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Parasound Halo CD 1 Player


Introduction to the Parasound Halo CD 1 Player

The Halo CD 1 is a flagship CD Player from the well regarded, San Francisco based, Parasound. CD Player? Surely I mean 'DAC with Transport'. Nope. CD player, put your CD in, music comes out. No, you mean it's part of a server system, the data is stored for later retrieval by a computer system. Well, only if you count the internal buffering and Intel ITX computer running Linux inside the CD 1. In implementation then the CD 1 is quite modern, it's a computer, dedicated to CD playback only. In practice, it's an old fashioned (and in this case, that's good) CD player.

For CD playback I would contend that the act of retrieving a disc off the shelf and inserting it into a player is easier than looking up the same on a computer, especially if you count the time you might have spent ripping and cataloging said CD in the first place. This does of course, require some shelf space and probably alphabetizing your CD's if not organizing them by genre etc.

With this 'shelving system' I have devised you will forgo some whiz-bang computer music catalogue features like shuffle and gosh-dang features such as a hard drive failure.

Ok, computer audio also holds the promise of high res files (finally!). But Parasound is thinking there is more to be wrung from the Red Book format and they are on to something.


  • Design: Redbook CD Player
  • DAC: Analog Devices AD1853
  • Analog Outputs: 1 Pair RCA Unbalanced, One Pair XLR Balanced
  • MFR: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0/-0.05 dB
  • THD+N: < 0.06% at 1 kHz
  • S/N Ratio: > 108 dB, IHF A-weighted
  • Crosstalk: < 77 dB at 20 kHz
  • Dimensions: 4.1" H x 17.25" W x 13.75" D
  • Weight: 18 Pounds
  • MSRP: $4,500 USD
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