Jolida Music Envoy Preamplifiers

5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

  • High gain output
  • Max output voltage: 30 V
  • Input impedence: 100K ohms
  • Output impedence: 600 ohms

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

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2007

Bottom Line:   
If you want to warm up bright sounding audio gear(ss poweramps,metal dome tweeters,etc)this tube preamp might be just what you need.I replaced my ss preamp with this one and I'll never go back to ss.Tube gear is expensive but for a warm ,full rich sound a tube pre is the cheapest way to get that sound.I don't feel the need to purchase tube power amps as my tube/ss combo does the trick for me.This preamp weighs 22 pounds and has an adjustable phono preamp section also.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Electronic Depot

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sleeper a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Guess I will have the honor of writing the 1st review.

To be honest I find this preamp very hard to beat anywhere near its price point. I first heard it as part of the Jolida Music Envoy system before my buddy Ty Lashbrook of Tyler Acoustics took the system to "The Show" last year in Vegas. This system consists of Jolidas tubed Monoblocks (beautiful pieces) and the JD100 CD player. Wish I could afford the monoblocks as they are very powerful and sound soooo sweet. They should for 6 grand. I also have the Jolida CD player and changed the tubes in it to GE triple mica black plates. These tubes took this fine player to another level. When I inserted the preamp into my system I noticed an obvious improvement in just about the whole music spectrum. I let it break in for about a month or so before changing tubes. I then put in some GE tubes in place of the stock Chinese tubes and more improvement was heard. I waited several more months and changed out the 12AT7's with Mullards. I did not like the Mullards at all as they sounded very dry. Lot of detail but uninvolving and bland so back in went the GE's. I have done no more tube rolling but several sources say to try the Sovtek 12AX7LPH I think they are and some EH 12AT7's.

I have owned several solid state and tubed pre's and to my ears this has been the best one so far. I had a BAT system consisting of the VK200 amp and VK5i preamp. Then I had a Plinius SA100MKIII amp with a N.E.W. tubed preamp. I call it a Cary knockoff. This is one fine little preamp but something told me to try the Jolida and I am glad I did. Like I said earlier the whole spectrum just opened up. I am not going into all the mumbo jumbo that we describe but I think you catch what I mean. I have since sold the Plinius and bought a Mark Levinson ML29 amp. Believe it or not the 29 is the best amp I have heard in my system. I have owned the ML27, 27.5, Plinius, BAT, Conrad Johnson, among others over the past several years and this 50 wpc amp is the sweetest most musical of all. What a gem it is. Anyway I am really satisfied with the Jolida Music Envoy and I really find it hard to beat in this price range. The rest of my system is:

Mark Levinson ML29 amp
Jolida JD-100 CD player
Tyler Acoustics Ref III speakers
Cardas Cabling
Acoustic Zen Tsunami power cords
PS Audio Ultimate Outlet (20 amp high current)

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Private Seller

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