Conrad Johnson vs. Carver Amp

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  • verbverb Posts: 2,689
    I'm expecting yet another jump in performance with my fully modded 1C's.

    The CJ was the only variable in my comparison today. The difference was quite noticeable.
    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 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, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 382
    verb wrote: »
    The difference was quite noticeable.

    I'll bet! If I hadn't already sunk $700 into my current amp's restoration I'd be looking for something like what you got!
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,212
    edited March 11
    Glad you like it, but many of us knew the outcome ahead of time. Now when you hear someone say that amps don't matter much, you have a frame of reference to prove them wrong.

    Older higher end pieces make excellent audio choices for those on a budget. Congrats again.

    Oh, and get that amp off the carpet soon. Static isn't good for amps.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,689
    Will do @tonyb ! Thanks!
    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 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, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,680
  • verbverb Posts: 2,689
    Not on my list of reference CD's but hey maybe I'll give it a go! Thanks Jimmy! :smiley:
    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 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, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,680
    verb wrote: »
    Not on my list of reference CD's but hey maybe I'll give it a go! Thanks Jimmy! :smiley:

    Yeah, the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired. :p
  • verbverb Posts: 2,689
    tonyb wrote: »
    Glad you like it, but many of us knew the outcome ahead of time. Now when you hear someone say that amps don't matter much, you have a frame of reference to prove them wrong.

    Older higher end pieces make excellent audio choices for those on a budget. Congrats again.

    Oh, and get that amp off the carpet soon. Static isn't good for amps.

    Well I finally had a chance to make a stand for my CJ Amp. Prior to that, I just had it sitting on a scrap piece of maple butcher block. Even before that, yes it was sitting on the carpet!

    I used 1.5" oak butcher block, and found the 1/8" steel legs on-line, designed for a chair or couch. There are 4 mounting holes per leg which I secured with screws. The feet are threaded which allows adjustment. Eventually I will replace them with spikes.

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    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 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, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,034
    Looking very good
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,842
    Hell yeah!
    Got Dayens?
  • ManticoreManticore Posts: 244
    Sexy that wood is. Looks sturdy too.
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,680
    Design inspired by Tom Swift's spaceship. :)

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  • verbverb Posts: 2,689
    Manticore wrote: »
    Sexy that wood is. Looks sturdy too.

    Yep. I can stand on it (~200 lbs) without any issue. :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 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, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • verbverb Posts: 2,689
    Viking64 wrote: »
    Design inspired by Tom Swift's spaceship. :)

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    Kinda spacecraft looking, I'll admit. Heck, I just need a monoprice amp to launch this sucker into orbit! :smile:
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    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 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, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,827
    verb wrote: »
    Well I finally had a chance to make a stand for my CJ Amp. Prior to that, I just had it sitting on a scrap piece of maple butcher block. Even before that, yes it was sitting on the carpet!

    I used 1.5" oak butcher block, and found the 1/8" steel legs on-line, designed for a chair or couch. There are 4 mounting holes per leg which I secured with screws. The feet are threaded which allows adjustment. Eventually I will replace them with spikes.

    Leg source please? I like the looks of those a lot better than some others I've used in the past.
  • verbverb Posts: 2,689
    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 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, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
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