HINT 6 Halo Integrated Amplifier

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  • Burr Brown analog resistor ladder volume control
  • Dimmable front panel volume display
  • Updated USB receiver is Plug and play with Windows 10 and MAC
  • An additional optical input (2 total)
  • Ball bearing supported solid aluminum volume knob
  • Programable default turn on volume setting
  • Favorite volume memory with remote control button
  • Increased phono stage gain for lower output cartridges
  • Improved Left/Right channel separation and balance tracking
  • Updated cosmetics with subtle gold highlights

Preamp and DAC Features

  • ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M)
  • Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit
  • USB input decodes Native DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DoP DSD
  • Coax and optical inputs accept PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit
  • Front panel subwoofer level control
  • Dedicated high current headphone amplifier (TI TPA6120)
  • Phono input for MM, MC and MI with 100 Ω or 47k Ω load
    • 5 pairs RCA line level Analog inputs
    • 1 pair XLR balanced Analog input
    • Balanced XLR and RCA left and right preamp outputs
    • 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs
    • Bass & treble controls with relay bypass from remote or front panel
    • Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks
    • Back-lit remote control with discrete buttons
    • 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star & EU specs
  • Power Amp Features

    • 160 Watts x 2 @ 8 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
    • 240 Watts x 2 @ 4 Ohms (RMS, both channels driven)
    • Power amp circuit topology designed by legendary John Curl
    • Direct amplifier input to bypass preamp section
    • High bias class A/AB operation
    • Oversized shielded toroid power transformer
    • Dual-mono power supply and power amplifier
    • 40,000uF power supply filter capacitance
    • Matched JFET input stages and MOSFET driver stages
    • 12 high voltage/high current bipolar output transistors
    • Heavy-duty 24k gold-plated 5-way speaker binding posts
    • Over temp and short circuit relay protection


Is Parasound’s Halo Hint 6 Integrated Amplifier a party amp? A hard-rock enabler? A suave, swinging jazz proselytizer? It’s all these things. The Hint 6 worked well with every speaker I threw at it, delivering an upfront, slightly cool, dynamic sound, LP after LP. Even at its higher price of $2995, the Halo Hint 6 offers good value in true Swiss Army knife fashion. I can’t think of another integrated amplifier that offers so many options and has such solid, generous sound. Recommended.


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