McIntosh is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music. McIntosh is probably best known for its amplifiers and preamps, but the company produces many other components and parts for stereo and home theatre.
What are the specs for the Conrad-Johnson Premier 14?
- 25 dB
- Phase Inverting
- Maximum Output:
- 20 VRMS
- less than .25% THD or IMD at 1.0 V output
- bandpass 2Hz to more than 100kHz
- Line Stage:
- 96 dB below 2.5 volt output
- Input Impedance:
- 100K ohms
- 19W | 3.75H | 15.25D inches
- 23 lbs.
What else to know about the Conrad-Johnson Premier 14?
"The Conrad-Johnson PV14LS stirred up memories of the days when I owned Conrad-Johnson preamps. The older models were a perfect match for the solid-state amplifiers that I used in my system at the time, many of which had a more forward and detailed presentation. But now that I have a more transparent system, the C-J PV11's and PV12's excessively smooth sound might be more of a disadvantage. But the new PV14LS has very little of the old C-J sound. Yes, it has a character that sweetens the overall timbre a bit, but this is in no way an obstacle to building a transparent-sounding system.
But more than this, for a relatively affordable price, the Conrad-Johnson PV14LS performs at a level that starts to enter into the class of very high-quality, and pricey, components. Of course, there are better preamps available, but you have to consider the small gains in sound quality that you might expect from a different preamplifier versus the amount of money you are going to have to spend to get it. This is because any preamp that sounds substantially better will most likely come with a much higher price tag -- and at the same time will undoubtedly invoke the law of diminishing returns. And instead, you could have a PV14LS, which was a pleasure to use and listen to." - SoundStage!, Lyle
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