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post #1051 of 3344
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Originally Posted by panzer View Post

I live in maryland, there are no dealers in maryland, I am looking to buy the halo 52, could anyone pm me on where I could get good deal on 1, depending on price I may also be interested in the 3 channal, thanks

audioadvisor.com is a good place to look. Although, right now they do not have any demo, open box or factory refreshed units. Just brand new in the box A52.
post #1052 of 3344
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Originally Posted by 4DHD View Post

audioadvisor.com is a good place to look. Although, right now they do not have any demo, open box or factory refreshed units. Just brand new in the box A52.

They don't seem to want to offer less than MSRP on any new product, which makes them less competitive than purchasing from a dealer. Though there is a large convenience of just ordering and not having to deal with anyone. Keep in mind audioadvisor is the only authorized online dealer for Parasound in the US.
post #1053 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Tank_PD View Post

They don't seem to want to offer less than MSRP on any new product, which makes them less competitive than purchasing from a dealer. Though there is a large convenience of just ordering and not having to deal with anyone. Keep in mind audioadvisor is the only authorized online dealer for Parasound in the US.

When I bought a HCA2205A over a decade ago from a local dealer, they certainly did not give me a discount.
And occasionally, AA does have open boxes, demos, refurbs for less. Just not the A52 at this time.
And remember, Parasound is NOT HK, Yamaha, Denon, Onkyo, etc. Those companies since the start of internet sales have discounted heavily, compared to before the internet.
Parasound sell upscale products compared to those I mentioned. So discounts are rare or very small, by comparison.
Edited by 4DHD - 10/8/12 at 4:27am
post #1054 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Tank_PD View Post

They don't seem to want to offer less than MSRP on any new product, which makes them less competitive than purchasing from a dealer. Though there is a large convenience of just ordering and not having to deal with anyone. Keep in mind audioadvisor is the only authorized online dealer for Parasound in the US.

As was already posted, the only way you can get a "discount" on a new Parasound product is if you purchase a closeout, refurb, demo or the like. You can shop on eBay for a used one or maybe find one that is an open box but then the warranty may be in question. I guess a square trade warranty might come in handy for products purchased from eBay but then when you look at shipping costs and added cost of warranty, what have you really saved? There is also potential for shipping damage with heavy electronics which could wind up being a major PITA.

Have you looked at Audiogon? The sellers there tend to be private sellers or high-end dealers.
post #1055 of 3344
Don't know if anyone has tried to contact Audioadvisor to work on a deal, you can always try to speak to the manager. I have seen some demo's and refurb's but the price difference wasn't justifiable to new, to me.

I have seen the 5250 v.1 (brand new), which was retailing for 2750 or so get heavily discounted down to 2200(approx.). The discount was in place to make way for the newer v..2 amp. Kinda gives you an idea of the mark-up senario.

Cheers
post #1056 of 3344
Audio Advisor is a class company. They have many Parasound products, either demos or factory refurbs listed from time to time, including the model you are looking for. In fact, a A52 was just listed recently at a considerable discount. I have purchased refurbs from these guys and seriously, I don't know why are called refurb. They looked like brand new units and with full warranties.

If it was me , I would give AA a call and tell them what I'm looking for. Maybe they have one now and have not updated their website. Maybe they will notify you as soon as they get some A52 's refurbs. It can't hurt to ask.
post #1057 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Tank_PD View Post


Anyone pick up a A31 / A21 over a single A51?

Why not?  Then one can place the A31 up with the L/C/R and the A21 back with the LS/RS.

post #1058 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson View Post

Why not?  Then one can place the A31 up with the L/C/R and the A21 back with the LS/RS.

What's the advantage?
post #1059 of 3344
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Originally Posted by exm View Post


What's the advantage?

Shorter speaker cables.  Ability to hide the amps more easily.

post #1060 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson View Post

Shorter speaker cables.  Ability to hide the amps more easily.
But longer interconnects between the preamp and the rear amp. Isn't it six of one, half a dozen of the other?

Matty
post #1061 of 3344
I'd MUCH rather run a long XLR cable from a preamp to an amp than a long speaker wire run. One of the reasons I'm still mulling over getting another JC1 for my center channel.
post #1062 of 3344
Wow. It seems our cozy little Parasound thread now has some famous contributors (Hint: Kal and Kris).smile.gif
post #1063 of 3344
Glad to join the club. In the last year I've added: JC1 monos for the mains, A51 for the rest. JC2B for 2-channel pre and JC3 for my VPI Traveller. Loving the sound daily.
post #1064 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Kris Deering View Post

Glad to join the club. In the last year I've added: JC1 monos for the mains, A51 for the rest. JC2B for 2-channel pre and JC3 for my VPI Traveller. Loving the sound daily.

I read your review of the Denon AVP/POA a few years ago and wound up buying 1/2 of the set based on your favorable review. I already had a couple of the HCA amps so I didn't spring for the POA and to be honest, didn't see any advantage in having the POA over the Paras. Plus, the individual Para amps were a lot easier to move! I am too old to be moving 110 pound amps around. So I thank you for the recommendation of the AVP - it has been one my best purchases. BTW, if you still have your AVP, we have a dedicated AVP thread on AVS.
Edited by WillyJ - 10/11/12 at 12:29pm
post #1065 of 3344
Kris, how would you compare the A51 with the mono blocks? I have an A51, always looking to feed the upgrade bug.
post #1066 of 3344
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Originally Posted by WillyJ View Post

I read your review of the Denon AVP/POA a few years ago and wound up buying 1/2 of the set based on your favorable review. I already had a couple of the HCA amps so I didn't spring for the POA and to be honest, didn't see any advantage in having the POA over the Paras. Plus, the individual Para amps were a lot easier to move! I am too old to be moving 110 pound amps around. So I thank you for the recommendation of the AVP - it has been one my best purchases. BTW, if you still have your AVP, we have a dedicated AVP thread on AVS.

No I don't own the AVP. I liked the Denon and its feature set is outstanding, but I am a huge fan of the Anthem D2V and continue to use it as my reference in my own system. I have the latest D2V 3D installed.
post #1067 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Dr_Mark View Post

Kris, how would you compare the A51 with the mono blocks? I have an A51, always looking to feed the upgrade bug.

The A51 is absolutely no slouch at all and would make most more than happy. Great sounding amp no matter what you throw at it. But the JC1s are a nice step up. Essentially unlimited head room, very dynamic, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the high bias mode with music. One of those amps that you add and never have to consider another amp again. But the A51 gets you A LONG way there for considerably less. You can't go wrong either way IMHO.
post #1068 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Kris Deering View Post

The A51 is absolutely no slouch at all and would make most more than happy. Great sounding amp no matter what you throw at it. But the JC1s are a nice step up. Essentially unlimited head room, very dynamic, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the high bias mode with music. One of those amps that you add and never have to consider another amp again. But the A51 gets you A LONG way there for considerably less. You can't go wrong either way IMHO.

As you know I'm looking to go from an A21 to JC1's for my mains and now you've got me thinking about a JC1 for the center channel as well. Is there no cure for this madness!!! eek.gif
post #1069 of 3344
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Originally Posted by bslep View Post

As you know I'm looking to go from an A21 to JC1's for my mains and now you've got me thinking about a JC1 for the center channel as well. Is there no cure for this madness!!! eek.gif

Might as well have all three amps match.smile.gif Center channel gets a lot of use for movies. I noticed a difference just changing my center channel amp from a 2125 to an HCA series that had a bit more power.
post #1070 of 3344
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Originally Posted by bslep View Post

As you know I'm looking to go from an A21 to JC1's for my mains and now you've got me thinking about a JC1 for the center channel as well. Is there no cure for this madness!!! eek.gif

Oh there is a total cure, buy the amps you want and never look back. Seriously, putting JC1s up there will mean never having to buy another amp again. At some point I will have another JC1 for up front. Total overkill for the surrounds though (also not practical for my room setup and rack). But when I do eventually move to a JC1 up front for the center I will be driving my surrounds with an A51 and letting 3 channels of pristine amplification go to waste. Yikes!!
post #1071 of 3344
Has anyone had any success in getting Audio Advisor to deal on Parasound products?
post #1072 of 3344
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Originally Posted by bslep View Post

Has anyone had any success in getting Audio Advisor to deal on Parasound products?

See recent previous posts about this - scroll back a few days. Probably the only way you could get a discount is to get a refurb, closeout or demo. They do offer free shipping. I suspect if you were to offer to purchase several thousand dollars at one time, they might work something out with you too.smile.gif They might be the only online dealer so you can't really shop around the web like you would for Onkyo, Denon and so forth. If you have a local dealer, you might contact them too.
post #1073 of 3344
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Originally Posted by WillyJ View Post

See recent previous posts about this - scroll back a few days. Probably the only way you could get a discount is to get a refurb, closeout or demo. They do offer free shipping. I suspect if you were to offer to purchase several thousand dollars at one time, they might work something out with you too.smile.gif They might be the only online dealer so you can't really shop around the web like you would for Onkyo, Denon and so forth. If you have a local dealer, you might contact them too.

I have had some luck with cable purchases in the past, but it's been a long time. Thanks.
post #1074 of 3344
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Originally Posted by Kris Deering View Post

Seriously, putting JC1s up there will mean never having to buy another amp again
I feel the same as an owner of an A51. Hopefully will never have to ship back to factory for service.
post #1075 of 3344
Can the new black faceplate be bought from Parasound?
post #1076 of 3344
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Originally Posted by xMEATx View Post

Can the new black faceplate be bought from Parasound?
If you mean for an existing Platinum unit...don't ask us, ask Parasound. Just go to Parasound's website and send an email.
post #1077 of 3344
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Originally Posted by xMEATx View Post

Can the new black faceplate be bought from Parasound?
I doubt it but it never hurts to ask, the A31 and A21 are they only ones out so far.
post #1078 of 3344
I'm quite interested in the P7 and I have a couple Qs that the manual is vague on:

"Subwoofer Trim – Rotate the Selector knob right or left to increase or decrease
the subwoofer level."

Is the sub trim 20db total; -10db to +10db?

"Bass – Rotate the Selector knob right or left to increase or decrease bass response.
Treble – Rotate the Selector knob right or left to increase or decrease treble response."

What are the units of increment here? any idea how it is implemented?

Thanks much.
post #1079 of 3344
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Originally Posted by 67 - 427 View Post

I doubt it but it never hurts to ask, the A31 and A21 are they only ones out so far.

So has anyone asked about purchasing the black face plates? I would love to get one to swap out for awhile on my A21:D
post #1080 of 3344
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Originally Posted by zoomin View Post

I'm quite interested in the P7 and I have a couple Qs that the manual is vague on:
"Subwoofer Trim – Rotate the Selector knob right or left to increase or decrease
the subwoofer level."
Is the sub trim 20db total; -10db to +10db?
"Bass – Rotate the Selector knob right or left to increase or decrease bass response.
Treble – Rotate the Selector knob right or left to increase or decrease treble response."
What are the units of increment here? any idea how it is implemented?
Thanks much.
The increments are .5db, going from -10 ~ +10db. On the remote to access the subwoofer trim you press the 'enter' button and then either the 'bass' up/down buttons.
There are independent subwoofer trim settings for stereo and multichannel sources.
For stereo sources, the P7 provides bass management, with the choices for XO being 50, 80 htz , full range, sub off.
For DVD-A/SACD playback, the multi-disc player sets the bass management/ XOs.
Edited by 4DHD - 11/20/12 at 4:17am
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