item 3 Brand New Parasound Halo A31 Three Ch Power Amplifier Black - Retail $3,500.00 3 - Brand New Parasound Halo A31 Three Ch Power Amplifier Black - Retail $3,500.00. I'm not suggesting that other amps simply ignore the score but, as with the rest of the performance, there just seemed to be a little more presence to it, lending a grander, more epic touch to the whole sequence. John Curl’s circuit design for the Halo A 31 features complementary matched pairs of JFETs for the input pre-driver stages, matched pairs of MOSFETs for the driver stages, and an impressive eight matched 15A, 60MHz bipolar output transistors for each channel. Joe, a great concise summary of your journey and review of the A21+. Access (formerly GoodSound!) Parasound Products, Inc.2250 McKinnon AvenueSan Francisco, CA 94124Phone: (415) 397-7100Fax: (415) 397-0144, E-mail: marketing@parasound.comWebsite: www.parasound.com, SoundStage! Regardless of the speaker choice, all were connected via 12-gauge bulk speaker cable from Binary, a SnapAV company. Two-channel music sounds close to live, and the movies at home feel just like the theater. Reviews of Attainable Hi-Fi & Home-Theater Equipment. Ratings and Reviews. Front-man Jacob Dylan's vocals were presented in their full unaltered dry but sultry state. Halo is our premier line with a reputation for going head-to-head with the most expensive equipment on the market, while costing a fraction of the price. The best part of a product like the A31, or any found within Parasound's lineup, is that the reliability is on par with a wood-burning stove. Three-channel amplifiers were all the rage a few years ago, but then sort of faded away. What I actually found most impressive was how balanced the background score seemed to be in the face of all that was unfolding in front of it. Earlier in the review, I spoke about the A31's gain controls and how that was more a pro feature aimed at pairing different amplifiers together. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. I noticed a bit more inflection in Dylan's voice than through previous amplifiers, as well as a bit more surrounding air, which lent a greater sense of dimension, not to mention scale, to the performance and to his physical being. Parasound has nothing to hide here as these are real numbers supported by A21+'s capability of delivering 60 amperes of current per channel, the ability to deliver this power through the amplifier's full band-width, and a low <0.1% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) when driving the full audio band (20Hz - 20kHz) at rated power. JM Labs Electra 920.1; Parasound JC2 and JC5; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Marantz SA8004 SACD; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P1000; MIT S1 Cables Edge of Tomorrow is a surprisingly smart, exciting film with an electrifying soundtrack. If you only wish to listen to music, then you needn't power up the A31 at all. If I didn’t already own the Anthems, I’m not sure I’d choose them over the Parasound. Parasound A52+ Five Channel Solid-State Amplifier Parasound's impressive A52+ is truly faithful to music. Parasound may have been thinking along these lines when they engaged the well-known amplifier designer John Curl to create their new five-channel amp, the Halo A 52+ ($2,995). The gold lettering is understated, and the red Parasound logo glows to indicate that the mains power is connected. Pues la Parasound se come directamente al Musical Fidelity. 5. I suppose I've heard a touch more top-end sizzle, but I'm not certain I'd say the A31 is wrong in its portrayal, as everything simply felt right in its delivery. Review By Wayne Donnelly Click here to e-mail reviewer. More importantly, even with each crack spiking at around 100dB, the resulting sound was never fatiguing, sharp or brittle. Through the A 31, the sound across the front channels was flawless. While there was still plenty of detail, the explosive, metallic sounds of battle were a little forced and lacking in weight in comparison to the A 31’s smooth, effortless delivery. By staying out of the way and letting me enjoy the music, the A 31 made this review a challenge to find new ways to say that it sounded wonderful. That said, the Parasound Halo A31 three-channel amp is among the best I've encountered thus far in my travels and one that I'm not going to be parting with any time soon. 5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 product rating. Again, the dynamic swings of this track were incredible and at times more than a little palpable, in that they quite literally stirred the soul. It just so happened to not suck and live up to every expectation I had prior to its arrival. The Halo A 31 was exceptional with two-channel recordings. Y al reducir y plantear la A23 hizo un buen aparato, pero NO es la A21. Que es muy buen aparato, que suena muy bien, que es muy digno y honrado. Parasound Halo A23 Stereo Amplifier Review In light of our slow shift toward two channel audio (no, we are not abandoning personal audio), I decided it would be a good idea to start with something basic, like a stereo amplifier. The component under review, the $2000 Halo A 21 stereo amp, is slotted in further down the Parasound line. The subwoofers were two Paradigm Reference Servo-15 v.2s. Parasound Halo A31 Review. . I set up the Parasound Halo A 31 to drive the three front channels of my reference multichannel system, primarily using an Anthem Statement D2 surround-sound processor to listen to multichannel audio recordings and movies as well as two-channel recordings. This review will look at the more conventional, yet equally impressive, design from Parasound. It should be noted that I ran the A31 both as a main amplifier and as a secondary one, meaning I used it to power my mains exclusively, as well as rear channels. “Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans” The explosion of bells was precisely that - an explosion - and while they may have rocked my room, they never overpowered my ears nor caused fatiguing. From the outside, the A31 looks every bit a Parasound Halo product, clad in its trademark brushed silver facade, though Halo products are now being offered in black, too. However, there are a few items worth noting before making your final purchasing decision. Add to that its prodigious power output and rock-solid build quality, and I can assure you: It’s the real deal. It fills the hole that was left in 2012 when Parasound discontinued the $2,500 A 52. Its replacement, the Halo A 21+, is priced a little higher at $2,995. Moreover, the A31 wasn't critical (at all) of my choice of speaker, as it managed to reproduce similar results with all the options I had on hand, whether they were lower-sensitivity bookshelf speakers (Wharfedale) or commercial cinema loudspeakers (JBL). As Parasound defines it, value begins to decline when additional cost provides only marginal and diminishing returns, and increases when a product is reliably functional over decades. It arrived, along with a matching A21 two-channel amp, to serve as a personal reference in not only my review systems, but also in my in-home mastering suite. Additionally, Parasound's A21 just won an … Although the Parasound has a lower power rating, it sounded more dynamic and visceral with sound effects, yet more refined with the film’s musical score. And despite what the purists say, on occasion, for example when playing a poorly engineered recording, they can be useful. 4 Distinct Product Lines. Along with being on the large side, the A31 does run warm and, under spirited listening, it can even get hot so proper ventilation is an absolute must, with open air installations being the best option, though by no means mandatory. The sides of the A31 are adorned with heat sink fins that feature rounded edges, so as not to cause any physical harm to the customer or installer charged with moving the A31 into its final position. This year they finally added a 3 channel amplifier targeting the home theater crowd that want a single amplifier to drive their front three channels. This track is a little more chaotic in comparison to "Everloving," but even with its more bombastic dynamic swings and high-frequency energy, the A31 never faltered. Write a review. Conclusion I'm not going to lie and say that $3,000 for a three-channel amp is wholly affordable, but I'd hardly put the A31 in the category of aspirational either, as that category is well populated. Dynamics, much like the rest of the A31's performance, felt right, in that they were neither trumped up nor sluggish. On Cyndi Lauper’s The Body Acoustic (16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC, Sony BMG), the various stringed instruments -- including a particularly steely guitar -- and the singer’s raspy voice can sometimes be a bit jarring, but the A 31 struck the perfect balance between vividly realistic reproduction of the acoustic instruments and a deft addition of just a touch of warmth to the voice. The newest product, the A31 three-channel amplifier reviewed here, is a first for Parasound. As the drummer’s sticks moved across the toms, each stroke differed slightly from the next; the strokes were spaced evenly and precisely between the speakers, closely matching the onscreen placement of the drums. I look forward to hearing it in the future. And it had no trouble driving my speakers to any volume level I desired. Cymbals sounded like real cymbals, versus artificial enhancements in order to show off traits such as air and decay. In 1988, Schram enlisted the services of circuit designer John Curl, and he brought along designers Carl Thompson and the late Bob Crump, forming a team whose work resulted in the development of Parasound… Regardless, the A31 never wavered nor seemed to run out of juice. Dynamics ran the gamut from wow to I think I may have messed myself, depending upon the scene and my choice of overall volume. Parasound already brings listeners heavenly sound, but its halo now shines more beautifully than ever with its brand new version of the Halo A 23 two-channel power amplifier. But while the M1 is a fantastic-sounding and amazingly powerful and revealing amplifier, the Halo A 31, for less than a third as much per channel, wasn’t far behind. As for the A31's soundstage, I found it to be fairly three-dimensional, provided the material called for it, meaning it was capable of extending beyond the front baffles of the speakers and further back as well, while the side to side extension was wall to wall and beyond. The A 31 comes properly packed in a large double box. 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It had the excellent transparency and imaging, with plenty of grip, that you’d expect from a high-powered solid-state amp, but it also had a richness through the midrange, and a smooth treble that was easy to listen to while still being very revealing. Explore more reviews in our AV Preamp and Stereo Preamp review sections.. Find a pair of Bookshelf Speakers or Floorstanding Speakers to drive with the A31. After soliciting some advice here and considering various brands and models, I decided on the Parasound A23. It's hefty, too, weighing a respectable but not unmanageable 65 pounds. The A31 plays host to a large encapsulated toroid transformer (1.5 kVA) with separate, independent windings for each of its three channels. Parasound Halo A31 Multi Channel Amplifier. Operated in bridged mono, Bel Canto’s six-channel eVo6 ($4900, discontinued), which I usually use to drive my center and surround channels, is claimed to produce a powerful 350Wpc into 8 ohms, three channels driven -- and it has a transparent and musical sound. The sustained hissing of hi-hat cymbals is prominent here, as in many recordings, but with the A 31, I was struck by how different each tom-tom sounded as it was hit. The cracks of Ivan Vanko's whips were positively violent in their dynamic snaps and the resulting electrical crack was so vividly rendered that it made me shudder. Each of the channel inputs are neatly arranged, well spaced and labeled 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Roger Kannorogerk@soundstagenetwork.com. I suppose as money became tight, people went back to all-in-one solutions, i.e., five- and seven-channel amplifiers or AV receivers. You get a switchable phono stage, a headphone output and even tone controls. I ended my evaluation of the A31 with another Blu-ray disc, Iron Man 2 (Paramount). The Hookup I received the A31 amplifier from Parasound shortly after attending the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. For example, let's say your home theater and two-channel system are one and the same and you use a A21 Halo amp for your left and right mains and an A31 for your center and rear channels. For a Parasound customer, this could mean that he or she is already in possession of either a pair of JC1 monaural amplifiers or an A21 stereo amp. Just inside the left handle are the A31's "Turn On Options," which include an auto/manual power switch and a 12-volt trigger. Parasound has established close and long-term relationships, some spanning more than three decades, with contract manufacturers in Taiwan, which are responsible for the manufacturing. Andrew Robinson evaluates the A31 to see if it carries on the Parasound name. Parasound Halo Three Channel Power AmplifierThe Parasound Halo A31 multichannel amplifier is a power.. £4,799.00. It's possible to get a Halo-branded amp with five channels. Even so, with Edge of Tomorrow it lacked some of the A 31’s weight and depth. So that is how a three-channel amplifier comes into play. The rest of my system was as follows: Dune-HD Max and Oppo BDP-103 as the primary source components, Behringer Feedback Destroyer feeding into a single JL Audio Fathom f110 subwoofer with parametric EQ filters from Room EQ Wizard, and a SIM2 Nero single-chip DLP projecting onto a 120-inch Acoustic4K screen from Elite Screens. I was taken aback by the level of low mid-bass articulation that was present, which I found equal to that of its high-frequency performance. The gain can also be adjusted by +/-6dB using the Gain Normal/THX knob. December 5, 2012 by Chris Heinonen Leave a Comment. The question that remains is whether the A31 is any good. With regard to the two-channel A 23, Parasound’s smallest, least expensive Halo amp, the SoundStage! Although the Parasound has a lower power rating, it sounded more dynamic and visceral with sound effects, yet more refined with the film’s musical score. Around back, the Halo A 31 is equally impressive. Inherent in the design are high current output (up to 60 amps per channel), and a high slew rate of >130V/µs—these specs alone suggested that the A 31 would work well in my system. The only faults I found with the A 31 were the lack of a black finish finish, which has been remedied by a new finish that Parasound is releasing now, and the bright lights on the front of the unit. Respuesta en frecuencia: 5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB a 1 vatio. (16/44.1 FLAC, Columbia/Legacy) is a little dry, but the A 31 reproduced Nelson’s world-weary voice with a bit of smoothness. KONKA Announces Three New Android TV Series for 2021 Lineup. When the world does literally begin to crumble beneath the characters' feet, the resulting sound was truly epic and, yet again, I felt as if I was able to discern more of it due to the A31's (and A21's) incredible clarity and definition throughout. From there, I connected the A31 to a host of different loudspeakers, ranging from my trusty Tekton Design Pendragons to a complement of Jade 1 bookshelf speakers from Wharfedale. Very solidly built, it weighs 65 pounds, and its large case, measuring 17.25"W x 7.6"H x 19.1"D, is the same one used for the Halo JC 1 monoblock, the A 21 stereo, and the A 51 five-channel amps. Read about the performance of the Parasound A31 amplifier on Page 2. When more than three channels were needed, it was always paired with my Parasound Halo A21. A couple of years ago, Parasound introduced the Halo A 31 ($3295 USD), a three-channel version of their top-of-the-line stereo and multichannel amplifiers, and the subject of this review. I haven't done the same review (Outlaw 100-watter vs the A51's 250) on my new speakers, but I'm happy to report that I love my new speakers (Focal BE 1027) and they have wowed everyone who has heard them. The many screws securing the top plate slightly protrude and are easily visible, but are not particularly distracting. While they were completely functional, they just felt cheap in comparison to everything else the Halo affords you. The many fins of the large heatsinks that comprise the side panels, and the Parasound logo stamped into the top plate, are all covered in a high-quality, black-anodized finish that gives the A 31 a professional, refined appearance. It has XLR and RCA input jacks, toggle switches for selecting between them, and binding posts far enough apart to accept heavy-duty, audiophile-approved cables. $3295 isn’t exactly a low price, but based on what I heard from the Halo A 31, I can’t think of a single reason for not considering it and/or one of the other Halo amps for powering any or all of the channels in a high-quality audio system and/or home theater. I had been a Parasound customer previously, having owned both the Halo and Classic line of products, so I was not unfamiliar with the brand or its sound. I am glad you are extremely pleased with the Parasound A21+. That last part is a big deal (for me at least), as I've encountered no other brand that does this free of charge. All Halo products are available in black or silver finish. Well, I used it (sparingly) when employing professional cinema equipment elsewhere in my signal chain, as it allowed me to better integrate the pro gear with the rest of my consumer-sourced equipment. Early in the film, the mostly acoustic version of “Come Talk to Me” was notable for its nicely differentiated mix of voice, piano, acoustic guitar, accordion, electric bass, and deep but taut kick drum. Each features XLR as well as RCA input options that are selectable via a small toggle switch. Boasting classic circuit designs by renowned engineer John Curl and prices that range from just under $1000 to a few thousand dollars, Parasound’s Halo models have gained a fervent following among value-minded audiophiles. It’s claimed to provide pure class-A operation up to 7Wpc, high-bias class-A/B operation thereafter, and to deliver 250Wpc into 8 ohms or 400Wpc into 4 ohms, all three channels driven. The A31's high-frequency performance was one of openness, but also one that remained natural in its timbre. It joins the two-channel Halo A 21 and the five-channel Halo A 51 -- only the Halo JC 1 monoblock costs more. Not to say that these weren't present via the A31, it's just that neither drew attention to itself in a "look at me" fashion. For instance, it was easier to follow the gently rising and falling line of the lilting humming in “Latika’s Theme,” from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack (16/44.1 FLAC, Interscope). I would say I'm using my system 90% of the time for music. Even at reference levels at which I could feel the jarring kick of weapons’ recoil among the frenetic action, there was no discernible distortion: the music and dialogue remained stable and coherent, allowing me to listen at these levels for extended periods without fatigue. But if a three-channel amp is really not what you’re looking for, Parasound still has you covered, with their A 21 two-channel and A 51 five-channel versions of the same basic Halo design. Once installed, making the requisite connections was a breeze. is part of. The ends of the front panel seem made of plastic, but are well matched, and don’t detract from the A 31’s handsomeness, or the overall impression of outstanding build quality. The A31 retails for $3,000, which puts it square in the mid-fi budget category, for it's not quite Emotiva/Outlaw affordable, but a far cry from Mark Levinson/Krell/Classe/McIntosh/ARC/Pass prices. The A 31 is rated at 250Wpc into 8 ohms or 400Wpc into 4 ohms, all three channels driven throughout the audioband of 20Hz–20kHz. Along the far right side of the back panel rests a large master on/off switch as well as a standard AC power receptacle. The A 21 amplifier is loaded with usable features above and beyond most other amplifiers. The A31, like all Halo-branded amplifiers, is a high-bias Class A/AB amplifier, meaning the first few watts - in this case seven - are delivered in pure Class A fashion before switching over to AB status. The signal path is direct-coupled, meaning no capacitors or inductors are used anywhere in the signal path, and is capable of full power output down to 5Hz. However, this may not allow for the same level of flexibility should you wish to power your stereo mains differently than the rest of your speakers. When I played multichannel recordings, I heard the same precision and musicality, as well as impressive dynamics across all three front channels. It was a certainty; that this house full of speakers, was powered by a big Parasound wholehouse amplifier. As accomplished as the A 31 was, it wasn’t the last word in transparency. Halo, Parasound's, well, halo or flagship line of products was introduced in the late Nineties, though it continues the company's commitment to excellence to this day. I installed the A31 along the bottom of my rack with the A21 resting above, though there are three or four rack spaces between the two in order to allow for proper ventilation. The Halo A 31 is able to drive any speaker you are going to throw at it and not complain, as well as impeccably built and beautiful in appearance." One of the newer entrants to that legacy is the Parasound A31 three channel power amplifier. With every cut I played, there was great pace and musicality in these arrangements for acoustic instruments. Your support is greatly appreciated! It also utilizes eight beta-matched, 15-amp 60Hz output transistors for each channel. Parasound Halo A51 Multi Channel Amplifier. Pero efectivamente John Curl hizo una obra maestra con la A21. The control it exhibited over my speakers' drivers was impressive, but not so much so as to call attention to itself. Performance I began my critical evaluation of the A31 amplifier with some two-channel music by way of Moby's "Everloving" off the hit album Play (V2). The film’s soundscape wasn’t quite as expansive, and I couldn’t feel the forceful recoil of the automatic weapons as easily as I had with the A 31. The A 31 also got the better of the eVo6 with two-channel music. After 15 years of devoted service, Parasound has retired its beloved Halo A 21 amplifier. They didn't go extinct, but they fell out of favor as the "it" solution. Parasound Products was founded in 1981, in San Francisco, by Richard Schram, whose mission was to provide value for the money to his customers. Also, because it is but a three-channel amp, it will require you to have additional amplifiers present in order to power a full five- or seven-channel setup, which also requires more space. Other features that jumped out at me were the track's many snare hits and rim shots, which were rendered with just a bit more detail and nuance throughout, compared to what had been provided by previous amplifiers employed in my system. In truth, I never felt as if I was even tapping its full potential, as the resulting sound was effortless. Parasound says that the Halo A 31 was developed in response to the increasing demand for a high-performance, high-power, three-channel amplifier. I've had both the XPA3 and A31 on B&W speakers (683, CM9, and 802). Andrew Robinson evaluates the A31 to see if it carries on the Parasound name. Network. Enjoy! For me, the A31 from Parasound's Halo line of products is aspirational but obtainable, in that it competes very favorably with far costlier competition, yet can be had by many with just a little foresight and financial planning. "Doing so has proved that extremely high performance-per-dollar is still possible today when a company leverages decades of experience, and is spearheaded by a legend." I also used a pair of Definitive Technology Mythos ST-Ls. The front panel features Parasound's logo on top with three small indicator lights below the THX logo and a small backlit power button resting in the far left corner. For more on these amplifiers and others like them, please visit Home Theater Review's Multi-Channel Amplifier page. Atmospheric scenes had dead-silent backgrounds when required, and dialogue was more than merely intelligible -- it was realistic, and perfectly integrated within the mix, heightening Emily Blunt’s deadpan delivery of some of the film’s most memorable lines. Review By Dwayne Carter It's amazing how the mind works. Add to Compare. Next I cued up another favorite, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells III, and the track "Far Above the Clouds"(Warner Bros. UK). The power-on options include Manual, 12V Trigger, and Auto, with an adjustable Turn On Threshold. Parasound has been making their Halo line of amplifiers for years now, mostly without change. The A31 is THX Ultra2-certified as well. Parasound Halo, ZoneMaster, Z Custom, and NewClassic are four distinct product families. There was a natural presence and richness to his voice, and to those of the many female guest singers. I found the two to be interchangeable in terms of sonics, i.e., I couldn't tell them apart. I hate the term mid-fi, as that carries with it a sort of negative connotation that the customer is somehow settling for middle of the road, which the A31 is clearly not. Since its founding in 1981, Parasound has become one of the industry's most venerable brands, offering scores of products that historically have garnered high praise amongst discerning enthusiasts, though the wares have always been offered at reasonable prices. It should not be overlooked. Nonetheless, it is still very much a Curl design, with his customary J-FET input stage, MOSFET driver stage, and beta-matched bipolar-transistor output stage—each arrayed in a complementary configuration, making for a more linear and lower distortion circuit. The A 51 amplifier is loaded with usable features above and beyond most other amplifiers. At first look the Parasound Halo A 51 is an appealing and robust amplifier accented by brushed metal finish. I think so, though undoubtedly traditional stereo and five- or seven-channel amplifiers will always be more popular than three-channel ones. Parasound has never offered a three-channel amplifier and, while three-channel amps are nothing new within the industry, fans of the company are probably asking themselves (and Parasound) what took so long. . Lastly, I found the A31's binding posts to be a bit pedestrian and, well, not up to the same standard as the rest of the amplifier's build and sonic quality. Instead, the amp and drivers seemed to work in harmony. The A 31 is certified THX Ultra2, for those who care about such things. Like the Levinson, the 3250e also retails for far more than the A31, coming in at $10,000 as well. Make sense? While the eVo6 didn’t sound thin in any way, there was a richness to the A 31, as evinced by the big but melodic, gentle notes of the piano in “Christmas Time Is Here.” Lorde’s voice on her Pure Heroine (24/48 FLAC, Lava Music/Republic) had a wonderful purity in the midrange with the Bel Canto, but the Parasound -- also very clean through the midrange -- had just a touch of warmth, and a bigger but better-defined image of the voice, that were more musically satisfying. Those of you with seven-channel systems can still benefit from a three-channel amplifier, as it gives you the ability to run your front three speakers, while utilizing a pair of stereo amps for your surround and rear channels, which could be lesser amps in terms of power than what is required for your front three channels. It is Magnificent looking and certainly must sound Wonderful. First, the A31 is large and in charge, meaning its physical requirements may be a deal-breaker for some and/or in certain installations. Note: Measurements can be found through this link. I’m not sure how much demand there actually is for three-channel amps, but I do use one to drive the center and surround speakers of my home-theater system, so I can see the utility of the A 31. CES Trends: MiniLED and is it Better than OLED? I connected the A31 to my Integra DHC 80.2 AV preamp, using individual runs of balanced interconnects courtesy of Monoprice. 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