We can’t remember the last time we reviewed a product such as this with bass and treble controls. I may try and get a demo set up to hear the M8 with the Rogue. I need to call them because both they and Music Direct used to carry it and both no longer have it on their websites. That PHO-8 is awesome and I am extremely pleased with it but my long term plan for it is to be paired with P3-24 in my home theatre. Haven't heard the new one but I would guess it is excellent. 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. This will likely be my St Patricks day gift to myself. Issue is, it is the most expensive unit I am considering at $3250, Parasound JC-3 - my Ayre dealer says this is their go to for high end systems. "The Parasound Junior is, without a doubt in my mind, the best under-$2000 solid-state phono stage I have ever heard, or even know about," raves Robert H. Levi in Issue 93 of Positive Feedback magazine. However, if you have auditioned a Bryston and do not like their "house sound", then that is an entirely different matter and I of course respect that. The Halo JC 3 is a true dual-mono design with a large R-core transformer power supply. That is the primary feature that interests her and I am willing to ride that. Marantz, NAD and Cambridge all have effective displays. I have an appointment to hear the M8 later today. They also have a very low rack profile and fit that need as well. If it were my own system, I would save up for the Ayre, to word it differently. In addition, the JC 3 has a built-in AC line conditioner, and its power supplies are modeled after those found in the extremely quiet JC 2 line stage. My CD player is circling the drain so I need to deal with it and then I will be turning my attention back to vinyl rig. Additionally, I took my Rogue Power Amp and my Ayre preamp with me. I talked to a different dealer today and his perspective was the Parasound and the Ayre units are head and shoulders better than the others. And, thanks for the info - I’m leaning towards the Ayre phono and/or the new Sim Audio 310 lp. And it's also now a no-brainer on the Ayre. I noticed at least the Parasound JC3+ received an A rating; and was the second cheapest in both A+ and A lists for Recommended Components 2015. My MAC is on 100% of the time and I might use it or an external as a NAS. Three of the four had built in phono stages. synchronisation to digital S/PDIF input signals The new Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. stereo phono preamplifier is about half the price of the company's $2,995 premium dual-mono Halo JC 3+, which is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best phono stage preamplifiers. “Overall then, the JC 3 Jr. is not quite as good as the JC3+ but at half the price it comes surprisingly close.” “The Parasound Junior is, without a doubt in my mind, the best under-$2000 solid-state phono stage I have ever heard, or even know about,” raves Robert H. Levi in Issue 93 of Positive Feedback magazine. That combined with high praise from dealers is going to have to be good enough. Do not want hum when i pick up the needle off the lp at volume. Price is $2250. CD Player - Cambridge CXC - It looks great and is a super value as a standalone CD transport. What most surprised me after I invested more and more money into vinyl playback was the jump in dynamic capability. wrt the Bryston, I think you are slightly confused. Ayre just introduced a $1500 DAC called the Codex that has a built in headphone amp and has a USB and Optical input. I listened to the 260D with DAC and external MIND module when I demo'd the Rogue Audio RP5 and was impressed though that is a $4300 combo. That is rising in my interest and the M51 DAC gets an A+ Rating. Parasound. What DACS are you looking at? Do not want hum when i pick up the needle off the lp at volume. I will move my Marantz CD player down to my home theatre where it will likely get more use. For a CD transport I am planning on a Cambridge CXC at $499. I'm using it now with a new Avenger with a 12" 3D arm, etc. I recently added a PS Audio Directstream DAC. SImaudio Moon 310LP - fully balanced with particularly strong reviews. I am planning on custom fabricating a mount in the case for the LCD....making it look like this Bryston; only my case is black and my display will be blue letters on a black background: I am not joking.... this system performs severely well..I am also contemplating on changing to a linear power supply, which will add roughly $75 to the cost, bringing total cost of a very powerful, fanless, linear power supply music server to $375. This is partially because the Marantz I currently have is not able to read ALAC files unless they are sent via AirPlay and I am very lazy. Their reputation is formidable. An excellent solid state phone stage as evidenced by several reviews provided below. The 20/20 is very favorably reviewed by everyone. I listened to it attached to a K-5xeMP (my preamp) and V-5xe. He suggested the JC 3+ since that is what he sells and incidentally, I will buy it from him if that is the direction I go in. Also note your Parasound Dealer’s name and telephone number. Denna webbplats använder Akismet för att minska skräppost. It lacks Airplay but is has Tidal built in and I could add a bluetooth dongle to a DAC that would deal with streaming. Musical Fidelity kW Phonostage. I am sure I could find them for about $3K which would put them in the meaty part of this range. 24-bit/192kHz DA converter with 112dB(a) dynamic range Bear in mind, when building one's own music server, your choices are endless....there are many many many different case designs to choose from as well..mine was chosen for its cost as well as its industrial, minimalistic rack mount appearance, but more "elegant" cases can easily be found. It was one I was really excited about as it is fully balanced. I was thinking $2400. The downside is, it would not be possible to listen to a record via headphones then. Parasound has introduced a more-affordable John Curl-designed phono preamplifier for a new generation of analog LP and turntable enthusiasts. MIDI I/O) - full duplex. The key thing for me is that my wife will not need to adjust as she uses this system. 3. It is one fewer thing for my wife to deal with. It sounds really, really good for a single ended unit. In terms of macro dynamics, the Parasound with it's balance analogue outputs has the clear advantage, but the 20/20 makes up for it in the transient response department. In general I find Parasound equipment to be a hair bright but this unit gets a lot of love. 5 Collectively needs to be under 9" with adequate space for cooling. It did take about 200 hours to open up and sound it's best so give it time. He also sells Simaudio. My system uses balanced interconnects throughout, and the balanced outputs of the M1VINL was one attractive feature. Let me know if this track interests you at all -. The Simaudio Moon Neo 280D with the Optional MIND Module at $3K. You can almost cut that in half to $2000 for BOTH if you don't mind the first release of each (BDA-1 and BDP-1)....the DAC also received Class A rating in Stereophile. Parasound JC3 + or Rogue Ares (and Ares Magnum) are other great options around that price point on the used side. You’ll be able to catch up with your audio purchases, in time. Though it lacked the Sutherland 20/20's tonal richness and punchy sense of pace and drive, the Halo JC 3 produced a detail-rich sound with tight, extended lows, a clean midrange, and carefully drawn images on a huge, open soundstage. If the two units are already very close in performance, I would definitely agree on principle alone to go with the Ayre for system synergy if budget is not a major hurdle. Maintained with great care in a non-smoking, no pets environment. Check them out.. google will do alot better than I... search for : Bryston BDA-1 or BDA-2...and Bryston BDP-2.... together, the 2 series retails for around $4000, or $2000 a piece. optical S/PDIF digital output with automatic shutter (max. 1 MIDI input (16 channels) / 1 MIDI output (16 channels) Parasound JC3 Liked #3 far more than #1 … The parasound is 1k more but has received outstanding reviews. "If your tastes run to purity, clarity, neutrality, and detail, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better phono stage for anywhere near $2350," BD concluded, recommending a Class A rating. It sounded great, with a touch of tube-like warmth. Evidently, if you have Parasound, they always recco Parasound and Ayre with Ayre. The Bryston is Tidal enabled. 3 Apply AirPlay or a Simple Aplle based app Sutherland 20/20 and Hubble ($2kish and $4kish) 2. As for being quiet I thought it was until I placed a 22 tubed phono unit in its place and the noise floor dropped to my surprise! Although I think the Aurender is the best streaming unit and I like the idea of it, however it is going to be the most expensive option by far. If … JA noted superb measured performance. The Vincent is noisy and muddy relative to the Vincent and you own the Vincent and know how quiet and detailed it is. 4 inputs and 4 outputs can be used with 24bit/192kHz simultaneously (incl. For DAC, it is then a bit tougher. Phono Stage - Ayre P-5xe - My wife is excited about it because it lacks an on/off switch. With the BDP-2, a PC or NAS is not necessary. I may break down and pay full price eventually, but I have only done that twice and there were extenuating circumstances. Turns out that was a good choice as that divorce cost 7x what I was expecting which has negatively impacted my budget for stereo equipment. See it here. Part of what my question would be is if any might be overkill based on my current setup. Now that I have decided and I think I am going to go with the Ayre, I know this sounds odd, but the lack of an on/off switch is really appealing. It may sound better than the Ayre, which you could then sell. The Parasound Halo JC 3+ Phono Preamplifier In Use. A track like So What from Miles Davis is just amazing on it. Vishay is a large company, and six months of the JC 3+ development time was spent in negotiations with them to build the custom potentiometers for Parasound. It seems highly regarded as botha phono stage and as an AD converter. For updates and corrections to this manual, we invite you to check our web site, www.parasound.com Enjoy. I already have a prototype built and tested and the thing works flawlessly. I also have an Ayre preamplifier and am debating phono pre choices and am writing now to ask how your enjoying your new Ayre P-5xe and whether or not you’d recommend it? It sounded great but I could not pass up the deal I got on their floor model of the Ayre Acoustics as it also sounded great. Manley Chinook - Kevin at Upscal Audio raves about it and I do trust him. I have Parasound JC line stage and power amps, and considered the JC3 for my phono. Halo has earned honors and awards that are unmatched. My Rogue dealer raves about it and it is their go to in premium systems at $1900. Marantz NA-11s1 - Gets an A+ rating from Stereophile, is fully balaced, has AirPlay built in, streams Spotify and Pandora and has an interface my wife and I are both used to since it is replacing a Marantz NA7004. I respect your decision. The price increase Ayre took in March was monstrous and it was accross the board. After listening a bunch of other preamps, the dealer and I both agreed on the outcome which is the Ayre is a fabulous sonic match for the Rogue and his suggestion was to accept my good fortune in saving $2600 on the Rogue and Ayre units and get a darn nice phono stage. Want a phono that can rock hard as well as be delicate with vocals, small jazz. my system is a little on the warm full side. With the discontinuation I was hoping to get a good deal on it. Of crucial note, an adapter can easily offer up a balanced AES/XLR port.. That is the best value, though It is tougher to find than it used to be. The McIntosh would match well- I assume- with the IA, but there are no real world reviews of the unit. Digital? 2 Must support ALAC & FLAC (my NA7004 doesn't support ALAC) I heard the old Simaudio 310 and it was great. Sutherland 2020 vs Parasound jc 3. thinking about going to the dark side-solid state with my next phono preamp. That was my intent when I bought it and I am using it in my main music system until I get a balanced unit. Otherwise, this one will wait till bonus time. (BDA-2). my system is a little on the warm full side. I called Audio Advisor and the M1 ViNL was discontinued last year. "Overall then, the JC 3 Jr. is not quite as good as the JC3+ but at half the price it comes surprisingly close." I am quite happy with the divorce, just not the legal bill. I have a JC3 with a few hundred hours on it, the sound is definitely more fleshed out versus new but it's also fair to say that it is very neutral overall, not warm and romantic sounding by any means. It was high on my list originally and when I was hunting down dealers one had an M8. "The JC 3 represents the best current value in a phono preamp that I know of," said MF. 192kHz) I am looking for the "last phono stage I will ever buy." The BDP-2 is Bryston's media server...I also LOVE the idea of separating the functions with separate player and DAC. If it was a DAC AND media server, $3,000 would make more sense. Since it doesn't seem like anyone out here has any firsthand experience with the two units, I have to trust the dealers who have first hand experience along with reviews. In the interests of transparency readers should know that the $2999 Parasound JC 3+ has been my reference phonostage since I reviewed it in Issue 245. They claim little sonic differences with the BDP-2...just a faster CPU and more memory for very large music collections; which I don't have. I think I have made my decision on my next components: DAC/Streamer - Cambridge Azur 851N - it has all the features I want like AirPlay, is an A rated DAC be Stereophile, is fully balanced and only 4.5" high. They can be switched out of the signal path when not needed, giving a slightly clearer sound. Parasound Halo JC-3+ for sale. My hunch is, that if I find an open box or a demo on the Marantz, I will order it. I say this not because I’m partial to Parasound products in general, but because I flat out believe there is no better phonostage on the market within shouting distance of its price. When I heard that they were releasing the JC3 Jr., a streamlined version of the much acclaimed JC3/JC3+, and the ZPhono XRM (an upgraded ZPhono), I got on the horn to Richard Schram, Parasound’s CEO, and inquired about the products, wanting to write about them. Now we're tallkin'.... Just when I thought I had my system pretty dialed, the JC 3+ took it to another level. Go for it. Good luck and enjoy it when you can get it! Want a phono that can rock hard as well as be delicate with vocals, small jazz. 24-bit/192kHz AD converter with 114dB(a) dynamic range Bryston is just expensive. Although expensive, I feel like this might really be worth it at $4500. However, it is not balanced which is annoying. But I can say this – at its US list price, the Parasound JC3 Jr represents good value for money on its own merits, but I would qualify that it might make you want to upgrade your cartridge to get the most of it – and that might well be much more than $1,500. The apple is super quiet and the only noise that I ever hear from it is the tiny bit of access noise from the 3TB external hard drive. ... You should be able to find a used Sutherland (maybe a 20/20) in that price range. Nicely placed between the $2300 for all Cambridge and $4000 for Marantz/Cambridge. With 30 minutes on the power up clock, unable to resist the temptation any further, a new copy of Crowded House’s Together Alone is dropped on the current Technics SL-1200G with Hana SL cartridge, and magic begins pouring through the latest offering from Parasound.. I have not listened to Brystons media server and DAC. So, I am back to my list above. I’ve been eyeing Parasound JC3+, Sutherland 20/20, Luxman e-250, Lehman Decade, and Black Ice F159. Parasound doesn’t divulge numbers but clearly his hunch proved correct. I found it a tad dry, but with the new subwoofer, it actually adds back in a touch of warmth if that makes sense. Selling to upgrade, have enjoyed immensely. Spaces between images were also clearer and more open with the Parasound. and an Ortofon Cadenza Bronze. Cambridge Audio Azur 851n - obviously I don't need the preamp functionality which seems a waste but the 851D gets an A rating by Stereophile, it is fully balanced, has built in Apple AirPlay, Spotify and has an apple based ap and at $1799 seems like a stuipidly good value and with the CXC is only 7.5" in total thickness. I currently have the Musical Fidelity M1VINL phono stage, which I bought from Audio Advisor for $1200. I used my Sutherland 20/20 with a Scout 2 and a Zephyr 1 cartridge. Construction quality is first rate, top-shelf parts are used throughout, and the stout, heavy chassis is beautifully finished. Still, it's $2995. We shall see how it sounds. In the JC 3, designer John Curl favored purity over adjustability, offering minimal loading options: 100 ohms or 47k ohms for moving-coil cartridges and 47k ohms for moving-magnet cartridges. I really don't mean to push the Bryston DAC/Server combo...but to my mind, they really merit consideration in your price range. 96kHz specified) It usually requires some waiting, but this is correct. 1 Balanced DAC with XLR outputs Two other units have actually sprouted as very interesting. The thing that stands out is just how quiet all Ayre gear is and the complete absence of sound when it is called for. 12: Recent experience (15.97) Posted by Bromo33333 on 2012-12-03, 10:21:45 (173.225.52.226) I recently tried out the following: 1. 2. Its fully direct-coupled RIAA equalization circuit is based on the circuit used in Curl's famed Vendetta Research SCP-2, while the JC 3's output stage is a true dual-differential, balanced design. It removes a cable to bother with, is fully balanced, and almost the same power as the amp alone. If I wanted to, I could also add control buttons to the front of the chassis for play, please, track, etc.. but I will never ever use that feature as I will solely use the iPad interface..just saying it is possible to add. Was it the right choice for you? The reality is, I am not sure if it is going to be that much better than my exisitng Marantz unit. I got my 20/20 … Vishay custom builds these potentiometers for Parasound, and John Curl agreed to adjustable input load only if Parasound used Vishay pots. Parasound Halo, ZoneMaster, Z Custom, and NewClassic are four distinct product families. I am going to see if I can hunt down an M1 VINL. 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