The A23+ is definitely a very capable amplifier … I like the features. While the basic circuit design and topology stays the same, the A23+ has a beefier transformer than its predecessor (1.1 kVA vs 1.0 kVA), which translates into more powerful amplification (160 Watts vs 125 Watts into 8Ω loads, or 240 Watts vs 225 Watts into 4Ω loads). The amp's overall sound quality is excellent, with … To do this, the load impedance must be 10 times the cartridge’s internal d.c. resistance. But will this load result in the best sound quality? 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. When turned on, it will glow red for a few seconds before turning blue in steady operation. The built-in power supply is pretty good, too, with a shielded power transformer, a high-quality bridge diode and filter capacitors. Parasound 2125v2 150 Watt Stereo Power Amplifier The Parasound 2125v2 is a two-channel THX Ultra2 Certified power amplifier. 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. 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. There is also a small high-temperature red indicator light near the right side of the front panel, which illuminates if either of the channels overheats. In the hi-fi world, Parasound needs no introduction. There is some noise at low frequencies, but it’s mostly more than 60dB down. We suspect that Ortofon is being deliberately vague so that audiophiles whose phono preamps have either a fixed load impedance – or only a limited range of load impedances to apply – will have at least one setting that falls within this range. The A23+ did a good job in this test, creating believable soundstage that extended beyond the plane between the speakers. It is on kind loan from a member. With these upgrades, the A23+ is listed at $600 higher MSRP than the A23. For Punchy, engaging sound Broad, deep soundstage Build quality of the Parasound A 21+ is mighty impressive and handsome enough to fit into most décors. It was of no surprise that the A23+ amplifier could drive the Revel Ultima Studio speakers with ease. 6: November 2020, Starke Sound AD4.320 Power Amplifier Review, Parasound JC 1+ Monoblock Power Amplifier Product Review, Legacy Powerbloc2 Stereo Amplifier Review, Audio Research VT80SE Tube Power Amplifier Review, Anthem STR Preamplifier and Power Amplifier Review, Emotiva PA-1 Balanced Class-D Power Amplifier Review, Black Ice Fusion F11 Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier PREVIEW, JBL Synthesis Expands Award-winning SCL Loudspeaker Range With Four New Advanced Architectural Models, JBL Synthesis Caps Major Product Expansion by Introducing Flagship SCL-1 Loudspeaker and SSW-1 Subwoofer, Still Blown Away After All These Years: JBL Launches 75, The MediaLight Flex Mk2 6500K LED Bias Lighting System, G.E.M. It is this continued passion for audio that has brought him once again to the SECRETS team. 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. This may be due to the amplifier’s ability to nimbly navigate to the various transients and textures in the music. Let’s look first at the front panel. The component under review, the $2000 Halo A 21 stereo amp, is slotted in further down the Parasound line. 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. 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. 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. He was a member of the SECRETS Team in the early years, before moving to Singapore for a number of years. The arrival of the Parasound Zphono XRM allows me to write that we have been using it to listen to Heart To Mouth by LP on LP for the first time. Starke Sound A8.350 Multichannel Power Amplifier Review, THE HIGH END 2021 MOVES FROM MAY TO SEPTEMBER, What We Are Watching Vol. He wanted the XRM to offer versatility and convenience and thought that the design should be informed by viewing it through the eyes of a vinyl enthusiast rather than an engineer. Click here for more information about Australian Hi-Fi, including links to buy individual digital editions and details on how to subscribe. It fills the hole that was left in 2012 when Parasound discontinued the $2,500 A 52. Then, later on, those hand-claps sounded so real via the Zphono XRM. 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. Parasound at Rocky Mountain AudioFest 2017 - Stereophile review by Herb Reichert. 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. They celebrate their 40 th year, next year, in 2021. Shares. Even though Parasound is a "high-end" audio company, this seems to be their attempt at mass market product as the retail price from Amazon is … Does this new amplifier offer the quality and value in line with Parasound’s reputation? 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 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 … 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. 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. Please refresh the page and try again. Instead of silk-screened lettering, the ‘Parasound’ brand on the new faceplate has a 3D texture with gold lettering. All rights reserved. By Australian Hi-Fi 23 October 2020. 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. It can also be bridged to generate a mono amplifier rated at 500 W into an 8-ohm load. 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. At the right are three miniature toggle switches which are for (from left to right) mono/stereo switching, rumble filter switching, and input selection (MM or MC). Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated Amplifier Review. 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. The AD4.320 amplifier is also unique, in my experience, in using a conventional, but very heavy-duty analog power supply with dual 30-amp transformers to power the output modules. If you want the very best, go with the Parasound Integrated, the HINT. Interchannel phase errors, as you can see from the tabulated results, were also low across the audio band. < 0.03 % at typical listening levels, Input Sensitivity for 28.28 V Out (8 Ω Load), > 112 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted The A23+ is the recent iteration of the highly popular A23 amplifier, which had been a continuous presence in the company’s line for about 17 years. Overall, the A23+ amplifier brings a lot of value to the table that easily justifies its $1595 price tag. The success that Parasound has achieved since it was founded in 1981 is driven by the customers’ appreciation of the value of its products. This puts the audio band frequency response at 20Hz to 20kHz ±0.45dB, which is excellent. Parasound calls the Halo Integrated … 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! 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. Offering products in the sweet spot of quality-to-cost ratio is always the company’s mission. 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. He rejoined Secrets not too long after he has returned to the US in 2012. The JC 1 was powerful, at 400 watts RMS into 8 Ohms. Parasound’s Zphono XRM certainly wrought its magic throughout this album and the more we listened the more impressed we became. In the Audio turn-on option, the amplifier will be turned on when an audio signal is present at the input connectors. Bravo. Unlike what it’s relatively low height profile might suggest, the A23+ amplifier feels heavier than it looks. The image depth was good, although it was not as deep as I was accustomed to during my listening evaluation. This means that the minimum load impedance for the Cadenza has to be 50Ω. 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!