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 3?
- Phono Stage 40 dB (phono overload 500 mV at 1kHz) Line Stage 28 dB
- less than .05% THD or IMD
- bandpass 2Hz to more than 100kHz
- IRIAA equalization:
- +/- .25 dB (20 to 20 kHz)
- S/N Ratio:
- Phono Stage 72 dB below 10 mv input / Line Stage 84 dB below 2.5 volt output
- 19w | 5.25h | 12.25d inches
- 21 lbs.
What else to know about the Conrad-Johnson Premier 3?
"I cannot tell you whether my love affair with tubes as the ne plus ultra in high end will last through the next year or the next issue. I have recently found the Krell solid-state equipment to be particularly impressive, and there is one hell of a band of designers trying to make tubes truly obsolete. I must say that I would not buy tube equipment if I didn't trust my dealer, as it is more trouble-prone than solid-state and you will need help and support.
Both the Audio Research and Conrad-Johnson electronics are, however, what the High End is all about. They are part of that elite group of equipment which leads the way towards filling the awkward gap between live performances and reproduced sound, and which allows you to explore nearly 100 years of recorded sound to its best potential. They, like virtually all high-end equipment, are luxuries and not cost-effective investments. While some of the best things in life may be free, none of them are cost-effective." - Stereophile, Cordesman
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