Parasound’s JC 3 Phono Preamplifier: Heavy On Heritage If you aren’t old enough to know about John Curl, suffice it to say that he was responsible for more than a handful of legendary designs and one of the world’s greatest phonostages, the Vendetta Research—a … It's gorgeous and will no doubt show up future products. A substantial aluminum partition isolates the phonostage board from the power supply, power transformer, and internal AC wiring. At half the price of the JC 3+, how does the JC 3 Jr. sound? I am certain the JC3 Jr is a great phono preamp for the things it is good at - but everyone's needs are different and it is not for me (or probably others that have high hopes for LOMC). Parasound JC3 Jr. (phono preamp) Parasound JC3 Jr. (phono preamp) bauzace50. ", "The Parasound Junior is, without a doubt in my mind, the best under-$2000 solid-state phono stage I have ever heard, or even know about," raves Robert H. Levi in Issue 93 of Positive Feedback magazine. For example, as I listened to the track “I’ll Be Seeing You” from the marvelous reissue of Rickie Lee Jones’ Pop Pop, the delicate interplay of the classical guitar and clarinet conveyed a wealth of expressive harmonic weight and acoustic realism. Includes factory packaging (double boxed), and manual, power cord, 12 volt connector. Australian HiFi (Australia) December, 2018 "With the JC3 Jr, you are going to hear everything the recording engineer has captured in the groove, and nothing more. The JC 3+ sound is slightly more refined and dynamic, because its component parts and construction are more expensive. SAN FRANCISCO (12/17/18) —Parasound’s new $599 Zphono XRM phono preamplifier bridges the price gap between its entry-level $200 Zphono and internationally acclaimed $1,495 Halo JC 3 Jr. The JC 3 Jr. won an Editors' Choice Award 2019 from The Absolute Sound magazine, which noted, "Junior conveys a warm ambient flavor, openness rather than a constriction within the hall. That's an amazing statement from Michael Fremer about one of the most exciting preamps that we've carried in a long, long time. With the sterling reputation of its bigger brother, the JC 3+, this little guy has a lot to prove as issue of the genius mind of Curl. Wind and string transients are smooth and naturalistic. Curl’s wand-waving not only resulted in loading adjustments but a chassis full of other improvements as well. Phono input impedance: mm, 47k ohms; mc, 47k ohms/variable 50–550 ohms Gain: 40dB/50dB/60dB (unbalanced output); 46dB/56dB/66dB (balanced output) Dimensions: 17.25″ x 2.5″ x 14.75″ Weight: 13 lbs. Overall then, the JC 3 Jr. is not quite as good as the JC3+ but at half the price it comes surprisingly close. ", - Nick Tate, Hifi News (UK), February 2018, "The Parasound JC 3 Jr. is an outstanding solid-state phono preamplifier. Simply excellent, neutral and transparent, without any background noise. ", - The Absolute Sound High-End Audio Buyer's Guide 2020, "John Curl designed the Parasound JC 3 Jr. at a caliber that allows listeners to concentrate on the music. It remains silent and unnoticeable. S/N på 94 dB og THD mindre enn 0.02%! The Jr. preserves this sonic signature, yielding only the nth degree of finesse, pin-point imaging and dynamic range. Although John Curl is also touted for his Parasound amplifiers, his efforts with the original Halo JC 3 phono preamplifier were extraordinarily well-received and reviewed. Circuit topology is closely related, and circuit boards were designed by Carl Thompson, John's circuit board partner dating back to his legendary Vendetta phono stage. As a side note, in my exchange with Richard Schram I had to ask whether he now considers the Parasound phonostage lineup complete or whether there might be something new in the offing. Turning to the challenge of classical music reproduction, I listened to the Solti-conducted Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing Beethoven’s Ninth. The sound of the Parasound JC 3 Jr is … ", "It is dead silent. Operates perfectly. ", - David Blumenstein, Dagogo, February 2019, "Excellent meticulous sound and super analytical prowess. I may have to buy both JC3 Jr and Adagio and run them head-to-head to figure out which one is better in my system. The R-core transformer for the 3+ also gave way to a more prosaic toroidal variant, as did the independent power supplies (Jr. uses a single PS) and larger filter caps for each channel, and lastly the internal AC line conditioner. About this product. Released as a cut-down version of the more expensive JC3+, Paul Rigby reviews the Parasound JC3 Jr phono amplifier. In most systems, the difference would be hard to distinguish. The Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier is a real-world bargain!" The signature kettledrums were not quite as lively and textured. It was Parasound central, featuring all manner of Parasound electronics (A21+, P7, Classic 200, etc.) The Absolute Sound’s Buyer’s Guide to Loudspeakers 2018. I am the original owner. At its price I am certain there is nothing on the market that can beat it! ", With the success of the John Curl-designed JC 3 and JC 3+ phono preamps, which surpassed Parasound's sales forecasts, Richard told Audio Advisor, "I started to wonder how good a phono stage we could develop with John to capture the essence of the JC 3+ for a lot less money? Share - Parasound Halo Jc3 Jr Phono Preamplifier Black. If the Junior is not trickle-down brilliance from JC's previous designs, then this baby is an accidental miracle. ", "Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. ", "The Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier, the Junior, is a fantastic boon to audiophiles everywhere who love getting the best out of their LPs, but do not have deep pockets. 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The mono switch on the JC 3 Jr. is a great addition – worth its weight in gold. As Schram tells it the key question was how to allot the more limited resources where they’d benefit sonics the most. To be sure, it lacks the full dose of hall ambience conveyed by the 3+ but Jr. taps an appreciable amount of front-to-back depth and dimension in its own right. About this product. To understand how they did it I needed to speak with Parasound chief Richard Schram. Parasound's brand new Halo JC 3 Jr. phono preamplifier is a simplified version of the company's award-winning flagship JC 3+ and they sound very similar. It is sophisticated. ", "I have not singled out the excellent performance of the Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier. Three years later, Parasound introduced the JC 3 phono preamplifier. "We've created a winner, and I expect we're going to sell a lot of them.". Its winning musicality proudly upholds the family name. A perennial overachiever, […]. It is truly high definition. ", Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier - Item # PAHAJC3JR, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Esprit SB Turntable, Focal Clear Open Circumaural High Fidelity Headphones, Copyright © Audio Advisor, Inc. 1981-2021, Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier Manual (PDF Format), 2019 Parasound Halo Product Line Brochure (PDF Format), Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier Product Reviews, Circuitry designed by legendary John Curl, Cartridge options for 47k Ohm MM and MC/MI, Variable MC impedance adjustment of 50-550 ohms, Gain select for 40 dB/50 dB/60 dB unbalanced (46 dB/56 dB/66 dB balanced), Mono switch can improve sound of mono & older LPs, Incredible S/N up to 94 dB and THD less than 0.02%, Aluminum shield separates power supply and audio circuits, High speed-soft recovery bridge rectifiers and common mode inductors, Neutrik brand locking balanced XLR outputs connectors, Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.02% at 1 kHz, Signal to Noise Ratio, 40 dB Setting: >85 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; >80 dB, input shorted, unweighted, Signal to Noise Ratio, 50 dB Setting: >89 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; >84 dB, input shorted unweighted, Signal to Noise Ratio, 60 dB Setting: > 94dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; > 91dB, input shorted, unweighted, Input Impedance: MM or MI: 47k Ohm; MC Variable: 50- 550 Ohm, Output Impedance: Unbalanced: < 100 Ohm; Balanced: < 100 Ohm per leg, Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz, 4mV Input: 40 dB: 4 mV for 450mV output; 50 dB: 4 mV for 1.4 Volts output; 60 dB: 4 mV for 4.25 Volts output, Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz, 1V Output: 40 dB: 9 mV for 1.0 Volt output; 50 dB: 3 mV for 1.0 Volt output; 60 dB: 0.9 mV for 1.0 Volt output, Total Gain: 40 dB / 50 dB / 60 dB (unbalanced output); 46 dB / 56 dB / 66 dB (balanced output), AC Power Requirement: Standby: <1 watt; Power On: 9 watts; 115 VAC or 230 VAC 50 - 60 Hz, Dimensions: 17-1/4" wide, 2-1/2" high (1-3/4" without feet), 14-3/4" deep (17" with cables). The Jr.'s power supply is shared by both channels rather than dual-mono in the JC 3+. Even on a familiar mono track like The Beatles’ “Revolution” (fast tempo, not “Revolution 1” from the White Album) Jr. hit me with an onrushing wave of guitar distortion and nerve-shredding feedback so fraught with intensity that it was almost like hearing the cut anew. The JC 3+ sound is slightly more refined and dynamic, because its component parts and construction are more expensive. Begin typing your search above and press return to search. Also unusual are the low noise specifications.". First released in 2010, Parasound’s JC 3 MM/MC phono preamplifier began as a dual-mono John Curl-designed phono section retro-fit for its JC2 line stage. For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound's JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that might accrue along the way. New Album Releases Project 2021-1-4 (January 4, 2021) Inakustik Reference LS 4004 Air Speaker Cable, Reference Digital 2404 Air Coax cable and Reference High Speed USB cable Review Ultimately I concluded that Jr. can’t quite muster the full midrange sensuality that its elder brother possesses—the ability to extract woody resonances from clarinet and oboe or the fat soundboard decay from a stand-up bass, but at twice the cost, the JC 3+ was certainly deserving of a senior moment. The mono button on front even changes color when engaged. I find the Halo JC 3 Jr outstanding for value and performance. ", "...a neat balance between fun and forensic makes for a long-term listening partner. Wind and string transients are smooth and naturalistic. 0791084211306. eBay Product ID (ePID) 13023562381. For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound's JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that might accrue along the way.". ", "The JC 3 Jr. was one feisty chip off the old block. In the interests of transparency readers should know that the $2999 Parasound JC 3+ has been my reference phonostage since I reviewed it in Issue 245. Product Key Features. ", According to Richard, "My ambition was to build a John Curl-designed phono stage within reach of more vinyl lovers. Even years after its release, the abundance of ambience and micro-information that emerges from this LP continued to surprise and astound me. The Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier, the Junior, is a fantastic boon to audiophiles everywhere who love getting the best out of their LPs, but do not have deep pockets. The price of the JC 3 Jr. is a real testament to the skill and dedication of our entire team, including John and the factory.". If you were going to spend about $1500-$2500 on a solid-state phono stage, I’d say that the Junior is your entire short list. And on tracks like “It Can Happen,” I key on whether a phonostage can adequately resolve the layers of vocals and high-pitch harmonies—details that are easily smeared. Post Feb 26, 2018 #1 2018-02-26T17:25. I don't have the receipt, but I took a close-up photo of the mailing label pasted on the P6 box showing the date it was shipped. It has no pops or static, even switching every knob with gain up. John Curl is an audio legend with over 30 years’ experience designing the very finest sounding phono preamps. Even as lower-output cartridges were added and the gain was adjusted to compensate, noise was never a factor. Image retrieval was also of a high order, although at the lowest levels that magic “open window” sense of transparency has a bit of soft shading. It may be that time (again) for upgrades. Like the 3+, the Jr. manifested a high-energy, dynamically lively, and slightly forward tonal momentum that focused my attention. But I've priced the JC 3 Jr. to be a real steal at only $1,495, half the price of a JC 3+. The JC 3+ “DNA” is apparent in the Jr.’s circuit topology and many of its parts, including the fine Neutrik locking XLR jacks and Vampire 24k gold-plated RCA jacks. Parasound Halo JC3 Jr Phono Preamp, in Excellent condition. Purchased in September 2019 from Audio Advisor - so it is less than a year old. Press Esc to cancel. But something had to give—and first on the chopping block was the costly dual-mono architecture with its individually shielded vaults for each channel. said Richard. Parasound P6 Preamplifier (Silver) in beautiful, near-mint condition. In its ability to clarify these things, the JC 3 Jr. proved its mettle. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility.” Being an optimist, I think I’ll take that as a “yes.” At least, I sure hope so. One thing Parasound refused to compromise is the amazing sonic character of the JC 3+, which is what everyone raves about. A prime example was Tony Levin’s marvelous bass playing that closes the 45rpm LP version of the Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush duet “Don’t Give Up” [Virgin]. It still employs the same high-speed/soft-recovery bridge diodes and common mode inductor to banish background noise. This LP was not only a Top 40 success but with hits like “Owner of a Lonely Heart” it is laden with weird cross-pans, phase shifts, and plunging bass lines. With 30 minutes on the power up clock, unable to resist the temptation any further, a new copy of Crowded House’s Together Alone is dropped on the current Technics SL-1200G with Hana SL cartridge, and magic begins pouring through the latest offering from Parasound. With high levels of the 3+’s character coursing through its circuitry, Jr. established a sonic kinship that imparted a wide soundstage with noiseless, black-velvet backgrounds—a prologue for the level of resolving power I later observed. (You only need to consider Constellation’s flagship phonostage, the $75k Orion, to appreciate the degree of seriousness they bring to their work.) Thank You for Choosing Parasound Your new Parasound Halo JC 3+ Phono Preamplifier is the pinnacle of analog audio technology and value engineering. I have a couple of capable MM phono stages (Parks Audio Budgie and in my DB Systems preamp) so maybe I just need to get a more capable single input MC phono preamp. The back panel includes a set of balanced and unbalanced outputs and a set of unbalanced inputs. The power transformer is encased in a steel enclosure to prevent emissions that might impact sensitive audio circuits. So, what happens when Parasound taps Curl and his partner, circuit board designer Carl Thompson, to make lightning strike twice at a cost half as much as the JC 3+? For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound’s JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that … It has my full recommendation. Parasound Halo JC3+ Phono Preamplifier. Audio Inputs. 'Value' is well-deserved. Jr.’s resolution of inner detail was similarly excellent. Only when it is absent, do you know how much it was doing for you and your system. Make sure you include it on your audition list. "We've nailed it!" Taking notice, Parasound tasked phono wizard John Curl to work his magic once again. GTIN. ", - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound magazine, July/August 2018, "The JC 3 Jr. can best be described as a Goldilocks phono preamp – just right in about every dimension. As I listened to the superb Argo pressing of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, the family resemblance between the Parasounds was undeniable. ", "Junior conveys a warm ambient flavor, openness rather than a constriction within the hall. The last fifth floor Audio Hunter’s room was number 560. CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. Originally, I thought we might have to price it at $1,800 or possibly $2,000 – it's actually that good. Wind and string transients were smooth and naturalistic. The design goals were ultra-high performance and low noise, in the spirit of Curl’s legendary Vendetta phono preamp. In real world priced systems it’s likely to max-out vinyl performance and keep you locked in to listening for years to come.' For me, the John Curl designed JC 3+ has consistently drawn forth a wealth of musical and sonic detail from a range of cartridges. "The bottom end is solid and well-extended and the preamp’s overall tonal balance is refreshingly neutral and very similar to what I noted with the JC3+: 'The JC3+’s midrange neutrality and transient cleanliness and its lack of grit, hyper edge definition or on the other side of that divide, softness, challenge the performance of far more expensive preamplifiers.' MPN. I say this not because I’m partial to Parasound products in general, but because I flat out believe there is no better phonostage on the market within shouting distance of its price. The smaller the board, the better, Schram says, so as to attract less noise than do larger boards, whose many copper traces can act as antennas. There was shielding here and isolation there while large power-supply filter capacitors were added to reduce strain on the amplifier. I cannot recommend it more emphatically! All rights reserved. Discussions began in early 2016 with wizards Curl and Thompson, and it was agreed the Jr. would employ key core technology of their previous efforts, including a direct-coupled circuit using DC servos and Curl’s signature RIAA EQ circuit with the same REL capacitors and passive parts used in the JC 3+ (and Curl’s iconic Vendetta Research SCP-2), plus a sophisticated power supply with a common-mode inductor and high-speed/soft-recovery diodes. And there was a slight veil around the bass-baritone soloist, which the 3+ did not have. FOR SALE: Parasound Halo JC3 Jr Black: Phono Preamplifiers: $1450.00: MB Dec 27, 2020: 2 : FOR SALE: Parasound Halo P 7 7.1 Channel Preamplifier (Silver) Solid State Preamplifiers: $2000.00: BC Dec 05, 2020 - 3 : DEALER AD: Parasound Halo P6 Preamplifier & DAC, Customer Trade, Only $1799: Solid State Preamplifiers: $1799.00: ON Dec 23, 2020 The specs and testing done by HiFiNews point to that the JC3 Jr is not the ideal choice for that. Designed to be optimized for moving-magnet and low-output moving-coil (mm and mc) phono cartridges, the gain circuits feature independent toggle control of gain, load impedance (variable or 47k ohm), plus a small knob for variable mc impedance. Each channel has one balanced XLR jack and one unbalanced RCA output jack. The audio performance and build quality of the Halo JC3+ phono preamp is dynamically riveting. ", "The bottom end is solid and well-extended and the preamp’s overall tonal balance is refreshingly neutral and very similar to what I noted with the JC3+," reports Stereophile's Michael Fremer in his review for analogplanet.com. The Music Room is now the largest online retailer of pre-owned HiFi equipment in the world. With the JC 3 Jr., Parasound is shooting for its most affordable phono preamp yet in the Halo range – at US$1,500, it certainly isn’t stratospheric, but you are reminded that affordability is a relative term. Parasound Halo JC3 Jr. for sale. At the JC 3 Jr.’s modest $1495 price another design team could have easily phoned this one in, but Messrs. Curl and Thompson are heavy-hitters in audio with formidable reputations to uphold. Jr. was revelatory in expressing the dark, moody character that underscores this track. Giving you 2 scoops of a 3 scoop banana split for the cost of a single scoop, you will luxuriate in top-shelf phono pleasure and have some money left over for LPs. "Happy is an understatement," said Richard. Gain is adjustable between 40, 50, and 60dB (unbalanced) for any cartridge. There is no shortage of phono stages on sale at the Parasound’s price point. This together with one updated Grado Statement V2 (the one with the big head) make a jaw-dropping difference! ", - Michael Fremer, Analogplanet.com, February 26, 2018, "Put all these aspects together – its insight, control, accurate soundstaging and fine handling of rhythms – and you have a redoubtable performer. I’ll stick with that here too as well as with my JC3+ conclusion: "'It does everything well and its minor acts of omission will not be noticed or missed on the kinds of systems in which it’s likely to be used. Jr. conveyed the warm ambient flavor of the recording venue, an openness rather than a constriction of the hall. The Music Room is the go-to source for the very best in new, used and vintage home audio products. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound’s JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that might accrue along the way. Seven years ago, Parasound asked legendary designer, John Curl, to create a phono preamplifier for its Halo line. Parsound’s JC3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier. Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. It was in the context of reviewing this phono pre and Clearaudio’s Concept Black turntable (review in this issue) that I came to strongly admire Clearaudio’s new Charisma mm cartridge. While many of the parts are the same or similar, the JC 3 Jr. uses a single, high-quality volume potentiometer that’s less expensive compared with the pricey, dual-channel, custom Vishay pot of the JC 3+. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. John Curl’s impressive — yet affordable — design. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. That said, the JC 3 Jr. was one feisty chip off the old block. What's different is that both channels of the Jr.'s gain and EQ circuits are built on a single board, behind a single shield, rather than on separate boards with individual shielding in the JC 3+. It is legendary designer John Curl’s latest phono preamplifier design, continuing his reputation for designing … In and around 2013, Parasound made some adjustments to the JC 3 with the JC 3+, adding MC … The story goes that during the design phase of the original JC 3, Curl had rejected variable-load adjustment due to the added noise intrinsic in potentiometers. In soundstaging Jr. didn’t quite gather in all of the ambient cues to deliver back-of-the-hall dimensionality, but was very good, nonetheless. The Absolute Sound team is proud to highlight Martin Logan and Paradigm, known for loudspeaker innovation. Both use premium parts such as REL caps, Vishay-Dale resistors, Neutrik and Vampire connectors, and relays for muting and mono select. "Giving you 2 scoops of a 3 scoop banana split for the cost of a single scoop, you will luxuriate in top-shelf phono pleasure and have some money left over for LPs. Audio Output Connections The JC 3 Jr. Output jacks connect to the line level input jacks on your line level preamplifier or integrated amplifier. Its low-profile chassis also contributed to cost reduction. ", "The JC 3 Jr. was one feisty chip off the old block," reports Neil Gader in the July/August 2018 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine. For this I often key on background harmonies. ", Gader concludes, "Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. Not as dynamically flashy as through the JC 3+, but not flatfooted either. If you’re new to the analog game, the JC3 Jr.s designer, John Curl is a legend, having a … Imaging and spatiality go hand-in-hand with this phonostage. 3,030 393 4. bauzace50. ", - Dwayne Carter, enjoythemusic.com, March 2019, "...Richard Schram, Parasound CEO and Founder, is making you an offer you can almost not refuse. Brand. Its retail price immediately makes it a 'killer product.' With vinyl’s popularity on the rise, Parasound’s Richard Schram figured a stand-alone version priced right might find an audience. Giving you 2 scoops of a 3 scoop banana split for the cost of a single scoop, you will luxuriate in top-shelf phono pleasure and have some money left over for LPs. The precision gain circuits feature independent control of gain and load impedance for an optimal interface even with extremely low-output moving coil cartridges. "Overall then, the JC 3 Jr. is not quite as good as the JC3+ but at half the price it comes surprisingly close. Its supremely well-balanced, uncolored, musically impartial character makes it unique among its budget-friendly brethren, and its compatibility with all manner of phono cartridges means it will work well and sound great in a wide variety of systems. "John appreciates our collaborative design process and he continues to surprise us with ingenious ways to control costs while upholding his demanding standards. I’m currently using a Parasound JC3 Jr. to great effect, but would very much like to hear from anyone who’s heard / owned both the PSA Stellar Phono Pre and a Parasound JC3 Jr. or 3+. JC3JR. All of the characteristics we look for in music reproduction come together in a convincing musical picture. Some small faint scratches on top, visible in direct light (or if you are actively looking for scratches!) One of my guilty pleasures is the prog-rock band Yes and its 90125 album (the Bob Ludwig/Masterdisk pressing). The Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. incorporates sophisticated new audio circuits … The Absolute Sound is the world’s preeminent source of expert reviews, features, and commentary on high-performance audio and music. "Largely due to Parasound manufacturing efficiencies, we were able to bring our price down by half. According to Parasound's founder and CEO, Richard Schram, the Halo JC 3 began as a phono-preamp retrofit for the JC 2 line stage, with separate small circuit boards for each channel. In this setting the JC 3 Jr.’s character added a slightly darker element to the string sections and a more forgiving top end. These changes enabled Parasound to use a new low-profile Halo chassis that is less expensive to build. JC3 Jr. kjennetegnes ved at den er helt stille, og spiller med en ukjent åpenhet og detaljrikdom i denne prisklassen. If your line stage preamplifier or integrated amp is equipped with balanced XLR inputs we recommend using the JC 3 Jr. Parasound Halo Jc3 Jr Phono Preamplifier Black. A Chip off the Old Block Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. ", - Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, April 2018, "Goldilocks phono preamp – just right in about every dimension. It yields rock solid imaging and great clarity. ", "The Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier pulls off one of the most difficult jobs in business. We've worked together like this since 1989, creating superior products whose performance and value are unmatched. Copyright © 2021 The Absolute Sound. Its ability to take a very wide spread of genres and levels of mastering and deliver them all with a consistent and engaging balance of refinement, spaciousness and overall musicality is a welcome one. ", - Robert H. Levi, Positive Feedback magazine, Issue 93, "If you're trying to eek every nuance out of your turntable, the Halo JC 3 Jr is perfect for you. When I heard that they were releasing the JC3 Jr., a streamlined version of the much acclaimed JC3/JC3+, and the ZPhono XRM (an upgraded ZPhono), I got on the horn to Richard Schram, Parasound’s CEO, and inquired about the products, wanting to write about them. 0791084211306. 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