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 PV-10a?
- 18 dB
- Maximum Output:
- Hum and noise:
- 92 dB below 2.5V output
- less than .1% THD or IMD
- line section inverts phase of all inputs (including phono) at main out
- Output impedance:
- less than 800 ohms
- Phono Section:
- Applies only to PV10A with phono stage.
- 48.5 dB (to tape out)
- in excess of 125 mv at 1kHz
- phono stage is phase correct (at tape out).
- RIAA Equalization:
- +/- .25dB (20Hz-20KHz)
- Hum and noise(20Hz-20KHz):
- 75 dB below 10mv input
- 15.75"W x 3.75"H x 11"D
- 12 lbs.
What else to know about the Conrad-Johnson PV-10a?
"The $995 PV10A is not a rival for the borderline Class A line-stage sound of the $1095 Melos SHA-1. If you're putting together a CD-only system and don't mind the lack of balance control, tape loop, and more than just a couple of inputs, I definitely recommend that you go with the Melos. For just another hundred clams, it offers line-stage sound as good as, or better, than that of any preamp I've ever heard at any price.
But if you're putting together a Real World system and want to hold onto your turntable, or maybe buy one now and discover what all the excitement is about, the Conrad-Johnson PV10A would be my first choice in a full-featured preamp for under a thousand dollars. It's not perfect, but the $995 PV10A is the perfect partnering preamp to inexpensive solid-state amps, and can really ameliorate some of their more annoying sonic shortcomings. More musically involving than the Adcom GFP-565, the PV10A would be the perfect heart of a killer Real World system.
If you're looking for the most musical-sounding full-featured preamplifier for under $1000, I can easily recommend the Conrad-Johnson PV10A." - Steroephile, Greenberg
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