you can find new PS Audio Stellar amps from authorized dealers, for about 30% off. I have the S300 and it is excellent. For the price, I'm not a fan of the Parasound, but many others love them...you gotta go listen
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I have been using the A21 for about 6 years. The best sounding amp I have had, but have never paid over $2.5k for any amp. Funny, I had the Odyssey amps and the A21 is much better, not to mention the Stratos failed on me....twice. John Curl designed and they sound like 2x what they cost. Also you can run balanced cables into them. The only amp I owned that was close was a McCormack DNA 125, it was sweet sounding but it was not nearly as powerful as the A21. Maybe the DNA-225.
The one thing about the A21 is that the top end is a little rolled off sounding. For laid back speakers or cables, etc, this can squeltch the top end, depending on one’e tastes of course.
i had the amp for about 4 years with the P7. I wanted a more open sounding top end, some others might be fine with it.
no idea if the A21+ has the same house sound or not.
Years ago used to own an A21 and then JC-1; just bought a used A23 for my girlfriend's system. It's just like I remember the A21 - smooth, powerful & dynamic sound with just a touch of warmth. Very, very sweet! It's got the good points of solid-state amplification with really none of the bad - certainly nothing that draws attention to itself. And I'd long since gone to tube amps in my main system. Love that little A23, but of course now I wish we'd gone for the bigger A21. Great amps.
I just visited the Parasound website and didn't realize their A52 amplifier is a 5 channel home theater amplifier. I settled for an ARCAM AVR550 instead. I wonder how much I gave up in terms of sound quality. I wanted to find something I could listen to in both 2 channel and 5.1 channel surround. I love the way the Parasound Halo integrated amplifiers sounds for the money.