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-12?
- Phono Stage 47 dB (phono overload 200 mV at 1kHz)
- Line Stage:
- 18 dB
- less than .1% THD or IMD
- bandpass 2Hz to more than 100kHz
- RIAA Equalization:
- +/- .25 dB (20 to 20 kHz)
- S/N Ratio:
- Phono Stage 78 dB below 10 mv input
- Line Stage:
- 92 dB below 2.5 volt output
- Line Stage is phase inverting, Phono Stage is phase correct
- 19″ X 3.15″ x 12.5″
What else to know about the Conrad-Johnson PV-12?
"I am very familiar with the Audio Research products and love-em for their transparency and resolution and still do! When the opportunity came up to buy the CJ 12L pre I was somewhat hesitant because I have never owned a CJ preamp before but I have had their power amps which are excellent! After allowing the 12L to warm up for an hour, I put on my favorite cds and was astonished with what I was hearing! A very smooth sound yet extremely detailed. Transparency, soundstaging were second to none! This pre is every bit as good as some of the ARC preamps I've been familiar with. In fact for overall sound & musical enjoyment I like this one better. Conrad Johnson has a clear winner here and for the used price, it's a down-right bargain. If you see one of these for sale don't hesitate to buy! I read the reviews on this below and agree with them except for the reviewer that complained of transients when first turned on. This is not possible on a proper working unit because the 12L mutes itself for the first 90 seconds while the circuits stabalize. I find it's operation to be dead silent. I strongly recommend this pre and if you have any reservations about buying one, don't worry, this product will inspire you!" - AudioReview, Paul
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