Preamplifiers

conrad-johnson Classic Vacuum Tube Preamplifier with Phono Stage

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Conclusions

The conrad-johnson Classic is an exceptionally well executed line-stage. As an optional bonus, it can be fitted with a fantastic phono preamp as well. Except to adjust the volume higher (and, you'll want to do that often), you'd never know it was there; it simply vanishes. It becomes a transparent conduit to the source. That's exactly what a good line-stage is supposed to do. Combined with a good player, amp and speakers, the Classic transcends any medium. It places you in the event, whether that's in front of a stage, or in the club or recording studio. It reminded me why music matters. It's simple, really. Do yourself a favor and audition the Classic.

  • Reference Gear:
  • Sources: Pioneer Elite BDP 05 FD CD player; Marantz TT-15S1 Reference Turntable w/Clearaudio Virtuoso Cartridge
  • Phono Preamp: Graham Slee Era Gold V
  • Preamp/Processor: Marantz AV8003
  • Amplification: Butler Audio TDB 2250 Vacuum Tube Driven Stereo Amplifier
  • Speakers: Quad 22L2; Usher Audio Be-718 and Usher S-520 Speakers