anyone here tried Parasound "New" JC-5 amp


Just checking in to see others user impressions, is it the same as mines.

I running JC-2BP + JC-5 on SF Elipsa SE.

I find it has a lot of control on the lower send.  Low level listening is wonderful.
I just don't find the top end to sparkle or open up.   though it is very neutral sounding.  
I have about 175 hours on both JC's units.    maybe need break-in time?



antman
I find the Elipsa to be rolled off on the top end some. Maybe it's showcasing more of the speaker's characteristics? What is the rest of the system?

From what I've been told the JC5 is a musical sounding amp which differs a bit from their other offerings in the Halo line, which are more neutral. It could be that you like more jolt on the top end to synergize with the Elipsa's very smooth top end. 
I my source are DSC Puccini, Kuzma TT w/ JC3+, Marantz ND8006
All Kimber Select wiring.

So an update. Been playing with Bob [email protected] (a revised version of "Sumiko Master Setting")
OMG what a difference it made. It open up and starting to hear those synergy at the top end.
maybe all the I needed is the speaker re-positiion.  LOL

I had a chance to audition the JC5 against a Parasound A21. The amps were driving Vandersteen Quatros. Not surprisingly, the JC5 produced sound that was more articulate, intense, and palpable than the A21. Liked the JC5. I also had a chance to compare the JC5 to the Audio Research VT80 SE, which is a couple of thousand more. I thought that the Audio Research amp sounded dark compared to the JC5, and produced bass that was less articulate.
The JC-5 is essentially 2 JC-1's in a single box. The JC-1 Mono's have been discontinued. You can bridge 2 JC-5's as mono blocks and get 1000 wpc.
Sad to see no high-bias mode on the JC-5.
They are not JC1s at all. John Curl has redesigned the amplifier and those that I trust who have heard the JC1 and JC5 have much preferred the latter amp. As far as I’m concerned I view the 5 as an upgrade to the 1. 

I am am sure they share similarities but it is a revised circuit. 
I heard the JC5 at RMAF last year.  I also have owned JC1s and A21 amps.  They are all relatively similar, though the bigger amps with bigger power supply will have more solid sound.  I have also read that JC1 amps require an enormous amount of hours to burn in (some say 400+, some say 1200 hours!)

That being said, the Parasound amps are very refined and excellent sounding amps, but they are voiced slightly on the warm side and the highs are very slightly rolled off and softened. So, yeah, I agree that the top end lacks that sparkle and resolution.  My JC1s definitely had over 1000 hours.
Hi auxinput, it sounds like you have had a number of amps.  Which amps in your opinion have it all, good bass, mids and treble (resolution)?  Thanks
The previous generation Krell Evolution amps (402e, 302e, 2250e) are probably the best amps I have heard for this type of sound (which is my preferred sound also). But they can be as much as 8-10 years old (if you are concerned about age). The larger models are extremely heavy and require freight shipping on a pallet (the 402e is 175lbs unboxed!!). This can be a hassle and expensive if they need to be shipped back to Krell for servicing. The Evo 2250e is only 92lbs and can be handled via Fedex. These Krell Evo amps really “sing” in my opinion. ---NOTE: do not confuse these with the lower end KAV-2250 and Showcase models. They are not the same thing. Examples of other amps with this type of dynamic and high resolution sound are Esoteric, MBL, Gryphon, Soulution, Plinius. Some of these can get really expensive.


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The Emotiva amplifiers actually have an excellent high resolution circuit, --BUT-- they are compromised by low cost parts and, in certain cases, design approaches (to meet the cost target of the product). This results in things such as grain in the sound and harshness / brightness. These things can be worked around with various levels of effort. I have direct experience with the entire history of Emotiva amps and can go into a very detailed discussion if you are interested in exploring this avenue. However, a stock Emotiva will definitely NOT play at the level of Parasound.


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There has been a trend in the last 5-8 years for amps that have the high Class A smooth/creamy type of sound. The newer Krell amps (solo/duo/chorus) have this very smooth sound with a touch of creaminess. They sound completely different than the previous Evolution amps. You might not get the “sparkle” you’re looking for here. The new Mark Levison amps are VERY smoothed and creamy sounding (I don’t know what old Levinson sounds like). Boulder is another amp that is slightly creamy. There are many others, but I can’t remember all the brands I’ve heard in this category (since it’s not my taste).


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Lastly, the final element are wiring and fuses. For all my wiring (power cord, interconnect, speaker cable) I some variation of solid-core OCC copper with Furutech Rhodium terminations. Solid-core copper sounds the most natural and the rhodium plated terminations enable the high frequency sparkle and overall resolution that normal gold/copper cables don’t have. I used to have silver a long time ago. Silver is definitely fast, but over time and listening, I have determined that silver imparts an artificial character to the sound (it just doesn’t sound natural). For fuse, I always use Furutech rhodium, but in some cases the Isoclean gold-plated warmer sounding fuse would be excellent (such as a fast Bryston 7B3 amp). I can also dive deeper into this discussion if you want.

Hi auxinput, thanks for the detailed explanation of the virtues of the amps that you have provided.  In musical preferences I am most sensitive to a too bright presentation and this will make or break a system for me.  Even though my speakers have soft dome tweeters, I still think having an amp that slightly rolls off the high end is my preference.  I am not sure if that is what you are referring to as a "creamy" sound.   

I am currently evaluating a Parasound A21+ in my system and at this point I am loving it.  But I need to decide to keep it or not soon and so far I am leaning towards keeping it.  It doesn't hurt that I did get a bit of deal on it. 
Hi jetter, that's totally cool.  It's all about personal preference with this stuff, lol.  It's so hard to try to describe what "creamy" means unless you have heard that.  The Parasound does slightly roll off/soften the highs, but it is not a "creamy" sound at all.  You can have good high frequency response, but still have a creamy sound - it's more of a midrange description, but the "Class A smoothness" can affect the entire frequency range.
The Parasound has excellent clean and realistic midrange, but the slight softening of the highs put it slightly on the "warm" side of neutral.  A "creamy" sound is not realistic at all because it introduces a creamy signature to the actual source waveforms - similar to how some tube amps create this different "tube texture" that is not part of the original soundtrack.