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-15?
- 28.5 dB
- Maximum Output:
- 5.5 vrms
- less than 1% THD
- Frequency Response:
- 2 Hz to 100 KHz
- Hum and Noise:
- 95 dB below 2.5 V
- phase inverting
- Tube complement:
- 2 x 6C4 / 8080
- 13.75″D x 19″W x 3.315″H
- 15 lbs.
What else to know about the Conrad-Johnson PV-15?
"To say that the PV15 lived up to all my preconceptions about the sound of a Conrad-Johnson component would be incorrect. It surpassed most of them, sounding less C-J-like than perhaps all of its ancestors. It does many of the things that the very best preamps do at a price that won’t have your spouse talking to lawyers. Its line stage is neutral and its phono stage is quiet. Both make for good sound from any source connected to them. No, the PV15 isn't a perfect preamp, as if that animal even exists, but it makes the most of its positive attributes. What it does mostly is make enjoyable music that will have you melting in your listening chair for years to come.
If you’re ranking preamps in the $3000 price range -- and even somewhat above -- be sure you have the PV15 on your scorecard. It's a top contender." - SoundStage!, Crossett
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