Conrad Johnson ET5 Preamplifier
Includes the owner's manual, power cord, and original packaging. Serial # 2861155.This preamp is less than a year old and is in brand new condition. Now remember kids this preamp has 26dB of gain so be careful. If you don’t know what to look out for, call Uncle Kevvy at 844-LUV-HIFI or 909-931-9686 or E-mail us through our contact page with what your system is.
Look…when you use a preamp, you are not adding ANY gain. You are dropping gain (volume) by typically 6dB OR MORE. So when you have a preamp with 25, 26, 27, or even 30dB OF GAIN (like the Audible Illusions) you have to do something with it. More like deal with it, in the form of thermal noise, microphony, and short tube life, especially if you have high efficiency speakers. That’s why you can’t use many super-sexy tubes in this preamp. Same thing with Aesthetix, Audible Illusions, and so on. You need to stay with current Russian tubes.
So, if you buy this preamp, buy a Russian 6H23-EB 6922 variant and it will hold up.