Using a high grade phono Pre-Amplifier is one of the most important links in the vinyl playback chain. A phono stage has to supply huge gain with minimal noise and distortion... on top of this it must also realise an accurate RIAA eq curve for the correct playback of our beloved records. John Curl is a legendary phono stage designer who is famous for providing plenty of slam and detail with a minimum of background noise... and in the case of the JC3 Jr. Jr. Parasound have managed to realise an incredible S/N up to 94 dB and THD less than 0.02% !
The JC3 Jr phono pre-amp is slimline and has 3 options for gain, features RCA and XLR outputs and a continuously variable MC impedance real time dial on the rear to adjust loading from 50-550 ohms to fine tune for nearly any MC cartridge out there. The JC3 Jr also has an equally impressive performance with MM and MI cartridges delivering detail, transient dynamics and air and space in the soundstage no matter what cartridge is connected.
This phono pre-amp is an absolutely amazing design with magnificent sound that genuinely competes with others up to twice it's asking price... The excellent low noise circuit is coupled to a startlingly fast transient attack which ensures a noticeably wide dynamic range with plenty of detail. Simple to set-up and use yet packing a real punch showing what analogue vinyl playback is really capable of... We highly recommend this product.
Circuitry designed by legendary John Curl
Circuit board layout by Carl Thompson
Cartridge options for 47k Ω MM and MC/MI
Variable MC impedance adjustment of 50-550 ohms
Gain select for 40 dB/50 dB/60 dB unbalanced (46 dB/56 dB/66 dB balanced)
Balanced and unbalanced outputs
Mono switch can improve sound of mono & older LPs
Convenient auto turn-on by 12V trigger
RIAA accurate to within 0.2 dB
Incredible S/N up to 94 dB and THD less than 0.02%
Vishay-Dale resistors in the audio path
Aluminum shield separates power supply and audio circuits
Shielded toroid power transformer
High speed-soft recovery bridge rectifiers and common mode inductors