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JC 3+ Phono Preamplifier by John Curl

Parasound JC3
Halo Collection

Quick Specs

  • Type: Amplifier
  • Width: 17.25"
  • Height: 4.125"
  • Depth: 13.75"
  • Energy Star Rated: No

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  • Designed by John Curl - creator of the legendary Vendetta Research phono preamp
  • Inputs and outputs use Vampire brand 24k gold-plated RCA jacks
  • Balanced outputs use Neutrik brand premium XLR jacks
  • MM 47k ohm, MC 47k ohm or MC variable 50-550 Ohms
  • RIAA accurate within 0.2 dB
  • Exclusively Vishay-Dale resistors in the audio path
  • Triple shielding; low-carbon mild steel partitions isolate the power supplies & AC wires
  • Dual mono design; each audio channel is separately enclosed in its own extruded aluminum enclosure
  • Separate high speed-soft recovery rectifiers, filter caps and voltage regulators for each channel
  • Mono switch can improve sound of mono and older LPs
  • Built-in AC line conditioner to prevent AC noise from polluting the circuits
  • AC polarity reverse switch can reduce hum in many systems
  • Non-magnetic aluminum rear panel for purest sound
  • Turn On Options switch: manual or auto with 12v trigger input
  • Premium detachable heavy gauge IEC AC cord
  • 2u Chassis, rack mountable with HRA2 (sold separately)
How the JC 3+ improves on the original JC 3:
  • Variable MC load adjust independent for each channel from 50-550 ohms with dual gang potentiometers specially made for Parasound by Vishay.
  • Curl-Thompson tweaked circuits to further reduce the JC 3 silent background noise.
  • 24k gold plated copper traces on phono module boards for utmost conductivity and most transparency/detail in the music.
  • 47% larger low ESD power supply filter caps greater reserve for head-snapping dynamics.
  • 82% larger R-core power transformer greater reserve for more low end impact.
  • Ability to turn off illumination of the front panel P logo.
  • Now Available in Silver or Black.
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +/- 0.2 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion < 0.01% at 1 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio, MM > 87 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 78 dB, input shorted, unweighted
Signal to Noise Ratio, MC > 87 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted
> 67 dB, input shorted, unweighted
Interchannel Crosstalk 72 dB at 1 kHz
Input Impedance MM: 47k
MC: 50 - 550 variable, 47k fixed
Output Impedance Unbalanced: < 100
Balanced: < 100 per leg
Input Capacitance 150 pF
Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz MM: 4mV for 1 V output
MC: 600 V for 1 V output
Total Gain MM: 48 dB
MC: 64 dB
XLR Pin Identification 1 = Ground (Shield)
2 = Positive
3 = Negative (Return)
AC Power Requirement Standby: 1 watt
Power On: 12 watts
115 or 230 VAC 50 - 60 Hz
(Selected on Chassis Bottom)
Dimensions Width: 17-1/4" (437mm)
Depth: 13-3/4" (350mm)
Height, with feet: 4-1/8" (105mm)
Height, without feet: 3-1/2" (89mm)
Weight Net: 19 lbs. (8.6 Kg)
Shipping: 26 lbs. (11.8 Kg)
Rack Mount Accessory HRA 2 (may be purchased separately)

Quick Specs


  • Appearance

  • Type: Amplifier

  • Dimensions

  • Width: 17.25"
  • Height: 4.125"
  • Depth: 13.75"

  • Features

  • Energy Star Rated: No

JC 3+ Owner's Manual

JC 3+ Cut Sheet

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