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A Look Back at Bill Conrad and Lew Johnson's 40 Years in High-End Audio, Part 2: “It Just Sounds Right”

By | December 17th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

Bill Conrad and Lew Johnson

Lew Johnson (left) and Bill Conrad (right) with the ACT2 preamplifer at a CES many years ago!

This is the story of Bill Conrad and Lew Johnson of conrad-johnson. The always introspective Bill and the ever-affable Lew. Two audiophiles who in their personal quest for audio nirvana came together and successfully parlayed their unbridled passion about high-end audio equipment and music into a highly successful business. A company that celebrated its 40th anniversary this year and joined that exclusive list (for millennials, that’s like having 5000 Facebook friends!) of American high-end audio companies such as Spectral, Audio Research, VPI, Magnepan, Grado, Wilson Audio, Krell, McIntosh, and PS Audio achieving this feat.… Read the full article

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conrad-johnson 40th Anniversary ART300 Monoblock Tube Amplifiers, Part 1: Forty Years and Still Going Strong

By | December 17th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , |

conrad-johnson 40th Anniversary ART300 Monoblock Tube Amplifiers

When conrad-johnson releases a statement product, everybody listens. Particularly when the new 40th anniversary ART300 amplifiers are the team of Bill Conrad, Jeff Fischel and Lew Johnson’s first crack at an amplifier design incorporating the newly designed Tungsol KT-150 output tubes.

Make no mistake. The new 40th Anniversary ART300 monoblock amplifiers aren’t the conrad-johnson Premier One amplifier your grandfather father knew. Nor the Premier 8 amplifier your father knew. Not even the original conrad-johnson ART amplifiers that I’ve grown accustomed to for the past seven or so years.… Read the full article

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conrad-johnson CA150 Control Amplifier

By | October 15th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

conrad-johnson CA150 Control Amplifier

Bill Conrad and Lew Johnson of Virginia-based conrad-johnson feel that typical integrated amplifiers are compromised in performance compared to high-end separates. Audio manufacturers, they posit, build integrated amplifiers to meet a price point, sacrificing parts quality and sonics along the way. The CA150 Control Amplifier represents conrad-johnson’s answer to the ubiquitous integrated amplifier. Note the subtle distinction in terminology—conrad-johnson refers to the CA150 as a “control” amplifier. This is deliberate. The CA150 eliminates the active line-stage portion of an integrated amplifier, instead marrying a high-sensitivity power amplifier to passive input / output switching circuitry and a volume attenuator.… Read the full article

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The Listening Experience as an Art Form: Meditations on Equipment from conrad-johnson and Audio Research Corporation

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

This article, by Dr. John Coletti, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print – Vol. 8, No. 1, 1999.

As a teaching exercise, the student of criticism might be assigned the task of comparing or contrasting the work of one author, artist, or composer to that of another. The object of the lesson encourages a deeper insight into the compared works which ultimately leads to a more profound understanding or appreciation by the individual student. In doing so, the student’s aesthetic boundaries are expanded as well as his taste which leads to preference.… Read the full article

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Magico S5 Mk. 2 Loudspeakers: A New Classic

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Speakers—out of all the components in the audio chain— have seen the biggest advancements in performance over the last couple of years. Cabinet design. Driver design. Enclosure and driver materials. Computerized speaker design and crossover modelling. In house machining and construction. These factors and a few more have gone a long way to elevating high-end speaker performance a couple of notches as heard here with the new Magico S5 Mk. 2 Loudspeakers.

Magico S5 Mk. 2 Loudspeakers

Magico, based out of Hayward, CA is one of the companies at the cutting edge of this revolution in high-end audio speaker design.… Read the full article

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