Description

Parasound Halo JC5 Power Amplifier

The Parasound Halo JC5 is a fast, hard-hitting power amplifier with a superb grip on speakers.

 

Halo JC5 Stereo Power Amplifier Review

 

Features

  • 400 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω RMS, both channels driven
  • 600 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω RMS, both channels driven
  • 1200 watts x 1@ 8 Ω, in bridged mode
  • 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 Ω
  • 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 amperes, 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
  • 4 rack space chassis with rear carry handles
  • Rackmount hardware is included
  • Available in silver or black

 

Specifications

Power Output – Both Channels Driven
400 watts x 2, 8 Ω
600 watts x 2, 4 Ω

Power Output – Bridged Mode
1200 watts x 1, 8 Ω
Bridged 4 Ω operation is not recommended

Power measurement parameters are at 120 VAC:
0.05% THD, RMS continuous power,
full audio band (20 Hz – 20 kHz)

Current Capacity
90 amps peak, per channel

Slew Rate
> 130 volts per microsecond

Frequency Response
5 Hz – 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
20 Hz – 20 kHz, +0/-0.25 dB

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

Input Impedance
Unbalanced: 33 kΩ
Balanced: 66 kΩ,(33 kΩ per leg)

Total Gain
29 dB

Input Sensitivity for 28.28 V Output into 8 Ω
Unbalanced: 1 V
Balanced: 1 V per leg

S/N Ratio
> 116 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 111 dB, input shorted, unweighted

Damping Factor
1000 at 20 Hz

DC Trigger Requirements
+9 Vdc to +12 Vdc, 5 mA

Audio Trigger Requirements
2 mV – 10 mV

XLR Pin Identification
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)

Dimensions
Width: (448 mm)
Height without feet: (181 mm)
Height with feet: (197 mm)
Depth: (508 mm)
Depth with cables: (546 mm)

Net Weight: (33.1 kg)

Shipping Weight: (40.8 kg)

Power Requirement
Standby: 1 Watt
Idle (no music playing): 225 Watts
Typical listening levels: 400 Watts
Maximum: 1500 Watts