This is a very flexible processor that sounds great and can be configured with ease. It does not have all of the endless features of some of the other processors we have tested, but it has all the necessary ones people need and use on a daily basis. I wish Parasound would allow the blue lights in the front panel to be dimmed, as they light up my room with a blue glow. While that is an interesting effect to show off, it is not necessarily enjoyable in dark scenes of movies. Parasound does allow the informational text display to be dimmed, but that is a moot point when you cannot dim the main lights which are brighter than the display to begin with.
The AKM DACs, Burr-Brown op-amps, and Motorola processor are all top notch and are implemented in such as way to provide excellent sound quality and functionality. I am disappointed there is no option to digitize the 5.1 analog input, as I would like to have better delay control and bass management from my DVD-A player.
Overall, a thumbs up for the HALO C2 with its simple set-up process, excellent flexibility, cool styling, and high-performance audio quality.