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post #3541 of 3575 Old 06-28-2014, 08:52 PM
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It doesn't hurt to check on the fuse. Unplug the power, get a Phillips screwdriver and check on the fuse that is top of the power cord plug.

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It doesn't hurt to check on the fuse. Unplug the power, get a Phillips screwdriver and check on the fuse that is top of the power cord plug.
Will do, Enrico, thanks. But isn't a blown fuse usually an indicator of a more deep-seated problem? My understanding is that a fuse should last many years and at least the life of the product.
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A blown fuse may well be a sign of an internal problem, but there's always a chance that a replacement fuse may solve the problem and the amp may carry on working perfectly for many years to come. Just make sure you replace any fuse with one of the correct rating. Fuses can fail for no apparent reason.
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I recently has a fuse go and since then (month and a half) I have not had a single issue. Of course knock on wood now but it has worked perfectly fine. This one always seemed to be (I have two A51 blacks) a little skittish. Now I have two reliable black beauties. Amazing how one little fuse can make or break an AMP!

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Can anyone help? My HCA-2003 just suddenly decided not to turn on. No standby or green operation light. Would it be as simple as a fuse or something more serious? I would appreciate any responses, particularly if this is something I can test for before taking the unit into a service center. Thanks!

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Yes, actually I just shot Tony an e-mail last night, so hopefully I'll hear soon. I will also just swap out a fuse anyway and see if there's a result with that. Thanks for all your suggestions.
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....... That is why the overwhelming majority of major motion picture studios, recording companies and primere Hollywood directors have chosen PARASOUND over everything else on the market.....


Where did you see that?
Simple answer: It is listed in writing on their web page aong with the names of nearly every, if not all, of the major motion picture studios in Hollywood! Needless to say, Parasound Halo amps and Parasound has an outstanding reputation throughout the motion picture and recording industry. These folks can afford to buy anything... They have chosen Parasound, which speaks volumes concerning the sound quality of their products verses the competition.
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Jmouse, what preamp do you recommend pairing with the A21? I have a pure 2-channel system, and am thinking of upgrading from a Rotel amp and preamp to Halos. I am thinking A21 with the JC 2 (it's hard for me to justify two JC 1's instead of the A21, although the JC 2 seems to state how it's made to be paired with JC 1's). Thanks.
I would highly recommend the Onkyo PRSC 5509 preamp.

I have owned the Onkyo 5507, and then moved to the 5508. The 5508 has been rock solid, not one problem. I went with the 5508 because it has the updated Audyssey XT32 room correction. I couldn't believe how much better it is than the previous version on the 5507. Well, both the Onkyo PRSC 5508 and the 5509 have the Audessey XT32 BUT, Onkyo has foolishly dropped Audessey from their next generation of preamps so I can not recommend you buy it. Wait for the 5509 to go on sale and be one of the fortunate few. IF, you "must have" Atmos... Then go with Denon's next generation preamp. It will cost a lot more than the new Onkyo preamp with Atmos BUT, and here is where Onkyo shot themselves in the face, not only does the Denon have Atmos, it ALSO retains Audessey XT32 room correction!

If Onkyo wants to remain competitive they will need to bite the bullet and return Audessey XT32 or better in their next Gen preamp because the 1 calibration system they are now going with doesn't cut it. They dropped Audessey as a cost cutting feature because they would have needed to ad an additional processor to keep it, like Denon has done. They were unwilling to do so and as a result, many, including myself are predicting their sales will plummet (I certainly won't be buying one because Audessey XT32 is outstanding and I am not willing to give that feature ( found on the 5509) up.

As for "Atmos"... I am not going to rush to jump on that band wagon... It may just be a gimmick to drum up lagging A/V sales. I already have a tremendous sounding 9.2 surround Home Theater. With Atmos you literally have to relocate your existing speaker set up (front-height ambient speakers don't work properly with Atmos) and add additional speakers to the ceiling! No thanks... I will wait for that to all shake out. "early adopters" with money to burn can be the ginny pigs.

Also, DTS is coming out with a new audio processor code mix... Again, I will sit that one out until it all shakes out.

Now the one thing that the 5509 doesn't do is 4K. But the simple answer to that is to get a Bluray player like the OPPO 103, 105 or Sony BDPS790, with two HDMI outs and run the audio to your 5509 and the 4K video directly to your 4K projector or TV. This is the route most on aVS are taking until the standards for HDMI 2.0 (and beyond) are finally and firmly established. Otherwise you end up, like those poor saps who bought the Sony 1,000 4K projector for $25,000 dollars who later found their 4k projectors were already obsolete because they couldn't play native 4k movies! They had to spend an additional nearly THREE GRAND in order to "upgrade" their 4k projectors to play native 4k,
which they were enitially promised they could do in written advertising in the first place!

So, wait until 4k and HDMI 2.0 (and beyond = 2.1, 2.2...) standards are finally agreed upon AND working/functioning properly in the real world before jumping on a "4K 'ready'" preamp and stick with what works. And what works is the feature laden Onkyo PRSC 5509.

For what it is worth, that is my advice. Hope it proves helpful.
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Thanks, Jmouse, but I am only interested in a 2-channel preamp (the 5509 looks like a 9.2 AVR). I saw on the Onkyo website that they do make a 2-channel preamp. I wonder how it compares to the JC2 Halo. I already have the Oppo 105 (great player).
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Thanks, Jmouse, but I am only interested in a 2-channel preamp (the 5509 looks like a 9.2 AVR). I saw on the Onkyo website that they do make a 2-channel preamp. I wonder how it compares to the JC2 Halo. I already have the Oppo 105 (great player).
Sorry, I misunderstood. If you are exclusively interested in a 2-channel preamp, then go with the JC2 Hal, it will sound nothing short of outstanding with your Halo A21 and OPPO 105!
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I have a Halo P5 paired with my Oppo 105D and it sounds AMAZING! I can't imagine how good the JC2 + Oppo 105 combo will sound!

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Of course I'll also have to upgrade my speakers. Thinking of the Sonus Faber Olympica III's.
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I broke down and ordered a Parasound Zdac. It is due to be delivered this afternoon. I'll play around with it for a couple of days and report back.

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Parasound JC2 vs Marantz 8801?

A friend of mine who recently purchased a Marantz 8801 is wondering if 2 channel listening would be improved by adding a JC2. Has anyone here compared these, strictly in terms of SQ?

For reference he also has an A21 amp and Salk SS8 speakers. BTW, he's not a member of AVS, hence me posting this for him.

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A friend of mine who recently purchased a Marantz 8801 is wondering if 2 channel listening would be improved by adding a JC2. Has anyone here compared these, strictly in terms of SQ?

For reference he also has an A21 amp and Salk SS8 speakers. BTW, he's not a member of AVS, hence me posting this for him.

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I do not have nor heard the 8801 so this is strictly based on 2nd hand information but my belief is yes. By accounts the 8801 is quite good musically but your friend's system could benefit from the JC2 for two channel.
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A friend of mine who recently purchased a Marantz 8801 is wondering if 2 channel listening would be improved by adding a JC2. Has anyone here compared these, strictly in terms of SQ?

For reference he also has an A21 amp and Salk SS8 speakers. BTW, he's not a member of AVS, hence me posting this for him.

Thanks.

A friend of mine bought a PS Audio Directstream and brought it over with his PerfectWave. Got to listen to those 2 and a Bel Canto 2.5 DAC. I saw the Perfectwave dropped $1500 and ordered one. Sounds wonderful and actually a nice improvement over the 8801. The 8801 does surround sound very well, 2 channel-DAC all the way.
http://www.psaudio.com/products/perfectwave-dac/


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I don't have the Marantz 8801 nor the JC2 but I do have a Marantz SR7008 and a Parasound Halo P5. I can tell you that for stereo the combination between the P5 and the Oppo 105D is unbeatable. I don't care what other people say but Audyssey could be good for movies or multichannel music but for stereo nothing is better than a good stereo preamp like the P5 or the JC2. I got the P5 instead of the JC2 because the HT bypass with two independent subwoofer in/out.

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I have a lexicon rx7 monster power amplifier that I'm sure a lot of you have heard of. I have always been curious about the halo a51 (black) so maybe someone here is interested in working something out with this beast and their halo a51. ?
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A friend of mine who recently purchased a Marantz 8801 is wondering if 2 channel listening would be improved by adding a JC2. Has anyone here compared these, strictly in terms of SQ?

For reference he also has an A21 amp and Salk SS8 speakers. BTW, he's not a member of AVS, hence me posting this for him.

Thanks.
I have the JC2bp with A21 and AV8801 so perhaps i can share some of my thoughts. In pure 2 channels listening, JC2 will be the best choice over the AV8801 anytime hence that's the reason why i added the JC2bp for the more serious music listening.

As for the JC2bp matching to either JC1 or A21, with my own experience, I find the JC1 with the given same volume on JC2, music is louder but the sound characteristic is similar to A21 so unless you really need the extra power, the A21 should do just fine and a vertical bi-amp using 2 x A21 might yield some interesting result too especially if you play around with the A21 individual channel gain which you cant with the JC1.

Then if JC2 is worth getting over the P5 or other pre at this price range, i would say, yes. Unless you need sub management which P5 has and JC2 doesnt, you'll be better off with the sonic superiority of JC2. I simply love the fact that it has no digital display with simplicity that is easy to appreciate.

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All the feedback is helpful. Keep it coming.

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I am adding a Black A21 with my two Black A51s... To help assist with Dolby Atmos.

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Well after months and months of going back and forth, I decided to invest in a Parasound A-21. I came close to selecting the Emotiva XPS-2 or even 3 but I wanted take my system up a notch or two in quality and perceived performance. Additionally, Parasound has a proven record of great customer support and exceptionally reliable products. I expect delivery of the A-21 tomorrow. I hope to have it all hooked up early next week as I am awaiting interconnects and a power cord from Audio Art.
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... I decided to invest in a Parasound A-21....
Congrats but you left off the most important info. What color?

Also, what speakers are you using with it?

Congrats again.
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Last Best Hope for D/AC-1000







  • Moved the D/AC to another system and after plugging it in the Data error red light came on. No other cables were plugged in. Decided to plug in the digi cable and rca's and yep, no sound. Got ahold of Parasound and they told me they had never heard of that error/problem before and it was not going to be cheap to hopefully scope out and fix. Any thoughts here as for the kind of money they are talking about I would rather just get another cheaper D/AC since shipping along is going to be pricey
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Congrats but you left off the most important info. What color?

Also, what speakers are you using with it?

Congrats again.
I got the A-21 in black and I am using Monitor Audio Silver 10s.
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Can't wait

I just ordered an A21 and A31 to go with a Yamaha cx-a5000 and Oppo 105d. Can't wait to hear this set up
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I just ordered an A21 and A31 to go with a Yamaha cx-a5000 and Oppo 105d. Can't wait to hear this set up

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I just got my Yamaha cx a5000 running with an A21 and 7 ch outlaw amp. Sounds damn good! You will like the setup
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I have Paradigm sig 8's c5 center adp3's and dual seaton submersives.
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The A-21 has arrived...hope to be able to install it on Monday (still waiting on cables to arrive). It is really an impressive looking piece of hardware. Just fits in my rack.
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