Parasound Halo HINT 6 integrated amplifier

Parasound Halo HINT 6 integrated amplifier

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Part Number:Hint 6
  • Power:160 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (RMS)
  • Digital Inputs:Asynchronous USB 2.0, Coax, Optical x 2
  • Formats and resolution:USB - DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DoP DSD, Coax/optical - PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit
  • Analogue inputs:5 pairs RCA line level Analog inputs, 1 pair XLR balanced Analog input, 1 x 3.5mm Aux (front)
  • Phono input:MM, MC and MI with 100 O or 47k O load
  • Outputs:Balanced XLR and RCA L&R, 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer
  • Control:Bass, Treble, Tone defeat, Sub level
  • Dimensions (h x w x d):150 x 437 x 413mm
  • Weight:15kg
  • Finish:Black or Silver

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2.1 Channel Integrated Amplifier with DAC

Five line level analogue inputs

Phono input for MM & MC with adjustable settings

Latest generation ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M)
Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit & Native DSD64, 128, 256 and DoP DSD


"The first night with it involved a few glasses and playing albums into the small hours – time ran away with me as the sound was so absorbing.” 

Fish (ex Marillion), Halo Integrated User and Endorsee.

When Parasound embarked on the Halo integrated amplifier project they had to re-think what a modern integrated amplifier should be. Guided by their 34 year reputation for delivering the most 'bang for the buck' in high end audio - they did just that!

They chose the best sounding parts and included the most current and useful features to bring you a superior integrated amp with the same performance as their highly acclaimed HALO separates. Their acclaimed P5 inspired its preamp stage and advanced feature set, while its power amp stage employs the same John Curl circuit topology found in the legendary Class A/AB A21 and A23.

Its cutting-edge DAC decodes 384kHz PCM and DSD using the latest ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC.

The HALO integrated features a plethora of features. Firstly the HALO integrated allows for balanced (XLR) inputs and outputs alongside un-balanced (Phono) connections. The amplifier also has designated 2.1 outputs (both balanced and un-balanced) with individual cross-over controls for optimum flexibility, as well as a home theatre (or home cinema depending on where you hail from) bypass inputs for subtle integration into multichannel systems. 

Digital inputs into the class leading DAC are a merry threesome of optical, coaxial and also a dedicated USB connection, meaning that the digital world and formats are brilliantly catered for. The analogue world is reassuringly catered for as well with the inclusion of very flexible phono input with adaptable settings that cater for both MM or MC platforms. Internally the benefits of all this connectivity is coupled with an oversize toroidal transfomer - which help the amplifier deliver.

Parasound on developing the HINT 6

We asked ourselves “Could we develop a next generation Halo Integrated that would not only surpass the finest integrated amplifiers but also outperform higher priced separate preamps & power amps?”

"We began by upgrading key parts in the analog preamp circuitry to achieve exceptional sonic transparency. We redesigned its ESS-based DAC making it easier to integrate with Windows 10. In response to customer requests, we added a second optical input. We modernized the volume control, replacing its motorized potentiometer with an electronically switched, pure analogue resistor ladder array, achieving ideal channel tracking even at low listening levels.

"Since legendary designer John Curl’s circuit topology is timeless, we carried over the Halo Integrated’s massive,160 watt, Class A/AB power amplifier stage to the HINT 6."

New Features (Changes from the original Halo Integrated):

- Burr Brown analogue resistor ladder volume control
- Dimmable front panel volume display
- Updated USB receiver is Plug and play with Windows 10 and MAC
- An additional optical input (2 total)
- Ball bearing supported solid aluminium volume knob
- Programable default turn on volume setting
- Favourite volume memory with remote control button
- Increased phono stage gain for lower output cartridges
- Improved Left/Right channel separation and balance tracking
- Updated cosmetics with subtle gold highlights

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