Amp/Preamp Asylum: REVIEW: Parasound HCA-1500A Amplifier (SS) by Steve in Az
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Model: HCA-1500A Category: Amplifier (SS) Suggested Retail Price: $995.00 Description: 2-Channel Stereo Manufacturer URL: Parasound Model Picture: View
Review by Steve in Az ( A ) on April 18, 2003 at 12:52:56
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A big "bang-for-the-buck" amplifier that makes no apologies for its value. Treble/Midrange is detailed, airy and grain-free, bass is solid and well controlled. Power output is more than ample, maintaining perfect composure and never sounding congested, even at extreme listening levels. Low level listening is superb and maintains plenty of body even at the quietest levels. The amp has provisions for mono-bridging via a toggle switch on the rear of the chasis. Independant level controls are also provided, flanking the mono-mode toggle switch. Front panel consist of a power switch (although the "A" model can be 12v triggered to power on by a compatible preamp), power led, stand-by led. This amp does run hot; being Class A operation exclusively up to 15 watts. I purchase a Vantec Stealth cooling fan (very quiet) to assist in air circulation as my amp is in an enclosed rack. I've had no over-heating problems.
Product Weakness: Runs hot Product Strengths: Quality build; Performance; Value
Associated Equipment for this Review: Amplifier: Parasound HCA-1500A Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Parasound P/HP-850 Sources (CDP/Turntable): Cambridge Audio D500SE Speakers: Pinnacle CGT's Cables/Interconnects: AQ Copperhead/AQ Granite Music Used (Genre/Selections): Abba to Zepplin Room Size (LxWxH): 26' x 18' x 12' Room Comments/Treatments: Carpet/Clay Tile 50/50 Time Period/Length of Audition: 6 months Type of Audition/Review: Home Audition
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Topic - REVIEW: Parasound HCA-1500A Amplifier (SS) - Steve in Az 12:52:56 04/18/03 ( 3)
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