|Parasound A 52 Multi-channel Power Amplifier|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Multi-Channel Amplifiers|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Wednesday, 01 November 2006|
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If you haven’t guessed by now, I loved the A 52. It’s hard for me to fault it. Okay, the soundstage depth is a bit shallow and it gets a bit warm to the touch, but based on all of its strengths, I really don’t care.
But there’s a catch.
The A 52 by itself isn’t exactly neutral, which means that proper equipment matching is critical. Moreover, if you have speakers that tend to be a bit lean or bright in the frequency spectrum, then I’m afraid the A 52 may prove to be a bit tricky. However, mate it with full-range, punchy speakers like my JBLs and you might ask yourself, why wish for more? And you shouldn’t, because when properly complemented with the right electronics and speakers, the A 52 is a sheer delight and one of the best in its class.
The A 52, at a touch under two grand, is a giant among men … er … I mean amplifiers. You get loads of power, more than I think most people will need, oodles of style and grace and killer sound. It really is an amazing amplifier, one that I’m happy to have auditioned and one that Parasound should be proud of. It can be ever so slightly lean-sounding on certain recordings and proper system matching is a must, especially when it comes to loudspeakers. Still, for its price, the A 52 is truly an astonishing piece of equipment that isn’t bound to disappoint. In spite of its age, it should still send chills up the competition’s spine, for it is a timeless piece in more ways that one and one of only a few amplifiers that I can say might be the last you’ll ever have to buy. I’m sad to see the A 52 go. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if it resurfaced on AVRev’s top products of 2006 list, if you get my drift.