85 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; >80 dB, input shorted, unweighted, Signal to Noise Ratio, 50 dB Setting: >89 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; >84 dB, input shorted unweighted, Signal to Noise Ratio, 60 dB Setting: > 94dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; > 91dB, input shorted, unweighted, Input Impedance: MM or MI: 47k Ohm; MC Variable: 50- 550 Ohm, Output Impedance: Unbalanced: < 100 Ohm; Balanced: < 100 Ohm per leg, Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz, 4mV Input: 40 dB: 4 mV for 450mV output; 50 dB: 4 mV for 1.4 Volts output; 60 dB: 4 mV for 4.25 Volts output, Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz, 1V Output: 40 dB: 9 mV for 1.0 Volt output; 50 dB: 3 mV for 1.0 Volt output; 60 dB: 0.9 mV for 1.0 Volt output, Total Gain: 40 dB / 50 dB / 60 dB (unbalanced output); 46 dB / 56 dB / 66 dB (balanced output), AC Power Requirement: Standby: <1 watt; Power On: 9 watts; 115 VAC or 230 VAC 50 - 60 Hz, Dimensions: 17-1/4" wide, 2-1/2" high (1-3/4" without feet), 14-3/4" deep (17" with cables). "John appreciates our collaborative design process and he continues to surprise us with ingenious ways to control costs while upholding his demanding standards. GTIN. But something had to give—and first on the chopping block was the costly dual-mono architecture with its individually shielded vaults for each channel. For this I often key on background harmonies. ", "Junior conveys a warm ambient flavor, openness rather than a constriction within the hall. The smaller the board, the better, Schram says, so as to attract less noise than do larger boards, whose many copper traces can act as antennas. New Album Releases Project 2021-1-4 (January 4, 2021) Inakustik Reference LS 4004 Air Speaker Cable, Reference Digital 2404 Air Coax cable and Reference High Speed USB cable Review The Jr. preserves this sonic signature, yielding only the nth degree of finesse, pin-point imaging and dynamic range. With the sterling reputation of its bigger brother, the JC 3+, this little guy has a lot to prove as issue of the genius mind of Curl. I cannot recommend it more emphatically! What's different is that both channels of the Jr.'s gain and EQ circuits are built on a single board, behind a single shield, rather than on separate boards with individual shielding in the JC 3+. I’m currently using a Parasound JC3 Jr. to great effect, but would very much like to hear from anyone who’s heard / owned both the PSA Stellar Phono Pre and a Parasound JC3 Jr. or 3+. Make sure you include it on your audition list. ", Richard's team worked on this project with John and circuit board designer Carl Thompson for nearly two years. ", - Dwayne Carter, enjoythemusic.com, March 2019, "...Richard Schram, Parasound CEO and Founder, is making you an offer you can almost not refuse. It was Parasound central, featuring all manner of Parasound electronics (A21+, P7, Classic 200, etc.) (You only need to consider Constellation’s flagship phonostage, the $75k Orion, to appreciate the degree of seriousness they bring to their work.) For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound's JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that might accrue along the way. ", "The Parasound Junior is, without a doubt in my mind, the best under-$2000 solid-state phono stage I have ever heard, or even know about. The precision gain circuits feature independent control of gain and load impedance for an optimal interface even with extremely low-output moving coil cartridges. Copyright © 2021 The Absolute Sound. If your line stage preamplifier or integrated amp is equipped with balanced XLR inputs we recommend using the JC 3 Jr. I may have to buy both JC3 Jr and Adagio and run them head-to-head to figure out which one is better in my system. Dynamic, harmonious, completely articulated, and very well balanced. The price of the JC 3 Jr. is a real testament to the skill and dedication of our entire team, including John and the factory.". ", - Johan Khoo, audioFi.net (Malaysia), April 25, 2018, "All of [the] features and the build quality are, to say the least, unusual at this price point where 'wal-warts' and dipswitches are far more common. Turning to the challenge of classical music reproduction, I listened to the Solti-conducted Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing Beethoven’s Ninth. Wind and string transients are smooth and naturalistic. MPN. A perennial overachiever, […]. So, what happens when Parasound taps Curl and his partner, circuit board designer Carl Thompson, to make lightning strike twice at a cost half as much as the JC 3+? Giving you 2 scoops of a 3 scoop banana split for the cost of a single scoop, you will luxuriate in top-shelf phono pleasure and have some money left over for LPs. UPC. To understand how they did it I needed to speak with Parasound chief Richard Schram. According to Parasound’s Richard Schram, the original JC3’s design began as a phono preamp retrofit for the JC2 line stage with separate small circuit boards for each channel. At its price I am certain there is nothing on the market that can beat it! ", "...makes me want to explore what more is indeed possible, what more can be extracted in the analog process. ", - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound magazine, July/August 2018, "The JC 3 Jr. can best be described as a Goldilocks phono preamp – just right in about every dimension. S/N på 94 dB og THD mindre enn 0.02%! ", "I have not singled out the excellent performance of the Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier. Share - Parasound Halo Jc3 Jr Phono Preamplifier Black. The Jr.'s power supply is shared by both channels rather than dual-mono in the JC 3+. ", With the success of the John Curl-designed JC 3 and JC 3+ phono preamps, which surpassed Parasound's sales forecasts, Richard told Audio Advisor, "I started to wonder how good a phono stage we could develop with John to capture the essence of the JC 3+ for a lot less money? "Happy is an understatement," said Richard. Even on a familiar mono track like The Beatles’ “Revolution” (fast tempo, not “Revolution 1” from the White Album) Jr. hit me with an onrushing wave of guitar distortion and nerve-shredding feedback so fraught with intensity that it was almost like hearing the cut anew. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. Both were a breeze to set up. To be sure, it lacks the full dose of hall ambience conveyed by the 3+ but Jr. taps an appreciable amount of front-to-back depth and dimension in its own right. In its ability to clarify these things, the JC 3 Jr. proved its mettle. There is no shortage of phono stages on sale at the Parasound’s price point. It's gorgeous and will no doubt show up future products. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. For example, as I listened to the track “I’ll Be Seeing You” from the marvelous reissue of Rickie Lee Jones’ Pop Pop, the delicate interplay of the classical guitar and clarinet conveyed a wealth of expressive harmonic weight and acoustic realism. It still employs the same high-speed/soft-recovery bridge diodes and common mode inductor to banish background noise. They included the high-output Grado Prestige Black2, an amazing deal at $75, the Clearaudio Essence mc ($1500), and Clearaudio Charisma mm ($2000), and the Sumiko Palo Santos Presentation mc ($4500). Ultimately I concluded that Jr. can’t quite muster the full midrange sensuality that its elder brother possesses—the ability to extract woody resonances from clarinet and oboe or the fat soundboard decay from a stand-up bass, but at twice the cost, the JC 3+ was certainly deserving of a senior moment. A substantial aluminum partition isolates the phonostage board from the power supply, power transformer, and internal AC wiring. Is the designer, John Curl, happy with the result? Gain is adjustable between 40, 50, and 60dB (unbalanced) for any cartridge. It has my full recommendation. A phono preamp that will stand the test of time. The mono switch on the JC 3 Jr. is a great addition – worth its weight in gold. Stereo L/R RCA. It is mellifluous. Parasound JC3 Jr. phono preamplifier. SAN FRANCISCO (12/17/18) —Parasound’s new $599 Zphono XRM phono preamplifier bridges the price gap between its entry-level $200 Zphono and internationally acclaimed $1,495 Halo JC 3 Jr. Wind and string transients are smooth and naturalistic. Not as dynamically flashy as through the JC 3+, but not flatfooted either. Three years later, Parasound introduced the JC 3 phono preamplifier. FOR SALE: Parasound Halo JC3 Jr Black: Phono Preamplifiers: $1450.00: MB Dec 27, 2020: 2 : FOR SALE: Parasound Halo P 7 7.1 Channel Preamplifier (Silver) Solid State Preamplifiers: $2000.00: BC Dec 05, 2020 - 3 : DEALER AD: Parasound Halo P6 Preamplifier & DAC, Customer Trade, Only $1799: Solid State Preamplifiers: $1799.00: ON Dec 23, 2020 For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound's JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that might accrue along the way.". While many of the parts are the same or similar, the JC 3 Jr. uses a single, high-quality volume potentiometer that’s less expensive compared with the pricey, dual-channel, custom Vishay pot of the JC 3+. First released in 2010, Parasound’s JC 3 MM/MC phono preamplifier began as a dual-mono John Curl-designed phono section retro-fit for its JC2 line stage. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility.” Being an optimist, I think I’ll take that as a “yes.” At least, I sure hope so. 0791084211306. eBay Product ID (ePID) 13023562381. Convenience features include stereo/mono select as well as auto turn-on with a 12V trigger. Parasound P6 Preamplifier (Silver) in beautiful, near-mint condition. It remains silent and unnoticeable. Originally, I thought we might have to price it at $1,800 or possibly $2,000 – it's actually that good. I don't have the receipt, but I took a close-up photo of the mailing label pasted on the P6 box showing the date it was shipped. Parasound's brand new Halo JC 3 Jr. phono preamplifier is a simplified version of the company's award-winning flagship JC 3+ and they sound very similar. Color. Even as lower-output cartridges were added and the gain was adjusted to compensate, noise was never a factor. Its ability to take a very wide spread of genres and levels of mastering and deliver them all with a consistent and engaging balance of refinement, spaciousness and overall musicality is a welcome one. ", - Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, April 2018, "Goldilocks phono preamp – just right in about every dimension. Curl’s wand-waving not only resulted in loading adjustments but a chassis full of other improvements as well. Image retrieval was also of a high order, although at the lowest levels that magic “open window” sense of transparency has a bit of soft shading. ", "...judged on its considerable merits it’s a seriously engaging phono preamp that deserves some careful consideration and an audition. In and around 2013, Parasound made some adjustments to the JC 3 with the JC 3+, adding MC … ", - Nick Tate, Hifi News (UK), February 2018, "The Parasound JC 3 Jr. is an outstanding solid-state phono preamplifier. As a side note, in my exchange with Richard Schram I had to ask whether he now considers the Parasound phonostage lineup complete or whether there might be something new in the offing. That said, the JC 3 Jr. was one feisty chip off the old block. And there was a slight veil around the bass-baritone soloist, which the 3+ did not have. His answer was playfully noncommittal: “The definition of a ‘complete’ lineup is a moving target for an independent audio company that’s as customer-centric as Parasound. As Schram tells it the key question was how to allot the more limited resources where they’d benefit sonics the most. The back panel includes a set of balanced and unbalanced outputs and a set of unbalanced inputs. It may be that time (again) for upgrades. Operates perfectly. In most systems, the difference would be hard to distinguish. Like the 3+, the Jr. manifested a high-energy, dynamically lively, and slightly forward tonal momentum that focused my attention. About this product. 3,030 393 4. bauzace50. The signature kettledrums were not quite as lively and textured. As I listened to the superb Argo pressing of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, the family resemblance between the Parasounds was undeniable. ", "Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. Low-level detail was equally superb while lower mids and bass octaves were taut in pitch, dense in timbre, and brimming with complexity. With vinyl’s popularity on the rise, Parasound’s Richard Schram figured a stand-alone version priced right might find an audience. And on tracks like “It Can Happen,” I key on whether a phonostage can adequately resolve the layers of vocals and high-pitch harmonies—details that are easily smeared. A Chip off the Old Block Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. Although John Curl is also touted for his Parasound amplifiers, his efforts with the original Halo JC 3 phono preamplifier were extraordinarily well-received and reviewed. With high levels of the 3+’s character coursing through its circuitry, Jr. established a sonic kinship that imparted a wide soundstage with noiseless, black-velvet backgrounds—a prologue for the level of resolving power I later observed. "With high levels of the 3+'s character coursing through its circuitry, Jr. established a sonic kinship that imparted a wide soundstage with noiseless, black-velvet backgrounds – a prologue for the level of resolving power I later observed. It is truly high definition. The Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. incorporates sophisticated new audio circuits … ", - The Absolute Sound High-End Audio Buyer's Guide 2020, "John Curl designed the Parasound JC 3 Jr. at a caliber that allows listeners to concentrate on the music. The specs and testing done by HiFiNews point to that the JC3 Jr is not the ideal choice for that. There was shielding here and isolation there while large power-supply filter capacitors were added to reduce strain on the amplifier. The JC 3+ sound is slightly more refined and dynamic, because its component parts and construction are more expensive. Parasound JC3 Jr Halo Phono Preamplifier B-Stock Full Warranty John Curl is an audio legend with over 30 years’ experience designing the very fines... View full … ", "The JC 3 Jr. was one feisty chip off the old block. Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. I am certain the JC3 Jr is a great phono preamp for the things it is good at - but everyone's needs are different and it is not for me (or probably others that have high hopes for LOMC). The last fifth floor Audio Hunter’s room was number 560. ", According to Richard, "My ambition was to build a John Curl-designed phono stage within reach of more vinyl lovers. 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With 30 minutes on the power up clock, unable to resist the temptation any further, a new copy of Crowded House’s Together Alone is dropped on the current Technics SL-1200G with Hana SL cartridge, and magic begins pouring through the latest offering from Parasound. Some small faint scratches on top, visible in direct light (or if you are actively looking for scratches!) Press Esc to cancel. Parasound's new $2995 JC3+ is a significantly upgraded version of the already high performance original JC3 phono preamplifier, though outwardly it looks identical to the handsome original. It is unflappable and other-worldly flexible. This together with one updated Grado Statement V2 (the one with the big head) make a jaw-dropping difference! 3,030 393 4. The resulting Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. is a high-performance, low-noise stereo phono preamplifier for use with moving magnet and moving coil (MM and MC) phono cartridges. In the interests of transparency readers should know that the $2999 Parasound JC 3+ has been my reference phonostage since I reviewed it in Issue 245. The famed Chicago brass section didn’t quite have the sparkling pop and transparency that the 3+ captures nor the extension and definition at the frequency extremes, although the difference is relatively small. But I've priced the JC 3 Jr. to be a real steal at only $1,495, half the price of a JC 3+. He has designed acclaimed phono stage preamps for Vendetta Research, Constellation Audio, Audible Illusions and for Parasound, whose JC3+ is a Stereophile Class A Recommended Component. ", "It is dead silent. With high levels of the 3+'s character coursing through its circuitry, Jr. established a sonic kinship that imparted a wide soundstage with noiseless, black-velvet backgrounds – a prologue for the level of resolving power I later observed. Imaging and spatiality go hand-in-hand with this phonostage. Parasound Halo JC3+ Phono Preamplifier. Both use premium parts such as REL caps, Vishay-Dale resistors, Neutrik and Vampire connectors, and relays for muting and mono select. Even years after its release, the abundance of ambience and micro-information that emerges from this LP continued to surprise and astound me. "Overall then, the JC 3 Jr. is not quite as good as the JC3+ but at half the price it comes surprisingly close. JC3 Jr. kjennetegnes ved at den er helt stille, og spiller med en ukjent åpenhet og detaljrikdom i denne prisklassen. The Absolute Sound is the world’s preeminent source of expert reviews, features, and commentary on high-performance audio and music. I am the original owner. I have a couple of capable MM phono stages (Parks Audio Budgie and in my DB Systems preamp) so maybe I just need to get a more capable single input MC phono preamp. It has no pops or static, even switching every knob with gain up. Discussions began in early 2016 with wizards Curl and Thompson, and it was agreed the Jr. would employ key core technology of their previous efforts, including a direct-coupled circuit using DC servos and Curl’s signature RIAA EQ circuit with the same REL capacitors and passive parts used in the JC 3+ (and Curl’s iconic Vendetta Research SCP-2), plus a sophisticated power supply with a common-mode inductor and high-speed/soft-recovery diodes. ", Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier - Item # PAHAJC3JR, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Esprit SB Turntable, Focal Clear Open Circumaural High Fidelity Headphones, Copyright © Audio Advisor, Inc. 1981-2021, Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier Manual (PDF Format), 2019 Parasound Halo Product Line Brochure (PDF Format), Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier Product Reviews, Circuitry designed by legendary John Curl, Cartridge options for 47k Ohm MM and MC/MI, Variable MC impedance adjustment of 50-550 ohms, Gain select for 40 dB/50 dB/60 dB unbalanced (46 dB/56 dB/66 dB balanced), Mono switch can improve sound of mono & older LPs, Incredible S/N up to 94 dB and THD less than 0.02%, Aluminum shield separates power supply and audio circuits, High speed-soft recovery bridge rectifiers and common mode inductors, Neutrik brand locking balanced XLR outputs connectors, Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.02% at 1 kHz, Signal to Noise Ratio, 40 dB Setting: >85 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; >80 dB, input shorted, unweighted, Signal to Noise Ratio, 50 dB Setting: >89 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; >84 dB, input shorted unweighted, Signal to Noise Ratio, 60 dB Setting: > 94dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; > 91dB, input shorted, unweighted, Input Impedance: MM or MI: 47k Ohm; MC Variable: 50- 550 Ohm, Output Impedance: Unbalanced: < 100 Ohm; Balanced: < 100 Ohm per leg, Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz, 4mV Input: 40 dB: 4 mV for 450mV output; 50 dB: 4 mV for 1.4 Volts output; 60 dB: 4 mV for 4.25 Volts output, Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz, 1V Output: 40 dB: 9 mV for 1.0 Volt output; 50 dB: 3 mV for 1.0 Volt output; 60 dB: 0.9 mV for 1.0 Volt output, Total Gain: 40 dB / 50 dB / 60 dB (unbalanced output); 46 dB / 56 dB / 66 dB (balanced output), AC Power Requirement: Standby: <1 watt; Power On: 9 watts; 115 VAC or 230 VAC 50 - 60 Hz, Dimensions: 17-1/4" wide, 2-1/2" high (1-3/4" without feet), 14-3/4" deep (17" with cables). "John appreciates our collaborative design process and he continues to surprise us with ingenious ways to control costs while upholding his demanding standards. GTIN. But something had to give—and first on the chopping block was the costly dual-mono architecture with its individually shielded vaults for each channel. For this I often key on background harmonies. ", "Junior conveys a warm ambient flavor, openness rather than a constriction within the hall. The smaller the board, the better, Schram says, so as to attract less noise than do larger boards, whose many copper traces can act as antennas. New Album Releases Project 2021-1-4 (January 4, 2021) Inakustik Reference LS 4004 Air Speaker Cable, Reference Digital 2404 Air Coax cable and Reference High Speed USB cable Review The Jr. preserves this sonic signature, yielding only the nth degree of finesse, pin-point imaging and dynamic range. With the sterling reputation of its bigger brother, the JC 3+, this little guy has a lot to prove as issue of the genius mind of Curl. I cannot recommend it more emphatically! What's different is that both channels of the Jr.'s gain and EQ circuits are built on a single board, behind a single shield, rather than on separate boards with individual shielding in the JC 3+. I’m currently using a Parasound JC3 Jr. to great effect, but would very much like to hear from anyone who’s heard / owned both the PSA Stellar Phono Pre and a Parasound JC3 Jr. or 3+. Make sure you include it on your audition list. ", Richard's team worked on this project with John and circuit board designer Carl Thompson for nearly two years. ", - Dwayne Carter, enjoythemusic.com, March 2019, "...Richard Schram, Parasound CEO and Founder, is making you an offer you can almost not refuse. It was Parasound central, featuring all manner of Parasound electronics (A21+, P7, Classic 200, etc.) (You only need to consider Constellation’s flagship phonostage, the $75k Orion, to appreciate the degree of seriousness they bring to their work.) For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound's JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that might accrue along the way. ", "The Parasound Junior is, without a doubt in my mind, the best under-$2000 solid-state phono stage I have ever heard, or even know about. The precision gain circuits feature independent control of gain and load impedance for an optimal interface even with extremely low-output moving coil cartridges. Copyright © 2021 The Absolute Sound. If your line stage preamplifier or integrated amp is equipped with balanced XLR inputs we recommend using the JC 3 Jr. I may have to buy both JC3 Jr and Adagio and run them head-to-head to figure out which one is better in my system. Dynamic, harmonious, completely articulated, and very well balanced. The price of the JC 3 Jr. is a real testament to the skill and dedication of our entire team, including John and the factory.". ", - Johan Khoo, audioFi.net (Malaysia), April 25, 2018, "All of [the] features and the build quality are, to say the least, unusual at this price point where 'wal-warts' and dipswitches are far more common. Turning to the challenge of classical music reproduction, I listened to the Solti-conducted Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing Beethoven’s Ninth. Wind and string transients are smooth and naturalistic. MPN. A perennial overachiever, […]. So, what happens when Parasound taps Curl and his partner, circuit board designer Carl Thompson, to make lightning strike twice at a cost half as much as the JC 3+? Giving you 2 scoops of a 3 scoop banana split for the cost of a single scoop, you will luxuriate in top-shelf phono pleasure and have some money left over for LPs. UPC. To understand how they did it I needed to speak with Parasound chief Richard Schram. According to Parasound’s Richard Schram, the original JC3’s design began as a phono preamp retrofit for the JC2 line stage with separate small circuit boards for each channel. At its price I am certain there is nothing on the market that can beat it! ", "...makes me want to explore what more is indeed possible, what more can be extracted in the analog process. ", - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound magazine, July/August 2018, "The JC 3 Jr. can best be described as a Goldilocks phono preamp – just right in about every dimension. S/N på 94 dB og THD mindre enn 0.02%! ", "I have not singled out the excellent performance of the Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier. Share - Parasound Halo Jc3 Jr Phono Preamplifier Black. The Jr.'s power supply is shared by both channels rather than dual-mono in the JC 3+. ", With the success of the John Curl-designed JC 3 and JC 3+ phono preamps, which surpassed Parasound's sales forecasts, Richard told Audio Advisor, "I started to wonder how good a phono stage we could develop with John to capture the essence of the JC 3+ for a lot less money? "Happy is an understatement," said Richard. Even on a familiar mono track like The Beatles’ “Revolution” (fast tempo, not “Revolution 1” from the White Album) Jr. hit me with an onrushing wave of guitar distortion and nerve-shredding feedback so fraught with intensity that it was almost like hearing the cut anew. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. Both were a breeze to set up. To be sure, it lacks the full dose of hall ambience conveyed by the 3+ but Jr. taps an appreciable amount of front-to-back depth and dimension in its own right. In its ability to clarify these things, the JC 3 Jr. proved its mettle. There is no shortage of phono stages on sale at the Parasound’s price point. It's gorgeous and will no doubt show up future products. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. For example, as I listened to the track “I’ll Be Seeing You” from the marvelous reissue of Rickie Lee Jones’ Pop Pop, the delicate interplay of the classical guitar and clarinet conveyed a wealth of expressive harmonic weight and acoustic realism. It still employs the same high-speed/soft-recovery bridge diodes and common mode inductor to banish background noise. They included the high-output Grado Prestige Black2, an amazing deal at $75, the Clearaudio Essence mc ($1500), and Clearaudio Charisma mm ($2000), and the Sumiko Palo Santos Presentation mc ($4500). Ultimately I concluded that Jr. can’t quite muster the full midrange sensuality that its elder brother possesses—the ability to extract woody resonances from clarinet and oboe or the fat soundboard decay from a stand-up bass, but at twice the cost, the JC 3+ was certainly deserving of a senior moment. A substantial aluminum partition isolates the phonostage board from the power supply, power transformer, and internal AC wiring. Is the designer, John Curl, happy with the result? Gain is adjustable between 40, 50, and 60dB (unbalanced) for any cartridge. It has my full recommendation. A phono preamp that will stand the test of time. The mono switch on the JC 3 Jr. is a great addition – worth its weight in gold. Stereo L/R RCA. It is mellifluous. Parasound JC3 Jr. phono preamplifier. SAN FRANCISCO (12/17/18) —Parasound’s new $599 Zphono XRM phono preamplifier bridges the price gap between its entry-level $200 Zphono and internationally acclaimed $1,495 Halo JC 3 Jr. Wind and string transients are smooth and naturalistic. Not as dynamically flashy as through the JC 3+, but not flatfooted either. Three years later, Parasound introduced the JC 3 phono preamplifier. FOR SALE: Parasound Halo JC3 Jr Black: Phono Preamplifiers: $1450.00: MB Dec 27, 2020: 2 : FOR SALE: Parasound Halo P 7 7.1 Channel Preamplifier (Silver) Solid State Preamplifiers: $2000.00: BC Dec 05, 2020 - 3 : DEALER AD: Parasound Halo P6 Preamplifier & DAC, Customer Trade, Only $1799: Solid State Preamplifiers: $1799.00: ON Dec 23, 2020 For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound's JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that might accrue along the way.". While many of the parts are the same or similar, the JC 3 Jr. uses a single, high-quality volume potentiometer that’s less expensive compared with the pricey, dual-channel, custom Vishay pot of the JC 3+. First released in 2010, Parasound’s JC 3 MM/MC phono preamplifier began as a dual-mono John Curl-designed phono section retro-fit for its JC2 line stage. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility.” Being an optimist, I think I’ll take that as a “yes.” At least, I sure hope so. 0791084211306. eBay Product ID (ePID) 13023562381. Convenience features include stereo/mono select as well as auto turn-on with a 12V trigger. Parasound P6 Preamplifier (Silver) in beautiful, near-mint condition. It remains silent and unnoticeable. Originally, I thought we might have to price it at $1,800 or possibly $2,000 – it's actually that good. I don't have the receipt, but I took a close-up photo of the mailing label pasted on the P6 box showing the date it was shipped. Parasound's brand new Halo JC 3 Jr. phono preamplifier is a simplified version of the company's award-winning flagship JC 3+ and they sound very similar. Color. Even as lower-output cartridges were added and the gain was adjusted to compensate, noise was never a factor. Its ability to take a very wide spread of genres and levels of mastering and deliver them all with a consistent and engaging balance of refinement, spaciousness and overall musicality is a welcome one. ", - Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, April 2018, "Goldilocks phono preamp – just right in about every dimension. Curl’s wand-waving not only resulted in loading adjustments but a chassis full of other improvements as well. Image retrieval was also of a high order, although at the lowest levels that magic “open window” sense of transparency has a bit of soft shading. ", "...judged on its considerable merits it’s a seriously engaging phono preamp that deserves some careful consideration and an audition. In and around 2013, Parasound made some adjustments to the JC 3 with the JC 3+, adding MC … ", - Nick Tate, Hifi News (UK), February 2018, "The Parasound JC 3 Jr. is an outstanding solid-state phono preamplifier. As a side note, in my exchange with Richard Schram I had to ask whether he now considers the Parasound phonostage lineup complete or whether there might be something new in the offing. That said, the JC 3 Jr. was one feisty chip off the old block. And there was a slight veil around the bass-baritone soloist, which the 3+ did not have. His answer was playfully noncommittal: “The definition of a ‘complete’ lineup is a moving target for an independent audio company that’s as customer-centric as Parasound. As Schram tells it the key question was how to allot the more limited resources where they’d benefit sonics the most. The back panel includes a set of balanced and unbalanced outputs and a set of unbalanced inputs. It may be that time (again) for upgrades. Operates perfectly. In most systems, the difference would be hard to distinguish. Like the 3+, the Jr. manifested a high-energy, dynamically lively, and slightly forward tonal momentum that focused my attention. About this product. 3,030 393 4. bauzace50. The signature kettledrums were not quite as lively and textured. As I listened to the superb Argo pressing of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, the family resemblance between the Parasounds was undeniable. ", "Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. Low-level detail was equally superb while lower mids and bass octaves were taut in pitch, dense in timbre, and brimming with complexity. With vinyl’s popularity on the rise, Parasound’s Richard Schram figured a stand-alone version priced right might find an audience. And on tracks like “It Can Happen,” I key on whether a phonostage can adequately resolve the layers of vocals and high-pitch harmonies—details that are easily smeared. A Chip off the Old Block Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. Although John Curl is also touted for his Parasound amplifiers, his efforts with the original Halo JC 3 phono preamplifier were extraordinarily well-received and reviewed. With high levels of the 3+’s character coursing through its circuitry, Jr. established a sonic kinship that imparted a wide soundstage with noiseless, black-velvet backgrounds—a prologue for the level of resolving power I later observed. "With high levels of the 3+'s character coursing through its circuitry, Jr. established a sonic kinship that imparted a wide soundstage with noiseless, black-velvet backgrounds – a prologue for the level of resolving power I later observed. It is truly high definition. The Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. incorporates sophisticated new audio circuits … ", - The Absolute Sound High-End Audio Buyer's Guide 2020, "John Curl designed the Parasound JC 3 Jr. at a caliber that allows listeners to concentrate on the music. The specs and testing done by HiFiNews point to that the JC3 Jr is not the ideal choice for that. There was shielding here and isolation there while large power-supply filter capacitors were added to reduce strain on the amplifier. The JC 3+ sound is slightly more refined and dynamic, because its component parts and construction are more expensive. Parasound JC3 Jr Halo Phono Preamplifier B-Stock Full Warranty John Curl is an audio legend with over 30 years’ experience designing the very fines... View full … ", "The JC 3 Jr. was one feisty chip off the old block. Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. I am certain the JC3 Jr is a great phono preamp for the things it is good at - but everyone's needs are different and it is not for me (or probably others that have high hopes for LOMC). The last fifth floor Audio Hunter’s room was number 560. ", According to Richard, "My ambition was to build a John Curl-designed phono stage within reach of more vinyl lovers. 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