Conrad-Johnson PF2 Preamplifiers

4.5/5 (10 Reviews) MSRP : $1795.00


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ken a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this from a local dealer. I have a CJ sa250 songographe that I LOVE. Its as good as many of my tube amps, and one of the best purchases I have ever made. I figured the CJ pf2 preamp would be a perfect match for it.





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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $450.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bluesky2 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I've had this preamp for 5 years. It's the PF2 (with phono). I'd have to say it's a very capable, very good sounding product. I purchase the rest of my system since purchasing it and the c-j MF2200 at the same time. I don't feel the PF2 has held me back until now. Given the cost of differential in the remaining equipment, that's quite an accomplishment. Kudos to c-j!

I added audioquest big feet under the unit. That lowered the noise floor a bit, removing a layer of etch to the highs, tightened and added definition to the bass. A must tweak for this unit!

In it's class, it has an open, natural sound. Very good resolution. Soundstage is deep and wide. Bass has very good definition. Individual bass guitar notes are readily distinguishable and have good body. Highs are clear and true. Triangles on various Classic symphonic re-issues are very realistic and pure. Female vocalist like Alison Krauss & Joni Mitchell sound like their in the room.

It's dynamics are good, probably better than most in the price range at the time I bought it. In 1999, I compared it to c-j PV10 & PV12. I bought the PF2 over the PV12 which sounded too-rolled off on the high end. The PV10 just didn't have the resolution of the other two.

The phono section is quite good although limited in gain. Loading resistors need to be soldered in-line in order to adjust moving coils. I used it this way for 3.5 years, before finally buying a Pass X-ono when I upgraded from a Ruby H to a Ruby2. The PF2 phono wouldn't have the gain to drive the lower Ruby2 and loading changes on the X-ono are dip switch controlled, much easier.

The X-ono improved the depth and air around the instruments, really bringing them to life compared to the PF2. Although, I wouldn't go back, the PF2 phono was enjoyable and well worth the added cost. Provided years of fun.

I'm now considering upgrading preamps. Comparing the PF2 to c-j's Premier LS17 (mk I), the LS17 is considerably better. And it should be cosidering price. The LS17 has a significantly lower noise floor. Which is easily noticeable in A/B comparisons, but having lived with the PF2 for a year since comparing, I don't miss it. I just know the sound will be that much better when I upgrade. The LS17 is clearer, has more texture and better image stability than the PF2.

The unit is sensitive to static electricity. I have to ground myself after getting off the couch in dry weather to avoid nasty POPs. Particularly annoying since it has no remote. But the unit has never failed.

Summing up, on the used market, this preamp offers great value compared to it's original cost or what it would currently cost to upgrade. A gem on the used market.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1550.00

Purchased At:   Superior Audio, IL



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by robert awad a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2003

Bottom Line:   
for mucical; mucical; it just sounds like tube cj it is the best

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Purchased At:   audio store



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Dimitriou a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2003

Bottom Line:   
soudstage musical prise

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by T Maj a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2000

Bottom Line:   
While on lunch break I walk into the shop to buy a CD and leave with something to upset the wife! When I asked to hear the PF2 I was expecting to look at my watch and concede that it sounds good and leave the store. Well, it did'nt happen that way! I can honestly say that the PF2 is among the best that I have ever heard! Of course the comparisons took place on the $7000 JMLab Utopia and a YBA amp, but let me tell you that the PF2 flat embarrassed the current production YBA preamp at $2200! To conclude, if you find one for a good price - grab it!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $570.00

Purchased At:   High Tech




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