Parasound C1

If I were going to design an A/V Processor it would probably look something like the Parasound Halo C1. It is THX Ultra2-certified and that can also be software upgradeable (supports Dolby Pro-LogicIIx via a firmware update). I love the little 5″ front panel TFT display which can display the main or zone video and the setup menu, great if you locate your components away from your main display. The Halo C1 has a load of input and outputs which will motivate you to buy more devices to plug into it. The use of BNC connectors for the component inputs and outputs is nice to see, that way you can use your true 75ohm cables. The C1 isn’t perfect, it doesn’t have any 1394 IEEE, HDMI or DVI inputs or outputs, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this beautiful unit. It will set you back about six grand but it does come with an unprecedented 10 years parts, 5 years labor warranty which should give you carefree use for many years.