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#28227 - 12/21/03 07:01 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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Great point Zarak.

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#28228 - 12/21/03 09:46 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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It sounds like you are trying to talk yourself into something that you may not be happy with in the long run.



A very astute point Zarak.
But we all do it.
We all try to talk ourselves into what we think we need at some point. Then it simply becomes a matter of want and desire such that our wills collapse into submission. I have friends that change their components more often than i do socks.

I really do like the Halo amp. Don't get me wrong.
If i could find one for about $1200 Cdn instead of $1800, i would easily overlook its shortcomings.
Each piece of equipment may have its faults or tradeoffs. I'm trying to decide if this Halo has tradeoffs worth its price compared to some other units, which again have their own positive and negatives.
That's where the waffling comes in.

I'm really not in a rush. I can wait for next year's products to come out or last years' products to have new iterations with improvements and refinements. I would be surprised if this Halo line was not going to be tweaked this year. The Halo lineup is after all still quite new.
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#28229 - 12/21/03 10:28 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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But we all do it.
We all try to talk ourselves into what we think we need at some point. Then it simply becomes a matter of want and desire such that our wills collapse into submission




I'm guilty.
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#28230 - 12/22/03 01:30 AM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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Is there any reason why you are not looking at Bryston?

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#28231 - 12/22/03 09:57 AM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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Is there any reason why you are not looking at Bryston?



Just too high a price. Used would be the only option and even then, several years old units are just coming into my price range.
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#28232 - 12/22/03 04:12 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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Chess,
I know you and I discussed the McCulloughs before in a pm and they've got Sherbourn. Most consider it the poor-mans Bryston, but talking to Bill, he said many of his customers preferred the Sherbourn to the Bryston. You should be able to get a decent deal on one of those if it interests you (but still going to be more $$$ than the Parasound)
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#28233 - 12/22/03 05:02 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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Yes...Bill M.
I've dealt with Bill before. He can really get some good deals in.

My problem remains cost.
I was really looking at the $1400 max point for a stereo amp which is why i have been scouring audiogon for used stuff.
Ultimately i may just have to wait for another year until more becomes available on the used market and things age.

I do however have the opportunity to demo an Anthem MCA30 from Creative Audio in town. I'm looking into that now.
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#28234 - 12/22/03 05:19 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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I wasn't overly impressed by the guys at Creative. They just seemed to have a bit of that 'air' to them - a little audio snobbery. It's too bad they're the only ones with Anthem in town, I'd have probably bought a MCA-50 when I was shopping for an amp if they hadn't ticked me off.

What really turned me off from them was when I started mentioning that I'd bought/was planning to buy my speakers from an internet only company called Axiom. They kind of turned up their nose. They were also pretty down on internet Audio forums - apparently they didn't think I was intelligent enough to wade through the crap to find the good honest info.

It's just funny/strange (it's something anyways) to see people who are so into tech gear on one hand, and then be scared s@*tless by the internet.
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#28235 - 12/22/03 05:24 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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Loc: western canada
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I wasn't overly impressed by.....



See PM.

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It's just funny/strange (it's something anyways) to see people who are so into tech gear on one hand, and then be scared s@*tless by the internet



I agree, 100% wholeheartedly!!
I've seen it several times now and i find it amazing.
Maybe it cuts into their bottom lines in ways they had not imagined.
Did you know that Advance in town has yet to put up a website with any of their floor products listed?

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#28236 - 12/22/03 05:29 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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that does kill me about Advance because they have some great products there. What all dealers should have is a spot on their website, like Creative Audio, where they sell demo/obsolete products. I like a bargain as much as the next guy, and it would be nice to see what they have on their clearance table without having to physically visit the store.
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