Parasound Halo HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier with DAC

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Parasound Halo HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier with DAC

Parasound Halo HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier with DAC


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927

Parasound Halo HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier with DAC


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927


  • Description

     

    NEW! The incredible Halo Integrated has been upgraded - Welcome the HINT6!

     

    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

     
    A great sounding, feature-rich product that drives anything you throw at it! As typical with Paarasound products, the HINT 6 offers HUGE bang-for-buck!
     

    REVIEWS:
     
    Positive Feedback: "As should be apparent, I really enjoyed my time with the HINT 6. It was as easy to set up as a DVD / Blu Ray player, sounded fantastic straight out of the box (but even better after a week of burn-in), and offered enough connectivity options to please just about anyone looking for a single-box solution to their audio woes. It had more than enough juice to drive every speaker I had in the house to musically satisfying levels and it looks nice to boot! 

    "It mated beautifully with some toney (and pricey) analogue gear and did not come across as the weak link in the mix. As points of comparison, the analogue combos mentioned above, cartridges included, fell squarely into the $7-$10K price range. This is two-to-three times the price of the HINT 6, and likely quite a bit more than someone shopping for a $3K integrated would spend for his or her analogue or digital sources. But, but… you don't have to spend big bucks on source components to get great sound with the HINT 6. For example, with decent cables and an affordable digital source, one could assemble a great system for around $7500 ($3k for the amp, $2500 for the speakers, around $1K for cables and speaker stands, and another $1K for a sensibly priced digital transport). Remember, I got great sound using a "lowly" $500 Red Book CD player to drive the HINT 6's internal DAC.    

    "Simply put, the HINT 6 teased out added levels of micro-dynamic traction, instrumental texture, and top-to-bottom dynamic punch that took the Maggies to a different level altogether. Of course, the same thing happened when I paired the Maggies with the stunning Audionet WATT integrated amp last year, but that unit, as tested, ran about $20K and did not have an internal DAC. You do the math!"
    - Maurice Jeffries
     

    Parttime Audiophile: "What am I trying to say about integrated amplifiers this time? Well, it’s something far more compelling than the old “extra interconnect” argument. Twenty years ago, when I was fully devoted to the idea of integrated amplifiers in my own system, $3000 bought you a pretty decent product. For $3000, you could buy an A/V receiver with a multitude of features for both two-channel systems and multi-channel home theater installations. (The HINT6 is billed as a “2.1” amp due to its sub out.) The sound quality wouldn’t be state-of the-art, but you’d have the ability to take your home
    entertainment any direction you wanted to go. For that price, you’d also get plenty of power. $3000 also bought you a purist integrated amplifier, one that weighed less than 25 pounds and had no more than two knobs on the front panel. Yes, it sounded wonderful and there was absolutely nothing wrong with it—unless you wanted to do more than listen to music at reasonable levels in a fairly small room or use a wide variety of source components.

    "What makes the Parasound Halo HINT6 so impressive is that it does both—it includes a phono stage, a headphone amplifier and a DAC, it has tons of features so that you can expand your reach when it comes to new hardware. It also sounds great to my ears, and I’m a guy who’s spent the last decade fondling low-powered tube amps. Most importantly, it accomplished all this for, again, just $3000. In 2019. Inflation be damned—that’s pretty amazing."
    - Marc Phillips
     

     

    Stereophile: "Is Parasound's Halo Hint 6 Integrated Amplifier a party amp? A hard-rock enabler? A suave, swinging jazz proselytizer? It's all these things. The Hint 6 worked well with every speaker I threw at it, delivering an upfront, slightly cool, dynamic sound, LP after LP. Even at its higher price of $2995, the Halo Hint 6 offers good value in true Swiss Army knife fashion. I can't think of another integrated amplifier that offers so many options and has such solid, generous sound. Recommended." - Ken Micaleff

     

     
    Stereophile: "…brilliantly detailed Parasound."

    What HiFi (UK): "This is a confident and enthusiastic amplifier that's just fun to listen to."

     

    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
    Programmable default turn on volume setting
    Favorite volume memory with the 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
    Five pairs RCA line level Analog inputs
    One pair XLR balanced Analog input
    Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs
    One balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
    Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from the 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)
    Power amp circuit topology designed by legendary John Curl
    Direct amplifier input to bypass the 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
    (0.9% 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

    Preamplifier 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 the rear panel

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Parasound Halo HINT 6 Integrated Amplifier with DAC


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927


Description

 

NEW! The incredible Halo Integrated has been upgraded - Welcome the HINT6!

 

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

 
A great sounding, feature-rich product that drives anything you throw at it! As typical with Paarasound products, the HINT 6 offers HUGE bang-for-buck!
 

REVIEWS:
 
Positive Feedback: "As should be apparent, I really enjoyed my time with the HINT 6. It was as easy to set up as a DVD / Blu Ray player, sounded fantastic straight out of the box (but even better after a week of burn-in), and offered enough connectivity options to please just about anyone looking for a single-box solution to their audio woes. It had more than enough juice to drive every speaker I had in the house to musically satisfying levels and it looks nice to boot! 

"It mated beautifully with some toney (and pricey) analogue gear and did not come across as the weak link in the mix. As points of comparison, the analogue combos mentioned above, cartridges included, fell squarely into the $7-$10K price range. This is two-to-three times the price of the HINT 6, and likely quite a bit more than someone shopping for a $3K integrated would spend for his or her analogue or digital sources. But, but… you don't have to spend big bucks on source components to get great sound with the HINT 6. For example, with decent cables and an affordable digital source, one could assemble a great system for around $7500 ($3k for the amp, $2500 for the speakers, around $1K for cables and speaker stands, and another $1K for a sensibly priced digital transport). Remember, I got great sound using a "lowly" $500 Red Book CD player to drive the HINT 6's internal DAC.    

"Simply put, the HINT 6 teased out added levels of micro-dynamic traction, instrumental texture, and top-to-bottom dynamic punch that took the Maggies to a different level altogether. Of course, the same thing happened when I paired the Maggies with the stunning Audionet WATT integrated amp last year, but that unit, as tested, ran about $20K and did not have an internal DAC. You do the math!"
- Maurice Jeffries
 

Parttime Audiophile: "What am I trying to say about integrated amplifiers this time? Well, it’s something far more compelling than the old “extra interconnect” argument. Twenty years ago, when I was fully devoted to the idea of integrated amplifiers in my own system, $3000 bought you a pretty decent product. For $3000, you could buy an A/V receiver with a multitude of features for both two-channel systems and multi-channel home theater installations. (The HINT6 is billed as a “2.1” amp due to its sub out.) The sound quality wouldn’t be state-of the-art, but you’d have the ability to take your home
entertainment any direction you wanted to go. For that price, you’d also get plenty of power. $3000 also bought you a purist integrated amplifier, one that weighed less than 25 pounds and had no more than two knobs on the front panel. Yes, it sounded wonderful and there was absolutely nothing wrong with it—unless you wanted to do more than listen to music at reasonable levels in a fairly small room or use a wide variety of source components.

"What makes the Parasound Halo HINT6 so impressive is that it does both—it includes a phono stage, a headphone amplifier and a DAC, it has tons of features so that you can expand your reach when it comes to new hardware. It also sounds great to my ears, and I’m a guy who’s spent the last decade fondling low-powered tube amps. Most importantly, it accomplished all this for, again, just $3000. In 2019. Inflation be damned—that’s pretty amazing."
- Marc Phillips
 

 

Stereophile: "Is Parasound's Halo Hint 6 Integrated Amplifier a party amp? A hard-rock enabler? A suave, swinging jazz proselytizer? It's all these things. The Hint 6 worked well with every speaker I threw at it, delivering an upfront, slightly cool, dynamic sound, LP after LP. Even at its higher price of $2995, the Halo Hint 6 offers good value in true Swiss Army knife fashion. I can't think of another integrated amplifier that offers so many options and has such solid, generous sound. Recommended." - Ken Micaleff

 

 
Stereophile: "…brilliantly detailed Parasound."

What HiFi (UK): "This is a confident and enthusiastic amplifier that's just fun to listen to."

 

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
Programmable default turn on volume setting
Favorite volume memory with the 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
Five pairs RCA line level Analog inputs
One pair XLR balanced Analog input
Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs
One balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from the 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)
Power amp circuit topology designed by legendary John Curl
Direct amplifier input to bypass the 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
(0.9% 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

Preamplifier 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 the rear panel