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    • JC 2 BP Halo Preamplifier with Bypass
      • JC 2 BP Halo Preamplifier with Bypass
      • JC 2 BP Halo Preamplifier with Bypass
      • JC 2 BP Halo Preamplifier with Bypass
      • JC 2 BP Halo Preamplifier with Bypass
      • JC 2 BP Halo Preamplifier with Bypass


      Parasound JC 2 BP Halo Preamplifier with Bypass



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        Designed by audio wizard John Curl, the Parasound JC 2 BP does everything you would expect a flagship high-end linestage preamplifier to do – and then some. And it does so with majestic results.

        Product description

        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)

        Contact us to inquire how you can finance your purchase through our partner, Synchrony.

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