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JC 2 BP Halo Preamplifier with Bypass

JC 2 BP Halo Preamplifier with Bypass

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Transparent-to-the-Source Sound, Reference-Level Control and Flexibility:

Designed by John Curl, Parasound JC 2 BP Linestage Preamplifier Features Home-Theater Bypass

Complete with home-theater bypass for both unbalanced and balanced inputs/outputs (just press a button on the remote and the signals from your pre/pro or receiver pass through, unaffected), and direct DC servo-coupled with no capacitors in the signal path, it seamlessly blends into any surround system while offering a full suite of connectivity, remarkable fidelity, and modern versatility. As for quiet? You won't ever notice JC 2 BP is operating. But you'll definitely experience inviting degrees of air, texture, dynamics, and resolution from favorite recordings and new discoveries.

Inside, complementary hand-matched FETs accompany aluminum-shielded power supplies and control circuitry. A large R-core power transformer and inductor, dual-mono left- and right-channel circuit boards, separate output jacks for simultaneous norma and non-inverting polarity, Canare internal wiring, and hyper-fast set recovery rectifiers further emphasize how serious JC 2 BP takes sound. As does the independent power supply for the controller, relay coils, triggers, and LEDs. As you may have already guessed, JC 2 BP strives to defeat noise, distortion, an crosstalk at every turn.

The 24-pound unit also aims to give you immense control and a smorgasbord of options. Six pairs of Vampire 24k gold-plated RCA line-level inputs abet two pairs of balanced XLR inputs with Neutrik connectors that can be independently selected from line-level use for the left and right channels via their own gold-on-silver contact relays. JC 2 BP also provides four pairs of outputs with specialized functions: an XLR pair with polarity switched by remote; an RCA pair with polarity switched by remote; an RCA pair (inverted polarity only); and an RCA pair with normal polarity and fixed level for recorders.

And that's not all. A four-gang motor-driven analog master volume control, separate TKD analog gain controls for the left and right channels, discrete IR codes for the supplied full-function remote, and no fewer than four 12V trigger outputs for power-amplifier auto turn-on join a two-way RS232 port and loop out jacks located on the aluminum rear panel. If you want to mute JC 2 BP, you'll do so in style, given the function gets performed by independent left and right relays. Parasound's five-year manufacturer warranty and our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee round out the lengthy advantages wrought by a preamplifier ready for the audio (and video) enthusiast.


- Home theater bypass enables seamless blending into a digital surround system

- Home theater bypass functions with both unbalanced & balanced inputs and outputs

- Home theater bypass function can be assigned to any input

- Bypass remains selected after unit has been turned off

- Improved remote control is included with the bypass assignment keys

- Specifications and sonic performance are 100% the same as the original JC 2

- 6 pairs unbalanced RCA line-level audio input jacks

- 2 input pairs can be switched to XLR balanced connectors

- Independent balanced/unbalanced select for the L & R channel

- Each channel's input is switched by its own gold-on-silver contact relay

- 4 output jack pairs with specialized functions:

- 1 Main output jack pair is balanced XLR, polarity is switched by remote

- 1 Main output jack pair is unbalanced RCA, polarity is switched by remote

- 1 output jack pair is unbalanced RCA, inverted polarity only

- 1 output pair is unbalanced RCA, normal polarity, fixed level for recorders

- Dual-mono left & right channel circuit boards minimize crosstalk

- Hand-matched complementary FETs

- Direct DC servo-coupled, no capacitors in the signal path

- Premium 4-gang motor-driven analog master volume control

- Separate TKD brand analog gain controls for L & R channel

- 3/8" thick aluminum shielding around audio boards

- Shielding prevents noise from power supplies & control circuits

- Separate output jacks for simultaneous normal & non-inverting polarity

- Aluminum chassis rear panel

- Remote control polarity switching uses gold-on-silver contact relays

- Vampire brand 24k gold-plated RCA jacks

- Neutrik brand premium XLR connectors

- Canare brand internal wiring

- High capacity R-core audio power transformer & inductor

- Hyper-fast soft recovery audio bridge rectifiers diodes

- Independent power supply for controller, relay coils, triggers, LEDs

- Remote control handset controls all functions

- Discrete IR codes for remote control

- Four 12v trigger output jacks for power amp auto turn-on:Two 12v trigger jacks are switched by the remote handset

- Two 12v trigger jacks are live when the JC 2 is turned on

- Two-way RS-232 serial port connection

- Line level inputs only; no inputs for phono

- Audio mute is switched by independent L & R relays

- Rear panel IR repeater input & loop out jacks

- Premium detachable heavy gauge IEC AC cord

- 2 6' (2m) trigger wires included

Remote handset also controls Parasound Halo T 3 Tuner3u Chassis, rack mountable with HRA3 (sold separately)

Parasound JC 2 BP Halo Preamplifier User's Manual


Frequency Response: 5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB

THD: < 0.003% at 100 Hz 
THD: < 0.005% at 20 kHz 
IM: < 0.003%

S/N Ratio
> 116 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 104 dB, input shorted, unweighted

> 100 dB at 10 kHz
> 90 dB at 20 kHz

Gain: 14 dB, maximum

L, R Gain Control Range: - 10 dB

Input Impedance
Unbalanced: 30k ohms
Balanced: 30k ohms per leg

Output Impedance
Unbalanced: < 60 ohms
Balanced: < 60 ohms per leg

Input Sensitivity
200 mV for 1 V output
Total Gain: 14 dB
Maximum Output: 8 V

XLR Pin Identification
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)

AC Power Requirement
110 - 120 V or 220-240 V, 50 - 60 Hzs
(Set AC Voltage switch on rear panel)
25 watt standby; 30 watts when turned on

Width: 171/4" (437 mm)
Depth: 16" (406 mm)
Height, with feet: 57/8" (150 mm)
Height, without feet: 51/4" (133 mm)

Net: 24 lbs. (11 kg)
Shipping: 36 lbs. (16.4 kg)

Rack Mount Accessory: HRA 3 (May be purchased separately)

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