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Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier


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Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier

Preamp and DAC Features

  • Latest generation 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
  • Windows USB drivers for ASIO & WASAPI – Download here
  • Mac OS does not require any drivers
  • Coax and optical 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 for MM & MC 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 input and output to triggers
  • 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 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 of the Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier

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

Power Output – Both channels driven
(0.9% THD, RMS, 20 Hz – 20 kHz)
180 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω
270 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω

Current Capacity
45 amps peak per channel

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

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

Interchannel Crosstalk
> 50 dB at 20 kHz
> 70 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

Preamp Stage Input Sensitivity
300 mV in for 1 V at Pre Out 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
Input Impedance
MM: 35 dB / 47 k Ω
MC: 52 dB / 47 k Ω or 100 Ω
Input Capacitance
150 pF

High & Low Pass Crossover Slopes
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/Opt: up to 192 kHz / 24-bit PCM

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

USB 2.0 Controller
VIA VT1731, 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

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

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





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