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Jeff Rowland Design Group Consummate
5 Reviews
rating  4.4 of 5
MSRP  5950.00
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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Prakit a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2004

Bottom Line:   
One of the best preamp in term of functionality. You get every control you want from this linestage preamp. It sounds good enough although it slightly lacks definition in the mid. The high should be more extened. You really need to experiment with the input/output impedance to match the upstream/downstream equipments for best sound. I found it's best 10K input and 300 Ohm output. Highest input and lowest output impedance setting doesn't always yield best results as I initially thought.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Fellow Audiophile



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This preamplifier is simply the best I've ever heard. It adds nothing to the sound but also not a single detail is lost.

The amplification is made by discrete resistors in 200 different values. I can't imagine how this can be made in a better way.

If you can get one: Buy it, there is nothing better!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $5000.00



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

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This is a truely classic pre-amp. I know of no other pre-amp that is as good for the price.

It's key qualities... very natual sound, uncoloured, very muscical, very involving/exciting, open, big sound stage, very quiet (space around every instrument), equally suburb playing classical or rock/Jazz.

Second hand, they are rare... but well worth finding out!

Best compling is with a JR Model 1 amp.

However, if you can afford to pay more and you want balanced line inputs and better MC phono... then JR Consumate is better, but you may need to upgrade to JR Model 5 amp too!


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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   S/H



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Let me just say this is a get what you pay for preamp!
I love everything about this pre, much better than the
above mentioned pre's (And they are great) at their
price points...Marsh P2000 is 1K, it is bright, edgy,
etc, but it cost 1K!

If you can find a JR Consummate grab it, at under 3k
used it is a steal. It will be your last preamp.

Interesting to see that Thomas J. Norton who reviewed
this preamp in 1992 (Stereophile) is still using the
Consummate in his own reference system!
Seems that a man who has heard a lot more pre's than
most would not be using a older preamp unless it was
something special!!??

5 stars all the way!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Purchased At:   Audio Shopper



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

Date Reviewed: November 30, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I bought this second-hand together with a Jeff Rowland Model 2+BPS power amp to replace a BAT VK500 power driven directly from my DAC. I needed the flexibility of a pre-amp to integrate home theatre equipment with my audiophile set-up, and this pre is extremely flexible. It will allow independent setting of volume per input, has a good spread of balanced & unbalanced connections, a bright clear display visible across the room (which you can switch off) and remote control with a remote sensor you can position in line of sight of your listening position. Gain and input/output impdeance are selectable with jumpers inside the unit. Phase and mono settings are also available. The matching phono stage is highly adjustable with a couple of variable resistors controlling the input, or else separate higher-quality fixed ones (more fiddly) plus it will input balanced signals as well as output them, with or without inverted phase. So flexibility is a great advantage with this kit.

Sound is very musical, reasonably neutral although the treble could do with being a bit more extended and "airy". There are definite losses compared with the DAC (a dCS Elgar & Purcell) driving the power amp directly, particularly in terms of low-level detail and soundstaging. Paradoxically I prefer the sound with the pre in circuit, it's a bit less matter-of-fact and more musical than without. The acoustics in my listening room are pretty poor (some Tube Traps are on the cards) so the loss of detail & soundtsage is unimportant to me, besides which you have to listen very carefully to notice. Together with the Model 2 the midrange is harmonic, natural, not as good as I've heard with some very expensive valve equipment, but close enough to make me very happy. It can separate the threads of multitrack recordings into components and give each its own weight and tone, without overwhelming. It sounds good straight out of the box but needs extended warming up to get the n'th degree out of it.

So I'll give the Consummate five stars for value on the grounds of flexibility, and four stars for sound since I know it's possible to do better (but at much greater cost!).

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1995




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