Guess what I just bought? Parasound Halo P3.... Wahoooo!!!

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  1. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    My Birthday is in June and as an early B-Day present
    compliments of my mom (big hug) I got my Parasound Halo P3!

    I was surfing ebay tonight and just out of curiosity I did
    a search for "Parasound Halo P3" and there she be... It's
    2 weeks old and was purchased for full retail $800.00 this
    means that it will be backed by Parasound (Warranty is
    transferable) and I got it for $550.00 and $22.00 Shipping.

    Mint, Boxed, Manuals, Remote etc..

    I get the deals!

    Now all I need is my Delphi Sky Fi XM Tuner, my new audio
    rack (DIY) and a good CD Transport and that's it.. I will be
    DONE! (for a while) the only other thing I need is to start
    working on my DIY speakers as soon as I get the information
    from the creator of them.

    What a journey this has been and will undoubtedly continue
    to be. I started off with a Phillips Bookshelf system and
    now I have:

    1 Parasound Halo P3 PreAmp
    2 Antique Sound Labs Wave AV20-DT 20Watt Class A Tube Monoblocks
    1 Onkyo TX-DS787 THX Select 7.1 Receiver 100Wattx6
    1 Onkyo M-282 2 Channel W.R.A.T Power Amp 110Wattx2
    1 Bob Carver Sunfire TDC Sub Plate Amp (500Watt)
    1 Behringer Tube Ultra-Q Linestage Parametric Tube EQ
    1 Panasonic CV51 5 Disk Interlaced DVD,CD,MP3 Changer
    1 Technics SLBD22-K Turntable
    1 Audio Technica AT331-LP Cartridge
    1 RCA 61" HomeTheater Series NTSC RPTV (HDTV Plasma in a few years)
    1 Phillips Pronto Pro
    Full X-10 Control

    Etc..

    I think I have done well so far.. My movie setup has always
    been nothing short of fantastic (The Onkyo excells at movies
    and was always "okay" at music.)With the ASL's running off
    the Halo I am certain my music will now be on part with the
    movies.

    I certainly need a reference quality cd player and in time
    that is something else I will obtain but I need to think
    about what features I need and want and I want an all in one
    solution, no external DAC's.

    I have been looking at certain CDP's I like the AH! Njoe
    Tjoeb 4000 (Reworked Marantz, Burr-Brown DAC's, Tube Output
    stage or something like the Sonic Frontiers Reference or
    Shanling.. I dunno but whatever I go with I will put my
    price cap around a grand (used or new).

    All I know is that I NEED to get my new rack built badly.
    I am so out of room for components you don't even want to
    know where I have my ASL Mono's sitting.. You would bean me
    with something large and heavy! [​IMG]
     
  2. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    what kind of speakers you figuring on making?
     
  3. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Chu,

    Well I was planning on building 7' tall Line Array's that
    Jon Marsh was working on (The Modula IV) but I haven't
    heard from Jon and I haven't pestered him because I know
    his back is Snafu and he's been undergoing treatment for
    that.

    Basicaly the design uses 8 6.5" Carbon Fiber/Cast Frame
    Midrange drivers from MCM mated beside a Boehlender Graebner
    RD-50 Planar Ribbom Transducer and the Line Array's sit on
    top of sealed dual subwoofers (one per speaker).

    Jon's design uses BPD1803's but I am going to use dual
    sealed Stryke AV-12's crossed in the 120Hz range in a
    .5 Q box

    If that doesn't go through then I will be looking at
    maybe the GR Research Alpha LS or some other DIY Line
    Array.. I want something super efficient on the top end
    so my AV20's can pooosh em. The sub side is no problemo
    since I have a Carver Sunfire TDC plate amp that pushes
    500 watts mono at 4 ohm and is 2 ohm stable (1KW) I can
    run the pair of AV-12's parallel off that amp with no
    problem.

    Ohh I am ordering my Delphi SkyFi XM Satelite Radio Tuner
    and install kit this week too.. Gotta have that CD quality
    sound with no commecials for the new music setup [​IMG]
     
  4. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    I should also say DAYUM I need a new rack... I am working
    on that project also.. I have it planned out and it should
    cost me less than $250.00 to build my own rack that is very
    similar to the $1600.00 Finite Elemente` "Spider" (See my
    rendering below) the only thing I am waiting on is material
    to machine the center rings to support the beech wood arms.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Michael R Price

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    Brett, congratulations on the preamp and uh, nice rack. I don't yet have a rack. [​IMG]

    Before you go ahead and buy a CD player, I'll suggest trying this DAC (or some variant of it): http://home.triad.rr.com/scottnixon/dac.htm . That one uses a cheap old DAC chip and it's a simple design, so it's not in the same class as the $5000+ oversampling DACs. But, apparently it sounds really good. Less is more, right?
     
  6. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Mike,

    Thanks for the link but i'll pass.. I want a one box
    solution (no external Dac) whatever cd player I go with
    I will make certain the internal DAC is up to snuf..

    One stupid question from me.. What is "Redbook" I heard
    it reffered to on that site and many others. Is this some
    CD Format I am not familiar with? I thought RedBook was
    stories on CD?
     
  7. DomB

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    Redbook is the CD audio format, the original specification of how to store information on a CD. It is an audio only format. Later, yellowbook was invented to store data on CDs (as a computer would read them). There are other formats as well. All CD players should be able to read the Redbook standard.

    CD format information
     
  8. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Dom,

    Thanks man! [​IMG] I always wondered about that.. I don't keep
    up with all the formats I just buy stuff and listen to it.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Chu Gai

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    that's a sharp looking rack...not as nice as pam anderson's and certainly not as much damping, but sharp nonetheless. I hope you take pictures and post plans for others.
     
  10. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Chu,

    I will definatly post pictures and information (I have a
    thread about it over in the DIY section). The hardest part
    is finiding material to make the center rings out of and
    then having someone machine it. The legs can be purchased
    in 8' lengths and cut down to whatever size you need and
    the wood is simple.
     
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  12. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    John,

    Hurm I could have swore I read it was transferable at thier
    website.. No big deal though if I have to send it back I
    guess I will just have to pay.. Or pitch a royal fit and
    stuff.. [​IMG]
     
  13. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    I just wanted to update this post rather than start something
    new.

    I recieved my Parasound Halo P3 today as the ebay seller
    stated it was in pristine condition with all original packing
    and manuals. He even gave me the batteries for the remote [​IMG]

    I don't have much listening time with it yet so I can't tell
    you much on the sound other than my initial impression is
    that the sound stage feels about 10' wider now [​IMG]

    The craftsmanship of the unit is first rate. The Pre Amp is
    very heavy for what all that it is, this reflects the use of
    a serious torodial transformer and good chasis. The design
    of the unit is simply beautiful and elegant. The feel of the
    aluminum front pannel and the wonderfuly machined metal volume
    knob which rotates smoothly with nice detents to lock it in
    place.

    The rear pannel is a plethora of nice gold in's and out RCA's
    and XLR's. The XLR's fit nice and tight into the chasis and
    work very well. When you use direct output there is no tone
    shaping control (a very good feature)I am using an outboard
    parametric EQ so if I need to adjust anything that's where
    it will be done.

    The Halo effect of the lighting is beautiful and the vacuum
    flourescent display is very easy to read.

    I will post more on the sound as time permits..

    One thing worth mentioning.. Parasound is proud of thier
    products and let me tell you.. They READ this forum! When I
    learned about the warranty being void on purchase of used
    gear I wasn't very happy (it still bugs me about the warranty
    not being transferable) but the people at Parasound are very
    polite and helpful. I recieved an email from Parasound and
    it was very nice to hear from them. I feel alot more comfortable
    now even though I don't have a warranty, knowing that they
    will be there to help if I have a question or if I do need
    to send it in for service that I will be treated well.

    Thumbs up to Parasound and all it's employee's!

    Ohh and here is a picture from AudioAdvisor showing the P3's
    guts for those of you who like to look inside! [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     

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