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 8A?
- Power Output :
- 275 watts from 30Hz to 15kHz at no more than 1% THD or IMD into 4 ohms (also available connected for 2, 8 or 16 ohm loads).
- Power Output :
- (model XS equipped with EL34 output tubes in triode mode) 130 watts from 30Hz to 15kHz at no more than 1% THD or IMD into 4 ohms (also available connected for 2, 8 or 16 ohm loads).
- 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- .1 dB
- Input Impedance:
- 100 kOhms
- Hum & Noise:
- 96 dB below rated power
- 19w | 9.5h | 21d inches
- 90 lbs.
What else to know about the Conrad-Johnson Premier 8A?
"When first listening to the Conrad Johnson Premier 8A's I was immediately struck at the Large soundstage that these amps cast. It literally was from wall to wall, and that is no small feat in my room which is approximately 20 X 18. with the speakers along the 20 foot wall. The soundstage was layered with rich harmonics and has a timbre that is unmatched to my experience. As is listened further the amps conveyed a deft touch at recovering slight nuances in the music that i have never heard before. The crash of cymbals had a cascading effect. You could hear the wood hit the snare drum. you could hear the individual brushes hit the skin of the drum. Also plucked strings have a fullness and transient attack that is eerie. The premier 8's have plenty of bass, but is not up to the likes of the Krell's and other top SS designs. To my ears the amps seem true to the music. If the source is lacking then the output will mirror the source. The midrange of this amp is pure magic. Voices seem to float in space and have a presence like in never have heard before. Instruments seem to well up from the floor and stay in their proper place. The amps seem quite happy to play classical, but can really rollick with rock and roll.
Note others on this board have accused this amp of being "a Honda" in perfomance. To these i say that this amp is definitely not. I would suggest that other areas need addressing. First retube the amp the input tubes that C-j uses are not up to snuff. For 5751 I suggest sylvania gold brands or some of the Raytheon windmill getter tubes. For 6fq7's I would suggest the RCA Clear top tubes or the mazda tubes. Tube rolling will drastically improve the sonics on CJ amps. Also you must remember that the last 10% of perfomance is where you pay the big bucks." - AudioReview, Johnny
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