Parasound Introduces the JC5 Stereo Power Amplifier

May 15th, 2018

The Halo JC 5 is Parasound's new 400 watt per channel stereo power amplifier. It's the latest achievement of Parasound value engineering in concert with audio legend John Curl.

Over the years our Curl-designed JC 1 monoblock has garnered more honors than any other amplifier, making it the benchmark for performance and value. Meanwhile, customers and dealers have been asking for an uncompromised stereo amplifier alternative to save money and space. So we presented Curl with this ambitious challenge: Distill the essence of two JC 1 monoblocks into a single chassis stereo amplifier with a more attractive price.

The result is the profoundly powerful and supremely musical JC 5. John Curl's signature is discreetly imprinted on its front panel, honoring his considerable role in its development. The JC 5 will delight the ears and wallets of serious audiophiles and music lovers alike. With exquisite performance and compelling value, the JC 5 is the new amplifier benchmark.


  • 400 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω RMS, both channels driven
  • 600 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω RMS, both channels driven
  • 1200 watts x 1@ 8 Ω, in bridged mode
  • Circuitry designed by legendary John Curl
  • Ultra-high bias Class A/AB operation
  • 12 watts per channel of pure Class A power
  • 90 amperes peak current per channel
  • Stable with speaker impedance dips to 1.5 Ω
  • Balanced inputs with discrete circuits
  • CHK Infinium, custom 5-way speaker binding posts
  • Neutrik locking XLR input connectors
  • Vampire gold-plated RCA input & loop output jacks
  • Direct-coupled signal path, no capacitors or inductors
  • DC Servo and relay protection circuits
  • AC turn-on inrush surge protection with relay bypass
  • Dual-mono input stages with ±110 volt DC rails
  • JFET input stage, MOSFET driver stage
  • 24 beta-matched 15 ampere, 60 MHz bipolar output transistors
  • 1.7 kVA shielded toroid power transformer with independent windings for each channel
  • Independent power supplies for left & right channel input stages, driver stages, output stages
  • 8,880 µF Nichicon Gold Tune filter capacitors for input stages
  • 132,000 µF Rubycon filter capacitors for output stages
  • Full power is rated all the way down to 5Hz for unrestricted low-end bass
  • Harris hyper-fast soft-recovery bridge diode rectifiers
  • Automatic turn-on by 12 V trigger or audio sensing
  • 4 rack space chassis with rear carry handles
  • Rack mount hardware is included
  • Premium quality 9' (3m) 12-gauge IEC power cord, with silver soldered connectors
  • Available in silver or black

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