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Choice Audio’s Review of the Halo JC3+ Phono Preamp

Parasound has a reputation for putting out products that perform well beyond their price point.  The JC3+ is just another example of the Parasound design team creating a product that performs at a level two to four times its price tag.

If you are frustrated with the sound from your phono preamp, and want to improve it significantly without spending a lot of money, the JC3+ should be on your list to audition. The JC3+ is in a class above the majority of phono preamps. It consistently receives rave reviews. You won’t be disappointed. Call to audition the JC3+ today.

Choice Audio, Minnesota’s Parasound Halo dealer


Frequency Response:  20 Hz – 20 kHz, +/- 0.2 dB

THD Distortion:  THD: < 0.005% at 20 kHz

S/N Ratio (MM):
> 86 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 80 dB, input shorted, unweighted

S/N Ratio (MC):
> 75 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 70 dB, input shorted, unweighted

Crosstalk:  72 dB at 1 kHz

Phono Input Impedance:
MM setting: 47k ohm
MC setting: 47k ohm or 100 ohm

Output Impedance:
Unbalanced: < 100 ohm Balanced: < 100 ohm per leg

Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz:
MM: 4mV in for 1.0V output
MC: 0.4mV for 1.0V output
Total Gain:
MM: 47 dB

MC: 68 dB

XLR Pin Identification:
1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)

AC Power Requirement:
115 or 230 VAC 50 – 60 Hz, 12 watts


Dimensions:  (W x D x H)
17 1/4″ x 13 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ (with feet)

Net: 18 lbs.,  Shipping: 25 lbs.