Conrad Johnson vs. Carver Amp

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  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    That thing is a beauty. Love the bling factor. Jeez got me going. Resist, resist! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
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  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 1,563
    edited March 10
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    The LS100 tube rabbit hole not that deep...simple 2-6SN7's and 1-GZ34 rectifier

    Are you kidding? The 6SN7 rabbit hole I fell down is DEEP with smooth side walls and nothing to grab onto to, to climb out of this abyss

    By the way, nice write up!
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  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    GlennDog wrote: »
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    The LS100 tube rabbit hole not that deep...simple 2-6SN7's and 1-GZ34 rectifier

    Are you kidding? The 6SN7 rabbit hole I fell down is DEEP with smooth side walls and nothing to grab onto to, to climb out of this abyss

    By the way, nice write up!

    @GlennDog looking after a Polkie brother! Thanks! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Cambridge CD transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,493
    That CJ is looking less like William Conrad and more like Robert Conrad. :p

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  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    I think that's a compliment? Thanks Jimmy! Rocking Rush Hemispheres right now!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,493
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    What up Viking...you have a thing for Conrad's johnson

    Nah, I'm just *ahem* poking a little fun at my friend verb. He knows how to *ahem* take it. :p
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,493
    verb wrote: »
    I think that's a compliment? Thanks Jimmy! Rocking Rush Hemispheres right now!
    I only know "The Trees" and "La Villa Strangiato" from that album. Both excellent tracks! B)
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,398
    edited March 10
    Congrats on the amp once again. Any word on when the comparison between th CJ and tha Levinson will take place?
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  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    Viking64 wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    I think that's a compliment? Thanks Jimmy! Rocking Rush Hemispheres right now!
    I only know "The Trees" and "La Villa Strangiato" from that album. Both excellent tracks! B)

    Both of my faves !
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Cambridge CD transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,493
    edited March 10
    :)
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  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    Viking64 wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    I think that's a compliment? Thanks Jimmy! Rocking Rush Hemispheres right now!
    I only know "The Trees" and "La Villa Strangiato" from that album. Both excellent tracks! B)

    Yeah Jimmy can take it too! :smiley:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Cambridge CD transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,493
    verb wrote: »
    Yeah Jimmy can take it too! :smiley:

    Oh, thtahp! :p
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,493
    edited March 10
    o:)
    Post edited by Viking64 on
  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    Congrats on the amp once again. Any word on when the comparison between th CJ and tha Levinson will take place?

    Killin me dude! It took strategy (and timing) to sneak this behemoth into the house! :smiley:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Cambridge CD transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    Viking64 wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    I think that's a compliment? Thanks Jimmy! Rocking Rush Hemispheres right now!
    I only know "The Trees" and "La Villa Strangiato" from that album. Both excellent tracks! B)

    I really know why you like Hemispheres. Hmmm, album cover? :smiley:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Cambridge CD transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,568
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    The LS100 tube rabbit hole not that deep...simple 2-6SN7's and 1-GZ34 rectifier

    Good compliment of tubes, I like the 6SN7's. I'm betting this would be a GREAT pairing with the CJ.
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  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,192
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  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    Viking64 wrote: »
    o:)

    Anyone see a gigantic chicken rolling around? Hmmm. :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Cambridge CD transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,798
    Great initial review. Looking forward to further thoughts as you get more time on it and try it out with more music.

    Few things that jumped out at me that I left in bold below. It sounds like it was a fairly dramatic difference versus the Carver.

    The bass having more impact at the same listening levels is interesting. Must be the larger power reserve or circuit design!

    Also interesting that you said it's warmer, but that the vocals were more detailed. I wouldn't have necessarily assumed that clarity would also increase along with warmth.
    verb wrote: »
    All I can say is wow! For starters, this amp is definitely warmer sounding than the Carver. The highs were noticeably clearer and less bright. Mid ranges including Amy Lee's vocals were more detailed. This CD does it for me as the mix of rock and symphonic tones emphasized how well the CJ performed. Even during louder segments of a song I could more accurately pinpoint the xylophone notes. Amazing! Much more detailed than the Carver.

    Soundstage was noticeably larger. I could hear nuances left/right and front/back up/down that I literally never noticed before!

    Next, I decided to clobber my ears a bit and played tracks 3 and 4 of Disturbed Immortal. I like those tracks because they are instrumentals only of the first 2 tracks. Same levels as I normally do as well.

    This baby has punch! The bass notes were again noticeably tighter, and quick, but powerful. The one thing that struck me was the increased feeling of SPL! I could feel more bass at the same location!

    How did @F1nut characterize his experience at Polk Headquarters? Oh yes, the sack got blown back!

    Even during the rampage of the Disturbed tracks, I could, again, identify detail never noticed before. Little riffs of a guitar here and there, the crispness of cymbals, snare drum, etc. was much cleaner.

    More to come, but this amp is a keeper!

    I still love the Carver, but the CJ takes everything to another level! My journey continues. :smile:

    Got Dayens?
  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    I shall! The bass response was the most dramatic thing I noticed. This amp also definitely tamed the harshness (brightness) from the top end. But clarity and detail appeared throughout the spectrum. Nuances and subtleties not noticed before.

    I gotta get more time on this baby!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Cambridge CD transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 40,494
    I told ya.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,493
    verb wrote: »
    I gotta get more time on this baby!

    Dude, whatever floats your boat. :o

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  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    F1nut wrote: »
    I told ya.

    Yes you did. Father @F1nut ! May the sacks always blow back! :smiley:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Cambridge CD transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    LOL too difficult to type! :smiley:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Cambridge CD transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,493
    verb wrote: »
    LOL too difficult to type! :smiley:

    Just pull a few rolls of her fat off of your keyboard. This isn't rocket surgery! :p
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 463
    Okay so not to pick on your review but you DID burn in the new crossovers first then play the same songs on the Carver first right? Not doubting you or anything...
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    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 463
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    The LS100 tube rabbit hole not that deep...simple 2-6SN7's and 1-GZ34 rectifier

    Said the crack dealer... :D
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    B&K Reference 50 Pre
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    Cambridge Audio DVD 99
    Sangean HD FM Tuner

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Okay so not to pick on your review but you DID burn in the new crossovers first then play the same songs on the Carver first right? Not doubting you or anything...

    Nope actually you have a point as this would yet be another variable in the equation. The 1C's that I am running are my other set that I picked up a few weeks ago. Bone stock as far as I can tell, except the RDO-194 tweeter upgrade and mortite around the drivers.

    Once I get off my arse and finish up the other 1C's, that is another contrast I am eager to witness!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Cambridge CD transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 463
    Hmmm... Well one would think that two different 1C's would have very similar sound but like any other electronic device, probably not. Once could have 200 hours on caps and the other could have 20,000 hours on caps. Just saying you should do this like a science experiment for us (borderline) OCD members....
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    B&K Reference 50 Pre
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    Cambridge Audio DVD 99
    Sangean HD FM Tuner

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
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