San Francisco — Parasound shipped its first integrated amp, which incorporates digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and high-resolution playback via USB 2.0, optical and coaxial inputs.
The $2,495-suggested Halo integrated amp is the company's first product with high-resolution DAC. The component features asynchronous USB 2.0 input that supports PCM up to 384 kHz/32-bit as well as native DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DSD over PCM (DoP) at 384kHz. The coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192 kHz/24-bit.
Power output is rated at 2x160 watts RMS into 8 ohms, or 2x240 watts into 4 ohms, with both channels driven at 0.05 percent THD from 20Hz to 20kHz.
The Class A/AB amp also features dual-mono power supply, headphone amp, phono input for MM and MC cartridges, adjustable low- and high-pass crossovers, front-panel subwoofer-level control, balanced XLR input, and XLR left, right and subwoofer preamp outputs. It also offers five line-level inputs, record/fixed level output, and a low noise MM/MC phono input with three loading options.
A home-theater bypass input lets a surround receiver or processor use the Halo’s power amp to drive the left and right speakers during home-theater playback. Subwoofer bypass inputs make it possible for one or more subs to run when surround or stereo audio is playing.