Conrad-Johnson SC26 Preamplifiers

4.5/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $1000.00

Product Description

solid state line-stage preamplifier

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

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Have to add another review.Very good sound,nice highs and lows,not grainy at all,remote is nice,i could care less about remote being plastic,and it doesnt do this and it doesnt do that ,blah blah one more blah.It works,and the nice repeatable settings are very nice,plenty of gain ,very good looks,just plain good sound,at a decent price.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Philip Canard a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2003

Bottom Line:   
An excellent entry-level preamp for high end audio enthusiasts. I believe the entire Sonographe line is now out of production, along with the Premier line of tube amps. These may be available at closeout prices. There was one store that had a special run of Sonographe SA250 power amps built for them for sale on eBay at a reduced price. It is basically an economized version of the C-J MF-2250 amp. It would team up well with this preamp. The SC26 could be viewed as an economized version of the C-J PFR, which was outstanding in it's day. C-J solid state products were consistently underrated by most audiophiles. They never became as popular as they should have. Those who own them, or any CJD product, know what wonderful values they are. The SC26 was the cheapest entry into remote controlled C-J preamps. While not as refined as the PV-14L or PFR preamps, it costs about half of those two preamps and would make an excellent choice for somebody wanting something much nicer than imported mass-market solid state but without paying for standard or Premier C-J prices. People without highly developed listening tastes would hardly know the difference. Sonographe products seem to have high reliability, as I have seen lots of them in good condition for sale on eBay. CJD will repair any product they have ever built as long as they can source suitable parts. You can source these on eBay, Audiogon, or search the internet. I found all my CJD products at great prices on the internet through CJD dealers.

The most amazing thing about CJD products is the non-fatigueing nature of the sound. The sound is very smooth yet alive and involving.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

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