Parasound Halo Hint 6 Integrated Amplifier

Parasound Halo Hint 6 Integrated Amplifier

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When Parasound embarked on the Halo integrated amplifier project back in 2011 they had to re-think what a modern integrated amplifier should be. Guided by their 34 year reputation for delivering the most ‘bang for the buck’ in high end audio – they did just that!

They chose the best sounding parts and included the most current and useful features to bring you a superior integrated amp with the same performance as their highly acclaimed HALO separates. Their acclaimed P5 inspired its preamp stage and advanced feature set, while its power amp stage employs the same John Curl circuit topology found in the legendary Class A/AB A21 and A23.

The result of all this hard work resulted in the highly acclaimed Parasound HALO integrated (HINT), and the HINT received accolades across the board and won many, many fans across the globe (press and customers alike) – and ultimately raised the bar in the conception of a modern integrated amplifier. In short, the first generation HINT set a new standard for integrated amplifiers…arguably for other proponents to follow.

However; Parasound’s dedication to the art of creating and updating the ‘modern integrated amplifier’, meant that it would take only a matter of time before Richard Schram in tandem with the legendary John Curl – naturally evolved the HINT concept to step up yet another level!

Parasound: Developing the HINT 6

Parasound asked themselves “Could they develop a next generation Halo Integrated that would not only surpass the finest integrated amplifiers but also outperform higher priced separate preamps & power amps?”

Parasound began by upgrading key parts in the analogue preamp circuitry to achieve exceptional sonic transparency. Parasound redesigned its ESS-based DAC making it easier to integrate with Windows 10. In response to customer requests, they added a second optical input. Parasound modernized the volume control, replacing its motorized potentiometer with an electronically switched, pure analogue resistor ladder array, achieving ideal channel tracking even at low listening levels.

Since legendary designer John Curl’s circuit topology is timeless, Parasound carried over the Halo Integrated’s massive,160 watt, Class A/AB power amplifier stage to the HINT 6.

New Features (Changes from the original Halo Integrated):

– Burr Brown analogue resistor ladder volume control

– Dimmable front panel volume display

– Updated USB receiver is Plug and play with Windows 10 and MAC

– An additional optical input (2 total)

– Ball bearing supported solid aluminium volume knob

– Programable default turn on volume setting

– Favourite volume memory with remote control button

– Increased phono stage gain for lower output cartridges

– Improved Left/Right channel separation and balance tracking

– Updated cosmetics with subtle gold highlights

As such, the Parasound HINT 6 is powerful, musical and uncommonly versatile. With such exquisite performance and compelling value, the Parasound HINT 6 is the new benchmark for high-end integrated amplifiers.

The volume control features a new, dimmable -display showing the exact volume setting. Other features include: user defined turn on volume, and favourite volume setting. The solid machined aluminium volume control knob, polished on the front and textured around the perimeter, rotates on ball-bearings giving it rock-solid and silky smooth operation.

The Parasond Hint 6 uses a Burr-Brown high-performance, electronically-controlled analogue volume control IC with high dynamic range. It functions as an analogue switched resistor ladder array so analogue audio is never converted to digital as with most IC volume controls. Parasound engineers bypass the on-board gain stage, using an external, high-performance operational amplifier with a dedicated power supply. This approach achieves the lowest noise and the lowest distortion resulting in superior sound quality.

The heart of the Parasound HINT 6’s power supply is a massive 1.1 kVA toroid power transformer. It is custom designed for well-contained radiated hum, high efficiency, and high power. Encapsulating this massive power transformer in an epoxy-filled steel canister assures ultra-quiet performance. The transformer has independent secondary windings and this provides more than ample voltage to each channel’s power supply under the most strenuous operating conditions. Separate windings for each channel improves stereo imaging by reducing inter-channel crosstalk.

The Parasound HINT 6 uses a total of 40,000uF of Lelon electrolytic filter capacitors to provide a reserve of massive power sufficient to reproduce unrestricted bass. Highly-coveted Toshiba J-FETs are deployed in the input stage of the power amplifier section to achieve stunningly low noise and maximize its dynamic range

An especially useful feature of the Parasound HINT 6 its innovative high and low pass crossover network. This provides analogue bass management as well as easy integration of subwoofers and stereo speakers. With the Parasound HINT 6 crossover network your subwoofer(s) is easily shared by two channel and multi-channel playback. This works in tandem with the Home Theatre Bypass input for a seamless transition whenever you select two channel or multi-channel operation, without any need for reconnecting the subwoofer from the Parasound HINT 6 to the AVR and vice versa. This significantly simplifies what would otherwise require complex setup.

Thus, the new Parasound HALO Integrated – the HINT6 – has been born. Created with the same passion, knowledge and precise execution that all audiophile Parasound products combine. The new and improved Parasound HINT 6 will inevitably raise the bar even higher.

Parasound HALO HINT 6 – 2.1 Channel Integrated Amplifier – Features & Benefits:

Preamp and DAC Features & Benefits:

– ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M)

– Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit

– USB input decodes Native DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DoP DSD

– Coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit

– Analogue bass management with high & low pass crossovers

– Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration

– Front panel subwoofer level control

– Dedicated high current headphone amplifier (TI TPA6120)

– Phono input for MM, MC and MI with 100 Ω or 47k Ω load

– Front panel Aux input with automatic 12 dB gain stage

– 5 pairs RCA line level Analogue inputs

– 1 pair XLR balanced Analogue input

– Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs

– 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs

– Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from remote or front panel

– Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks

– 12 Volt trigger output

– Back-lit remote control with discrete buttons

– 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star & EU specs

Power Amp Features & Benefits:

– 160 Watts x 2 @ 8 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)

– 240 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)

– Power amp circuit topology designed by legendary John Curl

– Direct amplifier input to bypass preamp section

– High bias class A/AB operation

– Over sized shielded toroid power transformer

– Dual-mono power supply and power amplifier

– 40,000uF power supply filter capacitance

– Matched JFET input stages and MOSFET driver stages

– 12 high voltage/high current bipolar output transistors

– Heavy-duty 24k gold-plated 5-way speaker binding posts

– Over temp and short circuit relay protection

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