Originally Posted by Denophile
anyone compared the a23 as a monoblock to the jc1's or a21?
I'd call Parasound up on their 800 number and ask that question.
FWIW, I've got a stereo Halo A21 amp and think well of it, but have no experience with the other two Parasound amps you mentioned.
Given that my paid for www.audiogon.com
blue book (usually reasonably close to real current "retail" - - or try www.audioadvisor.com
which last time I checked is Parasound's one on-line outfit), shows that the price of a current new Parasound:
1. Halo A-23 (stereo) 100w, class A-B, bal in, introduced 2001, new $800
So, as a monoblock, x2 for stereo = new $1,600 (not sure of monoblock specs)
2. Halo A-21 (stereo) 250w, class A-B, bal in, introduced 2001, new $2,000 (Odds are that this $2k new price is too low; check AA; also be sure to search for a factory refurb (which are generally the best deal and come with a full warranty), and/or call them (AA) up and ask for a call when the next A-21 refurb comes in; they're excellent about calling back.)
3. Halo JC-1 (monoblock) 400w, introduced 2002, new $3,000(? so a stereo pair goes for $6,000?)
If money means anything to you, the A-21 looks like the one for stereo.