The JC2 BP preamp is essentially the same as the award winning JC2 preamp but with a home theater bypass (which is why it has the “BP” designate in the model name). With this feature, Parasound basically allowed the JC2 preamp to seamlessly integrate into your home theater system. This allowed the user to watch his movies in the same system and also enjoy the two channel finesse of the JC2. With this added flexibility, the JC2 BP only cost $500 more than the original JC2 which is real bargain when you factor how good sounding the JC2 is. It has won accolades from Absolute Sound and Stereophile amongst others. In the right room size, you can relish the wide, open sound it reproduces. Music was smooth and transparent with a nice taut sound. Bass was not overly boomy but tight and fairly quick. The mids and highs were rich and detailed which we commonly hear on preamps costing much more than its “budget priced” $4,500 MSRP. Built quality is very good and the layout well thought out.
Cosmetically, the JC2 BP is in nice shape. Some minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. We don’t have the original box and manual (available online) but will securely pack this for safe shipping. Remote is included.