Halo JC2 BP, 2 Channel PreAmp with HT Bypass

£5,199.00

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With the ever growing interest in home cinema/theatre and the desire not to compromise on sound quality, especially for those systems where the front left and right channels require to be used in high end home cinema systems with capability to have the best stereo reproduction also, Parasound evolved a brilliant product in the JC2 and created the JC2 BP.

Simply connect the JC 2 BP between your surround processor or receiver’s left and right channel line level output jacks and the input jacks on the power amplifier which drives your left and right front speakers. Your stereo analogue sources will connect to the JC 2 BP so you can listen to your favourite music without compromises to analogue purity that are inevitable when digital processing circuitry is in the same chassis.

When you want to watch movies with digital surround you can simply toggle the appropriate command (either via the remote control or via the units dedicated serial control port) and the left and right front channel signals from your surround processor or receiver will pass through the JC 2 BP as if it wasn’t even there. The JC2 BP enables anyone to enjoy the best of both worlds with perfect analogue stereo and a seamless transition to digital surround.

The JC 2 BP also lets you bypasses its master volume control and the left and right channel gain controls. Fixed resistors set the signal level at its output jacks for “unity gain.” This means the signal level at the JC 2 BP output jacks is exactly the same as the signal level at its input jacks so you won’t need to re-calibrate the speaker levels in your surround system. The adaptability of the JC 2 BP bypass function also let you operate with both its unbalanced and its balanced inputs and outputs.

The pedigree of this unit is unparalleled as it uses the exact same circuit design and topology of the JC2 pre-amplifier, meaning that it has only the best quality of components internally to ensure the purest of reproduction. Internally, clarity of thought in design and application is reproduced in the units 3/8" thick aluminium shielding around the audio boards (shielding prevents noise from power supplies & control circuits), and this is followed through with separate output jacks for simultaneous normal & non-inverting polarity - and it ultimately benefits vastly as well from the direct DC servo-coupled design - so there no capacitors in the signal path. The JC2 BP also benefits from a high capacity R-core audio power transformer & inductor, plus for extra linear performance it also features hyper-fast soft recovery audio bridge rectifiers diodes.

In terms of connectivity the JC2 BP has six pairs unbalanced RCA line-level audio input jacks - plus two input pairs can be switched to XLR balanced connectors, four 12v trigger output jacks feature for power amp auto turn-on (two 12v trigger jacks are switched by the remote handset and two 12v trigger jacks are live when the JC 2 is turned on), and the unit also boasts a  great higher end integration feature - a dedicated two-way RS-232 serial port connection.

The JC2 BP is best option for any dedicated project that wants to bridge the multi-channel and two channel divide, without compromising sonic performance - and for those who want that expansive performance coupled with clever 'real world' adaptability.

The Parasound Halo JC2 BP is available in black and silver finishes - please specify on order.

Specifications

Home theatre bypass enables seamless blending into a digital surround system

Home theatre bypass functions with both unbalanced & balanced inputs and outputs

Home theatre bypass function can be assigned to any input

Bypass remains selected after unit has been turned off

Improved remote control is included with the bypass assignment keys

Specifications and sonic performance are 100% the same as the original JC 2

6 pairs unbalanced RCA line-level audio input jacks

2 input pairs can be switched to XLR balanced connectors

Independent balanced/unbalanced select for the L & R channel

Each channel’s input is switched by its own gold-on-silver contact relay

4 output jack pairs with specialized functions:

1 Main output jack pair is balanced XLR, polarity is switched by remote

1 Main output jack pair is unbalanced RCA, polarity is switched by remote

1 output jack pair is unbalanced RCA, inverted polarity only

1 output pair is unbalanced RCA, normal polarity, fixed level for recorders

Dual-mono left & right channel circuit boards minimize crosstalk

Hand-matched complementary FETs

Direct DC servo-coupled, no capacitors in the signal path

Premium 4-gang motor-driven analogue master volume control

Separate TKD brand analogue gain controls for L & R channel

3/8" thick aluminium shielding around audio boards

Shielding prevents noise from power supplies & control circuits

Separate output jacks for simultaneous normal & non-inverting polarity

Aluminium chassis rear panel

Remote control polarity switching uses gold-on-silver contact relays

Vampire brand 24k gold-plated RCA jacks

Neutrik brand premium XLR connectors

Canare brand internal wiring

High capacity R-core audio power transformer & inductor

Hyper-fast soft recovery audio bridge rectifiers diodes

Independent power supply for controller, relay coils, triggers, LEDs

Remote control handset controls all functions

Discrete IR codes for remote control

Four 12v trigger output jacks for power amp auto turn-on:

Two 12v trigger jacks are switched by the remote handset

Two 12v trigger jacks are live when the JC 2 is turned on

Two-way RS-232 serial port connection

Line level inputs only; no inputs for phono

Audio mute is switched by independent L & R relays

Rear panel IR repeater input & loop out jacks

Premium detachable heavy gauge IEC AC cord

2 6’ (2m) trigger wires included

3u Chassis, rack mountable with HRA3 (sold separately)

 

Parasound Halo JC2 BP Two Channel Pre-Amplifier Specifications:

Frequency Response: 
 5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
Distortion:
 THD: < 0.003% at 100 Hz
 THD: < 0.005% at 20 kHz
 IM: < 0.003%
S/N Ratio:
 > 116 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
 > 104 dB, input shorted, unweighted
Crosstalk:
 > 100 dB at 10 kHz
 > 90 dB at 20 kHz
Gain: 
 14 dB, maximum
L, R Gain Control Range: 
 - 10 dB
Input Impedance:
 Unbalanced: 30k ohms
 Balanced: 30k ohms per leg
Output Impedance
 Unbalanced: < 60 ohms
 Balanced: < 60 ohms per leg
Input Sensitivity
 200 mV for 1 V output
 Total Gain: 14 dB
 Maximum Output: 8 V
XLR Pin Identification
 1 = Ground (Shield)
 2 = Positive
 3 = Negative (Return)
AC Power Requirement
 110 - 120 V or 220-240 V, 50 - 60 Hzs
 25 watt standby; 30 watts when turned on
Dimensions:
 Width: 17 1/4" (437 mm)
 Depth: 16" (406 mm)
 Height, with feet: 5 7/8" (150 mm)
 Height, without feet: 5 1/4" (133 mm)
Weight:
 Net: 24 lbs. (11 kg)
 Shipping: 36 lbs. (16.4 kg)
Rack Mount Accessory:
 HRA 3 (May be purchased separately)