaker for some and/or in certain installations. $3,499.95. Moreover, the A31 wasn't critical (at all) of my choice of speaker, as it managed to reproduce similar results with all the options I had on hand, whether they were lower-sensitivity bookshelf speakers (Wharfedale) or commercial cinema loudspeakers (JBL). JM Labs Electra 920.1; Parasound JC2 and JC5; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Marantz SA8004 SACD; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P1000; MIT S1 Cables Parasound Halo A31 Multi Channel Amplifier. It had the excellent transparency and imaging, with plenty of grip, that you’d expect from a high-powered solid-state amp, but it also had a richness through the midrange, and a smooth treble that was easy to listen to while still being very revealing. You get a switchable phono stage, a headphone output and even tone controls. Free shipping. The component under review, the $2000 Halo A 21 stereo amp, is slotted in further down the Parasound line. Lastly, I found the A31's binding posts to be a bit pedestrian and, well, not up to the same standard as the rest of the amplifier's build and sonic quality. Parasound A52+ Five Channel Solid-State Amplifier Parasound's impressive A52+ is truly faithful to music. For me, the A31 from Parasound's Halo line of products is aspirational but obtainable, in that it competes very favorably with far costlier competition, yet can be had by many with just a little foresight and financial planning. Make sense? The Levinson No 533H has a slightly more sultry sound in comparison to the A31, but one that is still pleasing, though it costs decidedly more at $10,000 retail. The massive, encapsulated toroidal transformer produces 1.5kVA, and has independent secondary windings for each channel and 98,400µF of power-supply filter capacitance. It has XLR and RCA input jacks, toggle switches for selecting between them, and binding posts far enough apart to accept heavy-duty, audiophile-approved cables. “Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans” There is even a loop out option for daisy-chaining several amps together if you so desire. When the world does literally begin to crumble beneath the characters' feet, the resulting sound was truly epic and, yet again, I felt as if I was able to discern more of it due to the A31's (and A21's) incredible clarity and definition throughout. If I didn’t already own the Anthems, I’m not sure I’d choose them over the Parasound. When more than three channels were needed, it was always paired with my Parasound Halo A21. The question that remains is whether the A31 is any good. Parasound at Rocky Mountain AudioFest 2017 - Stereophile review by Herb Reichert. Pero efectivamente John Curl hizo una obra maestra con la A21. As Parasound defines it, value begins to decline when additional cost provides only marginal and diminishing returns, and increases when a product is reliably functional over decades. Since its founding in 1981, Parasound has become one of the industry's … Although the Parasound has a lower power rating, it sounded more dynamic and visceral with sound effects, yet more refined with the film’s musical score. Access (formerly GoodSound!) My reference Anthem Statement M1 mono amplifiers ($3750 each) have a midrange that is slightly clearer, making voices more present, and small vocal inflections and nuances more discernible. Over the years, I’ve heard the Halo JC 1s driving myriad high-end speakers at many audio shows, and have always been impressed by their sound. At first look the Parasound Halo A 21 is an appealing and robust amplifier accented by brushed metal finish. Explosions and crashing cars rocked my room, yet were pushed through effortlessly and with terrific focus and control - no warbled drivers here. . The A 21 amplifier is loaded with usable features above and beyond most other amplifiers. They can be switched out of the signal path when not needed, giving a slightly clearer sound. While they were completely functional, they just felt cheap in comparison to everything else the Halo affords you. Next I cued up another favorite, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells III, and the track "Far Above the Clouds"(Warner Bros. UK). The 2 preamps I've been thinking about is Parasound JC-2 BP or the Macintosh C49. While the Halo A 31’s power and bass control were impressive, its midrange clarity and ability to vividly float voices between the speakers at exactly the right depth -- not too up-front or recessed -- rivaled that of much more expensive amps. While there was still plenty of detail, the explosive, metallic sounds of battle were a little forced and lacking in weight in comparison to the A 31’s smooth, effortless delivery. Submit a ReviewContact Editorial Policy About us, Privacy Policy CCPA / GDPR Affiliate policy. I even went so far as to use the A31 in conjunction with professional commercial cinema loudspeakers from JBL. From there, I connected the A31 to a host of different loudspeakers, ranging from my trusty Tekton Design Pendragons to a complement of Jade 1 bookshelf speakers from Wharfedale. With regard to the two-channel A 23, Parasound’s smallest, least expensive Halo amp, the SoundStage! It’s claimed to provide pure class-A operation up to 7Wpc, high-bias class-A/B operation thereafter, and to deliver 250Wpc into 8 ohms or 400Wpc into 4 ohms, all three channels driven. KONKA Announces Three New Android TV Series for 2021 Lineup. After 15 years of devoted service, Parasound has retired its beloved Halo A 21 amplifier. With a claimed power output of 250Wpc into 8 ohms, the A 31 should be able to drive the three front speakers of just about any home-theater system. For example, in “Always On My Mind,” the piano was placed slightly in the back right of the soundstage, accompanied by a lone snare drum that did an excellent job of keeping time. I look forward to hearing it in the future. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. All three amplifiers are unique and special in their own rights and deciding which is right for you is going to boil down to personal preference, as well as budget. CES Trends: MiniLED and is it Better than OLED? Since its founding in 1981, Parasound has become one of the industry's most venerable brands, offering scores of products that historically have garnered high praise amongst discerning enthusiasts, though the wares have always been offered at reasonable prices. For more details on the A31's inner workings, as well as design notes, please visit the A31's product page on Parasound's website. B-Stock items are … Andrew Robinson evaluates the A31 to see if it carries on the Parasound name. “Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans” is part of. I suppose I've heard a touch more top-end sizzle, but I'm not certain I'd say the A31 is wrong in its portrayal, as everything simply felt right in its delivery. I was certain I had owned a Parasound amplifier at one point in my life. The many fins of the large heatsinks that comprise the side panels, and the Parasound logo stamped into the top plate, are all covered in a high-quality, black-anodized finish that gives the A 31 a professional, refined appearance. Enjoy! The A31 employs matched pairs of JFETs for its input/pre-driver stages and matched pairs of MOSFETS in its driver stage. Parasound has never offered a three-channel amplifier and, while three-channel amps are nothing new within the industry, fans of the company are probably asking themselves (and Parasound) what took so long. The reader may be somewhat surprised at finding a Parasound product reviewed in Superior Audio.This San Francisco-based company has for years offered well made, good-value products that compete principally with other value-priced marques such as Adcom, B&K … It joins the two-channel Halo A 21 and the five-channel Halo A 51 -- only the Halo JC 1 monoblock costs more. 5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 product rating. Is there a market for it? The signal path is direct-coupled, meaning no capacitors or inductors are used anywhere in the signal path, and is capable of full power output down to 5Hz. This time, with the A31 having to play nice with its two-channel sibling the A21, I couldn't detect any dissimilarities between the two when using one for mains and the other for center and/or rear channel duty. Parasound Halo A23 Stereo Amplifier Review In light of our slow shift toward two channel audio (no, we are not abandoning personal audio), I decided it would be a good idea to start with something basic, like a stereo amplifier. Parasound says the Halo A31 was created in response to the growing demand to get a high performance, high power, three-channel amplifier. I suppose as money became tight, people went back to all-in-one solutions, i.e., five- and seven-channel amplifiers or AV receivers. The A 31 is rated at 250Wpc into 8 ohms or 400Wpc into 4 ohms, all three channels driven throughout the audioband of 20Hz–20kHz. Additional Resources• Read more multi-channel amp reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com's writers.• Explore more reviews in our AV Preamp and Stereo Preamp review sections..• Find a pair of Bookshelf Speakers or Floorstanding Speakers to drive with the A31. Moving on, I went with an old pop favorite, The Wallflowers' hit "One Headlight" off their album Bringing Down the Horse (Interscope Records). (16/44.1 FLAC, Columbia/Legacy) is a little dry, but the A 31 reproduced Nelson’s world-weary voice with a bit of smoothness. Parasound Halo Three Channel Power AmplifierThe Parasound Halo A31 multichannel amplifier is a power.. £4,799.00. There are also two large handles, a mains power switch, and an IEC receptacle for the provided power cord. Respuesta en frecuencia: 5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB a 1 vatio. I consider the Halo A 31 to be one of today’s best values -- if not the best value -- in a power amplifier. The many screws securing the top plate slightly protrude and are easily visible, but are not particularly distracting. Through the A 31, the sound across the front channels was flawless. Needed, it was a natural presence and richness to his voice, and Auto, an... 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