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Old 05-01-2018, 02:21 AM
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I got my Ayre MX-R's in that price bracket. Another worth considering.
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Old 05-03-2018, 03:14 PM
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FYI - Parasound begins shipping the new JC5 stereo amp based on the JC1s in June. Review samples have already been sent out to press. My local dealer is the first in the US to get one (arrived Tuesday) and I should have a chance to give it a listen this weekend.

The Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo Amplifier will be available from Parasound US dealers and international distributors in June 2018 with a suggested retail price of $5,995.

Features & Specifications

Circuitry designed by legendary John Curl
Ultra-high bias Class A/AB operation
12 watts per channel of pure Class A power
90 amperes peak current per channel
Stable with speaker impedance dips to 1.5 ohms
Balanced inputs with discrete circuits
CHK Infinium, custom 5-way speaker binding posts
Neutrik locking XLR input connectors
Vampire gold-plated RCA input & loop output jacks
Direct-coupled signal path, no capacitors or inductors
DC Servo and relay protection circuits
AC turn-on inrush surge protection with relay bypass
Dual-mono input stages with ±110 volt DC rails
JFET input stage, MOSFET driver stage
24 beta-matched 15 ampere, 60 MHz bipolar output transistors
1.7 kVA shielded toroid power transformer with independent windings for each channel
Independent power supplies for left & right channel input stages, driver stages, output stages
8,880 µF Nichicon Gold Tune filter capacitors for input stages
132,000 µF Rubycon filter capacitors for output stages
Full power is rated all the way down to 5Hz for unrestricted low-end bass
Harris hyper-fast soft-recovery bridge diode rectifiers
Automatic turn-on by 12 V trigger or audio sensing
Four rack-space chassis with rear carry handles
Rack mount hardware is included
Premium quality 9-ft, 12-gauge IEC power cord, with silver soldered connectors
Finish: Available in silver or black

400 watts x 2 @ 8 ohms RMS, both channels driven
600 watts x 2 @ 4 ohms RMS, both channels driven
1200 watts x 1@ 8 ohms, in mono bridged mode
Frequency Response: 5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB; 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.25 dB
Slew Rate: > 130 volts per microsecond
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.05 % at full power; < 0.03 % at typical listening levels
IM Distortion: < 0.04 %
TIM: Unmeasurable
Inter-channel Crosstalk > 87 dB at 1 kHz; > 72 dB at 20 kHz
Total Gain: 29 dB
S/N Ratio: > 116 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; > 111 dB, input shorted, unweighted
Damping Factor: > 1200 at 20 kHz
Dimensions: 17-5/8" x 7-3/4" x 20" (WxHxD)
Net Weight: 73 lbs

https://www.monoandstereo.com/2018/0...amplifier.html
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Old 05-03-2018, 03:43 PM
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Thank you ChrisMag for the heads-up about JC5. Parasound has always been one of my favorites.

The MSRP for JC5 is $5995.

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Old 05-03-2018, 04:06 PM
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Forgot to mention the Benchmark AHB2

Get two, run them bridged mono. 480W into 6 ohms.

Only $2,995 each.
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:17 PM
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The JC5 seems like a direct competitor to the Bryston 4B3. It would be interesting to hear the amps in comparison -- not a "shoot out," as I know the 4B3 is outstanding, and I expect the JC5 will be, too -- but to see how much sound might vary among two modern SS amps with solid engineering and attention to sound.
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Old 05-06-2018, 04:29 PM
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I had a chance to listen to the JC5 for a few hours this weekend. My local dealer is the first in the US to get one - the rest went to reviewers. Compared to the A21 which we A/B'd, it's a major step up in clarity, bass control, high frequency refinement and overall detail. The same dealer as D'Agostino M400 monos and Theta Citadels monos and the JC5 compared favorably. The M400s are really special but for 1/10th the price, the JC5 really does a great job. The dealer opined that the JC5 was a refinement of the JC1s in terms of sound quality.

I would not be surprised if the JC1s see an update in the next year or two based on the JC5's design. I'm told it was a 4-year project for John Curl, Richard Schram and the rest of the team.

I put down my $$$$ for the JC5 which is shipping in June.
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Forgot to mention the Benchmark AHB2

Get two, run them bridged mono. 480W into 6 ohms.

Only $2,995 each.
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I had a chance to listen to the JC5 for a few hours this weekend. My local dealer is the first in the US to get one - the rest went to reviewers. Compared to the A21 which we A/B'd, it's a major step up in clarity, bass control, high frequency refinement and overall detail. The same dealer as D'Agostino M400 monos and Theta Citadels monos and the JC5 compared favorably. The M400s are really special but for 1/10th the price, the JC5 really does a great job. The dealer opined that the JC5 was a refinement of the JC1s in terms of sound quality.

I would not be surprised if the JC1s see an update in the next year or two based on the JC5's design. I'm told it was a 4-year project for John Curl, Richard Schram and the rest of the team.

I put down my $$$$ for the JC5 which is shipping in June.
Congrats! Looks like a fine amp. Are you going single or two?
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:32 AM
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Just the one. I can't imagine needing more power. I think if I were willing to spend north of $10k on amps, I'd be looking at Pass Labs monos. Truth is, the A21 was plenty... I'm looking to the JC5 for the improvement in SQ and the little extra class-A headroom (7.5 vs 12w). My speakers are pretty efficient so 12w should be plenty for normal listening.
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Hegel H30 or Luxman M900.
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Just the one. I can't imagine needing more power. I think if I were willing to spend north of $10k on amps, I'd be looking at Pass Labs monos. Truth is, the A21 was plenty... I'm looking to the JC5 for the improvement in SQ and the little extra class-A headroom (7.5 vs 12w). My speakers are pretty efficient so 12w should be plenty for normal listening.
Hi mate, hope you’re still enjoying your jc5, I’m in the market for a Parasound and trying to decide between the a21+ or the jc5, anything more you can add that may help me ? I’m looking to partner the power amps with a tube pre amp.

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