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Parasound Halo JC 3+

Phono preamplifier for moving magnet and moving coil cartridges (Silver)

Item # 313JC3PS

Rich in musical nuance, with a vanishing noise floor, the JC 3+ is Parasound's finest phono preamp.

Rich in musical nuance, with a vanishing noise floor, the JC 3+ is Parasound's finest phono preamp.

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About the Parasound Halo JC 3+

Refined, powerful phono preamp

Parasound's JC 3+ brings out warm, rich detail in your vinyl, above a near-silent noise floor. This is Parasound's best phono stage, and it's an improvement over its predecessor, the JC 3, which was itself famously well-regarded in high-end audio circles. You can make the most of your moving magnet or moving coil cartridges by using the left- and right-channel 3-way gain selection switches — with knob-controlled adjustments for moving coil cartridges. And you get balanced and unbalanced outputs for connecting to your favorite amplifier.

Refined, powerful phono preamp

Parasound's JC 3+ brings out warm, rich detail in your vinyl, above a near-silent noise floor. This is Parasound's best phono stage, and it's an improvement over its predecessor, the JC 3, which was itself famously well-regarded in high-end audio circles. You can make the most of your moving magnet or moving coil cartridges by using the left- and right-channel 3-way gain selection switches — with knob-controlled adjustments for moving coil cartridges. And you get balanced and unbalanced outputs for connecting to your favorite amplifier.

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Elegant design under the JC 3+'s hood shows dual mono circuitry in discrete aluminum enclosures, and low-carbon steel partitions isolating the power supply.

Everything about the Parasound JC 3+'s topology tends toward a dead-silent background. Each channel is isolated inside its own aluminum enclosure. The R-core transformer has the advantages of low noise, low loss, and high efficiency. There's even a built-in AC line conditioner.

Parasound brought its A-team to create the JC 3+. John Curl's elegant circuit design, Carl Thompson's efficient circuit board designs, and Bob Crump's premium internal component choices all work toward the same goal — vanishing noise.

The legacy of John Curl

The JC 3+ features circuitry designed by by John Curl, a legend in audio engineering. He started his career in the 1970s, designing tape and video recorders at Ampex, and he had a hand in building the Grateful Dead's Wall of Sound. Curl has worked with Parasound since 1989, designing all of their high-power amplifiers and more. The power supply, transistors, capacitors and other parts in the JC 3+ were chosen to offer high performance at a reasonable price.

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Product highlights:

  • compatible with moving magnet and moving coil phono cartridges
  • dual monaural design — each audio channel separately enclosed in an extruded aluminum enclosure
  • 3-way cartridge select switch for each channel:
    • moving magnet: 47k ohm
    • moving coil: 47k ohm
    • moving coil: variable 50-550 ohms — independent knob adjustment in 10-ohm increments for each channel
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 87dB (MM)/87dB (MC)
  • total harmonic distortion: < 0.01% at 1 kHz
  • selectable mono or stereo output
  • R-core power transformer
  • low-carbon steel partitions isolate power supplies and AC wires
  • built-in AC line conditioner prevents AC noise
  • AC polarity reverse switch can reduce hum in many systems
Connections:
  • 1 pair unbalanced RCA inputs
  • 1 pair unbalanced RCA outputs
  • 1 pair balanced XLR outputs
  • 3.5mm 12V trigger input and loop output jacks
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Subsonic Filter ---
Adjustable Resistance Load ---
Adjustable Capacitance Load ---
Vacuum Tube No
Connections
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XLR Inputs No
RCA Outputs ---
XLR Outputs No
USB Output No
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