Halo HINT 6 integrated amplifier

£3299.95

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


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"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.

It's 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

Parasound HALO 6 Channel Integrated Amplifier (with DAC) Features & Benefits:

Preamp and DAC Features & Benefits:

- ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M)
- Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit
- USB input decodes Native DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DoP DSD
- Coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit
- Analog bass management with high & low pass crossovers
- Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration
- Front panel subwoofer level control
- Dedicated high current headphone amplifier (TI TPA6120)
- Phono input for MM, MC and MI with 100 Ω or 47k Ω load
- Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage
- 5 pairs RCA line level Analog inputs
- 1 pair XLR balanced Analog input
- Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs
- 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
- Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from remote or front panel
- Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks
- 12 Volt trigger output
- Back-lit remote control with discrete buttons
- 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star & EU specs

Power Amp Features & Benefits:

- 160 Watts x 2 @ 8 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
- 240 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
- Power amp circuit topology designed by legendary John Curl
- Direct amplifier input to bypass preamp section
- High bias class A/AB operation
- Oversized shielded toroid power transformer
- Dual-mono power supply and power amplifier
- 40,000uF power supply filter capacitance
- Matched JFET input stages and MOSFET driver stages
- 12 high voltage/high current bipolar output transistors
- Heavy-duty 24k gold-plated 5-way speaker binding posts
- Over temp and short circuit relay protection

Technical Data

Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.01 %

Power Output - RMS, All Channels Driven (20 Hz - 20 kHz):
  160 watts x 2 @ 8 Ω
  240 watts x 2 @ 4 Ω

Input Impedance:
  Unbalanced: 24k Ω
  Balanced: 100k Ω per leg

Output Impedance:
  Unbalanced: 100 Ω
  Balanced: 470 Ω per leg
Hi & Low Pass Crossover Slope: 12 dB / Oct

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

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)

Net Weight: 15 kg

Shipping Weight: 20.4 kg

Power Requirement
  Standby: 0.5 Watts
  Power On: 70 Watts
  Maximum: 750 Watts
  220-260 VAC 50 Hz (selectable via rear panel)


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