Even so, with Edge of Tomorrow it lacked some of the A 31’s weight and depth. Two-channel music sounds close to live, and the movies at home feel just like the theater. CES Trends: MiniLED and is it Better than OLED? 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. It was a certainty; that this house full of speakers, was powered by a big Parasound wholehouse amplifier. 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). 5. 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. Note: Measurements can be found through this link. I found the two to be interchangeable in terms of sonics, i.e., I couldn't tell them apart. 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. 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The massive, encapsulated toroidal transformer produces 1.5kVA, and has independent secondary windings for each channel and 98,400µF of power-supply filter capacitance. Roger Kannorogerk@soundstagenetwork.com. Your support is greatly appreciated! . Cymbals sounded like real cymbals, versus artificial enhancements in order to show off traits such as air and decay. 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 site was designed by JoomlaShack, Karen Fanas, and The SoundStage! There is even a loop out option for daisy-chaining several amps together if you so desire. is part of. I'm not big on "break-in," but I do believe amplifiers, especially those with Class A and AB topologies, do need a little bit of time to warm up, so I gave the A31 a good 30 minutes or so of just playing music at background levels before sitting down for any critical listening sessions. This review will look at the more conventional, yet equally impressive, design from Parasound. 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. 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. December 5, 2012 by Chris Heinonen Leave a Comment. 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. I chaptered ahead to the Monaco race scenes, set my volume to a level appropriate for a movie of this magnitude and was simply transported. Add to that its prodigious power output and rock-solid build quality, and I can assure you: It’s the real deal. 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. Regardless, the A31 never wavered nor seemed to run out of juice. 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. I am glad you are extremely pleased with the Parasound A21+. 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. 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. I consider the Halo A 31 to be one of today’s best values -- if not the best value -- in a power amplifier. 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. 5.0 out of 5 stars based on 1 product rating. The sound of Willie Nelson’s To All the Girls . Parasound says that the Halo A 31 was developed in response to the increasing demand for a high-performance, high-power, three-channel amplifier. IMO the Parasound is the better amp with a little more of a laid back presentation. I've had both the XPA3 and A31 on B&W speakers (683, CM9, and 802). The Halo Integrated 2.1 combines a preamplifier with a power amp, phono preamp, DAC, and built-in adjustable crossover to make a device that can handle any current-format digital, line-level analog, or phono input. The Levinson No 533H has a slightly more sultry sound in comparison to the A31, but one that is still pleasing, though it costs decidedly more at $10,000 retail. 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). 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. Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front: Live in London (BD, Eagle Rock Entertainment), probably the best-sounding Peter Gabriel concert video available (I’ve watched a lot of them), is a great test for multichannel systems. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The A31 employs matched pairs of JFETs for its input/pre-driver stages and matched pairs of MOSFETS in its driver stage. Parasound Products was founded in 1981, in San Francisco, by Richard Schram, whose mission was to provide value for the money to his customers. Along the far right side of the back panel rests a large master on/off switch as well as a standard AC power receptacle. Parasound A52+ Five Channel Solid-State Amplifier Parasound's impressive A52+ is truly faithful to music. With regard to the two-channel A 23, Parasound’s smallest, least expensive Halo amp, the SoundStage! I've gotten word of users with ten-plus-year-old Parasound amps still performing as well as the day they were taken out of the box and, while this reliability may cost Parasound some sales down the road, it does go a long way toward justifying the A31's slightly higher price point. I don't mention the A23 stereo amplifier, because it offers up less power compared to the JC1, A21 or the A31. 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. 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. 4 Distinct Product Lines. While they were completely functional, they just felt cheap in comparison to everything else the Halo affords you. What I mean by this is that a manufacturer of a three-channel amplifier, in this case Parasound, assumes that the customer has an existing stereo amp (or two mono amplifiers) that he or she likes and simply wishes to add amplifier channels for a center channel and surround speakers. The A 51 amplifier is loaded with usable features above and beyond most other amplifiers. The component under review, the $2000 Halo A 21 stereo amp, is slotted in further down the Parasound line. Edge of Tomorrow is a surprisingly smart, exciting film with an electrifying soundtrack. I would say I'm using my system 90% of the time for music. 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. Meet the Halo A 23+ and enjoy performance upgrades for cleaner, ultra-low distortion sound, revised front panel cosmetics, and a revised rear panel layout offering enhanced features, too. 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. Reviews of Attainable Hi-Fi & Home-Theater Equipment. 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. “Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans” Parasound 5 años de piezas, 5 años de garantía de mano de obra (sólo compras en EE.UU.). And with a claimed power rating of a whopping 1000Wpc, the M1s had more power in reserve for the up-tempo “Jai Ho,” with its intense Bollywood dance beat and soaring singing. Andrew Robinson evaluates the A31 to see if it carries on the Parasound name. All contents available on this website are copyrighted by SoundStage!® and Schneider Publishing Inc., unless otherwise noted. My Definitive Technology BP-8080ST surround speakers were powered by an Axiom ADA-1000 or a Bel Canto eVo6. The many screws securing the top plate slightly protrude and are easily visible, but are not particularly distracting. As with everything else I've just described about the A31's sound, its soundstage definition was equally detailed and neatly arranged, but in a wholly natural-sounding way. Once installed, making the requisite connections was a breeze. 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. During the numerous battle scenes, the metallic clanking and grinding of robotic exoskeletons, alien mimics, and powerful blasts from automatic weapons were perfectly positioned, while Christophe Beck’s low, pulsing music score effectively filled every bit of the rest of the soundscape. Another benefit of having a three-channel amp over, say, a five- or seven-channel one is that it gives you the ability to selectively power up only certain components when need be, thus saving you money at the meter. While this isn't going to be of much use to 99 percent of those who buy an amp such as the A31, I found it very useful and, as a result, a huge selling point. For more on these amplifiers and others like them, please visit Home Theater Review's Multi-Channel Amplifier page. Capacidad de corriente: 60 amperios pico por canal. 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. The A 21 amplifier is loaded with usable features above and beyond most other amplifiers. They didn't go extinct, but they fell out of favor as the "it" solution. Parasound Halo, ZoneMaster, Z Custom, and NewClassic are four distinct product families. Behind the scenes, the A31 is quite a brute, churning out a healthy 250 watts per channel into eight ohms and 400 watts per into four. Parasound’s Halo A 31 might get overlooked because it’s a three-channel amplifier designed primarily for use in multichannel home-theater systems -- or because, at $3295, it costs more than a budget multichannel amplifier, if less than what many audiophiles would pay for a two-channel amp. 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. 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 ended my evaluation of the A31 with another Blu-ray disc, Iron Man 2 (Paramount). There were moments when previously garbled lines of dialogue came through just a touch clearer, resulting in my being able to clearly hear what was being said, even if that hadn't been the sound mixer's intention. 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. 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. Andrew Robinson evaluates the A31 to see if it carries on the Parasound name. Parasound says the Halo A31 was created in response to the growing demand to get a high performance, high power, three-channel amplifier. Instead, the amp and drivers seemed to work in harmony. 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. Three-channel amplifiers were all the rage a few years ago, but then sort of faded away. Parasound Halo A 31 Three-Channel Power AmplifierPrice: $3295 USD.Warranty: Five years parts and labor. Review By Wayne Donnelly Click here to e-mail reviewer. 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. Parasound A31 Three Channel Power Amplifier. It is Magnificent looking and certainly must sound Wonderful. 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 Halo A 31 has a clear, detailed sound that belies its price, combined with just a touch of warmth. . This is a decidedly pro feature, one I'll discuss in a moment. It should not be overlooked. To each his own, I guess. "Parasound has chosen to take a staple core product that has remained an exceptional value for over fifteen years, the Halo A21 amplifier, and re-spin it into the Halo A21+," reports Michael Zisserson at positive-feedback.com. Access (formerly GoodSound!) I'm not suggesting the A31 bests the Evolution 403e, I'm just using it to help qualify (or perhaps quantify) its high-end value. They can be switched out of the signal path when not needed, giving a slightly clearer sound. If you're an existing Halo customer or simply want to take your two-channel rig to new multi-channel heights, you'll be hard pressed to do better than the A31 sonically, though you can definitely spend more. Review By Dwayne Carter It's amazing how the mind works. The newest product, the A31 three-channel amplifier reviewed here, is a first for Parasound. 1 product rating. It fills the hole that was left in 2012 when Parasound discontinued the $2,500 A 52. The Halo A 31 was highly musical, but it also had the massive amounts of power required for playing hi-rez audio from movies on Blu-ray. The question that remains is whether the A31 is any good. More importantly, even with each crack spiking at around 100dB, the resulting sound was never fatiguing, sharp or brittle. 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. 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. That last part is a big deal (for me at least), as I've encountered no other brand that does this free of charge. 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. I only run a 3 channel home theater and have a Parasound A31 3 channel power amps. I look forward to hearing it in the future. All three amplifiers are unique and special in their own rights and deciding which is right for you is going to boil down to personal preference, as well as budget. The control it exhibited over my speakers' drivers was impressive, but not so much so as to call attention to itself. And when this album’s deep, sustained bass kicked in, the Parasound packed more punch, with a tight concussive quality and extremely low sustained tones. The A31's high-frequency performance was one of openness, but also one that remained natural in its timbre. Additional Resources• Read more multi-channel amp reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com's writers.• 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. Respuesta en frecuencia: 5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB a 1 vatio. 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. 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. After soliciting some advice here and considering various brands and models, I decided on the Parasound A23. The reader may be somewhat surprised at finding a Parasound product reviewed in Superior Audio.This San Francisco-based company has for years offered well made, good-value products that compete principally with other value-priced marques such as Adcom, B&K … I recently upgraded my front speakers to B&W 804D3. It's hefty, too, weighing a respectable but not unmanageable 65 pounds. You'll automatically be entered in the HTR Sweepstakes, and get the hottest audio deals directly in your inbox. For example, in “Always On My Mind,” the piano was placed slightly in the back right of the soundstage, accompanied by a lone snare drum that did an excellent job of keeping time. We can’t remember the last time we reviewed a product such as this with bass and treble controls. Regardless of the speaker choice, all were connected via 12-gauge bulk speaker cable from Binary, a SnapAV company. Parasound Halo A51 Multi Channel Amplifier. The Downside The A31 is a phenomenal overachiever as far as amplifiers go. This time, with the A31 having to play nice with its two-channel sibling the A21, I couldn't detect any dissimilarities between the two when using one for mains and the other for center and/or rear channel duty. Parasound Halo A31 Review. Each features XLR as well as RCA input options that are selectable via a small toggle switch. 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. It’s a fantastic-sounding amp with power to spare. ! 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. 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. Additional Resources Read more multi-channel amp reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com's writers. The A31 is THX Ultra2-certified as well. With every cut I played, there was great pace and musicality in these arrangements for acoustic instruments. On the other hand, the Krell Evolution 3250e has a slightly more spirited sound versus that of the A31, in that the Krell is a bit more dynamic and taut throughout. After 15 years of devoted service, Parasound has retired its beloved Halo A 21 amplifier. You get a switchable phono stage, a headphone output and even tone controls. Even at low volume levels, the A 31 took control of my speakers, providing a refined sound that was at once rich and inviting, as well as a precisely defined soundstage. Network. Likewise, the bass was incredibly resolute and impactful, and though I have heard a bit more heft from my Pendragons, I preferred the A31's articulation and speed, for I have a subwoofer for brute force. Over the years, I’ve heard the Halo JC 1s driving myriad high-end speakers at many audio shows, and have always been impressed by their sound. Pues la Parasound se come directamente al Musical Fidelity. In all fairness, I didn't request the A31 for review so much as I sought it out in order to utilize it in my reference system and mixing studio. KONKA Announces Three New Android TV Series for 2021 Lineup. 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 A31 plays host to a large encapsulated toroid transformer (1.5 kVA) with separate, independent windings for each of its three channels. Installing the A31 into my Sanus equipment rack was fairly straightforward, thanks to a) the A31 being of rack-mountable size and b) Parasound including rack ears with purchase to facilitate such an installation. I suppose as money became tight, people went back to all-in-one solutions, i.e., five- and seven-channel amplifiers or AV receivers. The slightly curved and rounded front panel is a thing of beauty. Potencia de salida: 250 vatios RMS x 3 continuo, 20 Hz - 20 kHz a 8 ohmios; 400 vatios RMS x 3 continuo, 20 Hz - 20 kHz a 4 ohmios. The A 31 is certified THX Ultra2, for those who care about such things. 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. And despite what the purists say, on occasion, for example when playing a poorly engineered recording, they can be useful. The A31 utilizes the same chassis as its fellow multi-channel and stereo siblings (including the JC1), measuring 17.25 inches wide by nearly eight inches tall (with feet) and just over 19 inches deep. In all fairness the 3250e, even at $10,000, is a far cry from what Krell charges for another three-channel amp of theirs, the Evolution 403e, which retails for $25,000. Read about the performance of the Parasound A31 amplifier on Page 2. 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. 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