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Item #: JC5BL
MSRP: $5,995.00
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PARA-JC5-BL | Parasound Halo Series JC 5 Stereo Power Amplifier - 600W x 2 Channels

Halo is Parasound’s premier line with a reputation for going head-to-head with the most expensive equipment on the market, while costing a fraction of the price.

 

Channels
2-Channel
Power Output @ 8 ohm
400W x 2, 8 Ω
Power Output @ 4 ohm
600W x 2, 4 Ω
Power Output Bridged @ 8 ohm
1200W x 1, 8 Ω Bridged 4 Ω operation is not recommended
Power Consumption
Standby: 1W
Idle (no music playing): 225W
Typical listening levels: 400W
Maximum: 1500W
Current Rating
90 amps peak, per channel
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
0.05%
Power RMS
YES
Frequency Response
5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.25 dB
Audio Crosstalk
> 87 dB at 1 kHz
> 72 dB at 20 kHz
Impedance Input
Unbalanced: 33 kΩ
Balanced: 66 kΩ,(33 kΩ per leg)
Audio Gain
29 dB
Sensitivity Input
Unbalanced: 1 V
Balanced: 1 V per leg
Signal to Noise Ratio
> 116 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 111 dB, input shorted, unweighted
Amplifier Requirements
Audio Trigger: 2 mV - 10 mV
External Trigger Voltage
+9 Vdc to +12 Vdc, 5 mA
Connectors
XLR Pin Identification
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
17.6" x 7.1" x 20" (without feet)
17.6" x 7.8" x 20" (with feet)
Weight
Net: 73 lbs (33.1 kg)
Shipping: 90 lbs (40.8 kg)

 

Halo has earned honors and awards that are unmatched. The Halo JC 5 is an ultra-high performance Class A/AB stereo power amplifier. We are very proud of this achievement of Parasound engineering in concert with legendary audio equipment designer John Curl. John Curl has been designing for Parasound since 1989. He was already a legend in the '70s for designing and building mixing consoles for The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. He has designed some of the most iconic and highest regarded audio bands in the world. Curl’s inspired designs have earned Parasound world-wide acclaim and our stunning JC 5 builds on this storied heritage.

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John Curl Signature

Designed by John Curl

John Curl is one of the finest analog audio designers of all time. In the ‘70s he designed mixing consoles for the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, then the original Mark Levinson JC 2, Vendetta Research, his own brand, a $75,000 phono stage for Constellation Audio. Since 1989 Curl has guided Parasound in developing amplifiers and preamplifiers with a reputation for superior sonics, high value and longevity.

View of capacitors inside amplifier

Large Filter Capacitors for Output Stage

To unleash greater dynamics, the JC 5 uses four premium quality 27,000uF Rubycon electrolytic filter capacitors, chosen for their low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), dielectric absorption and resistance to high temperature. In addition, these filter capacitors are bypassed with smaller polypropylene capacitors to reduce AC ripple in the DC supply and to further eliminate noise and interference that is generated in AC power lines from computers and other appliances in the home.

Zoomed-in view of speaker outputs

Custom Heavy Duty Speaker Binding Posts

Every part within the JC 5 is carefully chosen for its accuracy, sound quality and long life. Its speaker terminals are new, developed in collaboration with CHK. Their ample size and wide spacing accommodate even the largest gauge speaker wire or spade connectors. High quality 24 K gold-plating on the speaker terminals, input connectors and internal audio signal connections assure sound quality that won’t be compromised by corrosion.

View of toroid transformer inside amp

Toroid Transformer & Powerful Class A/AB Amp

The heart of the JC 5 power supply is a massive 1.7 kVA toroid power transformer. It is custom designed for well-contained radiated hum, high efficiency, and high power. The transformer has independent secondary windings and this provides more than ample voltage to each channel's power supply under the most strenuous operating conditions. Separate windings for each channel improves stereo imaging by reducing interchannel crosstalk and allows each channel to deliver up to 600 watts per channel at the same time.

Zoomed-in view of Turn On Options on back of amp

Turn On Options

The setting of the rear panel Turn On Options switch determines how the amplifier turns on and off. There are three options for this switch. 1) Manually by the front panel power button. 2) By connecting a 12V trigger. 3) Automatically when an audio signal is detected at the L or R Input jacks.

Zoomed-in view of Balanced Input and Loop Output on amp

Balanced XLR Inputs

Recording and broadcast studios use balanced connections exclusively because of their inherent ability to reject noise and hum, thus assuring the best sound. Certain high quality preamplifiers and surround controllers built for residential use utilize balanced connections with XLR jacks for the same reasons. All Parasound Halo series power amplifiers have balanced inputs with XLR jacks so you can take full advantage of their inherent noise reduction capability.

Distributed Brand Warranty

We want to make our Affiliate program as easy as possible. That’s why we process all claims directly, without any third party telephone tag. Specific warranty terms and details from the manufacturer are below. View the full Parasound Warranty.


Prop 65WARNING: This product contains chemicals including Styrene which is known to the state of California to cause cancer, and Bisphenol A (BPA), which is known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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