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pearsall001's picture
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I couldn't resist!! - I bought the Conrad Johson LV14L preamp

Well I did it. The CJ unit has found a new home. The deal from my dealer was just too good to pass up. It really wasn't that hard of a decision, especially since having the pre on demo loan for nearly a week. I was simply floored by how musical this piece is. Everything just took on a whole new dimension musically. I know I will be satisfied for quite some time now. My next move will be a CD player or maybe a DAC. What do you guys suggest? Budget around $1200. Thanks

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Joined: Sep 8 2005 - 10:24am
Re: I couldn't resist!! - I bought the Conrad Johson LV14L prea

Hey, congratulations!

Ya know what? Seeing someone else get excited about a purchase makes me feel good, too!

Kind of a vicarious thrill.

So, CD player for 1200 or under.

I happen to be a fan of the affordable matantz models.

The DV 7600 runs about 750.00 and the DV 9500 (being replaced by the 9600) runs 1500.

Their line shows significant trickle down from more expensive models.

Music Hall has a model that runs around 600 bucks.

Even the Sony models in your price range can sound nice. Denon, too!

In fact, there are so many, I'd suggest checking...

...just to see what models are currently out there.

This is a good category to shop for a discounted model that is about to be replaced by a more expensive model.

Your 1200.00 may go farther with a close out than with a newly introduced model.

Keep us posted!

RGibran's picture
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Joined: Oct 11 2005 - 5:50pm
Re: I couldn't resist!! - I bought the Conrad Johson LV14L prea

Wow! Buddha covered just about all of them. I suspect it will be difficult deciding as there are many fine performers in your budget range. From the $1,200.00 to $1,500.00 price range, I think you have to jump to the $3,000.00 category to get any improvement, and then I wouldn't say it's a night and day difference. The "Perfect Sound Forever" players have really improved lately IMHO.

A couple of other mentions, as if Buddha didn't offer enough...Arcam and Rega!

Happy hunting and listening, and as JT would say, remember..."It's not a race" so take your time and have fun auditioning, and do keep us updated.


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