Priced at £2,699, the Halo Integrated amplifier boasts high-resolution DSD DAC, MM/MC phono stage, balanced XLRs, analogue bass management, home theatre bypass and 160W per channel of John Curl designed amplifier topology.
Parasound has designed its latest product to be the ‘perfect’ choice for two channel and home cinema enthusiasts wanting the performance of a pre-power combination from a single product.
The Halo Integrated is fitted with five line-level inputs including balanced XLR and a low-noise MM/MC phono input with three loading options, which should bring the best out of the connected turntable.
Outputs include XLR L, R and subwoofer preamp outputs plus record/fixed level outputs.
Its home-theatre bypass input circuitry enables a surround sound receiver or processor to utilise the Halo Integrated’s power amp to drive the left and right loudspeakers in a surround sound system.
The Halo Integrated also boasts an adjustable low pass and high pass crossover.
Subwoofer bypass inputs make it possible for subwoofer(s) to operate during surround sound and stereo listening.
The new Integrated Amplifier uses the latest ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC to decode a wide array of digital music files via optical, coaxial and USB inputs.
The USB 2.0 input supports PCM up to 384 kHz/32-bit, native DSD256 and DoP DSD bit stream.
Additionally, the coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192 kHz/24-bit.
Parasound has employed the company’s Class A/AB, DC-coupled topology with a J-FET input, MOSFET driver stage and high-current output with 12 rugged bipolar output transistors.
Richard Schram, Parasound’s president and founder says: “Creating the Halo Integrated amp required us to virtually redefine what a modern integrated amp should be.
“It was a given that its sound quality had to match our acclaimed Halo separates and the company went to great lengths to eliminate the power supply contamination that compromises the audio quality in some of the most expensive integrated amps, allowing the Halo Integrated to provide flawless reproduction of the highest resolution digital audio.”
Multi-Room Company Director, Mike Bonnette adds: “The Parasound amplifier is an exciting new product and one we are proud to distribute and add to the range.
“The technology behind the product, such as the high-resolution DSD DAC, MM/MC phono stage and amplifier topology work beautifully, driving hi-fi, home cinema and custom installation speakers to their fullest potential.”