Conrad-Johnson PV-9 Preamplifiers

5/5 (3 Reviews) MSRP : $2950.00

Product Description

vacuum tube preamplifier

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Phillips a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2000

Bottom Line:   
My piece is the PV9-A, which uses 6FQ7 tubes instead of the 5965 in it's previous incarnation. Having owned quite a few of CJ's preamps, this one is my favorite! Coming along on the heels of the Premier 3, the PV9-A retailed for about $2995.00, rather pricey for the PV series. However, it sounds like it should have sported the Premier badge. The Premier 3 had a smoother, less detailed sound. The phono section is truly wonderful. There is plenty of gain for all MM and high to medium output MC cartridges. I use a step-up transformer for my lower ouput moving coils to great effect. Quiet operation with a detailed yet smooth sound makes this a keeper. Highly recommended for the vinyl lover! The Audio Research SP11 Mk II is gray and harsh-sounding in comparison.

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   internet ad

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ralphie a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I didn't realise what I was missing until I bought this preamp. In a word- delicious!
I have to agree with the last review (Hi, Tony!)- with classical music this amp is truly breathtaking. In fact it excels when the musicians do. When you put on a recording by a great artist you are aware of their presence-just like you would be at a live concert! And this doesnt just apply to classical performances. All music sounds better, and great musicians sound , well... like great musicians!
The bottom line? This is a beautiful piece of kit, which will bring you closer to the music and the performers. I keep meaning to write to CJ and thank them!....

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1995

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by tony esporma a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 28, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I've had this baby for over ten years now. I have listened to various Audio Research preamps and to several high end solid state preamps as well.
To my ear, nothing touches the sound of the PV-9's phone preamplifier. Any
one who has a good turntable and a collection of records should listen to
the sound of a CJ preamp.

The sound of the ARC SP-14 is also very seductive, in fact it came all down
to a toss up between an SP-14, a CJ PV-10 and the CJ PV9. The ARC was a bit
too analytical for me, and since I was mixing a system with an ARC power amp
and a pair of Acoustic Energy AE-1s, I felt the all ARC front end was a bit
too 'bright' -as bright as tubes can get.

The PV10 was quite good too, but the PV-9 simply sounded better. It outdid
the competition on dynamics, deep end and soundstage.

For jazz and rock, the SP-14 was better -I think. But for classical music,
the PV-9 simply puts you there. Classic Mid Hall sound that reminds you of
the richness of sound and senses that you get at a concert hall.

Have you ever seen an austere sound hall? Usually they are decked out in the
finest veneers, richest reds and warmest lighting. It balances Sostakovich
and makes Tchaikovsky a bit too syrupy.

That's the PV9. A concert hall sound in the house.

For all these years, I've noted that the ARC and CJ sounds have evolved
towards more neutrality, but the sound of the PV-9 has staid truest to what
I hear from my season seats at OCPAC. And that, folks, is the truest
measure of the High End.

Amp wise, I think the PV9 does better with ARC's stuff. An all CJ system is
too syrupy, and all ARC system is too analytical.


Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   an Audiophile

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating