Parasound A21 Amplifiers

4.94/5 (18 Reviews) MSRP : $1995.00


Product Description

Halo A21 Two-Channel Amplifier
  • Continuous power output (20 Hz - 20 kHz): 250 watts RMS x 2 at 8 ohms, 400 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms, 750 watts RMS x 1 (bridged mono mode) at 8 ohms
  • Current capacity: 60 amperes peak per channel
  • Power bandwidth: 5 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB at 1 watt
  • Total harmonic distortion: < 0.2 % at full power
  • IM distortion: < 0.04 %
  • Slew rate: >130 V / µsecond
  • Dynamic headroom: > 1.5 dB
  • Interchannel crosstalk: > 80 dB at 1 kHz; > 63 dB at 20 kHz
  • Input sensitivity: 1 V for 28.28 V, THX Reference Level
  • Input impedance: 33 k ohm unbalanced; 66 k ohm balanced
  • S/N ratio: > 112 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
  • Damping factor: > 1100 at 20 Hz
  • Voltage: 110V – 120V
  • Dimensions: 17.25" wide, 7.625" high (7" without feet), 19.12" deep
  • Net weight: 60 lbs.
  • Manufacturer''s limited warranty: 10 years parts, 5 years labor


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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Audioilliterate a Audio Enthusiast

    Date Reviewed: October 5, 2017

    Bottom Line:   
    I am not an audiophile and I have no clue what pro audiophiles are talking about whenever I read their saying. And I am too short of adjectives and adverbs to write a review as audiophile does. I have a degree of science but I have had hard time to understand the scientific narratives of audiophiles. But I can say this Halo A 21 is remarkable and am very pleased with. It was a long and winding road to get to the Halo though. I wasn't happy with the sound of Magnepan and Adcom 5500 always. So I was going to buy Adcom GFA 580 SE with preamp but the recent review of Adcom wasn't that positive. Then I ordered Emotiva XPA 2 believing it is good deal for the money. But I canceled the order when they told me it is made to order and would deliver after two weeks while the web site says it is to be shipped in 48 hours. No integrity of doing business. Then I decided to take a chance of Parasound after the president of company replied within 12 hours of my inquiry.

    I only listen to classical music and my ultimate desire is the replication of the natural sound with electronic equipment. As long as it sounds as if no electronic machine is engaged, I'll be happy with it. I couldn't tell which component of what I have was at fault. So I ordered Cambridge CXN to eliminate analogue connection and separate DAC altogether.

    The final outcome was very impressive and surprising. The distortion of high frequency is significantly down and the sound of low frequency is alive. I hear the detail of all the percussion. Especially the piano playing was as real as being natural. I couldn't tell any difference from the Mag 3.7 with McIntosh which the dealer demonstrated a few days ago.

    Money well spent. I am very happy with it. There is some clipping but it is tolerable. For $2,500 it was worth and enjoyable. It was more than I expected.

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    Used product for:   Less than 1 month

    Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

    Product model year:   2010



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ron a Audio Enthusiast

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2017

    Bottom Line:   
    After my 15 year old Goldmund amp broke, I bought an A21 in 2015 to fill the need until either the Goldman could be repaired or replaced with a top of the line power amp. After almost 2 years, local shops are still trying to fix the Goldmund and the A21 has done a wonderful job in my system. Strong bass, natural mids and extended highs. In addition to the trigger voltage feature, it has a input signal sensor that I use to couple it with my Conrad Johnson preamp because the CJ does not have a trigger outlet.

    Very good sound - maybe a bit lacking in timbre and soundstage when compared to some of my expensive amps of the past. Built like a tank. Runs cool, even when pushed to high volumes. I'm in no hurry to replace it.

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    Used product for:   More than 1 year

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    Product model year:   2010



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Fnu Windianto a Audio Enthusiast

    Date Reviewed: February 6, 2016

    Bottom Line:   
    Just want to say thank you very much to "J. Curl" and "Parasound" for create this A21 Monster ..... Damn Good Job Guys.....satisfied from Jakarta Indonesia .... Salut

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    Used product for:   1 to 3 months

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    Product model year:   2004



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Harry a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: July 25, 2015

    Bottom Line:   
    My journey to refresh my audio system began with the replacement of my Sonus Faber Grand Piano Domus with the Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor M. After that, it was the DAC (Perpetual Technologies P1/P3 combo) to Wyred4Sound DAC2 DSDse, then my CD Transport (Northstar 192 Transport to Wyred4Sound MS-2 music server), and finally my Power Amp (I ran the DAC direct to the Power Amp). This took the longest as I wanted to make sure that the eventual replacement to my Bel Canto S300 would be a worthy one. Besides equipment, I also changed out my cables (DH Labs HDMI cable from Wyred4Sound MS-2 to DAC, SoundSilver Clarity silver conductor XLR cables from DAC to Amp, & TelluriumQ Ultra Black loudspeaker cables from Amp to Loudspeakers). Hence, it was a total refresh.

    I did my usual research online, and trawled the various online audio magazines for suitable candidates. My requirement for the replacement amp includes relatively high power (more than 300W at 4 ohm), good damping factor, high current capable, reliable, and of course musical and within my budget (not more than $3000). Since my Bel Canto is a Class D amp, I am ok with looking at another Class D amp to replace it, although I did not restrict my search to just Class D amps. That was a good move, because that was when I came across the Parasound A21.

    I am acquainted with Parasound, as my first audiophile quality CD player was a Parasound CDP-1000, and later I bought a Parasound DAC-1500 to upgrade the overall source quality. That was back in 1996. Back to the present time. Over the course of the next 3 months, I went on and auditioned similar priced amps from Wyred4Sound, Bel Canto and eventually the Parasound. I guess it was the fact that the A21 is a Class A/AB design that made the difference (between the Wyred4Sound & Bel Canto). The Class D amps, while very good sounding and good at what they can do for the price, there is a noticeable hardness in the upper registers and frequencies. This became very apparent once I noticed it, and it is present in all recordings and playback. For the A21, no matter how hard it was driven, there was no hardness at all. The upper registers and frequencies sounded sweet and very listenable. In crescendos and complexes musical passages, the amp sounded relaxed and musical. It did not give me any listening fatigue at all. In fact, it made listening to music enjoyable again.

    As mentioned in any other reviews, the A21 does not favor any particular frequency range. He music just came through as it was meant to be. Of course,the quality of the sound is dependent on the quality of the recorded music, as well as the source and ancillary equipment. In my system, the A21 really allowed me to enjoy my music in ways I did not before. The entire system is more coherent and musical than before the refresh. And now Inhabe the added benefit of convenience with the Music Server from Wyred4Sound. Listening to music has never been this fun and easy. I did not miss the cleaning and preparing of my CDs before playing etc. After all, listening to music is supposed to be fun and relaxing.

    In summary, the A21 was the final piece of my equipment refresh journey. It was an apt one, as it truly allowed wonderful music to be played in my new system. For the price, it is an excellent value and, most of all, it does not leave me wanting to look for something better (which I am sure there are for a lot more money). As so many reviewers have said before me, the A21 is a no-brainier and indeed highly recommended! Thank you Parasound for making such a wonderful product at this price point, and bringing musical enjoyment to the masses! I am once again a fan.

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    Product model year:   2005



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by William a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: February 22, 2015

    Bottom Line:   
    I have had amplifiers by McCormack, Pioneer, SAE, Odyssey and a few others. This amp by Parasound is head and shoulders better than those amps.

    I had wanted an Odyssey Stratos for many years. But as fate had it, when I got one tI had nothing but problems with intermittent noise and hum. After many, many months of trying to get it fixed I got rid of it. When I took the plunge with the A21, it was massive and quite powerful. But it delivered in a subtle way, as well. It was good with at low volumes and natural sounding at higher volumes. I paired it with a Parasound P3 preamp and it was just.... astonishing.

    The only other amp I heard and liked as much, was a Musical Fidelity integrated dual mono that was twice the price.

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    Used product for:   More than 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2010




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