Parasound HCA-1500A Amplifiers

4.59/5 (37 Reviews) MSRP : $995.00


Product Description

205 Watt Power Amplifier


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Analog fan a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2007

Bottom Line:   
This product as with all parasound products leaves much room for improvment. Dont get me wrong its not a bad amp but if you need HCC (High Current) to drive speakers that are a bit hungry for power, this amp would be a VERY poor choice and sadly its one of the better sounding amps Parasound ever made and by the way the HALO series is the sames basic design with a couple more output devices and a nice silver finish for say O three times the price for the same sonic performence. They basicly brought out the (CLASSIC SERIES) as a lesser quality product then brought in HALO as the upper end product and being built off shore its prettie spendy. All in all back to the 1500a its a nice amp to have as a backup in case you Krell or Conrad Johnson goes on the fritz but for magnepan or martin logan this amp just wont keep up.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $525.00

Purchased At:   Local audio outlet



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by audionut a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2007

Bottom Line:   
This amp like all parasound products leave much room for improvment dont get me wrong its a fair amp to have as a spare but I found in the case of magnepan this amp just wont cut it. It shut down from lack of current or HCC to put it short. It does ok on speaker that dont demand much power but this amp falls very short in that aspect. As far as the sound goes it is much nicer sounding then the HCA2200 of the HCA1000 But as with all parasound amps it is a bit laid back in the upper midrange (SLOW) For the money paid it is a good spare to have in the closet.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $575.00

Purchased At:   Local audio shop



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

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Just to share with everyone who is enjoying the HCA 1500A. I use the RCA out of the amp to send line level signal to my M&K subwoofer and oohh boy, does it make it articulate, fast,deep, and powerful. This is the way to go if you have a subwoofer - IT GOES WOOOOOFFFFFF big time. Enjoy.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   good guys



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Barber a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This amp is good for the money there isn't TONS wrong with it. It's sort of smooth in the midrange (but it "can" be harsh at loud volumes but its not that bad). There isnt' TONS of detail but its sufficient. The soundstaging isn't that great but really, i'm comparing it to much more expensive amps. The very fact that I find no problem compairing this amp with units costing thousands more is a big compliment to this amplifier because it truly sounds like it should be somewhere within the realm of what it considered "audiophile" quality. It's cheaper smaller brother is a reccomended component in stereophile so this unit is truly respectable. If i only had a few hundred to spend and I needed some respectable power because my speakers aren't super sensitive this would be my first choice. It can also be upgraded by ModHi-FI.com which will greatly improve It's level of quality. Perfect for cheap good sound as would be required in a multi amp home stereo system or a housewide audio system. If this amp makes up your dedicated stereo system then don't fret. For the majority of people out there this unit is good enough, in fact this unit creams virtually any reciever. For a nice cheap setup with good resolution, try a cheap passive unit like the creek as a preamp for this amplifier. Most preamps in this price range are HORRIBLE and should not be used (like for instance the PHP-850) which robbs this amplifier of detail. But then again that may be desireable if you are hooking it to a cheap cd player that probably sounds harsh and digital.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   good guys



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve in Az a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Outstanding build quality and performance. Midrange presence is excellent, treble is airy and free of grain. High current power supply ensures tight, deep bass and over-the-top dynamics. Background noise is non-existant and power is more than plentiful. You'd have to spend 5 times the money to improve upon this amps capabilities. Associated equipment:

Parasound P/HP-850 Preamp
Cambridge Audio D500SE CD Player
Pinnacle CGT speakers (bi-wired)
Audioquest interconnects
Audioquest speaker wire

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $795.00

Purchased At:   Authentic Home Theat




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