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#28217 - 12/20/03 05:19 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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Yes they do that and I think they expect us to do a little "reading between the lines" as well.
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#28218 - 12/20/03 05:23 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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You guys are just quoting from that Bose article I posted...
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#28219 - 12/20/03 05:30 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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Yes the decision does come down to me and i'm waffling, i'm waffling!!
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#28220 - 12/20/03 05:34 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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GET A GRIP MAN! Take a deep breath and try to stay focused.
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#28221 - 12/20/03 05:37 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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You know, if it doesn't make you happy, perhaps you should return it. Is the issue that there is nothing else out there with the feature set that you want for a comparable price? I tend to be leery of products like that. Except, wait, isn't Axiom like that? Ooh, my brain hurts.
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#28222 - 12/21/03 12:14 AM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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Hey chess;

Try and see if you can borrow a passive preamp. That will definitely show if the issue is with your Denon or the amp itself.
I have tried an Anthem MCA20. I know the Bryston 4B outperforms the Anthem. Brystons has a nice warm sound. It has no hum and it runs only warm after 6 hours of running hard. It has lots of headroom as all Bryston's are known for.
I got a passive pre I can possibly part with for a short period of time if you wanna try. Leave me a pm if your interested.

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#28223 - 12/21/03 12:40 AM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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You know how i am with comparisons of quality solid state amps...

The hum is definitely not due to the Denon as i had another preamp (the Phillips) in place the first time around.
The Parasound A23 is definitely causing the low hum.

I sent you a PM.
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#28224 - 12/21/03 01:37 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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The humming and the heat sound like deal killers to me. (Especially the humming.) My Rotel 1070 never gets hot. (and it's not a huge 50lb beast.)
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#28225 - 12/21/03 02:18 PM Re: Parasound Halo (short review)
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In reply to:

The humming and the heat sound like deal killers to me.



This is why i'm waffling on the decision.
The heat may not be a big deal since you normally do not sit touching the amp while listening to music. Perhaps in a small room it would add some temperature but otherwise, who would really care if it ran a bit warmer than some other amps?
It is Class A into the first 5W which i'm sure is part of the issue.

The hum, as far as i can tell, does not affect the sound quality any. The noise floor from recordings is greater than the hum but the mere fact i know it is there is bothersome.

But i love everything else about the Halo.

More waffling...
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#28226 - 12/21/03 05:42 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.

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