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by Bill Stevenson
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Preamps
Topic: new ET-7, the replacement for the ET-5
Replies: 31
Views: 913

Re: new ET-7, the replacement for the ET-5

I have no opinion concerning the sound of the ET7 since I have not heard one. I will say again that I really like the sound of the ET5 and if the ET7 is quite different that would not necessarily tempt me into wanting to find out more. Actually, the ET5 sounds pretty much that same as the GAT on sma...
by Bill Stevenson
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Preamps
Topic: new ET-7, the replacement for the ET-5
Replies: 31
Views: 913

Re: new ET-7, the replacement for the ET-5

Thanks for the followup Anthony! I bought 2 of the Phllips PCC88 tubes from cj and agree with you that they held better than others I have tried before they went noisy. My ET5 is now 3 years old and gets a lot of use. I love the sound of the thing and go through about 2 tubes a year in it. Right now...
by Bill Stevenson
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Preamps
Topic: new ET-7, the replacement for the ET-5
Replies: 31
Views: 913

Re: new ET-7, the replacement for the ET-5

Hi Roberto, Thanks for your response. I do not want to get into debate, but will just simply state that I believe break in is a big myth as it affects the sound quality of high quality equipment. If you want to believe that you can hear a sound improvement after several hundred hours that is your pr...
by Bill Stevenson
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Preamps
Topic: new ET-7, the replacement for the ET-5
Replies: 31
Views: 913

Re: new ET-7, the replacement for the ET-5

How much gain does the ET-7 have? The spec for the ET-5 is 25 db, which probably accounts for the relatively shortened tube life before noise. I love my ET-5, btw. Just wish it were not so hard on the tube. At least it is only one tube. If the ET-7 gain spec is lower, say 20 db or so, we can specula...
by Bill Stevenson
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: Where do you buy your tubes? From Conrad Johnson or ....
Replies: 22
Views: 2687

Re: Where do you buy your tubes? From Conrad Johnson or ....

I buy most of mine from Jim McShane and a few from cj. CJ wants approximately 2X the price of anyone else.
by Bill Stevenson
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: Searching for best Conrad Johnson phono preamp
Replies: 9
Views: 251

Re: Searching for best Conrad Johnson phono preamp

I have a TEA2MAX with 55 db of gain. Recently I added a Bob's SUT because the output of my Per Windfeld @ 0.3 mV was borderline too low. With the SUT, it is hard to find fault with the sound of the TEA2MAX. It sounds really, really good and better than anything at or near it's price.
by Bill Stevenson
Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: which CJ amp to go with ET5 ?
Replies: 4
Views: 737

Re: which CJ amp to go with ET5 ?

The reason for a new amp would primarily be that the current one does not have enough power. Basically this is a reflection of the type of music you listen to, how loud you like it, and how big your room is. The Classic 60 is a pretty powerful amp. Consider that if you doubled the power you would be...
by Bill Stevenson
Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Amplifiers
Topic: The CJ ARTsa all an amplifier can be
Replies: 11
Views: 765

Re: The CJ ARTsa all an amplifier can be

As far as preamps go, I will admit to being curious about the GAT, but have been put off by the cost differential for what has been described to me as a marginal performance difference in my use. I listen almost exclusively to small group acoustic jazz. So the massed chorale in the final movement of...
by Bill Stevenson
Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Amplifiers
Topic: The CJ ARTsa all an amplifier can be
Replies: 11
Views: 765

Re: The CJ ARTsa all an amplifier can be

Well what an encouraging read. I bought an ARTsa and ET5 two years ago now and have enjoyed them immensely. It is nice to learn that I am not crazy. My speakers are Sony SS-AR2s, quite a different kettle of fish from Quads, or Maggies for that matter. I have to say, that I love the sound. None bette...
by Bill Stevenson
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: Which preamp to choose?
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: Which preamp to choose?

Everyone has an opinion. Mine is ET5. When I bought mine it was between it and a GAT. The only piece of music I could detect any difference at all on was Beethoven's 9th finale and maybe, if you want to call it music, Tchaikovsky's 1812. And I had to really pay attention to hear the difference betwe...
by Bill Stevenson
Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: What brought you to own Conrad Johnson gear ? ...
Replies: 20
Views: 2218

Re: What brought you to own Conrad Johnson gear ? ...

This is a neat thread. I have been aware of cj for many years, but never really gave it a listen. Actually I moved away from the high end and went to the darkside (Bose 901 Lifestyle) for about 18 years. Then I got the bug again, which for me starts with finding a dealer that I am comfortable with. ...
by Bill Stevenson
Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: How do you know when it is time for new tubes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1287

Re: How do you know when it is time for new tubes?

I listen to both digital and analog, including a McIntosh Tuner and think you both make valid points. Digital at it's best is sonically superior and a whole lot less fussy to dial in. On the other hand, downloading a HiRez file just lacks the tactile experience that vinyl provides. And of course vin...
by Bill Stevenson
Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: How do you know when it is time for new tubes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1287

Re: How do you know when it is time for new tubes?

Turntables. I should back up and explain that I own 5, use 2 regularly. Let me comment on the two in regular use. They are a VPI Prime that is all optioned to the hilt. It has an HRX pulley with double belts because of the added mass of the platter due to the use of the VPI periphery ring. It also i...
by Bill Stevenson
Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: How do you know when it is time for new tubes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1287

Re: How do you know when it is time for new tubes?

Hi RJ, Using mostly a Sony HAP-Z1ES as a source, my system is on and playing music all day. When not traveling, I work out of my home office, so while I am not listening critically all day, the music is in the background. When I hear something I like, my whole attention transfers to the music. At lu...
by Bill Stevenson
Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: How do you know when it is time for new tubes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1287

Re: How do you know when it is time for new tubes?

Thank you for taking so much time to answer my seemingly simple question. I typically turn my system on in the morning and it goes all day, every day. 12 hours or so total every day. It all sounds just fine, no noise, no deterioration that I can detect. I do have a spare set of tubes and never thoug...
by Bill Stevenson
Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: How do you know when it is time for new tubes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1287

How do you know when it is time for new tubes?

My cj equipment still sounds good, but the hours are now over 2000. Should I just wait, or what? ET5, ARTsa, TEA2MAX.
by Bill Stevenson
Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Amplifiers
Topic: So who plans on trying KT-150's in their amps ? ....
Replies: 20
Views: 1779

Re: So who plans on trying KT-150's in their amps ? ....

I think the plan is to check all the tubes at the one year anniversary. The small tubes might need to be replaced with the big tubes needing to be replaced about every other time. My dealer has a tube tester. I will let you know when the time comes.
by Bill Stevenson
Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Amplifiers
Topic: So who plans on trying KT-150's in their amps ? ....
Replies: 20
Views: 1779

Re: So who plans on trying KT-150's in their amps ? ....

Hi Joe, Yes mine is an ARTsa, driven by an ET5. Since we last corresponded I have added a TEA2MAX. Conrad-Johnson loves me. Anyway, all is well. I listen to music every day when I am home for at least 2-3 hours, with 4-5 not unusual and even more time on the weekends. It all sounds great to me. I ha...
by Bill Stevenson
Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Amplifiers
Topic: So who plans on trying KT-150's in their amps ? ....
Replies: 20
Views: 1779

Re: So who plans on trying KT-150's in their amps ? ....

If anyone makes this change, please post your results.
by Bill Stevenson
Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion - CJ related topics
Topic: New ET5 and ARTsa burn in question
Replies: 9
Views: 1098

Re: New ET5 and ARTsa burn in question

The is a note of follow-up to this thread. As this is written, the ET5 and ARTsa have over 500 hours on them. They sound wonderful, but I can't say with any assurance that they sound better than they did when I first put them into service. Jeff at C-J told me that both units were burned in for 100 h...