Parasound intros Halo Hint 6 high-end stereo amplifier

posted on Thursday, 30th August 2018 by Steve May

Hi-fi  High-end  High Res Audio 

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US Hi-Fi specialist Parasound has unveiled the a new stereo amplifier, the Halo Integrated 6. Known to its friends as the Hint 6, it features a John Curl designed 160-watt class A/AB power amplifier stage and boasts a number of audiophile refinements over its predecessor.

Cosmetics are outstanding, with gold trim and hand-milled aluminium end-caps. Beneath the lid is a custom designed 1.1 kVA toroid power transformer; the pre-amp stage borrows from the upcoming P 6.

Usability tweaks over the original Hint amp include a dimmable display, volume level memory and second optical digital audio input. Unchanged is a high-current headphone amplifier, a direct input that bypasses the pre-amp section, fully balanced XLR in/out connections, and 12v trigger and IR integration. The phono stage offers variable loading for MM and MC cartridges. The supplied remote is backlit.

The amp introduces a Burr-Brown analogue resistor ladder volume control with ball-bearing supported aluminium knob. There’s also an updated USB input, which supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256, an and improved phono stage, with higher gain for lower output cartridges.

Speaking about the new launch, Parasound founder and President Richard Schram says: “We looked carefully at what we could improve without significantly increasing the price. We began by upgrading key parts in the analogue preamp circuitry to achieve exceptional sonic transparency and improved channel separation. On the digital side, we redesigned the ESS-based DAC implementation making it easier to integrate with PCs and music servers. We also thoroughly modernised the volume control.”

The Hint 6 retails for £3,300. Distribution is via Connect (tel 01242 511133).

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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