Parasound THX 5 channel amplifier

Isaac Sykes

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Good day all,
I recently came across an old THX certified 5 channel amplifier that had a rated frequency bandwidth of 5hz to 20khz, and rated power at I believe 225 watts per channel for under a 1000.00. I'd like to know if anyone is familiar with this amplifier, and whether or not you believe it would be worth picking up. One caveat is that it does not have balanced inputs. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Not much we can say without a model number, other than Parasound is a reputable brand known for its amplifiers.

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Pretty much anything Parasound is going to be of excellent quality and should not present you any issues provided the unit is not faulty or damaged in some way.
 

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Good day all,
I recently came across an old THX certified 5 channel amplifier that had a rated frequency bandwidth of 5hz to 20khz, and rated power at I believe 225 watts per channel for under a 1000.00. I'd like to know if anyone is familiar with this amplifier, and whether or not you believe it would be worth picking up. One caveat is that it does not have balanced inputs. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
The Parasound THX Home Theater Model Hca-2205a was introduced in 1998 and listed for about $2,500.00 retail... If in good condition I would expect it might be worth $750.00 to $1,000.00... It may be around 20 years old and needing a thorough going through by an experienced technician...

See: https://www.parasound.com/vintage/hca2205a.php
 
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Isaac Sykes

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My AV System  
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Marantz 8802A,
Main Amp
CROWN XLR 2502
Additional Amp
EMOTIVA XPR 5
Other Amp
SUNFIRE 7404
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
OPPO 103 , OPPO 105, OPPO 205
Front Speakers
GOLDEN EAR TRITON REFERENCE
Center Channel Speaker
GOLDEN EAR SUPER CENTER XXL
Surround Speakers
GOLDEN EAR INVISA 7000'S
Surround Back Speakers
GOLDEN EAR INVISA 7000'S
Front Height Speakers
GOLDEN EAR INVISA 650'S
Rear Height Speakers
GOLDEN EAR INVISA 650'S
Subwoofers
GOLDEN EAR SUPER SUB X (2)
Other Speakers or Equipment
DEFINITIVE TECHNOLOGY MYTHOS ST-L, INTEGRA DRC-R1
Video Display Device
EPSON UB6040
Screen
SI BLACK DIAMOND ZERO EDGE 110
Other Equipment
CARY DMS-500, BLUESOUND VAULT(2)
The Parasound THX Home Theater Model Hca-2205a was introduced in 1998 and listed for about $2,500.00 retail... If in good condition I would expect it might be worth $750.00 to $1,000.00... It may be around 20 years old and needing a thorough going through by an experienced technician...

See: https://www.parasound.com/vintage/hca2205a.php
That's about what I saw it for. I am intrigued by the frequency bandwidth. I do not recall ever seeing an amplifier with those type of specs, and I definitely have not seen them on any of the new amplifiers. I'm curious how they would mate with my GE Triton Reference which are rated down to 13hz.
 

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All 5 channels driven @ 300 watts RMS from 20 Hz to 20 kHz @ 8 Ω, which I would expect from a power amp, not an AVR, should drive your Tritons fine... I would still have a tech make sure its in tip top condition and well within its original specs...
 

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PM'd..I know where a guy is selling a Classe CAV 150, 6 channel amp for $1k. This is an awesome amp for $1k...the only reason I have not snagged it is I need 6 balanced channels.

Review...

I used to have a pair of Classe 10 amps that ai drove in mono...absolutely the best amps I have ever heard... at the time I listened to Krells, Mark Levinson, and other amps that were very highly rated.
 
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