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The Parasound JC2BP is a high-performance stereo preamplifier that will bring your music to life. With its audiophile-grade sound and quirky design, the JC2BP is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite music.

Here are just a few of the things that make the JC2BP so special:

  • Audiophile-grade sound: The JC2BP is built with audiophile-grade components, ensuring that you'll enjoy the best possible sound quality.
  • Quirky design: The JC2BP has a unique design that's sure to turn heads.
  • Home theater bypass: The JC2BP has a home theater bypass function that allows you to seamlessly integrate it into a surround sound system.

If you're looking for a high-performance preamplifier that will bring your music to life, the Parasound JC2BP is the perfect choice for you.

    So what are you waiting for? Get your Parasound JC2BP today and experience the difference!

    Features

      • Home theater bypass enables seamless blending into a digital surround system
      • Home theater bypass functions with both unbalanced & balanced inputs and outputs
      • Home theater bypass function can be assigned to any input
      • Bypass remains selected after unit has been turned off
      • Improved remote control is included with the bypass assignment keys
      • Specifications and sonic performance are 100% the same as the original JC 2
      • 6 pairs unbalanced RCA line-level audio input jacks
      • 2 input pairs can be switched to XLR balanced connectors
      • Independent balanced/unbalanced select for the L & R channel
      • Each channel's input is switched by its own gold-on-silver contact relay
      • 4 output jack pairs with specialized functions:
      • 1 Main output jack pair is balanced XLR, polarity is switched by remote
      • 1 Main output jack pair is unbalanced RCA, polarity is switched by remote
      • 1 output jack pair is unbalanced RCA, inverted polarity only
      • 1 output pair is unbalanced RCA, normal polarity, fixed level for recorders
      • Dual-mono left & right channel circuit boards minimize crosstalk
      • Hand-matched complementary FETs
      • Direct DC servo-coupled, no capacitors in the signal path
      • Premium 4-gang motor-driven analog master volume control
      • Separate TKD brand analog gain controls for L & R channel
      • 3/8" thick aluminum shielding around audio boards
      • Shielding prevents noise from power supplies & control circuits
      • Separate output jacks for simultaneous normal & non-inverting polarity
      • Aluminum chassis rear panel
      • Remote control polarity switching uses gold-on-silver contact relays
      • Vampire brand 24k gold-plated RCA jacks
      • Neutrik brand premium XLR connectors
      • Canare brand internal wiring
      • High capacity R-core audio power transformer & inductor
      • Hyper-fast soft recovery audio bridge rectifiers diodes
      • Independent power supply for controller, relay coils, triggers, LEDs
      • Remote control handset controls all functions
      • Discrete IR codes for remote control
      • Four 12v trigger output jacks for power amp auto turn-on:
      • Two 12v trigger jacks are switched by the remote handset
      • Two 12v trigger jacks are live when the JC 2 is turned on
      • Two-way RS-232 serial port connection
      • Line level inputs only; no inputs for phono
      • Audio mute is switched by independent L & R relays
      • Rear panel IR repeater input & loop out jacks
      • Premium detachable heavy gauge IEC AC cord
      • 2 6' (2m) trigger wires included
      • Remote handset also controls Parasound Halo T 3 Tuner
      • 3u Chassis, rack mountable with HRA3 (sold separately)

    Specifications

    Frequency Response
    5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB

    Distortion
    THD: < 0.003% at 100 Hz
    THD: < 0.005% at 20 kHz
    IM: < 0.003%

    S/N Ratio
    > 116 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
    > 104 dB, input shorted, unweighted

    Crosstalk
    > 100 dB at 10 kHz
    > 90 dB at 20 kHz

    Gain
    14 dB, maximum

    L, R Gain Control Range
    - 10 dB

    Input Impedance
    Unbalanced: 30k ohms
    Balanced: 30k ohms per leg

    Output Impedance
    Unbalanced: < 60 ohms
    Balanced: < 60 ohms per leg

    Input Sensitivity
    200 mV for 1 V output
    Total Gain: 14 dB
    Maximum Output: 8 V

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

    AC Power Requirement
    110 - 120 V or 220-240 V, 50 - 60 Hzs
    (Set AC Voltage switch on rear panel)
    25 watt standby; 30 watts when turned on

    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)

    Weight
    Net: 24 lbs. (11 kg)
    Shipping: 36 lbs. (16.4 kg)

    Rack Mount Accessory
    HRA 3 (May be purchased separately)

    Reviews

    Input Audio March 2022
    "Parasound's Halo JC 2 BP preamplifier is the pinnacle of analog audio technology. There are no compromises in its superb design or the quality of its component parts. In the 40 years I've been involved in HiFi, I've never heard such natural and defined musical reproduction."

    The Absolute Sound 2016 High-End Buyer's Guide
    "Creating this little masterwork at this price is another feather in Parasound's and designer John Curl's cap."

    Stereophile, March 2008
    Review (PDF)

    POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLINE - ISSUE 34 (Max Dudious)
    Review (PDF)

    JC2BP Preamp - BLACK

    Regular price $3,999.00

    The Parasound JC2BP is a high-performance stereo preamplifier that will bring your music to life. With its audiophile-grade sound and quirky design, the JC2BP is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite music.

    Here are just a few of the things that make the JC2BP so special:

    • Audiophile-grade sound: The JC2BP is built with audiophile-grade components, ensuring that you'll enjoy the best possible sound quality.
    • Quirky design: The JC2BP has a unique design that's sure to turn heads.
    • Home theater bypass: The JC2BP has a home theater bypass function that allows you to seamlessly integrate it into a surround sound system.

    If you're looking for a high-performance preamplifier that will bring your music to life, the Parasound JC2BP is the perfect choice for you.

      So what are you waiting for? Get your Parasound JC2BP today and experience the difference!

      Features

        • Home theater bypass enables seamless blending into a digital surround system
        • Home theater bypass functions with both unbalanced & balanced inputs and outputs
        • Home theater bypass function can be assigned to any input
        • Bypass remains selected after unit has been turned off
        • Improved remote control is included with the bypass assignment keys
        • Specifications and sonic performance are 100% the same as the original JC 2
        • 6 pairs unbalanced RCA line-level audio input jacks
        • 2 input pairs can be switched to XLR balanced connectors
        • Independent balanced/unbalanced select for the L & R channel
        • Each channel's input is switched by its own gold-on-silver contact relay
        • 4 output jack pairs with specialized functions:
        • 1 Main output jack pair is balanced XLR, polarity is switched by remote
        • 1 Main output jack pair is unbalanced RCA, polarity is switched by remote
        • 1 output jack pair is unbalanced RCA, inverted polarity only
        • 1 output pair is unbalanced RCA, normal polarity, fixed level for recorders
        • Dual-mono left & right channel circuit boards minimize crosstalk
        • Hand-matched complementary FETs
        • Direct DC servo-coupled, no capacitors in the signal path
        • Premium 4-gang motor-driven analog master volume control
        • Separate TKD brand analog gain controls for L & R channel
        • 3/8" thick aluminum shielding around audio boards
        • Shielding prevents noise from power supplies & control circuits
        • Separate output jacks for simultaneous normal & non-inverting polarity
        • Aluminum chassis rear panel
        • Remote control polarity switching uses gold-on-silver contact relays
        • Vampire brand 24k gold-plated RCA jacks
        • Neutrik brand premium XLR connectors
        • Canare brand internal wiring
        • High capacity R-core audio power transformer & inductor
        • Hyper-fast soft recovery audio bridge rectifiers diodes
        • Independent power supply for controller, relay coils, triggers, LEDs
        • Remote control handset controls all functions
        • Discrete IR codes for remote control
        • Four 12v trigger output jacks for power amp auto turn-on:
        • Two 12v trigger jacks are switched by the remote handset
        • Two 12v trigger jacks are live when the JC 2 is turned on
        • Two-way RS-232 serial port connection
        • Line level inputs only; no inputs for phono
        • Audio mute is switched by independent L & R relays
        • Rear panel IR repeater input & loop out jacks
        • Premium detachable heavy gauge IEC AC cord
        • 2 6' (2m) trigger wires included
        • Remote handset also controls Parasound Halo T 3 Tuner
        • 3u Chassis, rack mountable with HRA3 (sold separately)

      Specifications

      Frequency Response
      5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB

      Distortion
      THD: < 0.003% at 100 Hz
      THD: < 0.005% at 20 kHz
      IM: < 0.003%

      S/N Ratio
      > 116 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
      > 104 dB, input shorted, unweighted

      Crosstalk
      > 100 dB at 10 kHz
      > 90 dB at 20 kHz

      Gain
      14 dB, maximum

      L, R Gain Control Range
      - 10 dB

      Input Impedance
      Unbalanced: 30k ohms
      Balanced: 30k ohms per leg

      Output Impedance
      Unbalanced: < 60 ohms
      Balanced: < 60 ohms per leg

      Input Sensitivity
      200 mV for 1 V output
      Total Gain: 14 dB
      Maximum Output: 8 V

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

      AC Power Requirement
      110 - 120 V or 220-240 V, 50 - 60 Hzs
      (Set AC Voltage switch on rear panel)
      25 watt standby; 30 watts when turned on

      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)

      Weight
      Net: 24 lbs. (11 kg)
      Shipping: 36 lbs. (16.4 kg)

      Rack Mount Accessory
      HRA 3 (May be purchased separately)

      Reviews

      Input Audio March 2022
      "Parasound's Halo JC 2 BP preamplifier is the pinnacle of analog audio technology. There are no compromises in its superb design or the quality of its component parts. In the 40 years I've been involved in HiFi, I've never heard such natural and defined musical reproduction."

      The Absolute Sound 2016 High-End Buyer's Guide
      "Creating this little masterwork at this price is another feather in Parasound's and designer John Curl's cap."

      Stereophile, March 2008
      Review (PDF)

      POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLINE - ISSUE 34 (Max Dudious)
      Review (PDF)

      JC2BP Preamp - BLACK
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