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Parasound Halo HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier with DAC

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Parasound Halo HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier with DAC

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  • Description

     

    NEW! The wonderful Halo Integrated has been upgraded!

     

    MY TAKE: The Halo NINT 6 Integrated is an amazingly full featured product that offers superb performance and an astounding amount of features and flexibility. - Galen Carol
     

    According to Parasound the Halo Integrated amplifier project began back in 2011 when they set out to re-imagine what a modern integrated amplifier should be, and using their 34 years of experience to craft a killer, bang for the buck product. The goal was an integrated that would be the sonic equal of their Halo separates. Their heralded P5 preamplifier was the basis for the preamp stage with he output section employing the John Curl designed output stage topology found in the A23 and A21. In addition, the full-featured Halo Integrated employs the latest ESS Sabre 32 Reference DAC for decoding PCM up to 384kHz and native DSD.
     

    The list of features is seemingly endless, but a few of the high points include: Five unbalanced analog inputs, one balanced analog input, both balanced and single ended main outputs, a MN/MC phono input, USB, Coax and Optical digital inputs, home theater bypass, stereo subwoofer outputs with adjustable crossover and main preamp outputs with adjustable crossover. The massive power supply is a dual mono design employing a huge shielded toriod power transformer and 40,000mF filter capacitance. The John Curl designed output stage features a matched JFET and MOSFET driver stage utilizing 12 high voltage/high current bipolar output devices in a high bias A/AB configuration. The result is 160 watts per channel at 8 Ohms and 240 per side at 4 Ohms; enough to drive most any speaker with ease.

     

    REVIEWS:


    Enjoy The Miusic: "So as I said I wanted the Parasound Halo Integrated to shine, and I got what I wanted. It concentrates on sound quality while including home theatre pass through, subwoofer output, bass management, high resolution digital inputs, a decent phono input stage, quality headphone output and tone controls in a conservatively styled package. When you take a look at what Parasound is asking for this component, just $2495 in black or silver finish, you may well be as impressed as I am. I'm going to miss it around here. " - Phil Gold, Enjoy The Music, September 2015

    Enjoy The Music Best of 2016 Award Winner
     


    Stereophile: “Parasound’s Halo Integrated offers 160wpc from its bipolar output section-JFETs and MOSFETs are pressed into service elsewhere I the amp plus a list of convenience features that includes: a dedicated subwoofer output with its own variable high and low pass crossover filters and front-panel level control; a 32-bit DAC 2ith USB, coaxial and optical inputs; a discrete headphone amplifier; an MM/MC phono stage; and six line inputs (one balanced, five unbalanced). HR particularly praised the “easy, intimate realism” of the Halo’s phono stage as well as the “great boogie” factor of its DAC and the amp’s overall “easy flowing, mostly smooth, and decidedly mellow” personality. This was not to take away from the Parasound’s musical incisiveness: The Halo played tunes and sang songs as if they mattered,” wrote Herb, JA wrapped up his measurements by observing that the Halo Integrated “is a well-engineered, well-performing product.” 

    Stereophile Recommended Components – Class A - 2016

     

    FEATURES:
     

    New Features (Changes from the original Halo Integrated):

    • Burr Brown analog resistor ladder volume control
    • Dimmable front panel volume display
    • Updated USB receiver is Plug and play with Windows 10 and MAC
    • An additional optical input (2 total)
    • Ball bearing supported solid aluminum volume knob
    • Programable default turn on volume setting
    • Favorite volume memory with remote control button
    • Increased phono stage gain for lower output cartridges
    • Improved Left/Right channel separation and balance tracking
    • Updated cosmetics with subtle gold highlights

     

    Preamp and DAC Features:

    • ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M)
    • Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit
    • USB input decodes Native DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DoP DSD
    • Coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit
    • Analog bass management with high & low pass crossovers
    • Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration
    • Front panel subwoofer level control
    • Dedicated high current headphone amplifier (TI TPA6120)
    • Phono input for MM, MC and MI with 100 Ω or 47k Ω load
    • Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage
    • 5 pairs RCA line level Analog inputs
    • 1 pair XLR balanced Analog input
    • Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs
    • 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
    • Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from remote or front panel
    • Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks
    • 12 Volt trigger output
    • Back-lit remote control with discrete buttons
    • 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star & EU specs

     

    Power Amp Features:

    • 160 Watts x 2 @ 8 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
    • 240 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
    • 45 Amps Peak Current Per Channel
    • Power amp circuit topology designed by legendary John Curl
    • Direct amplifier input to bypass preamp section
    • High bias class A/AB operation
    • Oversized shielded toroid power transformer
    • Dual-mono power supply and power amplifier
    • 40,000uF power supply filter capacitance
    • Matched JFET input stages and MOSFET driver stages
    • 12 high voltage/high current bipolar output transistors
    • Heavy-duty 24k gold-plated 5-way speaker binding posts
    • Over temp and short circuit relay protection

     

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    Power Output - Both channels driven
    (0.05% THD, 20 Hz - 20 kHz)
    160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω RMS
    240 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω RMS

    Power Output - Both channels driven
    (0.09% THD, 20 Hz - 20 kHz)
    180 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω RMS
    270 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω RMS

    Current Capacity
    45 amps peak per channel

    Frequency Response
    10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
    20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.5 dB

    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
    < 0.01 %, average listening levels
    < 0.05 %, 160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω

    Interchannel Crosstalk
    > 70 dB at 20 kHz
    > 78 dB at 1 kHz

    Signal to Noise Ratio - IHF A-weighted
    Line in: - 103 dB (input shorted)
    Digital in: - 106 dB

    Amplifier Damping Factor
    > 800 at 20 Hz

    Preamplifier Stage Input Sensitivity
    300 mV in for 1 V at Preamp Output jacks
    Total Preamp Stage Gain: 10 dB
    Max Output Unbalanced: 7 V
    Max Output Balanced: 9 V

    Power Amplifier Stage Sensitivity
    1 V at Bypass/Amp In for 28 V at Speaker Out
    Total Amp Stage Gain: 28 dB

    Phono Stage Sensitivity / Input Impedance
    MM: 41 dB / 47 k Ω
    MC: 54 dB / 47 k Ω or 100 Ω

    High & Low Pass Crossover Slope
    12 dB per octave

    Supported DAC Sampling Rates
    USB: up to 384 kHz / 32-bit PCM
    DSD Native: DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256
    DSD over PCM (DoP) at 384 kHz

    Coax/Optical: up to 192 kHz / 24-bit PCM

    Digital to Analog Converter
    ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M
    384 kHz / 32-bit

    USB 2.0 Controller
    Savitech SA9227, 384 kHz / 32-bit

    Headphone Amplifier
    Texas Instruments TPA6120A
    Output Impedance 10 ohms

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

    Input Impedance
    Unbalanced: 24 k Ω
    Balanced: 100 k Ω per leg

    Preamplifer Output Impedance
    Unbalanced: 100 Ω
    Balanced: 470 Ω per leg

    Dimensions
    Width: 17-1/4" (437 mm)
    Depth: 16-1/4" (413 mm)
    Depth, with cables 17-1/4" (437 mm)
    Height, with feet: 5-7/8" (150 mm)
    Height, without feet: 5-1/4" (133 mm), 3U

    Net Weight
    33 lb. (15 kg)

    Shipping Weight
    45 lb. (20.4 kg)

    Power Requirement
    Standby: 0.5 watts
    Idling power: 70 watts
    Maximum: 750 watts
    110-125 VAC 60 Hz or 220-250 VAC 50 Hz
    AC mains voltage is set on rear panel

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Parasound Halo HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier with DAC

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Description

 

NEW! The wonderful Halo Integrated has been upgraded!

 

MY TAKE: The Halo NINT 6 Integrated is an amazingly full featured product that offers superb performance and an astounding amount of features and flexibility. - Galen Carol
 

According to Parasound the Halo Integrated amplifier project began back in 2011 when they set out to re-imagine what a modern integrated amplifier should be, and using their 34 years of experience to craft a killer, bang for the buck product. The goal was an integrated that would be the sonic equal of their Halo separates. Their heralded P5 preamplifier was the basis for the preamp stage with he output section employing the John Curl designed output stage topology found in the A23 and A21. In addition, the full-featured Halo Integrated employs the latest ESS Sabre 32 Reference DAC for decoding PCM up to 384kHz and native DSD.
 

The list of features is seemingly endless, but a few of the high points include: Five unbalanced analog inputs, one balanced analog input, both balanced and single ended main outputs, a MN/MC phono input, USB, Coax and Optical digital inputs, home theater bypass, stereo subwoofer outputs with adjustable crossover and main preamp outputs with adjustable crossover. The massive power supply is a dual mono design employing a huge shielded toriod power transformer and 40,000mF filter capacitance. The John Curl designed output stage features a matched JFET and MOSFET driver stage utilizing 12 high voltage/high current bipolar output devices in a high bias A/AB configuration. The result is 160 watts per channel at 8 Ohms and 240 per side at 4 Ohms; enough to drive most any speaker with ease.

 

REVIEWS:


Enjoy The Miusic: "So as I said I wanted the Parasound Halo Integrated to shine, and I got what I wanted. It concentrates on sound quality while including home theatre pass through, subwoofer output, bass management, high resolution digital inputs, a decent phono input stage, quality headphone output and tone controls in a conservatively styled package. When you take a look at what Parasound is asking for this component, just $2495 in black or silver finish, you may well be as impressed as I am. I'm going to miss it around here. " - Phil Gold, Enjoy The Music, September 2015

Enjoy The Music Best of 2016 Award Winner
 


Stereophile: “Parasound’s Halo Integrated offers 160wpc from its bipolar output section-JFETs and MOSFETs are pressed into service elsewhere I the amp plus a list of convenience features that includes: a dedicated subwoofer output with its own variable high and low pass crossover filters and front-panel level control; a 32-bit DAC 2ith USB, coaxial and optical inputs; a discrete headphone amplifier; an MM/MC phono stage; and six line inputs (one balanced, five unbalanced). HR particularly praised the “easy, intimate realism” of the Halo’s phono stage as well as the “great boogie” factor of its DAC and the amp’s overall “easy flowing, mostly smooth, and decidedly mellow” personality. This was not to take away from the Parasound’s musical incisiveness: The Halo played tunes and sang songs as if they mattered,” wrote Herb, JA wrapped up his measurements by observing that the Halo Integrated “is a well-engineered, well-performing product.” 

Stereophile Recommended Components – Class A - 2016

 

FEATURES:
 

New Features (Changes from the original Halo Integrated):

  • Burr Brown analog resistor ladder volume control
  • Dimmable front panel volume display
  • Updated USB receiver is Plug and play with Windows 10 and MAC
  • An additional optical input (2 total)
  • Ball bearing supported solid aluminum volume knob
  • Programable default turn on volume setting
  • Favorite volume memory with remote control button
  • Increased phono stage gain for lower output cartridges
  • Improved Left/Right channel separation and balance tracking
  • Updated cosmetics with subtle gold highlights

 

Preamp and DAC Features:

  • ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M)
  • Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit
  • USB input decodes Native DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DoP DSD
  • Coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit
  • Analog bass management with high & low pass crossovers
  • Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration
  • Front panel subwoofer level control
  • Dedicated high current headphone amplifier (TI TPA6120)
  • Phono input for MM, MC and MI with 100 Ω or 47k Ω load
  • Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage
  • 5 pairs RCA line level Analog inputs
  • 1 pair XLR balanced Analog input
  • Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs
  • 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
  • Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from remote or front panel
  • Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks
  • 12 Volt trigger output
  • Back-lit remote control with discrete buttons
  • 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star & EU specs

 

Power Amp Features:

  • 160 Watts x 2 @ 8 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
  • 240 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
  • 45 Amps Peak Current Per Channel
  • Power amp circuit topology designed by legendary John Curl
  • Direct amplifier input to bypass preamp section
  • High bias class A/AB operation
  • Oversized shielded toroid power transformer
  • Dual-mono power supply and power amplifier
  • 40,000uF power supply filter capacitance
  • Matched JFET input stages and MOSFET driver stages
  • 12 high voltage/high current bipolar output transistors
  • Heavy-duty 24k gold-plated 5-way speaker binding posts
  • Over temp and short circuit relay protection

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Power Output - Both channels driven
(0.05% THD, 20 Hz - 20 kHz)
160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω RMS
240 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω RMS

Power Output - Both channels driven
(0.09% THD, 20 Hz - 20 kHz)
180 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω RMS
270 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω RMS

Current Capacity
45 amps peak per channel

Frequency Response
10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.5 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
< 0.01 %, average listening levels
< 0.05 %, 160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω

Interchannel Crosstalk
> 70 dB at 20 kHz
> 78 dB at 1 kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio - IHF A-weighted
Line in: - 103 dB (input shorted)
Digital in: - 106 dB

Amplifier Damping Factor
> 800 at 20 Hz

Preamplifier Stage Input Sensitivity
300 mV in for 1 V at Preamp Output jacks
Total Preamp Stage Gain: 10 dB
Max Output Unbalanced: 7 V
Max Output Balanced: 9 V

Power Amplifier Stage Sensitivity
1 V at Bypass/Amp In for 28 V at Speaker Out
Total Amp Stage Gain: 28 dB

Phono Stage Sensitivity / Input Impedance
MM: 41 dB / 47 k Ω
MC: 54 dB / 47 k Ω or 100 Ω

High & Low Pass Crossover Slope
12 dB per octave

Supported DAC Sampling Rates
USB: up to 384 kHz / 32-bit PCM
DSD Native: DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256
DSD over PCM (DoP) at 384 kHz

Coax/Optical: up to 192 kHz / 24-bit PCM

Digital to Analog Converter
ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M
384 kHz / 32-bit

USB 2.0 Controller
Savitech SA9227, 384 kHz / 32-bit

Headphone Amplifier
Texas Instruments TPA6120A
Output Impedance 10 ohms

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

Input Impedance
Unbalanced: 24 k Ω
Balanced: 100 k Ω per leg

Preamplifer Output Impedance
Unbalanced: 100 Ω
Balanced: 470 Ω per leg

Dimensions
Width: 17-1/4" (437 mm)
Depth: 16-1/4" (413 mm)
Depth, with cables 17-1/4" (437 mm)
Height, with feet: 5-7/8" (150 mm)
Height, without feet: 5-1/4" (133 mm), 3U

Net Weight
33 lb. (15 kg)

Shipping Weight
45 lb. (20.4 kg)

Power Requirement
Standby: 0.5 watts
Idling power: 70 watts
Maximum: 750 watts
110-125 VAC 60 Hz or 220-250 VAC 50 Hz
AC mains voltage is set on rear panel