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    Default Parasound HCA1500A 2CH Amplifier

    Well, the upgrade bug has bitten me, and I havn't even done anything :)

    [B]For Sale: Parasound HCA1500A Amplifier - 205wpc at 8ohms/ 315wpc at 4ohms[/B]

    I purchased two of these, but have decided to get into a higher level. The amplifier is in near mint condition, 8/10 Audiogon scale. A small scratch on the left side, bottom, but has been touched up by Mr. Fixit, F1Nut....it is not very noticeable. I have ran this amplifier for about 2 hours, on my Polks here at the house, and on F1's SDA 2.3TL's. It's a rock solid amplifier, very strong in the bass region, which is a Parasound "trademark". Strong, pronounced midrange, and I guess average treble. It is not a treble region sparkler, the highs do not sound muted or dull, they just aren't a trait of this amplifier. This amp is very nice.

    [B]Price: $530 including UPS 3Day Select shipping, anywhere in CONUS. [/B]

    Includes original main box, and original power cable. I also printed a copy of the manual from the Parasound website, and have it in a nice plastic binder. I am working with Parasound, to send me a original double box, so that will also be included. If it does not arrive before the amplifier sells, I will forward it to you at no charge. That way you will have it for when you sell it, or move somewhere. I will pack this amplifier, to quote Russman, "to withstand a nuclear blast". I guarantee no DOA.

    The amplifier does not have a transferable warranty, BUT I do have the original sales receipt from the original owner. This is a workable issue, but you may never need it. The factory warranty is ten years, and the amplifier was purchased in 2000.

    This is Audiogon bound as it is priced to move, thanks for taking the time to read my verbage.

    Here are some links, I will post actual pics later this week.

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    Specs -
    [I]Features Specifications
    Circuitry designed by John Curl
    THX Ultra-certified
    Direct Coupled - no capacitors or inductors in signal path
    Hand matched complementary JFET input stage and MOSFET driver stage
    16 beta-matched 15 amp, 60 MHz bipolar output transistors
    1.0 kVA Toroid power transformer with independent secondary windings for each channel, 60,000 µF power supply filter capacitance
    Independent power supplies for each channel
    DC Servo and relay protection circuits
    High bias Class A/AB operation
    AC present, standby/normal, current overload indicators
    Tiffany-style RCA input jacks, loop output jacks
    12 volt DC automatic turn-on circuitry
    Gold-plated 5 way speaker binding posts
    Custom designed removable IEC AC cord
    Rear mounted gain controls; ground lift switch
    3 rack space height front panel
    Rack mounting adapter available
    Continuous Power Output - Stereo: 205 watts RMS x 2, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 ohms, both channels driven; 315 watts RMS x 2, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 4 ohms , both channels driven
    Continuous Power Output - Mono: 630 watts RMS, 20Hz - 20kHz, 8 ohms
    Current Capacity: 60 amperes peak per channel
    Slew Rate: > 130 V/µsecond
    Power Bandwith: 5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB at 1 watt
    Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.03% at full power; < 0.01% at typical levels
    IM Distortion: < 0.03%
    TIM: unmeasureable
    Dynamic Headroom: > 1.5 dB
    lnterchannel Crosstalk: > 80 dB at 1 kHz; > 60 dB at 20 kHz
    Input Sensitivity: 1 V for 28.28 V, THX Reference Level; 1.4 V for full output
    Input Impedance: 33 k ohms
    S/N Ratio: > 118 dB, full power; 96 dB, THX Reference Level
    Damping Factor: > 800 at 20 Hz
    Power Consumption: 800 watts
    Dimensions: w 17 1/4" x h 5 1/4" x d 16", h 5 7/8" with feet
    Net Weight: 40 lb. [/I]

    Review #1 -
    [url]http://www.hometheaterspot.com/html/reviews/techreview.php?rev=16[/url]

    Review #2 -
    [url]http://www.audaud.com/audaud/NOV00/EQUIP/parasound.html[/url]

    This amplifier reviews like a champ, and has a strong heritage, and the allready legendary JC-1 as a buddy.
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    Hey folks, it's a nice amp. Buy with confidence.
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    I hope you're moving into the $2000 to $4000 range of amps---because that's what you'll need to get any noticeable improvement over an HCA1500A....I love mine.

    Source: Squeezebox Touch/CIA Power Supply
    DAC: Benchmark DAC/PRE
    Linestage: Placette RVC Passive
    Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers: Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 Monitor
    Subwoofer: SVS PB12-NSD

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    I love mine, they're driving my Maggies MG12s. The next amp upgrade will be monoblocks.
    Here's a review from Positive Feedback:
    [url]http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue4/hca1500.htm[/url]

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    Steve - Yes, moving up the food chain, it is a great amp...real solid performer. Thank you for the positive comment :D

    Tony - Thanks for the link on the amplifier. I just posted a couple to get started :)

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    is the amp still avail? If it is is that your final price? Thanks NICO
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    Nico - Yes it is still available. Email me.

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    soooo

    tempted

    but

    no

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    I've read the specs on the website but was wondering if you knew if the amp was 4 ohm stable if you bridged it to one channel to run a sub?

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    Scornful - :), I feel your pain hoss.

    Flason - Per the manual, the amplifier is rated and stable at 4ohms, continuous. Bridged operation is stated as a 8ohm minimum load. If your sub is <8ohms, no it is not recommended per the manual. This is what you needed right?

    Thanks for everyones interest :)

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    First of all, WHY would you WASTE an amp like this on a sub?

    Second, I bet the impedance issue is a class A thing...
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    Nice amp btw...

    Doro and Russ, Parasound is a little outta my pricerange considering I'll need 7 channels. But what do you guys think about Outlaw's 770 or 7 m200's? I've also had a tempting offer on a B&K Ref 7270 II for $1600 NIB (from retailer). If the 7270 lasts til January (I should get a big raise), I've got my mind set on snatching it up.
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    EDIT: Damn fingers!
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    The Outlaw brand is getting a following. Frank and HBomb are owners, if I remember correctly. Simple design, affordable, and they pack some heat.

    Parasound offers 5-Channel amps, no 7's. The HCA-2205 is their best seller, and is in the used market at some nice prices. Big power supplies, strong amps per channel(45/60), large caps, John Curl design.

    HCA2205 220x5 60amps[url]http://www.parasound.com/products/amplifiers/hca2205at.html[/url]

    HCA1205 140x5 45amps[url]http://www.parasound.com/products/amplifiers/hca1205a.html[/url]
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    I lowered the price $20, due to seeing a couple fine scratches, that I did not see previously. I apologize for not listing them before.

    I've become much more scrutinizing, since I want to be extremely fair.

    NICO - Pics have been emailed to you. I don't have a photoeditor, so they are too big for posting.

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    doro,
    if you want, mail the pics to me and i'll downsize them for you and send them back...
    More later,
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    Tour - OK, I will send you some this evening. Thank you sir. :)

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    BUMP... Yep its a bump. :)


    Tour pics are on the way, it slipped my mind 100%.

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    you gots pix...
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    Default Hey, finally a picture!!

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    Pic #3 The scratch looks worse in the picture than in reality. There are a couple really light feather scratches elsewhere, but you have to get right up on it to see them. The amplifier shows very well.....sheesh its like I am selling a house :)
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    Thank you Tour!

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    nice amp, doro! ready to move up to the *Halo*?
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    Polkatese - Yea I wish :D The HALO line is real nice, the JC1 has been getting rave reviews.

    I am buying an amp called the CTC BBQ. It is the stereo version of what would later become the JC1 Monoblock. I found it on Audiogon, talked to the owner Rhyno(Ryan) for a good while, and decided it would be real cool, and also be my last amp for the time being. Here is some history:

    It was based on a Parasound 3500, which is basically where the similarities end. In the interests of cost Parasound compromised the sonics of the original 3500. The amplifier was totally redesigned by Bob Crump(Parts Selection/Builder), Carl Thompson(Board Design) and John Curl(Circuit/Chassis Design/Builder). There were about 5 or so built, by hand, by John Curl and Bob Crump. Extensive metal work was done, to accomodate the changes inside. Over 200 parts were upgraded, to the tune of about $1600, per Bob Crump, who is Ryans' neighbor. The amplifier was too over the top for Parasound's tastes so CTC Builders(Curl/Thompson/Crump) produced the amplifier along with a semi-legendary pre-amp called the CTC Blowtorch.

    Eventually Curl was commisioned by Parasound to produce the amplifier, but in monblock form....which made him even happier. The JC1 is named after ole' Mr. Curl, tell me that wouldn't make you feel good, and want to make something kickass? Anyways, the JC1 is an even more hardcore, over the top design than the BBQ. I was told it was mainly strengthened in the power supply department, moreso than the BBQ, but the rest of the amp is basically the same parts and design as the BBQ.
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    that's one beefy amp that can almost literally used to BBQ :D

    Nice! looks like an amp that needs plenty of room to breathe...
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    doro,
    You're welcome...

    So what are the vital stats for your new baby?
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    Yep, I am going to use it as a space heater in the winter. :)

    My wife doesn't know the dimensions yet....she is going to be very unhappy. Its 100lbs, 19x7.5x22...much like Ceruleances' 3500. My wife allready HATES the SDA's....wait until she see this monster ....it might be the end of me. She actually talks about setting the SDA's on fire, its getting more uncomfortable every day.

    350x2@8. I have emailed John Curl and Bob Crump on Audio Asylum, for some specifics. I will post them when/if they respond. Its the sonics that change dramatically, the main specs are probably very similar to the 3500.

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    I saw those on Audiogon. Man, was I drooling! So what's the Class A wattage rating on these before they switch over to Class A/B? The JC-1 is 25 W at Class A and switchable to 10 W if you want it to run cooler. Bob Crupm and John Curl have always been very helpful on Audio Asylum. Richard Schram, Parasound's president is coming to Good Guy's in La Jolla in Dec. Maybe I'll ask him if I can trade in my HCA-1500A for a 3500. They probably have some laying in the factory.:D

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    I saw those on Audiogon. Man, was I drooling! So what's the Class A wattage rating on these before they switch over to Class A/B? The JC-1 is 25 W at Class A and switchable to 10 W if you want it to run cooler. Bob Crupm and John Curl have always been very helpful on Audio Asylum. Richard Schram, Parasound's president is coming to Good Guy's in La Jolla in Dec. Maybe I'll ask him if I can trade in my HCA-1500A for a 3500. They probably have some laying in the factory.:D

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