Will Parasound Halo CD 1 Player Make us Love CDs Again?

Collaborating with Holm Acoustics, Parasound delivers Halo CD 1 player that proves 'CDs can sound significantly better than anyone has imagined possible,' says Richard Schram.

Parasound Halo CD 1 CD player is available in black or silver for $4,500.
Robert Archer · January 31, 2013

Between the resurgence of vinyl and the growth of downloadable and streaming music the venerable CD format is fading from consciousness. But music lovers who still revere CDs have a friend in San Francisco-based Parasound, which has just launched the Halo CD 1 player.

“The CD 1 demonstrates that CDs can sound significantly better than anyone has imagined possible,” says Parasound president and founder Richard Schram. “The full potential of the 16-bit CD format is realized for the first time.”

The new player ($4,500 MSRP), developed in conjunction with with Copenhagen, Denmark-based Holm Acoustics,  features a CD ROM drive that runs four times faster than conventional CD player drive units, enabling lightning-fast data collection and crystal-clear playback, according to Parasound.

An on-board Intel ITX computer running a Linux operating systems (OS) and Holm’s proprietary software analyzes the data to reduce reading errors to produce a nearly flawless data stream. 

The CD 1 incorporates an aluminum chassis with extra shielding for electrical and mechanical isolation, and it has three separate power supplies for analog and digital circuits. In addition, the CD-1 employs a “Discrete OpAmp” selector that gives users a choice of listening to the analog outputs directly from the unit’s National LME49990 op-amps or from the unit’s discrete output stages. The output stage uses individual transistors in a Darlington configuration that operates in the feedback loops of the National op-amps.

System connection options include XLR (balanced), gold-plated RCA outputs, as well as digital S/PDIF via 75-ohm BNC, coaxial and optical.


See CD 1 press release on following page

  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

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