Phono input impedance: mm, 47k ohms; mc, 47k ohms/variable 50–550 ohms Gain: 40dB/50dB/60dB (unbalanced output); 46dB/56dB/66dB (balanced output) Dimensions: 17.25″ x 2.5″ x 14.75″ Weight: 13 lbs. John Curl is an audio legend with over 30 years’ experience designing the very finest sounding phono preamps. Parasound's brand new Halo JC 3 Jr. phono preamplifier is a simplified version of the company's award-winning flagship JC 3+ and they sound very similar. The mono switch on the JC 3 Jr. is a great addition – worth its weight in gold. "We've nailed it!" "With high levels of the 3+'s character coursing through its circuitry, Jr. established a sonic kinship that imparted a wide soundstage with noiseless, black-velvet backgrounds – a prologue for the level of resolving power I later observed. According to Parasound's president and founder Richard Schram, "I'd have no hesitation comparing the JC 3 Jr. with the five-digit priced phono preamps from other manufacturers. All rights reserved. Its supremely well-balanced, uncolored, musically impartial character makes it unique among its budget-friendly brethren, and its compatibility with all manner of phono cartridges means it will work well and sound great in a wide variety of systems. The JC 3+ sound is slightly more refined and dynamic, because its component parts and construction are more expensive. Convenience features include stereo/mono select as well as auto turn-on with a 12V trigger. Dynamic, harmonious, completely articulated, and very well balanced. JC3 Jr. kjennetegnes ved at den er helt stille, og spiller med en ukjent åpenhet og detaljrikdom i denne prisklassen. Jr. conveyed the warm ambient flavor of the recording venue, an openness rather than a constriction of the hall. Audio Inputs. ", - Dwayne Carter, enjoythemusic.com, March 2019, "...Richard Schram, Parasound CEO and Founder, is making you an offer you can almost not refuse. Even as lower-output cartridges were added and the gain was adjusted to compensate, noise was never a factor. ", Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier - Item # PAHAJC3JR, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Esprit SB Turntable, Focal Clear Open Circumaural High Fidelity Headphones, Copyright © Audio Advisor, Inc. 1981-2021, Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier Manual (PDF Format), 2019 Parasound Halo Product Line Brochure (PDF Format), Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier Product Reviews, Circuitry designed by legendary John Curl, Cartridge options for 47k Ohm MM and MC/MI, Variable MC impedance adjustment of 50-550 ohms, Gain select for 40 dB/50 dB/60 dB unbalanced (46 dB/56 dB/66 dB balanced), Mono switch can improve sound of mono & older LPs, Incredible S/N up to 94 dB and THD less than 0.02%, Aluminum shield separates power supply and audio circuits, High speed-soft recovery bridge rectifiers and common mode inductors, Neutrik brand locking balanced XLR outputs connectors, Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.02% at 1 kHz, Signal to Noise Ratio, 40 dB Setting: >85 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; >80 dB, input shorted, unweighted, Signal to Noise Ratio, 50 dB Setting: >89 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; >84 dB, input shorted unweighted, Signal to Noise Ratio, 60 dB Setting: > 94dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted; > 91dB, input shorted, unweighted, Input Impedance: MM or MI: 47k Ohm; MC Variable: 50- 550 Ohm, Output Impedance: Unbalanced: < 100 Ohm; Balanced: < 100 Ohm per leg, Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz, 4mV Input: 40 dB: 4 mV for 450mV output; 50 dB: 4 mV for 1.4 Volts output; 60 dB: 4 mV for 4.25 Volts output, Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz, 1V Output: 40 dB: 9 mV for 1.0 Volt output; 50 dB: 3 mV for 1.0 Volt output; 60 dB: 0.9 mV for 1.0 Volt output, Total Gain: 40 dB / 50 dB / 60 dB (unbalanced output); 46 dB / 56 dB / 66 dB (balanced output), AC Power Requirement: Standby: <1 watt; Power On: 9 watts; 115 VAC or 230 VAC 50 - 60 Hz, Dimensions: 17-1/4" wide, 2-1/2" high (1-3/4" without feet), 14-3/4" deep (17" with cables). It is mellifluous. Originally, I thought we might have to price it at $1,800 or possibly $2,000 – it's actually that good. Also unusual are the low noise specifications.". If you were going to spend about $1500-$2500 on a solid-state phono stage, I’d say that the Junior is your entire short list. GTIN. The JC 3 Jr. won an Editors' Choice Award 2019 from The Absolute Sound magazine, which noted, "Junior conveys a warm ambient flavor, openness rather than a constriction within the hall. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. ", "The Parasound Junior is, without a doubt in my mind, the best under-$2000 solid-state phono stage I have ever heard, or even know about," raves Robert H. Levi in Issue 93 of Positive Feedback magazine. A substantial aluminum partition isolates the phonostage board from the power supply, power transformer, and internal AC wiring. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. With 30 minutes on the power up clock, unable to resist the temptation any further, a new copy of Crowded House’s Together Alone is dropped on the current Technics SL-1200G with Hana SL cartridge, and magic begins pouring through the latest offering from Parasound. The price of the JC 3 Jr. is a real testament to the skill and dedication of our entire team, including John and the factory.". "Overall then, the JC 3 Jr. is not quite as good as the JC3+ but at half the price it comes surprisingly close. With vinyl’s popularity on the rise, Parasound’s Richard Schram figured a stand-alone version priced right might find an audience. With the sterling reputation of its bigger brother, the JC 3+, this little guy has a lot to prove as issue of the genius mind of Curl. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. Only when it is absent, do you know how much it was doing for you and your system. Listening note: During my sessions I ran four different cartridges with outputs varying from 0.4mV to 5mV. Parasound’s JC 3 Phono Preamplifier: Heavy On Heritage If you aren’t old enough to know about John Curl, suffice it to say that he was responsible for more than a handful of legendary designs and one of the world’s greatest phonostages, the Vendetta Research—a … The sound of the Parasound JC 3 Jr is … The Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier is a real-world bargain!" That said, the JC 3 Jr. was one feisty chip off the old block. In real world priced systems it’s likely to max-out vinyl performance and keep you locked in to listening for years to come.' As Schram tells it the key question was how to allot the more limited resources where they’d benefit sonics the most. Its winning musicality proudly upholds the family name. This together with one updated Grado Statement V2 (the one with the big head) make a jaw-dropping difference! In this setting the JC 3 Jr.’s character added a slightly darker element to the string sections and a more forgiving top end. If your line stage preamplifier or integrated amp is equipped with balanced XLR inputs we recommend using the JC 3 Jr. It remains silent and unnoticeable. Specifications of all three products: Copy editor: Dan Rubin ← Previous page (Page 2 of 2) Latest Reviews & Audio News. When I heard that they were releasing the JC3 Jr., a streamlined version of the much acclaimed JC3/JC3+, and the ZPhono XRM (an upgraded ZPhono), I got on the horn to Richard Schram, Parasound’s CEO, and inquired about the products, wanting to write about them. To understand how they did it I needed to speak with Parasound chief Richard Schram. For me, the John Curl designed JC 3+ has consistently drawn forth a wealth of musical and sonic detail from a range of cartridges. The JC 3+ “DNA” is apparent in the Jr.’s circuit topology and many of its parts, including the fine Neutrik locking XLR jacks and Vampire 24k gold-plated RCA jacks. 'Value' is well-deserved. Begin typing your search above and press return to search. At the JC 3 Jr.’s modest $1495 price another design team could have easily phoned this one in, but Messrs. Curl and Thompson are heavy-hitters in audio with formidable reputations to uphold. said Richard. The famed Chicago brass section didn’t quite have the sparkling pop and transparency that the 3+ captures nor the extension and definition at the frequency extremes, although the difference is relatively small. Make sure you include it on your audition list. Even years after its release, the abundance of ambience and micro-information that emerges from this LP continued to surprise and astound me. S/N på 94 dB og THD mindre enn 0.02%! I wouldn’t rule out the possibility.” Being an optimist, I think I’ll take that as a “yes.” At least, I sure hope so. ", Richard's team worked on this project with John and circuit board designer Carl Thompson for nearly two years. Brand new "JC3 Jr." Phono Preamp is home just days ago. Circuit topology is closely related, and circuit boards were designed by Carl Thompson, John's circuit board partner dating back to his legendary Vendetta phono stage. It is unflappable and other-worldly flexible. Color. Like the 3+, the Jr. manifested a high-energy, dynamically lively, and slightly forward tonal momentum that focused my attention. Operates perfectly. With the JC 3 Jr., Parasound is shooting for its most affordable phono preamp yet in the Halo range – at US$1,500, it certainly isn’t stratospheric, but you are reminded that affordability is a relative term. Halo Jc3 Jr er den aller nyeste og rimeligste phono forsterker noensinne fra John Curl og Parasound, … og vi snakker fortsatt om en high-end forsterker! That's an amazing statement from Michael Fremer about one of the most exciting preamps that we've carried in a long, long time. There is no shortage of phono stages on sale at the Parasound’s price point. Parasound JC3 Jr Halo Phono Preamplifier B-Stock Full Warranty John Curl is an audio legend with over 30 years’ experience designing the very fines... View full … The Absolute Sound is the world’s preeminent source of expert reviews, features, and commentary on high-performance audio and music. Gain is adjustable between 40, 50, and 60dB (unbalanced) for any cartridge. Seven years ago, Parasound asked legendary designer, John Curl, to create a phono preamplifier for its Halo line. The audio performance and build quality of the Halo JC3+ phono preamp is dynamically riveting. Curl’s wand-waving not only resulted in loading adjustments but a chassis full of other improvements as well. First the JC3 Jr. arrived and then the ZPhono XRM. Both were a breeze to set up. Its low-profile chassis also contributed to cost reduction. Discussions began in early 2016 with wizards Curl and Thompson, and it was agreed the Jr. would employ key core technology of their previous efforts, including a direct-coupled circuit using DC servos and Curl’s signature RIAA EQ circuit with the same REL capacitors and passive parts used in the JC 3+ (and Curl’s iconic Vendetta Research SCP-2), plus a sophisticated power supply with a common-mode inductor and high-speed/soft-recovery diodes. ", "I have not singled out the excellent performance of the Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier. 0791084211306. The design goals were ultra-high performance and low noise, in the spirit of Curl’s legendary Vendetta phono preamp. It is truly high definition. The last fifth floor Audio Hunter’s room was number 560. Thank You for Choosing Parasound Your new Parasound Halo JC 3+ Phono Preamplifier is the pinnacle of analog audio technology and value engineering. The mono button on front even changes color when engaged. Imaging and spatiality go hand-in-hand with this phonostage. A phono preamp that will stand the test of time. I recently purchased a used JC3+ to replace a PS Audio GCPH with Underwood Mods. The signature kettledrums were not quite as lively and textured. Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier. I find the Halo JC 3 Jr outstanding for value and performance. With high levels of the 3+’s character coursing through its circuitry, Jr. established a sonic kinship that imparted a wide soundstage with noiseless, black-velvet backgrounds—a prologue for the level of resolving power I later observed. Image retrieval was also of a high order, although at the lowest levels that magic “open window” sense of transparency has a bit of soft shading. Brand. A few years back, I reviewed Parasound’s JC3+ phono amplifier, a dual mono design that was noted for its particular internal layout. The Jr.'s power supply is shared by both channels rather than dual-mono in the JC 3+. and showcasing the new $1495 Parasound JC3 Jr. phono stage designed by one of my heroes, John Curl. It was Parasound central, featuring all manner of Parasound electronics (A21+, P7, Classic 200, etc.) ", According to Richard, "My ambition was to build a John Curl-designed phono stage within reach of more vinyl lovers. The back panel includes a set of balanced and unbalanced outputs and a set of unbalanced inputs. JC3JR. Wind and string transients are smooth and naturalistic. ", - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound magazine, July/August 2018, "The JC 3 Jr. can best be described as a Goldilocks phono preamp – just right in about every dimension. ", "The Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier, the Junior, is a fantastic boon to audiophiles everywhere who love getting the best out of their LPs, but do not have deep pockets. ", "...all of the characteristics we look for in music reproduction come together in a convincing musical picture. At its price I am certain there is nothing on the market that can beat it! He has designed acclaimed phono stage preamps for Vendetta Research, Constellation Audio, Audible Illusions and for Parasound, whose JC3+ is a Stereophile Class A Recommended Component. It has my full recommendation. Wind and string transients are smooth and naturalistic. But I've priced the JC 3 Jr. to be a real steal at only $1,495, half the price of a JC 3+. Parasound Halo JC3 Jr Phono Preamp, in Excellent condition. They included the high-output Grado Prestige Black2, an amazing deal at $75, the Clearaudio Essence mc ($1500), and Clearaudio Charisma mm ($2000), and the Sumiko Palo Santos Presentation mc ($4500). MPN. Parasound JC 3+ Phono Preamp Hum I know hum problems have been discussed ad nauseam on this board, but after trying a few different things, I have been unable to find a solution. Although John Curl is also touted for his Parasound amplifiers, his efforts with the original Halo JC 3 phono preamplifier were extraordinarily well-received and reviewed. "There's not a phono preamp anywhere near its price that even comes close," said Richard. "The bottom end is solid and well-extended and the preamp’s overall tonal balance is refreshingly neutral and very similar to what I noted with the JC3+: 'The JC3+’s midrange neutrality and transient cleanliness and its lack of grit, hyper edge definition or on the other side of that divide, softness, challenge the performance of far more expensive preamplifiers.' ", "It is dead silent. Post Feb 26, 2018 #1 2018-02-26T17:25. "Happy is an understatement," said Richard. The Absolute Sound’s Buyer’s Guide to Loudspeakers 2018. Wilson Audio Specialties Chronosonic XVX Loudspeaker, Subsonic Subwoofer, and ActivXO Crossover, Schiit Audio Modius DAC and Magnius Preamplifier/Headphone Amplifier, Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 : Loudspeaker, Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 : Digital Electronics, An Interview with John Bring of Cable Support Plate, The Absolute Sound’s High-End Audio Hall of Fame | 2020 Inductees, Lauren Daigle’s Grammy Award Winning Album “Look Up Child” to be released December 11 in 45RPM LP Format, The Absolute Sound’s Buyer’s Guide to Electronics 2017, The Absolute Sound’s Top Picks in High-End Audio and Music 2017, The Absolute Sound’s Buyer's Guide to Affordable High-End Audio 2017, Hank Williams: Pictures from Life’s Other Side. The smaller the board, the better, Schram says, so as to attract less noise than do larger boards, whose many copper traces can act as antennas. In most systems, the difference would be hard to distinguish. FOR SALE: Parasound Halo JC3 Jr Black: Phono Preamplifiers: $1450.00: MB Dec 27, 2020: 2 : FOR SALE: Parasound Halo P 7 7.1 Channel Preamplifier (Silver) Solid State Preamplifiers: $2000.00: BC Dec 05, 2020 - 3 : DEALER AD: Parasound Halo P6 Preamplifier & DAC, Customer Trade, Only $1799: Solid State Preamplifiers: $1799.00: ON Dec 23, 2020 ", - Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, April 2018, "Goldilocks phono preamp – just right in about every dimension. I’m currently using a Parasound JC3 Jr. to great effect, but would very much like to hear from anyone who’s heard / owned both the PSA Stellar Phono Pre and a Parasound JC3 Jr. or 3+. All of the characteristics we look for in music reproduction come together in a convincing musical picture. No doubt about it -- Parasound’s Halo JC 3 Jr. is a heck of a fine phono stage. ", - Michael Fremer, Analogplanet.com, February 26, 2018, "Put all these aspects together – its insight, control, accurate soundstaging and fine handling of rhythms – and you have a redoubtable performer. 3,030 393 4. The JC 3+ sound is slightly more refined and dynamic, because its component parts and construction are more expensive. We've worked together like this since 1989, creating superior products whose performance and value are unmatched. ", "The JC 3 Jr. was one feisty chip off the old block," reports Neil Gader in the July/August 2018 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine. Designed to be optimized for moving-magnet and low-output moving-coil (mm and mc) phono cartridges, the gain circuits feature independent toggle control of gain, load impedance (variable or 47k ohm), plus a small knob for variable mc impedance. To be sure, it lacks the full dose of hall ambience conveyed by the 3+ but Jr. taps an appreciable amount of front-to-back depth and dimension in its own right. Parasound JC3 Jr. phono preamplifier. Ultimately I concluded that Jr. can’t quite muster the full midrange sensuality that its elder brother possesses—the ability to extract woody resonances from clarinet and oboe or the fat soundboard decay from a stand-up bass, but at twice the cost, the JC 3+ was certainly deserving of a senior moment. 3,030 393 4. bauzace50. Jr.’s resolution of inner detail was similarly excellent. While many of the parts are the same or similar, the JC 3 Jr. uses a single, high-quality volume potentiometer that’s less expensive compared with the pricey, dual-channel, custom Vishay pot of the JC 3+. "We've created a winner, and I expect we're going to sell a lot of them.". What's different is that both channels of the Jr.'s gain and EQ circuits are built on a single board, behind a single shield, rather than on separate boards with individual shielding in the JC 3+. CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. ", "...a neat balance between fun and forensic makes for a long-term listening partner. But it comes uncomfortably close to the original JC 3, the phono pre that would later evolve into the 3+. I say this not because I’m partial to Parasound products in general, but because I flat out believe there is no better phonostage on the market within shouting distance of its price. It was in the context of reviewing this phono pre and Clearaudio’s Concept Black turntable (review in this issue) that I came to strongly admire Clearaudio’s new Charisma mm cartridge. These changes enabled Parasound to use a new low-profile Halo chassis that is less expensive to build. Giving you 2 scoops of a 3 scoop banana split for the cost of a single scoop, you will luxuriate in top-shelf phono pleasure and have some money left over for LPs. "John appreciates our collaborative design process and he continues to surprise us with ingenious ways to control costs while upholding his demanding standards. Turning to the challenge of classical music reproduction, I listened to the Solti-conducted Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing Beethoven’s Ninth. (You only need to consider Constellation’s flagship phonostage, the $75k Orion, to appreciate the degree of seriousness they bring to their work.) The resulting Parasound Halo JC 3 Jr. is a high-performance, low-noise stereo phono preamplifier for use with moving magnet and moving coil (MM and MC) phono cartridges. One of my guilty pleasures is the prog-rock band Yes and its 90125 album (the Bob Ludwig/Masterdisk pressing). Not as dynamically flashy as through the JC 3+, but not flatfooted either. Low-level detail was equally superb while lower mids and bass octaves were taut in pitch, dense in timbre, and brimming with complexity. Wind and string transients were smooth and naturalistic. I am the original owner. UPC. ", "Junior conveys a warm ambient flavor, openness rather than a constriction within the hall. Parsound’s JC3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier. According to Parasound's founder and CEO, Richard Schram, the Halo JC 3 began as a phono-preamp retrofit for the JC 2 line stage, with separate small circuit boards for each channel. Giving you 2 scoops of a 3 scoop banana split for the cost of a single scoop, you will luxuriate in top-shelf phono pleasure and have some money left over for LPs. Includes factory packaging (double boxed), and manual, power cord, 12 volt connector. ", "The Parasound Junior is, without a doubt in my mind, the best under-$2000 solid-state phono stage I have ever heard, or even know about. ", "...judged on its considerable merits it’s a seriously engaging phono preamp that deserves some careful consideration and an audition. The R-core transformer for the 3+ also gave way to a more prosaic toroidal variant, as did the independent power supplies (Jr. uses a single PS) and larger filter caps for each channel, and lastly the internal AC line conditioner. SAN FRANCISCO (12/17/18) —Parasound’s new $599 Zphono XRM phono preamplifier bridges the price gap between its entry-level $200 Zphono and internationally acclaimed $1,495 Halo JC 3 Jr. It's gorgeous and will no doubt show up future products. Each channel has one balanced XLR jack and one unbalanced RCA output jack. ", - Johan Khoo, audioFi.net (Malaysia), April 25, 2018, "All of [the] features and the build quality are, to say the least, unusual at this price point where 'wal-warts' and dipswitches are far more common. Parasound. A Chip off the Old Block Truthfully the JC 3 Jr. is not a 3+. Its ability to take a very wide spread of genres and levels of mastering and deliver them all with a consistent and engaging balance of refinement, spaciousness and overall musicality is a welcome one. As I listened to the superb Argo pressing of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, the family resemblance between the Parasounds was undeniable. Jr. was revelatory in expressing the dark, moody character that underscores this track. For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound’s JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that … There was shielding here and isolation there while large power-supply filter capacitors were added to reduce strain on the amplifier. The JC 3 Jr. is what happens. For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound’s JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that might accrue along the way. Australian HiFi (Australia) December, 2018 "With the JC3 Jr, you are going to hear everything the recording engineer has captured in the groove, and nothing more. About this product. So, what happens when Parasound taps Curl and his partner, circuit board designer Carl Thompson, to make lightning strike twice at a cost half as much as the JC 3+? Overall then, the JC 3 Jr. is not quite as good as the JC3+ but at half the price it comes surprisingly close. Press Esc to cancel. Copyright © 2021 The Absolute Sound. In and around 2013, Parasound made some adjustments to the JC 3 with the JC 3+, adding MC … New Album Releases Project 2021-1-4 (January 4, 2021) Inakustik Reference LS 4004 Air Speaker Cable, Reference Digital 2404 Air Coax cable and Reference High Speed USB cable Review A perennial overachiever, […]. For example, as I listened to the track “I’ll Be Seeing You” from the marvelous reissue of Rickie Lee Jones’ Pop Pop, the delicate interplay of the classical guitar and clarinet conveyed a wealth of expressive harmonic weight and acoustic realism. About this product. It still employs the same high-speed/soft-recovery bridge diodes and common mode inductor to banish background noise. Stereo L/R RCA. Audio Output Connections The JC 3 Jr. Output jacks connect to the line level input jacks on your line level preamplifier or integrated amplifier. Product Key Features. Parasound Halo JC3 Jr. for sale. Three years later, Parasound introduced the JC 3 phono preamplifier. Parasound JC3 Jr. (phono preamp) Parasound JC3 Jr. (phono preamp) bauzace50. If you’re new to the analog game, the JC3 Jr.s designer, John Curl is a legend, having a … I have a couple of capable MM phono stages (Parks Audio Budgie and in my DB Systems preamp) so maybe I just need to get a more capable single input MC phono preamp. "Giving you 2 scoops of a 3 scoop banana split for the cost of a single scoop, you will luxuriate in top-shelf phono pleasure and have some money left over for LPs. Parasound's new $2995 JC3+ is a significantly upgraded version of the already high performance original JC3 phono preamplifier, though outwardly it looks identical to the handsome original. I’ll stick with that here too as well as with my JC3+ conclusion: "'It does everything well and its minor acts of omission will not be noticed or missed on the kinds of systems in which it’s likely to be used. One thing Parasound refused to compromise is the amazing sonic character of the JC 3+, which is what everyone raves about. ", - The Absolute Sound High-End Audio Buyer's Guide 2020, "John Curl designed the Parasound JC 3 Jr. at a caliber that allows listeners to concentrate on the music. For the vast majority of vinyl owners, Parasound's JC 3 Jr. will stand the test of time and be a willing partner to cartridge or turntable upgrades that might accrue along the way.". A prime example was Tony Levin’s marvelous bass playing that closes the 45rpm LP version of the Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush duet “Don’t Give Up” [Virgin]. But something had to give—and first on the chopping block was the costly dual-mono architecture with its individually shielded vaults for each channel. 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