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Parasound Halo JC 2 BP preamplifier

In addition to introducing its new Halo JC 2 BP preamplifier, Parasound is also offering installers the opportunity to retrofit their clients' existing Halo JC 2 preamps with the home theater bypass function for $500.


The Halo JC 2 BP preamplifier from Parasound offers CE Pros the opportunity to integrate the functionality of a traditional two-channel audio preamplifier into a home theater system without the fear of losing signal integrity for stereo audio playback and full surround sound.

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Robert Archer · August 31, 2010

For years many audiophiles have floated the mis-guided notion that traditional two-channel audio and home theater couldn’t co-exist in the same home A/V system.

Helping to pull those lost audiophiles from the dark ages are companies like Parasound.  Just prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend, the San Fransisco-based audio/video manufacturer introduced a new version of its Halo JC 2 preamplifier that it’s calling the JC 2 BP.

The new JC 2 BP adds a home theater bypass function to allow custom installers to offer their clients a versatile A/V entertainment solution and high-performance music system all in one package.

Parasound was able to implement the home theater bypass function by adding a modified potentiometer board, as well as fixed resistors that set the outputs to a unity gain when the bypass is engaged. The company says that any one or more of the preamp’s inputs, which includes its two balanced (XLR) inputs can be assigned to the bypass, and front panel, amber-colored LEDs indicate when an input is being used with the bypass mode.

Parasound is also offering dealers the opportunities to retrofit their clients’ existing JC 2s with the bypass feature for $500.



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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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