The portrayal of the instruments in the track as to their own locations in the musical stage were clear and unambiguous. The Parasound Zphono XRM provides ample gain for both moving-magnet and moving-coil cartridges, as you can see for yourself from the tabulated results. You’d think that setting the load impedance for the Ortofon would have been easy, because all we’d have to do would be to dial in the load recommended by Ortofon. Parasound’s expertise gained from years of building much-admired amps and preamps shows here. We were wrong. The RIAA-corrected frequency response of the Parasound Zphono XRM, as measured by Newport Test Labs, is shown in Graph 1 below. This means that the minimum load impedance for the Cadenza has to be 50Ω. The amp is very solid, hefty 27 pounds and is built like a tank. 28 April 2020. By honest, I mean, the A23+ would not add lushness to the vocals or smoothness to the midrange like how some other amplifiers would. The Halo HINT 6, retailing for $2,995, is Parasound’s flagship integrated amplifier. The amp's overall sound quality is excellent, with … I have owned Parasound products myself in the past and I can attest for the two attributes mentioned above. BA1 1UA. This review and test originally appeared in Australian Hi-Fi magazine, one of What Hi-Fi?’s sister titles from Down Under. It’s likely that another reason for the introduction of the Zphono XRM was to plug the yawning gap in the Parasound’s product line-up between its entry-level Zphono phono preamplifier and its award-winning Halo JC 3 Jr phono preamp. The result for the MM input bested Parasound’s own specification of 94dB, while Newport Test Labs’ measurement for the MC input was only a single dB below Parasound’s specification of 82dB. I can acquire both amps for exactly the same price. Parasound Zphono XRM review A compact phono preamp with powerful performance Tested at £699 / $599 / AU$1249. Let’s look first at the front panel. Even in the softer passages, the A23+ did not lose its grip in presenting the details in the music. Parasound also redesigned the input board layout of the A23+ to improve the cross-channel crosstalk (70 dB vs 63 dB at 20 kHz). The front panel of the A23+ sports an on-off button with illumination surrounding it. The musical portrayal through the A23+ had a sense of vividness that defined the edges of the musical elements in space with such clarity and without being analytical. Going around to that busy back panel, we find completely separate moving-coil (MC) and moving-magnet inputs, both with gold-plated RCA input sockets. The Parasound ZAMP v.3 is proof that a good amp from many years ago is still a good amp today. 20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0/-0.25 dB, < 0.06 % at full power Hunting these down has now become a major Saturday pastime. But if there’s one thing for which we are eternally grateful, it’s that Parasound decided to put the switch for the high-pass filter – OK, OK, the ‘Rumble’ filter – on the front panel, because that got a lot of use. The Zphono XRM provides both unbalanced (via gold-plated RCA sockets) and balanced (via gold-plated XLRs) outputs. PARASOUND A23+ STEREO POWER AMPLIFIER SPECIFICATIONS, © Copyright 2021 Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity /, Show Reports, Film Festivals and Concerts, McIntosh C2700 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Preamplifier and MC462 Power Amplifier Review, Bluesound Powernode 2i Wireless Streaming Amplifier and Pulse Flex 2i Wireless Streaming Speaker Review, PS Audio Stellar Strata Integrated Amplifier Review, McIntosh MX170 Surround Sound Processor and MC257 7-Channel Power Amplifier Review, Sonus Faber Electa Amator III Speaker Review, What We Are Watching Vol. This is a review and detailed measurements of Parasound Zdac v.2 DAC and headphone amplifier. Gold-plated RCA input jacks ensure quality sound playback. It also revealed the delicate sound of the ukulele on the intro to One Night in the Sun. And because the Zphono XRM draws only 7.2-watts during operation, it’s not going to impact on your utility bill if you leave it on all the time, though we would still recommend you switch if off when you’re not using it. interference, which means that depending on your physical location, increasing the impedance even further may result in an improvement in sound quality. The album we played (Everything Sacred) is a few years old now, but we still think it’s one of their best. Seems like a steep price increase but had Parasound made inflation adjustments to the MSRP of the A23 during its long tenure in the company’s product lineup, their price gap would narrow and reflect the cost for the upgrades more closely. Typical to Parasound amplifiers, the amplification gain for each channel can be adjusted using the gain-level knobs provided. This amp offers kick ass performance at a price that real world people can afford! 160 watts x 2, 8 Ω both channels driven Starke Sound A8.350 Multichannel Power Amplifier Review, THE HIGH END 2021 MOVES FROM MAY TO SEPTEMBER, What We Are Watching Vol. For a start, it’s quiet, so the lovely fade-in intro to Dreamcatcher, along with the crisp picking, was revealed perfectly. Empire Brass Quintet’s Passage “138 B.C. This was my first Parasound purchase! To improve signal path and consistency over time, the A23+ also utilizes updated heavy-duty speaker terminals and internal gold-on-gold audio connections. The HALO A23+ stereo power amplifier that is reviewed here is the updated version of the HALO A23 amplifier. Parasound’s Zphono XRM is physically quite small, at 260mm deep, 218mm wide and 50mm high, yet it has a power supply built in, rather than being powered externally. We would recommend you use the balanced outputs if possible, but if you have to use the unbalanced outputs, be warned that the MM input’s RCA terminals are so close to the RCA output terminals that there may not be room for them to co-exist if the plugs on the RCA leads are unusually bulky. Parasound’s Zphono XRM certainly wrought its magic throughout this album and the more we listened the more impressed we became. John Curl did have some involvement however, because Schram told us during our fact-checking process that “While John Curl didn’t design the XRM, he did offer me some useful suggestions that take it up a notch from ordinary phono stages.’”. The Auralic Aries G1 streamer (streaming Qobuz and Tidal) and PS Audio PerfectWave Transport were the primary signal sources during the review with the digital-to-analog signal conversion performed by the PS Audio PerfectWave DAC II. The product in this review, the A23+ stereo power amplifier, is the smallest (both in size and Watts) amplifier from the current Parasound HALO line of products. Simple works. Overall, the A23+ was no slouch in conveying the sense of space, imaging, and soundstage. We can’t remember the last time we reviewed a product such as this with bass and treble controls. Bravo. He was a member of the SECRETS Team in the early years, before moving to Singapore for a number of years. Given that famous amplifier designer John Curl does so much work for Parasound, we mistakenly assumed he must have been responsible for the company’s latest phono preamplifier, the Zphono XRM. In the 12V Trigger option, the amplifier will turn itself on or off with an external 9-12V DC voltage. Though I had inquired of Parasound's Director of Sales, Phil Jackson, back in late 2018 as to my doing a review whenever the reimagined JC 1 might make its way back into the Parasound roster, when the January 16, 2020 Press Release landed in my inbox, I immediately requested a listen! 110-125 VAC 60 Hz or 220-250 VAC 50 Hz (set on rear panel), Parasound, Power Amplifier, Stereo, Amplifier, Parasound A23+ Stereo, Power Amplifier Review 2020. Build quality of the Parasound A 21+ is mighty impressive and handsome enough to fit into most décors. The built-in power supply is pretty good, too, with a shielded power transformer, a high-quality bridge diode and filter capacitors. The A 21 amplifier is loaded with usable features above and beyond most other amplifiers. > 107 dB, input shorted, unweighted, 17-1/4″ (437 mm) W x 15″-1/4″ (388 mm) D x 4-1/8″ (105 mm) H (with feet), 800 Watts The A23+ also sports the left-right loop output connectors that pass through the input audio signals for daisy-chaining additional external amplifier(s) or for connecting subwoofer(s). On the back panel, one can find more features than just the usual input-output connectivity found in typical power amplifiers. But we’ll get to that in a moment. Two sets of five-way speaker binding posts are available for speaker connection. I considered this amp vs. the Emotiva BasX 150 watt rms amp. In the case of the Ortofon Cadenza, its internal d.c. resistance is 5Ω. Yongki considers himself as an aerospace engineer by day and an audio/home-theater enthusiast by night. Parasound's Halo P 6 preamplifier, priced at $1,595, is the successor to the company's wildly popular Halo P 5.The P 6 continues its predecessor's legacy by … I have it bridged @ 400w and it does the job. By What Hi-Fi? This amp has the muscle to control your speakers. Shares. Easy to find used; cheap. And despite what the purists say, on occasion, for example when playing a poorly engineered recording, they can be useful. It replaces an old but tough sc-305 JBL center. Next up we just had to hear how the Zphono XRM reproduced the sound of the sangari, a stringed instrument whose sound is famously difficult to reproduce, not least because it resembles the sound of the human singing voice. You get a switchable phono stage, a headphone output and even tone controls. If Ortofon had been specific and recommended a load impedance of, say, 63Ω, anyone whose phono pre-amp did not offer this exact value might seriously consider not buying the cartridge. 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Available in black with gold accents or silver, the HINT 6 is aimed at those who want the simplicity of having one piece of equipment versus two or more separate components, it also eliminates the need for additional power and interconnect … As you can see from the photograph of it, the Zphono XRM has a push-button power switch with a green LED alongside it at the left of the front panel. With these upgrades, the A23+ is listed at $600 higher MSRP than the A23. Starke Sound claims that the AD4.320 combines the high efficiency of Class D circuitry with the warmer and more accurate sound of Class AB designs. Just in case you own an Ortofon Cadenza Blue and you’re looking for a load recommendation, we thought ours sounded best with the Zphono XRM’s input impedance knob set to just a tad over 150Ω. Parasound at Rocky Mountain AudioFest 2017 - Stereophile review by Herb Reichert. Despite a cramped rear panel and relatively plain design, the Zphono XRM packs in all the high-end performance, power and functionality you could ever want from a phono preamp. (Remember, however, that your tonearm/turntable leads will also affect the so-called ‘best’ setting of this control. 240 watts x 2, 4 Ω both channels driven, 210 watts x 2, 8 Ω both channels driven The A23+ did a good job in this test, creating believable soundstage that extended beyond the plane between the speakers. Besides those and the main power switch near the power connector, the turn-on option switch as well as DC trigger input and output can be found on the left side of the back panel. After evaluating and auditioning several Class D modules, Parasound selected a 110wpc unit from Pascal Audio. (It’s a mystery.). This result might be room dependent and influenced by the speakers that the amp was paired with. Last year, Parasound decided that the time had come to discontinue this popular product and replace it with this improved version. Possibly the weirdest track on this album – and maybe the weirdest song we’ve ever heard – is their cover of Little Black Buzzer (Ivor Cutler), but it’s a smorgasbord of sound, helped out by Lisa O’Neill and by what I can only imagine is Khan scatting in Indian. (And why is it that so many singers with unusual voices seem to gravitate to the uke? If Ortofon had specified  a value of 63Ω, this would not have been a problem if you owned a Zphono XRM, because you could have dialled in this exact value using the rear panel load impedance selector! © This amplifier should be on the audition list for someone who is in the market for sub $2000 stereo amplifier. This is only a fairly recent set-up which came about when we discovered the huge number of great LPs that is available for sale at garage sales. Vol.12 – December 2020, “The Future of Audio Shows” Cartoon by Carlo Lo Raso, Setting Up a Bryston BDA-3.14 Streaming DAC and Qobuz Streaming Service – A How-to Series, Part 2, Setting Up an AURALiC ARIES G1 Streamer and Qobuz Streaming Service – A How-to Series, Part 1, DCI-P3 Color – What It Means in Today’s Ultra HD World, AVR-Audio Video Reciever-Build Quality: Part V. Does Your Projector Display Accurate Color, and Why Is That Important? The JC 1 was powerful, at 400 watts RMS into 8 Ohms. If the audio signal ceases, the amplifier will remain on for 10 minutes before turning itself off automatically. The ‘best’ turntable is fitted with an Ortofon Cadenza Blue moving-coil cartridge (which does not have a removable stylus) while the ‘second-best’ is fitted with a middling-quality Audio-Technica moving-magnet cartridge (which does). It runs quite warm when it is running, so it will come up to a stable operating temperature almost immediately after you switch it on. Heard Parasound hooked up to Wilsons at AXPONA and was sold. While the A23+ may not be the best in every respect, it can deliver well above average in all aspects of the sonic performance. It is a one-box solution that contains both the Halo P6 preamp ($1,499) and the Halo A23+ amplifier($1,499). At CES, Sound Lab mates its M-1s with Parasound’s top-rank $7000 JC 1 monoblocks. All the way through the album, the Zphono XRM stayed a constant at revealing the complex timbres of LP’s unique voice and kept up with the different vocal stylings she uses from cut to cut. But its small size means there’s not a lot of real-estate available to fit connectors, so the rear panel is pretty busy. How Much Amplifier Power Does your Home Theater Need? These voltages (which we’ve rounded for use here in the text) were measured at the unbalanced outputs – the voltages at the balanced outputs were 2-volts and 6-volts respectively (again rounded). – frequencies that should be removed because they weren’t ever supposed to be there in the first place. It is capable of portraying satisfying soundstage too. The A23+ is definitely a very capable amplifier … (By the way, DO NOT attempt to measure the d.c. resistance of any phono cartridge with any type of multimeter… you will destroy the cartridge.). It’s the best-sounding Sonos yet, but the Amp isn’t the last word in hi-fi subtlety. Overall, the Parasound NewClassic 200 integrated amplifier is a good looking product. It didn’t take very long with Massive Attack’s classic Mezzanine to prove that it could. The new Zphono XRM phono preamp is a co-design that involved Parasound’s owner and founder, Richard Schram, and two other engineers he’s worked with for some years. But for the record, Newport Test Labs measured the 40dB setting as delivering 40.19dB, the 50dB setting as delivering 49.72dB and the 60dB setting as delivering 57.5dB. But the glory of the track was the insane clarity the Zphono XRM afforded this sonic smorgasbord. ), As luck would have it, we also had problems choosing which gain setting we should use – 50dB or 60dB – because the Ortofon Cadenza Blue’s output (which the specifications say is 0.5mV at 1kHz at a recorded velocity of 5 cm/sec) is right on the cusp of choices… at least it is according to Parasound, which recommends that you use the 60dB setting ‘for low output moving coil cartridges whose output is less than 0.5mV’ and the 50dB setting ‘for high output moving coil cartridges.’. The Parasound 2100 preamplifier and 2250 power amplifier offer sound quality across the board so good I would have thought you'd have to pay at least $3,000 to get them. Then there’s the fact that many LPs contain sub-audible – or in the case of many London Decca LPs, audible! As for the reason for adding yet another phono preamplifier to the Parasound product portfolio, Schram says it was the result of a thought exercise. Interchannel phase errors, as you can see from the tabulated results, were also low across the audio band. Offering products in the sweet spot of quality-to-cost ratio is always the company’s mission. Side note - while there's no problem finding reviews on Parasound amps, I looked long and hard and couldn't find even a hint of a real review on one of the Emotiva DR models - and they've been out for a while now. Life is already hard enough, so why make it harder with inconvenient switches, right?’. As it happens, we regularly use two completely different turntables. Both channels are driven, with 150 watts-per-channel into 8 ohms. As for that rumble filter, it’s probably mis-named, because in 2020, We’d sincerely hope that no self-respecting audiophile would be using a turntable that produced any audible ‘rumble’. Obviously, this approach also meant we could accommodate two turntables or a turntable with two tonearms.”. I just ordered the HINT, Parasound's new integrated amplifier, have you seen the reviews on that piece, heck you probably won't even need the A-21, the new integrated is crushing all integrated amplifiers anywhere near it's price range, it's a monster as well. I bought this amp direct from another authorized vendor (Audio Advisor). Parasound may have been thinking along these lines when they engaged the well-known amplifier designer John Curl to create their new five-channel amp, the Halo A 52+ ($2,995). Our Verdict. If you’ve heard of it, you probably also know that the best-known exponent of it, at least in the Western world, is Suhail Yusuf Khan, who’s been in a trio with guitarist James Yorkston and double-bass player Jon Thorne for some years. The component under review, the $2000 Halo A 21 stereo amp, is slotted in further down the Parasound line. To do this, the load impedance must be 10 times the cartridge’s internal d.c. resistance. Although his field of expertise is in aerospace control systems as exemplified by more than 80 technical articles in various aerospace-related journals and conferences, his passion is always in hi-fi audio reproduction. Sonic presentation seems well balanced across the audible frequency spectrum with extended treble and punchy bass. Our magazine, which began with the publication of the SECRETS Primer, is available exclusively on-line and offers to our readers an extensive information resource about home theater and high-end audio. Although we have been a Laura Pergolizzi fan for some time now, we have previously listened to her only via CDs (they being somewhat less expensive), but we decided to bite the bullet with the arrival of Heart to Mouth, because we think it’s her best full album of work yet (though some individual songs on her earlier albums are stronger, the most obvious one being Lost on You from her album of the same name) and we thought the more introspective, meditative sound of Heart To Mouth would work better on LP than on CD. The problem with garage-sale LP ‘bargains’ is that they aren’t always bargains because we don’t get to hear them before buying them, and many are damaged. I like the features. This is a difficult album to reproduce because of the sheer dynamics, not to mention incredible low-end that’s counterpointed by the percussion on the one hand and the ethereal voice of Elizabeth Fraser on the other. Best internet radios 2021: modern radios with streaming smarts, Best smart speakers 2021: the best voice assistant speakers, Best speakers 2021: budget to premium stereo speakers. Thank you for signing up to What Hi-Fi?. AmplifierFeaturedParasoundParasound A23+ Stereopower amplifierPower Amplifier Review 2020Stereo. Have the P5 pre and the sound is sweet. The HALO A23+ stereo power amplifier is Parasound’s most recent iteration of its popular HALO A23 amplifier. (The small glitches in the response at 50Hz and 150Hz are due to some mains hum creeping into the measurement and should be ignored.). Cons: No volume knob. And of course if your cartridge falls firmly into one or the other of the ‘high output’ or ‘low output’ camps, you won’t need to give this issue a second thought. Instead of silk-screened lettering, the ‘Parasound’ brand on the new faceplate has a 3D texture with gold lettering. Also, the A23+ presented the music with a sense of tightness, with quick transients and nimble attacks. What Hi-Fi? I bought it on sale which helped my decision. While their focus was clearly on sound and build quality rather than a long list of features, they’ve nonetheless provided enough flexibility to satisfy a variety of users. All rights reserved. Parasound’s Halo A 31 might get overlooked because it’s a three-channel amplifier designed primarily for use in multichannel home-theater systems -- or because, at $3295, it costs more than a budget multichannel amplifier, if less than what many audiophiles would pay for a two-channel amp. By Australian Hi-Fi 23 October 2020. So, when the opportunity to review a Parasound product was presented to me, I immediately accepted it as I was quite interested to check out whether the company’s tradition of offering high quality and high value products continues. It was of no surprise that the A23+ amplifier could drive the Revel Ultima Studio speakers with ease. During the review, I got the sense that the Parasound A23+ was always in control of the music played through it. Parasound 2125v2 150 Watt Stereo Power Amplifier The Parasound 2125v2 is a two-channel THX Ultra2 Certified power amplifier. Highly recommended. We personally would have labelled it a ‘high-pass’ filter and suggested that it might be useful if your home is close to a busy road or highway – or railway line – in which case low-frequency vibrations might be causing your stylus to generate sub-audible signals that could adversely affect sound quality. We ended up mostly using the 50dB setting because we thought the Zphono XRM was slightly quieter using this one, rather than the 60dB setting. Yongki earned his Sc.D in aerospace engineering from MIT in 1999 and pursued a career as a professor in Singapore and later on in the US before deciding to change path to join the aerospace defense industry. “This exercise led to the design heading off in some directions I hadn’t considered,” he said. A 10mV input at the MM input will result in a healthy 1-volt output using the 50dB gain setting and 3-volts using the 60dB setting. The A23+ also has 35% more filter capacitance (54,400 µF vs 40,000 µF), which is said to improve the dynamics and short-term power. With all due respect to Schram, we can’t quite see what’s so hard about extracting four screws, removing a lid, setting a DIP switch (or two) and then replacing both lid and screws, because for most audiophiles, this would be a one-time only process, so once it was done, it would stay done and never need to be done again. Gone also from the front panel of the A23+ is the THX certification stamp. “One such being the inclusion of completely independent preamps for MM and MC cartridges… an approach that enabled us to optimise sound quality specifically for each input individually, rather than having to make a compromise to satisfy to competing requirements within a single preamp. Besides the cosmetic differences, Parasound invokes several upgrades in the A23+ as compared to the A23. Parasound states that it is not advised to use both the balanced and unbalanced inputs at the same time, which is cumbersome in my system. The overall amplifier’s presentation through the Ultima Studio was neutral with a crisp sonic character and excellent details. Click here for more information about Australian Hi-Fi, including links to buy individual digital editions and details on how to subscribe. The Halo Integrated 2.1 combines a preamplifier with a power amp, phono preamp, DAC, and built-in adjustable crossover to make a device that can handle any current-format … Please refresh the page and try again. Best Wishes for a Peaceful and Safe Holiday, JBL Synthesis SDP-55 & SDR-35 Q&A Nick Clarke – Senior Director of Global Engineering, Thank You To All of Our SECRETS Fans and Supporters, RIAA Vinyl Sales Q&A with McIntosh Group CEO Jeff Poggi. There are also A/B speaker terminals with individual on/off functions. But will this load result in the best sound quality? We assume it’s at the rear to keep signal paths as short as possible, so it’s hard to be critical about something that’s giving you better sound at the expense of a modicum of inconvenience. They are both available in black and silver finishes, but the A23+ has gold-liner on the faceplate, which in my opinion, adds to the elegant look of the product. For the black finish, like what I have for the review, the feet are also golden, which gives a more striking two-tone appearance than the silver finish that comes with silver-colored feet. They can be switched out of the signal path when not needed, giving a slightly clearer sound. Room and speakers can handle either amp. There wasn’t too much difference though, so we agonised throughout the review, and ended up switching back and forth quite often and, with some LPs, actually preferred the 60dB setting. You will receive a verification email shortly. The gain of the moving-coil input can be switched between 50 and 60dB, and that of the moving-magnet input between 40 and 50dB, both via miniature toggle switches. Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated Amplifier Review. The NewClassic 200 Integrated is a modification of Parasound’s NewClassic 200 Pre-Amp, meaning it’s pretty much the same unit with the addition of an amp section. 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