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The Halo JC 3 Jr will not cut edges like a figure skater, (Olympics just ending, easy analogy) through the music, around voices and instruments. View and Download Parasound HALO JC 3+ owner's manual online. It provides three key gain settings, with sensible cartridge matching options and a mono button to boot. Writing for Secrets the last several years, Piero believes that a reviewer's duty is to inform and involve the reader into his audio experience rather than preach absolutes. >85dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted The gear I’m using is probably right in line with the value and affordability of the Halo JC 3 Jr preamplifier: A Marantz Reference TT-15S1 turntable with a Clearaudio Virtuosso wood ebony MM cartridge (47k Ohm loading with an output voltage of 3.6 mV). Although John Curl is also touted for his Parasound amplifiers, his efforts with the original Halo JC 3 phono preamplifier were extraordinarily well-received and reviewed. The smaller the board, the better, Schram says, so as to attract less noise than do larger boards, whose many copper traces can act as antennas. Finally the new R-core power transformer is 82% larger to provide better bass performance. At $2,350, the JC 3 is by no means an entry-level phonostage. 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The Absolute Sound’s Buyer’s Guide to Loudspeakers 2018. E.A.T. Begin typing your search above and press return to search. Everything is separated out to avoid components talking to each other, out of turn. Product: Parasound Halo JC3+ MM / MC Phono Preamplifier; Silver; JC-3+ Product SKU: 30291 Serial Number: 01240 Voltage: 120V Cosmetic Description: 8/10 Excellent condition with minimal visible cosmetic wear including a minuscule scratch near the middle of the faceplate. Paul Rigby reviews the JC 3+ This John Curl-designed phono amp is nothing if not a stickler for isolation. Thirdly, the Halo JC 3 Jr is solid state, I would almost expect besides a lower noise floor, less distortion and more control. There are no wrong answers. “As with the JC 1 and 2, the construction quality of the Halo JC 3 is first-rate.” This goes along with my general observation that this version’s improved dimensionality is likely due to its higher resolution of micro-dynamic nuances. $220.15. Soundstage! The resulting Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. is a high-performance, low-noise stereo phono preamplifier for use with moving magnet and moving coil (MM and MC) phono cartridges. But then there’s just a little something more. Our magazine, which began with the publication of the SECRETS Primer, is available exclusively on-line and offers to our readers an extensive information resource about home theater and high-end audio. Parasound Halo JC3 Phono Preamplifier. Solid State Preamplifiers: $1850.00: NY Mar 26, 2020: 55 : FOR SALE: Parasound Halo JC3+ Phono Preamp Excellent Condition: Phono Preamplifiers: $2000.00: NY Mar 26, 2020: 56 : FOR SALE: Aural Thrills Audio Serenade all tube mm/mc phono amplifier > 91dB, input shorted, unweighted, Unbalanced: < 100 Ω The JC 3+ created a soundstage that simply flowed more smoothly from corner to corner. 46 dB / 56 dB / 66 dB (balanced output), Net: 13 lbs. This is accomplished by replacing the large gain modules used for each channel, with a single board combining the channels. In a short interview accompanying my original JC 3 review Curl’s remarks turned out to be prescient: “Actually I think I underestimated the market. On a macro level there was more jump and pace to the performance through the JC 3+. Having the Parasound Halo P5 preamplifier, I did use the balanced outputs from the JC 3 Jr. After trying both unbalanced and balanced, I found the latter more open, slightly richer sounding. Fortunately the essential character and balance of the standard JC 3 remains intact in the “+” version— the air, the impression of warmth and bloom, the fully realized timbres, and the three-dimensional continuity of the soundscape. Having known the legendary John Curl's work since he did the JC2 Preamplifier for Levinson in 1972, a ground-breaking design for solid-state, and every bit as competitive as the tubed ARC SP-3a-1 of the era, I fearlessly replaced my current mega phono gear, both tube and solid-state, with the Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier, costing just $1495! Before joining Parasound to work with founder Richard Schram, John Curl became legendary for his Vendetta Research SCP-2 phono preamplifier. For those with stable analog rigs who assiduously avoid the cartridge-of-the-week hunt—the obvious choice is to stick to the Parasound original. A First, hats off to Parasound for not bowing to convention and badging its new, hot-rodded version of the original JC 3 phonostage with the shop-worn cliché “Reference” or “Signature Edition.” And second, and more importantly, if you’re a current owner of the Parasound JC 3 phonostage, don’t panic. In that case, the JC 3+ now available to you makes more sense. The trumpet solo was cleaner, alive with snappier transients and clearer decays. Balanced: < 100 Ω per leg, 40 dB / 50 dB / 60 dB (unbalanced output) Curl’s application of choice go-fast bits-and-tweaks adds up to speed and resolution improvements of consequence. The piano in “So Nice” is so sexy and fun, flirty. Most phono cartridges don’t require a whole lot of big extremes and I thought on this particular point people wouldn’t be using the most exotic cartridges, so I kept them to a minimum with 100 ohms and 47k for the moving coil and 47k for the moving magnet…We might even consider adding more loading if people complain enough.”. As readers will recall, the original JC 3 clinched a Golden Ear Award not long after I reviewed it in Issue 215. As such, the settings on the JC 3 Jr are limited to the gain selection only, for me I was happy at 50dB. How Much Amplifier Power Does your Home Theater Need? Phono Pre for both mm and mc phono cartridges. The beauty here with the Halo JC 3 Jr is that you do not have to remove the cover to make the adjustments, typical of other phono preamplifiers. PARASOUND HALO JC PREAMPLIFIER SPECIFICATIONS. Parasound HCA-500 2 Channel High Current Power Stereo Amplifier. First, hats off to Parasound for not bowing to convention and badging its new, hot-rodded version of the original JC 3 phonostage with the shop-worn cliché “Reference” or “Signature Edition.” And second, and more importantly, if you’re a current owner of the Parasound JC 3 phonostage, don’t panic. Curl-Thompson tweaked circuits to further reduce the JC 3 silent background noise. >80dB, input shorted, unweighted, >89dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted Parasound Halo JC 3 er på Stereophile’s Recommende Components Class A liste for 2014 og 2015 ! Audiophile (Hong Kong) February 2018 "The Parasound JC 3 Jr. is an outstanding solid-state phono preamplifier. ... Parasound Halo JC3+ MM / MC Phono Preamplifier; Silver; JC-3+ $2,414.00. So when Parasound prexy Richard Schram e-mailed me, after last year's Home Entertainment Show, to ask if he could drop round with a sample of his new, Curl-designed Halo JC 2 line preamplifier, he didn't need to twist my arm too much. Parasound's brand new Halo JC 3 Jr. phono preamplifier is a simplified version of the company's award-winning flagship JC 3+ and they sound very similar. Contrary to the size suggested by the photographs, the actual unit is larger than you might expect and takes up a full shelf on an audio rack. It remains, in my view one of the most worthy phonostages on the market. Piero Gabucci, a native of Alberta, Canada, is an architect living in northern New Jersey with his wife and two sons. It would be natural to compare the Halo Jr. to the original JC 3 and more recently the updated Halo JC 3+. Product of the year (Phonostage of the year) – the absolute sound 2012. Parasound’s Halo JC3 Junior phono stage treads an intelligent line between two sonic extremes. Opening the case reveals two aluminum boxes, each marked “Single Channel Phono Stage.” I had an opportunity to listen to these phonostages side by side, and I’m glad I did. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. There was shielding here and isolation there while large power-supply filter capacitors were added to reduce strain on the amplifier. Condition is "Used". Press Esc to cancel. Upgraded and enhanced, Parasound has added more than ‘go-faster’ stripes onto its new phono amplifier. Her breathing, her sultriness matched the dreamy character of the instruments as well. They turned to Vishay, a top manufacturer of low-noise parts, which ultimately agreed to develop a potentiometer and manufacture it in small quantities for Parasound. The JC 3+ now features independent, variable-load fine-adjustment capability for moving coils in each channel, ranging from 50–550 ohms using Vishay’s special low-noise dual-gang potentiometers. More settings as I mentioned above are afforded to an MC cartridge. If you’re trying to eek every nuance out of your turntable with a modest setup, the Halo JC 3 Jr is perfect for you. Shipping: 19 lbs. Moving-magnet gain has been increased slightly from 47dB to 48dB, but mc gain has actually been reduced from 68dB to 64dB so that very-high-output mc cartridges won’t cause the JC 3+ to overload the inputs of some linestage preamps. Any fan of Parasound Audio gear knows all too well the “JC” moniker in their Halo line stands for John Curl. >84dB, input shorted unweighted, > 94dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted Whether you believe in capturing the quality of the original live performance or the reproduction of music, matters not if the end result is the pure enjoyment, and that's the goal. With the sterling reputation of its bigger brother, the JC 3+, this little guy has a lot to prove as issue of the genius mind of Curl. In addition the “+” reproduced more of the textural gradients of the harpsichord, while also further revealing the ambience encircling the keyboard. HALO JC 3+ Amplifier pdf manual download. In most systems, the difference would be hard to distinguish. Yet the timbre for the piano was excellent. The original Halo JC 3 was designed by legendary audio designer John Curl, and he also did the honors with the JC 3+. I find the Halo JC 3 Jr outstanding for value and performance." Neither overly euphonic nor too forensic, it remains enjoyably engaging at all times, yet largely agnostic about the music you choose to use. Dandy Hydraulic LP Cleaning Apparatus MKII, PreSonus Eris E3.5 Powered Speakers Review, Still Blown Away After All These Years: JBL Launches 75th Anniversary Edition of L100 Loudspeaker. This item looks like new from just a few feet away. 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