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Parasound Adds 350-/600-Watt Class D ZoneMaster Amp for CI

Parasound has introduced a robust 350-watts-per-channel stereo amplifier in its ZoneMaster line of components for custom and commercial installation.  The new Parasound ZoneMaster 2350 draws on the company's heritage of low-noise, high-resolution analog input stages and bass management, combined with Class D amplification to drive up to 600 watts per channel in typical 4-ohm custom applications.

In addition to providing high power and sound quality to stereo speakers, the Parasound ZoneMaster 2350 offers a full package of installer-friendly features that have proven popular on previous ZoneMaster amplifiers. .....more

 

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Parasound Reprises Five-Channel Amplifier with 44% More Power

Parasound is introducing their new Halo A 52+ five-channel amplifier. The A 52+ is based on their highly successful A 52 and features significant upgrades in power output, circuitry refinements, and the latest Halo styling. 

The new model increases available power from 125 to 180 watts per channel into 8 ohms and 255 watts into 4 ohms, with all channels driven.  As with its predecessor, the Parasound Halo A 52+ is the work of audio legend John Curl, using high-bias Class A/AB and direct-coupled circuit topology. (...more)

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Parasound Signs Cardinal Sales Corp as Manufacturer's Rep in the Midwest

Parasound partners rep firm with 50 years of history in Ohio River valley region.

SAN FRANCISCO (3/30/17) — Parasound Products, Inc. the proven value leader in high-end and custom installation audio, has selected Cardinal Sales Corporation of Indianapolis to support audio and custom installation dealers in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Parasound president and founder Richard Schram states, "Cardinal Sales has the leadership, personnel, and dealer support systems we need to grow Parasound sales in this market. We have been impressed with Cardinal's president, Keith Selby, and his sales team as consistent performers with a list of brands that mix well with Parasound." (more...)

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Parasound Signs Studio Decor as Manufacturer's Rep in Southern California

Parasound selects rep firm with a proven track record for innovative B2B relationships

SAN FRANCISCO (1/25/17) -- Parasound Products, Inc. the proven value leader in high end and CI audio, has appointed Studio Decor to represent and market Parasound to exclusive Southern California retailers, integrators, designers, and architects.

Parasound chief Richard Schram states, "We are pleased to have Parasound represented by Studio Decor, its founder Trayce Blake, and industry veteran Michael Grover. Studio Decor has been designing and consulting on commercial and residential theaters and custom electronics for more than a decade. They are proven progressive innovators and their expertise in blending disciplines will achieve excellent results for Parasound." (more...)

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Parasound Delivers CI Industry's First Four-Zone DAC & Crossover

SAN FRANCISCO (12/28/16) -- Parasound® has begun dealer shipments of the world's first four-zone DAC and crossover, the ZoneMaster 4 DAX.  The Parasound ZoneMaster 4 DAX frees the custom installer from the four biggest limitations of the Sonos Connect®; sound quality, connectivity constraints, rack space and profitability.  It is the first four-zone single chassis DAC with integrated crossovers, mono outputs, subwoofer connectivityand 12V DC trigger outputs.  The 4 DAX enables custom installers to upgrade their clients' high-resolution digital sound quality and increase speaker flexibility when creating multi-zone systems without the cost and complexity of additional preamps or house audio controllers. The 4 DAX complements streaming devicesthat have digital volume controls, such as the Sonos Connect®, Bluesound Node®, Google Chromecast Audio®and Apple Airport Express®. Most importantly, it provides a more profitable pathway for whole house audio system systems based around these streaming audio devices.

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Parasound® Zpre3 Compact Stereo Preamp Packs Features
for Home Audio and Custom Integration

SAN FRANCISCO (8/31/16) — Parasound® has introduced its Zpre3 stereo preamplifier for custom installation as part of its Z-Custom half-rack-width product line.

The compact Parasound Zpre3 is a five-source stereo preamplifier designed to deliver full-size audiophile sound. It will be useful to professional custom installers, with features such as discrete IR remote commands, a 12V trigger output and two-way RS232 with direct volume control. The automatic RS232 feedback allows for easy integration with keypads or touch-screen control systems such as Crestron®, AMX®, Control4®, Savant®, and Elan®.  (more...)

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Parasound® Debuts the First Four-Zone DAC & Crossover at CEDIA

SAN FRANCISCO (8/25/16) —Parasound has introduced the ZoneMaster® 4 DAX, the first four-zone DAC with crossovers for the custom installation industry. The 4 DAX was designed in response to custom installers who create multi-zone systems based around the Sonos Connect®, Heos Link®, BlueSound Node® or Google Chromecast™ Audio, and are looking to upgrade their clients' digital sound quality, with unique connectivity for subwoofers, stereo or mono speakers, and system control options.  (more...)

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Parasound Picks Three New High End Specialist Sales Reps

SAN FRANCISCO (3/1/16) -- Parasound Products, Inc., the San Francisco-based high performance specialty audio manufacturer, has appointed three new independent residential sales representative firms, effective March 1, 2016. 

Comprehensive Brands based in Wheaton, IL will cover Northern Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin; Maverick Marketing of Fort Lauderdale will cover Florida; and RC AV Marketing Services in Olathe, KS will cover Missouri, Indiana, Nebraska, and Kansas.  (...more)

 

Parasound Debuts Expanded ZoneMaster Custom Installation
Amplifier Line at CEDIA

SAN FRANCISCO (10/8/15) — Parasound has expanded its ZoneMaster custom installation amplifier line with the introduction of three new models at CEDIA Expo in Dallas, October 14-17. The six-channel Parasound ZoneMaster 650, four-channel ZoneMaster 450, and two-channel ZoneMaster 250 use the same 50-watt bridgeable amplifier circuits, offer the same quality sound, and deliver the same high levels of dependability as the company's ZoneMaster 1250 Universal 12-channel amplifier, which was introduced at CEDIA last year.

"Custom installers are very specific about amplifiers," said Richard Schram, president and founder of Parasound. "They want reliability, easy installation, impeccable sound quality, and no service calls. The better installers like to use high-performance in-ceiling and in-wall speakers that are more demanding of amplifiers. The rugged, high-current amplifier circuits we use in this line have proven exceptionally reliable in our ZoneMaster 1250, while delivering the same outstanding sound quality which has made Parasound a favorite of audiophiles for over 30 years." ....more

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Parasound Hires Industry Veteran Phil Jackson

SAN FRANCISCO (8/4/15) -- Parasound has named Phil Jackson to the newly created position of Product and Sales Specialist. Jackson brings over 30 years of experience from all sides of the high-end audio business: retailing, manufacturing, and as a manufacturer's rep for two of the country's top firms. He was most recently California Regional Sales Manager for KEF, and previously spent 6 years with Novidor Firestone and 18 years with LP Marketing.

"We've enjoyed excellent growth for quite a while and Phil will play a significant role in taking this up a notch" said Richard Schram, the company's President and Founder. "We've known and worked with Phil for many years in his role as a manufacturer's rep, and he has impressed us with his integrity, the quality of his work and his knowledge of our products and programs. Phil will be an important bridge to our dealers and reps as well as our end users, in the US and internationally. " ...more

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Parasound Introduces New Halo Integrated Amplifier and DAC

SAN FRANCISCO (3/2/15) — Parasound has begun dealer shipments of its new high-end 2.1-channel integrated amplifier and digital audio converter. The Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier combines powerful John Curl designed amplifier topology with a sophisticated analog preamplifier and DAC making it capable of managing music sources ranging from vinyl records to the latest high-resolution DSD digital music files. The 160-watt per channel (240-watts @ 4 ohms) Halo Integrated Amplifier drives high-end loudspeakers with authority and accuracy, using the same Class A/AB circuits 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 state-of-the-art integration technologies.

The Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier uses the latest ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC to decode a wide range of digital music files via optical, coaxial, and USB inputs. 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. ... (more)

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Parasound's Universal 12 Channel Amplifier is Configurable from 12 x 50w to 6 x 200w for Distributed Audio and Home Theater

SAN FRANCISCO (12/11/14) — Parasound has introduced a powerful, high quality, 12-channel amplifier that is ideal for custom installers building multi-room audio and modular home theater systems, especially Dolby Atmos. The Parasound ZoneMaster 1250 Universal 12 Channel Amplifier was first shown in prototype form at the CEDIA Expo in September, and the company has been shipping since late November.

This versatile, efficient and bridgeable power amplifier uses a Class AB input stage and premium Class D power stage to achieve sonic performance consistent with Parasound's audiophile heritage, and to meet the growing demand for quality and dependability from industry professionals. .... (more)

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Parasound Ships New Zdac V.2 DAC and Headphone Amp to Dealers

SAN FRANCISCO (11/10/14) – Parasound has announced that it is now shipping its new Zdac V.2 Digital Audio Converter (DAC) and Headphone Amplifier to dealers.

The Parasound Zdac V.2 follows on the success of the original Zdac, adding enhanced preamplifier features, a new headphone amplifier with increased gain and dual output jacks, and improved system integration with 12-volt triggers. Lightning jack equipped Apple iOS devices can now send digital audio directly to the Zdac V.2's USB port (Apple Lighting to USB adapter required).

Zdac V.2 adds a high-slew-rate headphone amplifier to prevent the odd-order distortions that contribute to listening fatigue. Its low 10 ohm output impedance combined with higher gain allows it to drive phones up to 600 ohms. There is a dedicated headphone volume control, and dual 1/4- and 1/8-inch phone jacks to avoid added adaptor contact noise. ...(more)

 

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Parasound Debuts Game-Changing 12-Channel Power Amp

Parasound has introduced the ZoneMaster Model 1250, a versatile, efficient 12-channel power amplifier with great sound quality, high power, and multiple configuration modes, served in a versatile 2U rack-mount form factor that addresses the many needs of industry professionals.

"The ZoneMaster Model 1250 is a game changer in a category populated by mediocre generic IC amplifiers," said company president, Richard Schram. "The Class AB input stage and premium Class D power stage generate performance consistent with Parasound's heritage. It is as useful for distributed audio as it is for home theater, where it could augment an AV receiver with 3x160 plus 4x50 watts."

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Parasound Announces Zdac V.2 DAC and Headphone Amp

Following the success of its original Zdac, Parasound introduces Zdac V.2 with enhanced preamplifier features, a new headphone amplifier with increased gain and dual output jacks, and improved system integration with 12-volt triggers. Lightning jack equipped Apple iOS devices can now send digital audio to Zdac V.2 USB port (Apple Lighting to USB adapter required).

Zdac V.2 adds a high-slew-rate headphone amplifier to prevent the odd-order distortions that contribute to listening fatigue. Its low 10 ohm output impedance combined with higher gain allows it to drive phones up to 600 ohms. There is a dedicated headphone volume control, and dual 1/4- and 1/8-in ....

 

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Parasound Introduces the Halo JC 3+ phono preamp— An improved JC 3 from legendary Vendetta designer, John Curl.

San Francisco, 12/12/13 — Parasound, a leading manufacturer of high-end audio electronics, has introduced an improved version of its Halo JC 3 phono preamplifier. The new Halo JC 3+ adds independent load adjustment for moving coil cartridges, as well as enhancements to the phono modules, circuit boards, and increased power supply capabilities. The JC 3+ circuit comes from the designer of the legendary Vendetta phono preamp, John Curl.

"Six years ago we asked Curl if he would create a reasonably priced Parasound Halo phono preamp in the spirit of his masterpiece, the Vendetta," said Richard Schram, the founder of Parasound. "Three years later we introduced the remarkable Parasound Halo JC 3 which has earned rave reviews from the audiophile press and a legion of vinyl enthusiasts." (more)

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Introducing the Parasound Halo P 5 Stereo Preamplifier

A 2.1-channel audio preamplifier with DAC, MM/MC phono, balanced XLRs, analog bass management, and home theater bypass

SAN FRANCISCO (8/28/13) — Parasound has added a new 2.1-channel audio preamplifier to its high-end 'Halo' product family. The new Parasound Halo P 5, which replaces the popular and long-lived Halo P 3 stereo preamplifier, adds a high-quality DAC (digital-to-analog converter) with coaxial, optical, and USB inputs, subwoofer outputs with analog bass management, home theater bypass, moving-coil capabilities to the phono stage, and a precision, motorized volume control.

"For 10 years, the Halo P 3 has been a mainstay of our line for value-conscious audiophiles," said Richard Schram, the founder and president of Parasound. "However, new technologies have changed the ways audiophiles connect to and enjoy their music. So, the addition of a high quality DAC was an obvious choice for the P 5. There has also been a resurgence in turntables, so we upgraded the MM-only phono stage to also handle moving coil cartridges with a choice of load impedances.  .....

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Parasound Delivers Zamp Quattro

A 9-1/2" Wide Installer-Friendly 4x50W Two-Zone Amplifier

  • 4 x 50 watts, 8 ohms; 4 x 90 watts, 4 ohms, all channels driven
  • Class AB input stage plus premium Class D power stage
  • Line level and speaker level inputs

San Francisco (6/5/13) — Parasound has expanded its popular Z-Custom line of half-rack-width components with the introduction of the Zamp Quattro, a four-channel/two-zone power amplifier. The Zamp•Quattro expands Parasound's "Zamp" amplifier concept with more channels, more power and more versatility.

"Parasound Zamps have been spec'd by custom installers for nearly 20 years" said Richard Schram, the president and founder of Parasound, "for their high quality sound and compact size. We expect installers will find creative uses for the Zamp Quattro. For example, four Zamp Quattros provides 16 channels of Parasound quality amplification in two rack spaces."

 

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Parasound Debuts Halo CD 1 Holm-Designed CD Player

Parasound teams with Holm Acoustics to deliver a radically different approach to extracting the best possible sound from a Compact Disc.

San Francisco (1/3/13) -- Parasound has introduced a high-end Compact Disc player that represents a radically different approach to extracting the best possible sound from a CD. The new Parasound Halo CD 1 uses new CD playback and processing technology that is the result of a collaboration between Parasound and Holm Acoustics in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"The CD 1 demonstrates that CDs can sound significantly better than anyone has imagined possible," said Richard Schram, Parasound's president and founder. "The full potential of the 16-bit CD format is realized for the first time in the CD 1."

 

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Parasound's Zdac Digital-to-Analog Converter Extracts the Max from Digital Audio

SAN FRANCISCO (11/5/12) -- Parasound, a San Francisco-based manufacturer of high-end audio components, introduces the Zdac, a 192 kHz Digital to Analog Converter that gives consumers the highest possible sound quality when playing digital music files from computers via USB, or from a CD player, Sonos(R), or other digital media players via optical or coaxial digital connections. Zdac is the newest addition to Parasound's compact 'half-width' Z-Series product family, and it is available in either a black finish with rack-mounting tabs or the new silver finish without rack-mount tabs.

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Parasound's High-end HALO Components Now Available in Black.

San Francisco (9/24/12)  -- Parasound has announced that its flagship HALO product line will now be offered in a black finish in addition to the titanium-silver finish that has characterized the line since it was launched over ten years ago.

The new front panels are made of extruded aluminum, with a brushed hairline black anodized finish. The recess in the front panel is bead-blasted for a contrasting texture. This high-quality finishing process produces a durable, long-lived finish that has contributed to the timeless Halo design concept ... more

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Parasound Debuts a Small CD Player With Big Performance
and Lots of Useful Extras

SAN FRANCISCO (3/14/12) - Parasound, a San Francisco-based manufacturer of high-end audio components, has introduced the Zcd Compact Disc Player as part of its popular Z Custom line of rack-mountable components that are half the width of a standard 19-inch equipment rack. While small in size, the Zcd has a high-performance Cirrus Logic DAC and a fully independent power supply for the analog circuits. With its built-in preamplifier functions, the Zcd and included remote control can be teamed with Parasound's Zamp v.3 class AB stereo amplifier and a pair of speakers to make a compact, high-performance audio system. .....

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Parasound Introduces its Halo A 31 250-Watt Three-channel Home Theater Power Amplifier

Parasound has added a powerful new three-channel power amplifier to its premium Halo product family. The THX Ultra2 certified Parasound Halo A 31, which is rated at 250 RMS watts per channel, is sonically identical to the company's renowned five channel Halo A 51 and two channel Halo A 21 amplifiers.

The A 31 was developed for Parasound customers who want their surround systems to include uncompromised reproduction of stereo music.  The A 31 is ideal for this because it also provides matched amplification for the center channel speaker.

Here are some of the practical applications for the A 31:

  • Powering the C, LS, and RS channel speakers when a separate two-channel amplifier (or pair of monoblocks) is used for the L and R channel speakers.
  • For L, C and R “one wall” theater systems without surround speakers.
  • Powering the LS, RS and single back channel speaker in a 6.1 system.

Parasound Delivers John Curl Designed Halo JC 3 Phono Preamplifier

SAN FRANCISCO (12/8/10) –Parasound, the highly regarded San Francisco-based manufacturer of high-end audio components, has announced that it is now shipping the first production samples of its much-anticipated John Curl designed Halo JC 3 Phono Preamplifier. As Parasound's chief amplifier circuit designer, Curl has helped create dozens of the company's best products. Nearly 20 years ago he also designed the Vendetta Research SCP2B that is still regarded by many audiophiles as the preeminent phono preamp.

The new Parasound Halo JC 3 is a high-performance dual-mono phono preamplifier built with high quality parts, solid construction, and a very clean design. ....(more)

Parasound Upgrades its Classic Halo JC 2 Preamp with Added Home Theater Bypass

The new Parasound Halo JC 2 BP allows audiophiles to use their high-end speakers and amplifiers for the left and right channels of a home theater system controlled by a surround receiver, or to switch back to stereo music under the no compromise control of the JC 2 BP's stereo preamplifier circuits.

SAN FRANCISCO (8/25/10) – Parasound, one of the audio industry's top manufacturers of high-end audio components, has introduced a new version of the widely acclaimed, John Curl designed, Halo JC 2 stereo preamplifier. The new Parasound Halo JC 2 BP adds a home theater bypass function that allows this preamplifier and its companion power amplifier and speakers to be connected as the front left- and right-channels of a surround sound home theater system. The new configuration provides total performance and control in both modes without compromising the performance of either mode.

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Parasound Delivers Purist Analog Preamp for Stereo and Multichannel Audio in its Halo Family of High End Products

Parasound, the preeminent manufacturer of high-end audio components, has introduced an audio preamplifier designed for sound purists seeking superior low-noise performance from classic stereo sources as well as multichannel music and movies from Blu-ray, DVD-Audio, and SACD players. It will be marketed in the company's high-end Halo product line.

The Parasound Halo P 7 is both a two-channel and 7.1-channel analog preamplifier that is designed to combine outstanding audio performance while providing a flexible and easy-to-use interface. It will satisfy the most demanding two-channel audio purist who also enjoys multichannel music and movies. The Halo P 7 is also a lower-cost alternative to a surround processor if your TV can switch video inputs and you own multi-channel analog sources such as a DVD player, SACD player or Blu-ray player with multichannel analog outputs. The analog bass management for stereo sources makes subwoofer and small speaker integration easy.  There is also a volume control bypass mode for users who wish to use their home theater receiver to decode digital sources. The Halo P 7 can also switch 1080p HDMI sources when it is linked to the optional Zhd HDMI switcher.



Parasound Halo P 7 Analog Preamplifier. Click any photo for high resolution JPEG imag files.

Parasound Delivers High-End Stereo Preamplifier that Plays Well with Custom Installers

Parasound has introduced the precision Model 2100 stereo preamplifier in its high-value NewClassic series of components for custom installation. In keeping with Parasound's 26-year reputation for delivering high quality and problem-solving gear at high-value prices, the Model 2100 also offers a unique solution that enables audiophiles to add high-quality stereo reproduction to their existing or planned home theater without compromising performance for either music or movies.

 

Parasound Debuts John Curl-designed Halo JC 2 Stereo Preamplifier

Parasound, one of the world's most respected manufacturers of high performance audio/video components, is now shipping the JC 2 stereo preamplifier in its high-end Halo product family. The Parasound Halo JC 2 was designed and engineered by the legendary John Curl and CTC Builders team who have been responsible for some of the most highly regarded audio components of the past 25 years, including the acclaimed Parasound Halo JC 1 400-watt mono power amplifier.

Full specifications, and additional photography available in the full-length Halo JC 2 press release

Click here to download the JC 2 owner's manual

Click here for a brief overview of the Halo JC 2 design is also available here

       

Parasound Introduces the Zpre2, a Miniature A/V Preamplifier with Two-Way RS-232 Control

Parasound has introduced the Zpre2, a high-quality two-channel audio/video preamplifier with a wide array of connectivity and control features, including two-way RS-232 control, making it ideal for custom installation and multizone applications. Part of the problem-solving Parasound Zcustom series of matched mini-components, the Zpre2 features a chassis that is just 1 rack space tall and 9-1/2 inches wide – half the width of a conventional audio component.

Parasound Debuts its "NewClassic" Line of Custom Installer Focused Components

Parasound has announced the introduction of five new power amplifiers and a 7.1 channel A/V surround controller as the first of the company's "NewClassic" line of products for professional custom audio-video system integrators and installers. The NewClassic line provides high-value, high-performance, and competitively priced products with installer-focused feature sets and attractive, no-nonsense design.

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New Models Added to Mini Parasound Z–series Components for Custom Installers

Parasound has recently added four new components to the popular Parasound Z–series of compact “problem-solver” components for custom installation, commercial, or consumer audio systems. Each of the matched mini-components in the series features a chassis that is just 1 rack space tall and 9-1/2 inches wide - half the width of a conventional audio component. These replace earlier models, and include an audiophile grade stereo power amplifier, phono preamplifier, FM/AM tuner, and a loudspeaker speaker selector.

Parasound’s Halo Amps Glow at 250W for 2-, 5-, or 7-Channels
Matched Two- and Five-Channel Amplifiers can be combined for Big, Powerful Audio Systems

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Parasound Debuts 400-Watt Monoblock Amplifier
Designed by John Curl

San Francisco, 8/27/02 -- Parasound has introduced its highly-anticipated 400-watt JC 1 monoblock power amplifier as the flagship amplifier for its new Halo line of premium audio components. This extremely powerful and uncompromising amplifier was developed by Parasound in collaboration with legendary designer John Curl’s CTC Builders, and represents the culmination of 13 years of Curl's ongoing evolution of Parasound power amplifier topologies.

Halo JC1 Design Elements - Backgrounder on the development and construction of the JC1 Monoblock, including comments from John Curl, Bob Crump and Carl Thompson of CTC Builders.

Parasound Debuts Halo Series 125-Watt Stereo Amplifier

With its attractive silver front panel, premium internal circuitry, rear-panel balanced XLR connections, and Lucasfilm THX Ultra2 certification, the new Halo by Parasound A 23 stereo power amplifier represents a significant step up from its highly regarded – and still available – “Classic” Parasound HCA–1000A.

Parasound Products, Inc., today annouced that it has been honored by Lucasfilm for the contributions of its products to sound design and editing of "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones." The movie, which debuts May 16, lists Parasound in the credit lines.