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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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Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2017: Revamped, Refreshed and Reinvigorated!

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

At last! The construction that plagued last year’s Rocky Mountain Audiofest is history and the show is back to normal. Improved sleeping rooms. Much larger restaurant with the same amount of help. The same nice friendly staff. The Marriot’s tower section packed with audio equipment of all shapes and sizes from the Mezzanine to the 11th floor (plus the 5th floor of the atrium).

Exhibitor turnout for whatever the reason was slightly down this year. Still, many audio shows would die for this number of exhibit rooms.… Read the full article

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Really Reel: Greg Beron on Tape, Part 2, Opus3 Records Sampler Tape #6

By | December 27th, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Really Reel:  Greg Beron on Tape, Part 2, Opus3 Records Sampler Tape #6

At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas I was showing my UHA tape Decks with Tom Campanga of Quintessence Loudspeakers and PBN electronics. We had a nice size room on the main floor at T.H.E. Show in the Flamengo Hotel, thanks to our late pal Richard Beers. The room just happened to be located on the main pedestrian path between the entrance escalators and the rest of the rooms on the main floor.… Read the full article

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