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Searching for best Conrad Johnson phono preamp

Post by tube » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:29 am

Hi all,
I am a new member and I was wondering if you could give me any advice on the best stand alone CJ phono or a line preamp with phono.
The phono will be connected with a very modified and upgraded CJ PV10 line.
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Post by admin » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:39 am

Have you looked at the TEA1 or TEA2? They are the current CJ offerings for standalone phono preamps. Supposedly very nice.
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Post by tube » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:34 am

Thank you Admin.
Yes, but they don't have enough gain for my Linn Kandid or benz Ruby carts so I will have to use a step up transformer.
How do they compare to the previous CJ preamps please?
Is the phono of the PV12 comparable with the TEA1 or TEA2?
What about the phono section of the PV9?
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Post by admin » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:38 am

I'm probably not the best person to ask as I only do a moderate level of vinyl listening. However, I have heard people speak very highly of the phono section of the PV12. Matter of fact, it's probably the most often discussed line stage of any CJ unit. I own the PV12 but unfortunately only the line stage version so I can't give you a honest review of its performance.
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Post by tube » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:45 am

Thank you Admnin

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Post by ronenash » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:11 pm

The Premier 15 is a great photo stage of you can find one. Better than the TEA2 IMO and approaching TEA1 levels although not quite there.
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Post by tube » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:36 pm

Good to know, thank you ronenash!

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Re: Searching for best Conrad Johnson phono preamp

Post by jasper » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:28 am

Hi ronenash. Thanks for your comment about the Premier 15. I have one of those I bought new in the late 90's and had it factory upgraded to Teflon Caps a couple of years ago. I use a step up transformer (cinemag) with my Koetsu Blue Lace cartridge and was considering selling the 15 and getting a TEA2. But after reading your comment, I'm reconsidering that idea. Could you please expand on your comment with more specifics about why the Premier 15 might be better? Any one else have any thoughts about that? Appreciate your input.

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Post by ronenash » Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:10 pm

Hi Jasper

The TEA2 does not have the same quality parts as the pr15. Even in its best form it has electrolytic caps in the power supply where the pr15 is all film caps. It's a much cheaper design than the pr15 overall. Just look at the internals and you will see. Things such as the suspended sub chassis of the pr15 are not available in the TEA2.
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Re: Searching for best Conrad Johnson phono preamp

Post by Bill Stevenson » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:25 pm

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.

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