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Old 04-30-2017, 07:31 PM
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I have a buddy that's looking to upgrade his off-brand tube preamp and amp for several minor reasons, but mostly intrigue. He's considering the Parasound Halo Integrated, which he can get for about 20-25% off list (I'm not sure if that's brand-new or a demo).

Anyone else that currently has one or did have one in the past, I'd like to hear your opinions, whether complimentary or critical.

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Old 05-10-2017, 12:47 PM
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I had one but I had issues with noise. Maybe it was a 1 off issue who knows.

But it sounded nice and warm.

I don't like the lack of a good display. I also don't like that it lacks Bluetooth hook up.

I ended up with the rotel ra1592. I enjoy this one. It's great for the family room.
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Old 10-24-2017, 02:27 PM
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Late reply.....I bought the Halo integrated after auditioning a Musical Fidelity m5i, which I did like, big sound but lacked some stuff I was looking for.

The Halo has all I need, huge power at 160wpc/240wpc, will drive prolly anything easily. What I like is the 45amps peak per channel current, lots of reserve.

The DAC I am finding is excellent, I also have a Grant Fidelity TubeDAC11, I think the Halo is better which uses an ESS Sabre 32 (32bit/384) and can handle DSD Native to 256. I'm not a fan of internal phono stages as I have a Musical Surroundings Nova II (battery power). The noise floor on my analog end has dropped considerably as the Halo is very black background, with the Nova II almost all new vinyl is virtually noiseless.

The Parasound Halo sound is clean, very dynamic with high resolution with a very detailed low end, I am not a boom boom guy. I prefer musical detail and the Halo does pull all that stuff.
Balanced and unbalanced in/outputs the HT bypass, the bass mgmt system, dual mono PS and power amplifier. Richard Schram told me it operates Class A for first 3-4 watts then Class A/B, he did not design it to handle the heat generation of Class A to 10 watts. Which is fine by me....needs about 200 hours to fully bloom.

I like it

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Old 10-25-2017, 05:31 PM
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The Halo has all I need, huge power at 160wpc/240wpc, will drive prolly anything easily. What I like is the 45amps peak per channel current, lots of reserve.
I was terribly tempted to go with the Halo integrated, but I couldn't find a power rating into 2 ohms anywhere. Suppose I could have been less lazy & called or written them, but went in a different direction when a deal fell into my lap.

Who knows? Maybe I should write them & get the answer I needed. Happy for now, but that might give me an idea for later. In the meantime, I know the amp I have is rated for 1200wpc into that 2 ohm load, and based on the service sheet, it meets that spec handily.
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