If you ask me, the market for high-end audio is fairly saturated and originality is sometimes hard to find, but that certainly does not apply to the Anthem STR series. 200wpc Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers. A forum community dedicated to home theater owners and enthusiasts. I'm looking to upgrade my Emotiva XSP-1 preamp. In his review in the November 2015 issue, Herb Reichert wrote that Parasound's Halo Integrated amplifier "has a recognizable sonic personality: easy flowing, mostly smooth, and decidedly mellow. . Trying to find out if the Parasound is the same. Just want to protect it. Additionally, Parasound's A21 just won a… Encased in a simple but robust cabinet, the STR … A bunch of monster power conditioning junk V: Samsung NU8000, Nvidia Shield TV. Details of Anthem’s proprietary processing have already been covered in detail in numerous Sound & Vision reviews. This wasn’t, by any means, inexpensive and given their history of building high performance-to-price equipment – we were very intrigued. 1. You asked about the rest of the system: 2 channel system - Anthem STR Integrated Amp / Rotel P3 w/ Hana EH / Oppo BDP 93 / Platinum Audio Solos w/Platinum Audio Stands / Chang Lightspeed CLS 309 / Chang Lightspeed Link 1 speaker cable / Sonos Amp/ Niles Speaker Selector S4 (for Sonos). I was talking with Polk65 and he said it is not far from where he lives. It is, instead, an everything's-under-control, don't-worry-now mellow." I've owned 1xHCA 2200II and 3xHCA 1200II's. The amps will be in a different room but the AVR will be in the same cabinet. I own both this amplifiers and is A McIntosh Mc152 VS Parasound 2250v2. I think the closest company to me that I really care about is VPI but I can never find it when I used to travel to that area. Mind me asking how you ever got your hands on that BBQ? So, I purchased the fans then. If it is, there was something wrong with the other amps. Parasound, a Bay Area maker with a half-century of success walking the parapet between high end audiophilia and value-engineering design, apparently concurs. The new Parasound Halo JC 5 combines high power and ultra-high bias Class A/AB sonic quality at roughly two-thirds the price of a pair of JC 1s. RRP there is $3k AUD difference. Yes a great deal of difference is made when you put that much power to a pair of speakers!:D. STR preamplifier 3999 euro STR power amplifier 5999 euro. I purchased the fan when I had a Rotel amp there. Speakers? I have a couple stand alone fans in there now. The company's new NewClassic 200 Integrated is, as you might well guess, an integrated amplifier, with a high-quality onboard digital-to-analog converter section. Well, thanks for all the input. Anthem STR Amplifier TFT Power Meter Display. I'm tossing around the Parasound P6, Anthem STR preamp or even the Anthem STR Integrated and sell my Parasound A21 amp. Parasound's Halo JC5 conforms to some of these stereotypes, but there's more to it than just slam. I really have not pushed the amp yet as I would in the old days. Luck, inside track, or just paid dearly for it! We were recently approached by Parasound regarding their new $5,995 Halo JC 5 stereo amplifier. Right now it's just a slab, framing starts tomorrow 12/5/2018 so it's going to be awhile before I'm posting progress. CTC BBQ Amplifier, Sonic Frontiers Line3 Pre-Amplifier and Wadia 581 SACD player. Must be the local Bay Area influence. Parasound also redesigned the input board layout of the A23+ to improve the cross-channel crosstalk (70 dB vs 63 dB at 20 kHz). ~10x10x8.5' is the room, concrete floor and ceiling... Yeah its horrible! Hi all, Ive been reading and reading and found that there has been a release of an updated Parasound Halo Integrated (HINT 6) and the release of a new product, the Anthem STR integrated from the Paradigm stables. Either is a good choice though. Gear: Rotel RC 1082, Rotel RSP 1068 pre/pro, Rotel RMB1077 amp, Cayin CDT 15a CD player, S301 bluray. What model fan is that? Ideally I would like to get where I can close the cabinet doors while listening. Room treatments will be applied as best as i can fit them in. Anthem Exclusive Innovations. No regrets so far with the Parasound. In my setup I have tried a few different receivers with my Klipsch fortes. Plus my amps will be out of sight and in a different room a floor below. It might still be possible today. What’s new for ARC is an update to ARC-2 status and its appearance in stereo-only components like the company’s STR preamplifier and STR integrated amplifier. System is kinda in transition right now, but pics to come soon (guts and arse too). B-Stock items are gently used All sounds good, I too really enjoy my Parasound amps. I have asked Anthem for a response but is seems the STR may not activate the trigger to turn on the amps while in HT Bypass mode while the preamp is in standby. Ive replaced them with a Rotel Rmb-1077. If you're going to use the Parasound JC 5 in bridged mono setting most of the time, just get a pair of the JC 1s instead. If this is for 2ch I suggest you look into a integrated amplifier or stereo receiver. After auditioning several amps both recently and over the years I decided to stay with the Parasound … I'd put the old Anthem amps (with the exception of the tubed input stage hybrid design) more on par with Rotel during the time period they were built than Parasound, meaning a slight notch below Parasound's HCA series in build and sound quality. That would be a major limitation. I've got both and love them both. I give Parasound a plug, but sorry I haven't heard both. Buy both. Either is a good choice though. I read a couple books, suprised I can read huh. My question is, … Same here as far as using a trigger for my wife's ease of use. I am planning a new home theater. There is not a lot of air flow around it either so I took the back off the cabinet and it’s a rear blowing fan. NO PRE-ORDER] AIRCOM T8, Receiver and AV Component Cooling Blower System, Rear Exhaust 17", VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. Parasound, based out of San Francisco, was founded by a former audio retailer Richard Schram. While the Parasound … I'm very happy with the results. It’s important to note that ARC only works with signals in the digital domain, so analogue sources passing through without being converted won’t benefit from ARC’s attentions. Heck you can't have it all Mosfet and Tubes killer power cords. Marantz AV-7705 PrePro, Classé 5 ch. Always changing but for now, Mission Argonauts I picked up for $50 bucks, mint. From the idea stage to the final manufacturing specs, we have complete control over the whole intricate process. Also, I know there's a large price difference here. Other than audio gear and a listening chair nothing else will be in the room. . Setting up the STR integrated also highlights some of its unique features, notably the ability to convert incoming analogue to digital signals, and applying Anthem Room Correction. Thoughts on the subwoofer management of these? All I gotta say is WOW! Polk LSiM-707, LSiM-704C, LSiM-702FX; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz SR7011 receiver; Parasound A31 and A23 amps; Oppo 205; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Plant Premier; MIT S2 cables, 2. The clarion call of the maximalist audiophile compiling an audio system for ultimate sound quality irrespective of its floor- and rack-space requirements, the hairball of interconnects that joins one component to another or the numerous credit card swipes that brings them home – see above. 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… The fan does go on. What a difference a clean, high current 250+ watt amp makes with my Mirage! JavaScript is disabled. Polk LSiM703; Anthem Pre-2L SE; Parasound A21; Sony 48" 4K TV; Wyred4Sound DAC 2; Oppo 203; Squeezebox Touch; PS Audio Power Director 4.7; MIT S3 cables. Hopefully this time, it doesn't get damaged in shipping like the one a few weeks ago. Thank you very much. I had a McIintosh MX122 in it's place for a bit and i feel it sounded way more musical and pleasant. Anthem STR Integrated Amplifiers are designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada. those that are not welcome....well let`s just say they won`t be leaving the same way they arrived ! I noticed you have an AC Infinity fan on top. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons! Cooling Fan Systems for Home Theater, Audio Video, AV Receivers, and Equipment Racks. B-Stock gives audiophile enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase Parasound products at a discounted price. I'd put the old Anthem amps (with the exception of the tubed input stage hybrid design) more on par with Rotel during the time period they were built than Parasound, meaning a slight notch below Parasound's HCA series in build and sound quality. Excellent information. Congrats Bill! At $4,499, the STR integrated doesn’t come cheap. It looks like you're new here. Parasound Halo JC 3+ Phono Preamplifier Review Highlights Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity has long been a leader in reviews of all categories of home theater and audio gear. So being small, I don’t push it. I learned from my mistake when my Bryston 5 ch amp (which got hot) blew a channel. I vaguely remember how, in the ancient days of audio components, we turned on power amplifiers manually. Note you can set the meters to properly read power into 8, 4 and even 2 ohm loads! . "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. No way am I going to a class D amp. Buy both. I normally don't like magazine reviews as they seem to use the same adjectives over and over and force some criticisms to sound unbiased. is that because the Anthem runs hot or because you don’t have a lot of air flow around it in your cabinet? Other than that a fan of bipolar over MOSFET, Ted I'm still waiting. Repair guy said I should keep it cool. https://forum.audiogon.com/discussi...mp-preamp-section/post?postid=1922322#1922322, [IN STOCK ON JANUARY 15, 2021. You would be correct, I'm a Curl head. The Parasound Halo JC5 amplifier that I recently reviewed comes immediately to mind as competition for the STR, both being priced equally at $6,000 retail. To improve signal path and consistency over time, the A23+ also utilizes updated heavy-duty speaker terminals and internal gold-on-gold audio connections. I purchased the Anthem STR Integrated Amp earlier this year during their sale. Sheeuut! My STR Preamp will be in a cabinet as well. What's more badass than a stereo amp that can deliver 400wpc into 8 ohms, 600wpc into 4 ohms, and a whopping 1200w into 8 ohms when bridged? Parasound is known for its bass extension. Cool. This review covers the updated phono preamplifier from Parasound’s premier Halo line. There's nothing terribly unusual about a big, hefty US-made power amp: after all, it's almost an archetype of what we think the US high-end is all about. Ya ok but I take my bi-polar trans anyday. I can’t say for sure whether the Anthem would match the Parasound for sheer output -- the Halo was a real beast in that regard -- but I had no complaints about the MCA 525’s ability to drive two or all five of its channels to high outputs when I needed it to. The STR Preamplifier includes the newest and most powerful generation of Anthem Room Correction (ARC ®), with 50% more processing power than any other version of ARC ®.This proprietary calibration tool, with its easy-to-use interface, automatically shapes the acoustic signature of your speakers for the best possible sound quality in your unique listening space. I'm a lover of the tube hybrids from Anthem as they are just fun to listen to and enjoy.....Parasound is all about brutality and power. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Support your locals eh? Amps: Parasound JC5, A21+, A51, A51 Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos) Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4 Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Cables: AQ Rocket 88, AQ Niagara, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables Small compared to my office in my old house in NJ. But don't worry it's not milquetoast mellow or unwashed-hippy-stoner mellow. Ha, I agree but I need to keep things simple for my wife, she is a keeper but technically challenged. but it would match and that would be incentive for me, System: Emotiva XSP-1, Lexicon 225(Bryston 4B-ST with a new face), Revel M126be, SVS SB2000, Cambridge DACMAGIC 100, JVC XL-Z1050TN, Rega RP6, Vincent PHO-8. The Parasound Halo JC 1 monoblock was designed by John Curl and since then has garnered an amazing amount of popularity and notoriety as a benchmark for amplifier performance and value. Come join the discussion about home audio/video, TVs, projectors, screens, receivers, speakers, projects, DIY’s, product reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more! Welcome to the forum, I have no doubt that you will receive plenty of good suggestions. Go hard or go home. Anthem STR vs Parasound JC 2 BP vs any other sub $5,000 Preamp? For lower listening levels I prefer the tubed Anthem, but when needing to rock out a bit the PSound has the balls and headroom needed. "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'll need to rearrange shelves to fit the STR. Stereophiles testing of the P6's DAC wasnt stellar, especially for USB. Beardog, you sound like you own stock in Parasound! I don't care about footprint and I don't believe that the sound is better. I'm going to try a Parasound again (HCA-2200ii). Toss Up, never heard a product from either company that did not sound excellent, sorry, but, well, OK if really pressed, Anthem, just because they make some excellent tube gear. 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. Great int Amp and built like a tank. My room here is 10 x 11. ALL B-stock items are all professionally inspected by Parasound technicians and, most importantly, ALL B-Stock products contain the exact same FULL Parasound manufacturer’s warranty. Thoughts on the DAC differences? I cannot find the Stereophile review. A Parasound NewClassic 2250 2 channel and a Parasound NewClassic 5250 5 channel were replaced with a Parasound Halo A21 and Parasound A52+ respectively. Isn't there a Parasound office across town from you BD??? 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