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Parasound Introduces Improved Halo Integrated Amplifier


SAN FRANCISCO (6/13/18) -- Parasound has introduced the HINT 6, an improved version of its popular Halo Integrated Amplifier. After the original Halo Integrated Amplifier was introduced, it quickly became known as "HINT" in the Parasound community, and that name is now adopted in the new model. The amazing sound quality and musicality of the original Halo Integrated (HINT) carries on in the HINT 6. The new model features a Burr-Brown volume control with easy-to-read front panel display. It also adds an upgraded USB receiver with plug and play functionality for Windows and Mac, a second optical input, increased phono gain, greater channel separation, and some pleasing refinements to its appearance.

The Parasound HINT 6 uses the same powerful John Curl designed power amplifier. This 160-watt per channel (240-watts @ 4 ohms) amplifier is based on Curl's Class direct coupled A/AB circuit topology found in Parasound's renowned separate power amplifiers. These capabilities are further enhanced with a home-theater bypass function, 2.1-channel analog bass management, a dedicated high-current headphone amplifier, and MM/MC phono stage.

The Parasound HINT 6 volume control replaces the original model's motorized potentiometer and sliding mechanical contacts with a Burr-Brown electronically controlled analog resistor ladder volume control. Technical advancements in the new volume control offer a more distinct sound stage by increasing the dynamic range, lowering the noise floor, improving left-right separation and maintaining absolute left-right channel tracking at any volume level. The solid aluminum volume knob is supported on ball bearings to rotate with exceptional smoothness, while the dimmable two-digit display shows volume level in increments from 0-99. This advanced volume control enables users to program both a default turn-on volume level as well as a favorite-volume level with remote control button.

The Parasound HINT 6 uses a proven ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC to decode a wide range of digital music files via two optical, one coaxial, and a new upgraded USB receiver; now with plug and play support for Windows 10 in addition to Mac. The asynchronous USB 2.0 input supports PCM up to 384 kHz/32-bit, native DSD256 and DoP DSD bit streams. The coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192 kHz/24-bit.

Among other circuit improvements are an upgraded op-amp in the preamp gain stage, improved L-R channel separation, and increased gain for the MC and MM phono inputs.

The new chassis is available in either black or silver finish, with its visual appeal enhanced by the addition of subtle gold highlights and sand-blasted solid aluminum end caps.

The Parasound HINT 6 is now available with a suggested retail price of $3,150.

About Parasound: Founded in 1981, Parasound Products, Inc., is a privately owned U.S. company that specializes in providing affordable audio components to the critical listener. The company's ever-improving line of audio products has garnered a reputation for performance, value, and reliability. The highest quality standards are assured by Parasound's relationships with their Taiwan audio manufacturers that date back to 1982.

For more information, visit www.parasound.com or call 415-397-7100.

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Parasound HINT 6 New Features (Changes from the original Halo Integrated)
  • Burr Brown analog resistor ladder volume control
  • Dimmable front panel volume display
  • Updated USB receiver is Plug and play with Windows 10 and MAC
  • An additional optical input (2 total)
  • Ball bearing supported solid aluminum volume knob
  • Programable default turn on volume setting
  • Favorite volume memory with remote control button
  • Increased phono stage gain for lower output cartridges
  • Improved Left/Right channel separation and balance tracking
  • Updated cosmetics with subtle gold highlights
Parasound HINT 6 Preamplifier Features
  • ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M)
  • Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit
  • USB input decodes Native DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DoP DSD
  • Coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit
  • Analog bass management with high & low pass crossovers
  • Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration
  • Front panel subwoofer level control
  • Dedicated high current headphone amplifier (TI TPA6120)
  • Phono input for MM, MC and MI with 100 ohm or 47 kohm load
  • Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage
  • 5 pairs RCA line level Analog inputs
  • 1 pair XLR balanced Analog input
  • Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs
  • 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
  • Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from remote or front panel
  • Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks
  • 12 Volt trigger output
  • Back-lit remote control with discrete buttons
  • 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star & EU specs
Parasound HINT 6 Power Amplifier Features
  • 160 Watts x 2 @ 8 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
  • 240 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
  • Power amp circuit topology designed by the legendary John Curl
  • Direct amplifier input to bypass preamp section
  • High bias class A/AB operation
  • Oversized shielded toroid power transformer
  • Dual-mono power supply and power amplifier
  • 40,000uF power supply filter capacitance
  • Matched JFET input stages and MOSFET driver stages
  • 12 high voltage/high current bipolar output transistors
  • Heavy-duty 24k gold-plated 5-way speaker binding posts
  • Over temp and short circuit relay protection
Parasound HINT 6 Specifications
  • Power Output - Both channels driven
    (0.05% THD, RMS, 20Hz - 20kHz)
       160 watts x 2 @ 8 ohms
       240 watts x 2 @ 4 ohms
  • Power Output - Both channels driven
    (0.9% THD, RMS, 20Hz - 20kHz)
       180 watts x 2 @ 8 ohms
       270 watts x 2 @ 4 ohms
  • Current Capacity
       45 amps peak per channel
  • Frequency Response
       10Hz - 100kHz, +0/-3dB
       20hz-20kHz, +0/-0.5 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
       < 0.01 %, average listening levels
       < 0.05 %, 160 watts x 2 @ 8 ohms
  • Interchannel Crosstalk
        > 70dB at 20kHz
        > 78dB at 1kHz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio - IHF A-weighted
       Line in: - 103dB (input shorted)
       Digital in: - 106dB
  • Amplifier Damping Factor
        > 800 at 20Hz
  • Preamp Stage Input Sensitivity
       300mV in for 1V at Pre Out jacks
       Total Preamp Stage Gain: 10dB
       Max Output Unbalanced: 7 V
       Max Output Balanced: 9 V
  • Power Amplifier Stage Sensitivity
       1V at Bypass/Amp In for 28 V at Speaker Out
        Total Amp Stage Gain: 28dB
  • Phono Stage Sensitivity / Input Impedance
       MM: 41dB / 47kohms
       MC: 54dB / 47kohms or 100 ohms
  • High & Low Pass Crossover Slopes
       12dB per octave
  • Supported DAC Sampling Rates
       USB: up to 384kHz / 32-bit PCM
          DSD Native: DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
          DSD over PCM (DoP) at 384kHz
       Coax/Optical: up to 192 kHz / 24-bit PCM
  • Digital to Analog Converter
       ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M
       384kHz / 32-bit
  • USB 2.0 Controller
       Savitech SA9227, 384kHz / 32-bit
  • Headphone Amplifier
       Texas Instruments TPA6120A
       Output Impedance: 10 ohms
  • XLR Pin Identification
       1 = Ground (Shield)
       2 = Positive
       3 = Negative (Return)
  • Input Impedance
       Unbalanced: 24kohms
       Balanced: 100kohms per leg
  • Preamplifier Output Impedance
       Unbalanced: 100 ohms
       Balanced: 470 ohms per leg
  • Dimensions
       Width: 17-1/4" (437mm)
       Depth: 16-1/4" (413mm)
       Depth, with cables 17-1/4" (437mm)
       Height, with feet: 5-7/8" (150mm)
       Height, without feet: 5-1/4" (133mm), 3U
  • Net Weight
       33 lb. (15kg)
  • Shipping Weight
       45 lb. (20.4kg)
  • Power Requirement
        Standby: 0.5 watts
        Idling power: 70 watts
        Maximum: 750 watts
  • 110-125 VAC 60Hz or 220-250 VAC 50Hz
    AC mains voltage is set on rear panel
  • Suggested Retail Price: $2,995








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