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Parasound Introduces Halo P 3 Audio Preamplifier

Balanced XLR connections, improved circuit design, and a stunning new look are the basis for this super-quiet music preamplifier.

The Halo by Parasound P 3 Stereo Preamplifier


San Francisco (4/22/02) --- Parasound has introduced the Halo P 3 stereo preamplifier for use in premium two-channel music systems and multi-room audio systems. With design assistance from the legendary John Curl, the P 3 has a totally new design based on the new Burr Brown OPA2134, Curl's choice of IC based on low distortion, high speed, and low noise. Like all of the new Halo products, the P 3 has an attractive, silver finished front panel that represents a dramatic departure from the company’s traditionally conservative styling.

The Halo P 3’s performance is remarkable for its excellent response and almost non-existent distortion, as reflected by its rating of 10v output with less than .008% THD, 5 Hz -100 kHz frequency response.

The P 3 provides switching for six line inputs including one that is switchable for a moving magnet phono input, and two direct inputs (one unbalanced, one switchable between balanced and unbalanced). This means users don’t lose an input if they don’t have a turntable. In addition, there is an external processor loop, and two parallel line outputs – one RCA and one balanced XLR.

The P 3 has a massive power supply with a large, steel-encased, epoxy-potted toroidal transformer. A double-sided FR4 board provides a superior ground plane to reduce noise, and there is a ground lift switch to eliminate ground loop hum problems when rack mounting. The power can be switched from 115 to 230 Volts for international markets.

This preamplifier is designed to work well in a stand-alone system, or as part of a complex audio system that can integrate with home automation systems via its RS-232 control port. There is an external IR input and loop output jack, and a 12v DC trigger connection and loop output.

The front panel control buttons are illuminated and glow brighter when they are pressed. It features a vacuum fluorescent display, defeatable bass and treble controls, and it’s CNC-machined knob is a precision electronic volume control with custom brass bushings for longevity. The front panel also has a high-resolution stereo headphone connection and an illuminated power switch. The remote control operates the Halo T 3 FM/AM Tuner as well.

The Halo by Parasound P 3 audio preamplifier will be available from Parasound retailers in April, with a suggested retail price of $800.

Halo by Parasound was introduced in 2002 as a performance and design-conscious step-up from the company’s Parasound Classic product line. Founded in 1981, Parasound Products, Inc., is a privately owned U.S. company that specializes in providing affordable audio and home theater components to the critical listener.

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Halo by Parasound P 3 Stereo Preamplifier

The P 3 Remote Control





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