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The Premier Twelve Amplifier by Conrad Johnson

Aug 9, 2008
Conrad Johnson manufactures high end audio electronics and they are based in Fairfax, Virginia. The company was started by Dr Lewis Johnson and Dr William Conrad in the late seventies. Their 1st ever product was a vacuum tube preamplifier called the PV-1.

Conrad Johnson amplifiers are certainly not cheap, but that is to be expected with a brand renowned for high quality amps. Conrad Johnson has a large army of dedicated followers that certainly feel the prices are well worth it. To listen to your music in stereo you'll need two Twelve Tube monoblock Amplifier and at $7000 lets find out what you get for your cash.

The design of the Twelve tube is certainly stylish with a cool brushed brass finish, and some straight forward circuitry. The Twelve tube also has a large output transformer and with a quick look in the CJ info you'll find that this gives you a wide bandwidth with high phase linearity. All in all, nothing too unusual. It's clear that the Popularity of this amp comes from it's performance rather than design.

So what of the performance? Well this Conrad Johnson overall sound is very rich and open with a lush transparency, excellent mids and a deep punch like bass and an excellence at high frequencies. It completes the transitions between frequency extremes perfectly through the mid and upper ranges, which are often very difficult.

Some tube amplifiers can struggle with transients usually when playing pop and rock however the Conrad Johnson Twelve sounds coherent throughout one of the very best I have ever heard.

Conrad Johnson is well known for the reliability of their amplifiers, and there is no exception when it comes to the Twelve Tube. Tube amplifiers are often seen to give problems in this area, but with the Twelve Tube you should have no worries.

So the Twelve Tube really does deliver, and the internet is an excellent place to start a search for these amplifiers. Just spend a bit of time and have a look around.
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