Drums sounded quite good as well. The two should be alike, but there seems to be a difference. The temptation is to keep turning the volume up because it sounds so good — so much that the clipping level of the power amplifier is easily approached. The owner is protected by our three year limited warranty covering labor and parts except vacuum-tubes. Clean Design The front panel is free of knobs, utilizes the same round numeric display for volume as past C-J preamplifiers, and comes in any color you like, as long as that happens to be classic C-J champagne anodized aluminum.
We do not accept offers on used equipment that has a posted price; these items are priced according to market value and will sell. I defy anyone to find a more musical combination of preamplifier and phonostage for this price. The owner is protected by our three year limited warranty covering labor and parts except vacuum-tubes. Orchestral cymbals sometimes take on a life of their own and stand out too much. I would love to see a second pair of main outputs for those who use a powered subwoofer.
But it does make them more listenable than most systems. We further protect your investment with a 90-Day Warranty. Precision, metal-film resistors yield low noise performance for greatest clarity. We reviewed the high-gain model. All vacuum tubes are new or test as new. Service is a top priority at conrad-johnson.
Polypropylene capacitors, used exclusively in the audio circuits and the regulated plate voltage supplies, offer extraordinary temporal accuracy. The McIntosh is more about intimate jazz, a smoky bar room, Holly Cole caressing your ears, and an organic, natural presentation. Used Equipment We accept offers on our inventory of used equipment that does not have a posted price. The remote is a stripped-down plastic model—cheaper when compared to the billet aluminum remote that higher-end C-J preamplifiers use—but it helps keep the cost more reasonable. The family resemblance is much more than skin deep.
Neither of the other preamplifiers had this degree of presence. Original box, remote, power cord. To get a read on more budget-conscious cartridges, I tried the Rega P3-24 with a Dynavector 17D3, but the relatively low output. The McIntosh in particular has a nice laid-back air with a very natural in-room feel. It is also far more probable that the two internal plates of a single tube are going to be exactly matched and will age at the same rate. I ended up having to hold the front of the light weight preamplifier with one hand while pressing the plugs into the back.
Eventually, Led Zeppelin, Reverend Horton Heat and Dash Rip Rock fall off the playlist for good. Premium quality component parts are specified to optimize performance and to sustain that performance for years to come. It really enhances pop music. Polypropylene capacitors, used exclusively in the audio circuits and the regulated plate voltage supplies, offer extraordinary temporal accuracy. This is no small achievement.
Upscale Certified Pre-Owned Components are fully bench-tested by an expert technician with over 25 years experience. The family resemblance is much more than skin deep. As he plays the notes, he shakes the slide to add a secondary percussive sound on top. At the time of this audition, I had two power amplifiers available. A failure of any of these fuses is a symptom of a more serious problem, and a competent service technician should be consulted. I employ a Manley Massive Passive studio equalizer when working on restoring my vinyl collection, so this is one of my favorite features. It has sufficient current to bring out the best of the four-Ohm Axiom M100s at higher volumes yet maintains dynamics and tone when playing at much softer levels.
Did you know what there is a cymbal being brushed almost continuously throughout that entire song? That Big C-J Sound Once the break in period was complete and I got down to serious listening, I became amazed at how much this preamplifier is capable of delivering! We will meet or beat any verifiable price from an authorized dealer. That being said, the treble emphasis that is so pleasant on some music can be a bit too much in other cases. Like all c-j preamps, you need to phase invert the signal at the speaker terminals if you want to keep the sound in absolute phase. Others are faithful to the recording but the entertainment suffers in the process. During this song there is an acoustic slide guitar performed by Mr.
In subsequent sessions, as long as the ac mains supply has not suffered a power outage, the unit will turn on at the last used volume setting and input. The family resemblance is much more than skin deep. The family resemblance is much more than skin deep. Choice of materials, physical layout, grounding. I have no complaint about this, but do note it in passing. It begins to come out of the fog at about 150 hours, with the presentation making a big jump right around the 300-hour mark before showing further improvement between 300 and 500 hours.
The review sample came fully loaded. Service is a top priority at conrad-johnson. But there were several other songs where the effect was quite pleasant. One of my audio friends who visited me for an audition, Mr. The high-gain version features 54db of gain, and is suggested for cartridges with an output of 1.