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Parasound Halo JC 2 Preamplifier Reviewed

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
4 Stars
Value
5 Stars
Overall
4.5 Stars

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High Points
• The Parasound JC 2's sound quality is superlative--refined, accurate and capable of extraordinary resolution.

• It's amazingly quiet, so music simply emerges out of a black background. 
• It's not inexpensive, but at $4,000, it can nonetheless be considered a true value for a high-end preamplifier.

Low Points
• The JC 2 doesn't have a phono input, so an outboard phono stage is required in order to use it with a turntable.
• It doesn't come with a full-function remote control. It does all you need to operate the JC 2, but some users like remotes with comprehensive system control functionality. Back lighting for the remote would have been nice addition at this price point.

Conclusion
The Parasound Halo JC 2 is a line-level preamplifier that delivers superlative sound. Like any good preamplifier, its primary function is to "get out of the way" of the signal coming from the music source and not impart any coloration of its own. The JC 2 is one of the closest preamplifiers I've heard to attaining this ideal, and lets the music come through with exquisite detail and clarity. It's solidly built and performed flawlessly during hundreds of hours of operation. Although not cheap at $4,000, you get what you pay for without question.

Additional Resources
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Read more about Parasound, more Parasound reviews and about John Curl here...
• Read more audiophile grade stereo preamps on this HomeTheaterReview.com resource page.

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