Conrad-Johnson ACT2 Preamplifiers

5/5 (1 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Maximum output: 10 vrms
  • Output impedance: under 500 ohms
  • Sonic performance and durability
  • Line-stage preamplifier technology

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Raj J a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2010

Bottom Line:   
Greetings from Melbourne folks! good to see you all...
this must still be a dream... cannot believe it but I am looking at an ACT2 here in my system partnered with a c-j MV60se driving a pair of Quad ESL 2905's (source a simple tube cd player from Cayin-next possible upgrade) the sound is amazing. I will post a review sometime in following months since I just picked up this stunning preamp. it is carefully used about 4 years old, previous owner want to upgrade to a GAT preamp; so I grabbed his ACT2 and what a smooth move that was!
I do not have enough words to describe its sound or the sound I was hoping for. all I can say is that I didn't know preamps could sound this good, I mean seriously! I knew with a source, power amp and top notch cable along with top notch speakers and a decent high quality preamp will give you endless hours of musical satisfaction... but this ACT2 is in a way different league my friends, and yes I know the actual price of one of these was closer to 20 grand or something? but who cares I paid only half that!
I will post a review later on based build quality/functionality/value/sound -4 areas that I strongly believe are critical to highend audio.
all I can say for now is that I have listened to many c-j preamps and have owned many from PV8, PV10, PV12, PV14L, Premier 17LS, PFR, Classic SE, CT5 for a very short while, and now the ACT2 - none of these come even close to the ACT2 other than perhaps the CT5 is also good but not in equal. the ACT2 surpasses everything is relation to those 4 critical areas mentioned. the only thing I cannot figure out is if the ACT2 sounds so dam fantastic then how does the GAT sound? cannot even imagine...
well then for now I am calling off to go and listen to my newest arrival the c-j ACT2, and make it feel welcome to my home, because this one I am sure will be staying here for generations to come!
cheers, Raj J

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

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Conrad Johnson ACT2 preamplifier

greetings from Melbourne! just got hold of the awesome c-j ACT2 preamp, this is a phenomenal preamp! driving my Quad ESL 2905's the soundstage is spectacular, absolutely stunning! the air around the instruments and space between the musicians, plus timing and tonal accuracy are second to none, I ha ... Read More »

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