Jolida JD 202A Integrated Amplifiers

4.88/5 (8 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Circuit Type: Ultra Linear
  • Input Impedance: 100Kohms
  • Input Sensitivity: Max. 350mV
  • Output Impedance: 4 ohms and 8 ohms
  • Negative Feedback: Less than 9 dB
  • Noise and Hum: 80dB below rated output


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by boba a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2013

Bottom Line:   
First my amp is the remote control model- jd202brc. updated components, easy biasing. Upgraded tube sockets and tubs. I love the amp. This amp is the smoothest sounding amp that I have ever heard without being "fat" sounding like so many tube amps. It is still clear sounding with clarity. The mid range is silky smooth wonderful. The highs are clear as a bell. The lows are there without a thud thump bump. The stying and looks of this amp are retro, classic, stylish- what would you call it? Attractive for sure. And it seems to be built like a tank. The remote control is a solid metal chunk- you could run over it with your car without hurting it. I bought mine from a store in New Albany, Indiana called Petery-Hedden Co. They ship gear, sell locally, and on line too. Nice place to deal with. Brian Higdon is a wonderfully friendly helpful guy who does what he says he is going to do. If you want a good amp get this one, and get it from Brian at Petery-Hedden Co. You could find an internet directory listing for the phone number. Or get it from Jolida. The company is great, the products are great, and the dealers are great. What else do you want? Thanks for the chance to tell about how much I like my amp. The sound is so pleasant I can listen to it all day and into the night.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Having grown up with tubes I entered the solid state era with caution. Early SS amps left something to be desired, and I found myself missing the smoothness and musicality of my old tube amps. Of course at the same time speakers were a big drawback and often weren't quite as good as the electronics. Zap forward to today and we have some truly amazing speaker systems to listen to in all prices ranges. We also have improved component parts available to build amps and pre-amps. Suddenly old technolgy designs can be optimized with more consistant parts performance. Those of us who still remember those older pieces, are now fortunate enough hear what the older designs are really capable of. That's where Jolida and others shine.

The Jolida JD202a integrated, is as lovely a tube amp as I've ever heard, beautifully built and priced very reasonably, meaning anyone can own one without mortgaging their house. I listen mostly to classical and jazz with a little pop thrown in for flavor and I find the 202a up to it all, provided you're not asking for the last word in solidarity, or definition in the bass region. Don't get me wrong, the bass is very good.., just a little soft, not unlike other tube designs. To some, like myself, a slightly rounder bass sound is not particulaly offensive. As I mentioned to a friend, when listening to music I've played many times on different gear, "when listening through the Jolida 202a, I began to tap my foot", a primitive but valid test for me. it simply means that the music, through this little beauty, is moving me to connect with it physically..., a very good sign. So what ever flaws the Jolida 202a may have, none are serious enough to over shadow its musicality.

My one bit of advice would be to choose fairly efficient speakers (-89db or better) to avoid taxing the amp to work harder than it needs to. There are many speakers to choose from, these days, and finding efficient ones, of superior quality, should pose no problem. If you're fortunate enough to find one, buy it, you won't be sorry.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2008



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fresco a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2008

Bottom Line:   
This is my 1st tube amplifier. It has a smooth and liquid sound. The sound is natural and detailed. I listened to Patricia barber songs, Norah jones, Andrea bocelli and it is so detailed and clear.

I used the el34 JJ blue tube but I think the original jolida tube which I believe is the same as the shuguang chinese tube sound a lot better than the blue JJ tube. The JJ tube has more bass but has a dull sound. The shuguang tube is just clearer and more detail. Some people said that shuguang is a bit dry, but not for me.

If you are looking at an affordable inexpensive tube amp, I would strongly recommend this jolida 202. I think it would be best if you use it on small 2 way speakers (speakers with 4" woofer).

However this amp is only rated 40 watts and you cant drive speakers very loud. But for me, it is loud enough. This piece is small and not bulky and it is excellent for a small living room or small bedroom.

I used it together with Totem arro and 1072 rotel hdcd player and the sound is very addictive and soothing at medium volume.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   local pre-owned shop



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by skipper320 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2008

Bottom Line:   
After a short foray into solid state amplification, I decided it was time to return to tubes. I found a nice deal on the Jolida 202a. I bought it and I could not be more pleased. I was very surprised at how nice this amplifier sounds. Ample bass for a 40w integrated. Beautiful midrange and crisp, clear highs. Soundstaging is very strong. This amplifier excels with jazz and classical music. Vocals are nicely rendered. Build quality seems excellent. I have not tried any different tubes as of yet, but I plan to in the future. I will follow up on that. I had hesitated to try a tube integrated and am sorry I waited as long as I did. Paired with a rather sensitive
(90db) or betterspeaker, it produces plenty of punch and more than enough volume. For the price, it is definitely worth a listen.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MJAB a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I still does not understand why there are two separated groups of reviews on the Jolida 202. This is really a follow up, as I already wrote about the Jolida 202 and I am so marveled about it. First: It passed about 2 years and until now the amp never failed. Second, here is something interesting: There is a french online magazine (thr.france) that reviewed the Jolida and said it is just great, but they did the test with JJ brand (prior Tesla) output tubes instead of the stock Jolida tubes, so I made the same change and the results where very notorious: the treble went more defined and the bass more round and full, while the midrange (already marvelous) were intact. Another simple think I did (based on the Steven Rochlin review article) was the use of Vibrapods under the stock feet, resulting in a slightly more open highs and mids and somewhat more headroom and less congestion at louder passages (i.e. Previn's Messiaen Turangalila Symphony, Antal Dorati's Grofe Grand Canyon Suite), while chamber orchestra and jazz got better soundstage. I also changed the 12AX7 Jolida tubes for Electro Harmonix, but here I didn't note a substancial difference. My point is, at this price, you will not get a better and more upgradedable amp than this. Speakers? I am now using the famous Triangle Cometes ES (prior I was using the Wharfedale 8.2), and until now it is the better sounding amp/speakers combo I have ever heard for less than two thousand dollars (believe me, I have heard many solid state and tube amps as many kind of speakers).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Audip Pro




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