Parasound HCA 3500 question

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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,699
    Don't sell the 3500 short, it is not your Parasound standard fare. This amp has John Curls DNA all over it. It. All components are selected by John and are of the highest quality. It was manufactured to his standards, not Parasounds. To say it is of lesser quality than MF is not accurate.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

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  • Gerres26Gerres26 Posts: 347
    That 3500 sold anyway so it's a mute point now but it is interesting to hear what others think of it compared to other gear.
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,291
    I hate to sound like a broken record but that 2200 II is still sitting on US Audiomart for 750 plus shipping. I know its older and will need to go back to Parasound somebday, but I wonder how it compares to the 3500 other than current. Im also eying a McCormack DNA 1 and Butler 2 channel amp since I may be able to upgrade soon and want my next amp to be a keeper ie 5 or more years.....
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,699
    That's too bad, those don't come up often.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,526
    $1300 + a recap gets you close to an A21 which is very solid. When I chose my A21 I tested it against a used HCA 2200A. SQ on the A21 was much more refined and made it the winner. Not sure how it stacks vs the 3500 but the Halo's sound great at their price point.
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  • Gerres26Gerres26 Posts: 347
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    I hate to sound like a broken record but that 2200 II is still sitting on US Audiomart for 750 plus shipping. I know its older and will need to go back to Parasound somebday, but I wonder how it compares to the 3500 other than current. Im also eying a McCormack DNA 1 and Butler 2 channel amp since I may be able to upgrade soon and want my next amp to be a keeper ie 5 or more years.....

    Since you mention McCormack, there's two McCormack DNA 500's for sale in my general area right now. I know those are supposed to be excellent amps but they are a little spendy at around 3k for either one.
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,699
    The HCA-2200II is head and shoulders above the standard HCA-2200.

    The 2200 is Parasounds based on a John Curl design, the 2200II is a Curl design.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,699
    edited July 14
    Gerres26 wrote: »
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    I hate to sound like a broken record but that 2200 II is still sitting on US Audiomart for 750 plus shipping. I know its older and will need to go back to Parasound somebday, but I wonder how it compares to the 3500 other than current. Im also eying a McCormack DNA 1 and Butler 2 channel amp since I may be able to upgrade soon and want my next amp to be a keeper ie 5 or more years.....

    Since you mention McCormack, there's two McCormack DNA 500's for sale in my general area right now. I know those are supposed to be excellent amps but they are a little spendy at around 3k for either one.

    Those were like 7k new I think.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,526
    7000k ? That's $7,000,000 LOL
    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7702 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo BDP-103D | Sony PS4 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 64" Plasma | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7004 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | Marantz SA8004 SACD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | HP Elite Slice PC | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4 Pro

    Patio Polk Atrium 8's |Marantz 2252B |

    Office Bluesound Node2 | Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | Marantz 2385 |

    Bedroom Peactree Nova 125SE | Focal 905's | Bluesound Node | SVS SB2000 Sub

    Garage Yamaha R-N303BL | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP2K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's |
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,699
    edited July 14
    You missed my revision at 8:45......LOL.

    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,291
    Little bit a background info on my room
    - There is a door opening to the right of the right speaker, so some type of balance control on the amp OR pre is a must. Right now I find myself moving the balance to the right 2 to 4 clicks, depending on the song, to even out the stereo effect
    - Im sold on monitors for speakers and plan on adding a send REL t5 sub in the future. Given the room and portability, I dont see going to floorstanders for a long time.
    - I would like to avoid a 'space heater' for an amp, since my room tends to hold heat very well. Im guessing most amo dont have this issue, even in class A, if they are driving my Totem Rainmakers (?)
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 40,386
    Don't sell the 3500 short, it is not your Parasound standard fare. This amp has John Curls DNA all over it. It. All components are selected by John and are of the highest quality. It was manufactured to his standards, not Parasounds. To say it is of lesser quality than MF is not accurate.

    Ah, not true. The modified version of the 3500, the BBQ replaced 200 components with better ones. That's the amp which is not standard fare.

    However, the comments were not about build quality, they were about sound quality and in that regard I too prefer Musical Fidelity.
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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 2,699
    My remark meant to be higher quality not highest than Parasond products based on Curl designs. Wasn't that BBQ what later became the JC series.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's;Cables: Wireworld Eclipse IC; Audioquest Big Sur IC; LAT International speaker cables; PS Audio AC-3 power cords, all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.

    Political memes posted as fact and accepted as fact, are sign language of the ignorant, for the ignorant

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 40,386
    Yes, the stereo BBQ was the model for the JC1 mono blocks.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,768
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    I hate to sound like a broken record but that 2200 II is still sitting on US Audiomart for 750 plus shipping. I know its older and will need to go back to Parasound somebday, but I wonder how it compares to the 3500 other than current. Im also eying a McCormack DNA 1 and Butler 2 channel amp since I may be able to upgrade soon and want my next amp to be a keeper ie 5 or more years.....

    Either the McCormack or the Butler would be my preference. Might lean a bit more heavily towards the Butler. Runs quiet and cool as a cucumber.
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  • ab0tjab0tj Posts: 40
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    I hate to sound like a broken record but that 2200 II is still sitting on US Audiomart for 750 plus shipping.
    Nope, it's been bought and paid for. Just waiting on him to ship now :#
    Marantz SR6012, Parasound HCA-2200II, LSiM705 L/R, S35 center (yeah, I know...), 2x PSW505
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,291
    ab0tj wrote: »
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    I hate to sound like a broken record but that 2200 II is still sitting on US Audiomart for 750 plus shipping.
    Nope, it's been bought and paid for. Just waiting on him to ship now :#
    Let us know what you think....I will probably keep himming and hawing before I make a decision. It looks like you got a pretty good deal.

  • ab0tjab0tj Posts: 40
    I am definitely excited to see what my RTi's sound like with some real power behind them.
    BTW, didn't mean to step on any toes here, I bought it before I came across this thread...
    Marantz SR6012, Parasound HCA-2200II, LSiM705 L/R, S35 center (yeah, I know...), 2x PSW505
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,270
    psssh... freakin' toe-stepper...
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