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    Conrad-Johnson CAV45-S2 Stereo Control Amplifier ....

    I'm thinking about getting a new control amp (integrated) for one of my desktop computers and saw this little baby. I want a little better sound when I surf and I think this would be great.

    Here is a nice review:

    http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/con...ted-amplifier/






    Specifications

    Power
    45 watts per channel RMS both channels driven into 4 ohms from 30Hz to 15kHz at no more than 1.5% total harmonic distortion or intermodulation distortion.

    Small Signal Distortion

    less than .1% at mid-band

    Frequency Response

    20Hz to 20 kHz +0/-.5 dB

    Hum and Noise

    100 dB below rated power output

    Phase

    speaker output is phase correct

    Input Impedance

    100 kOhms

    Dimensions

    13.375”D x 17.375″W x 6.625″H

    Net Weight

    42 lbs.
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    Re: Conrad-Johnson CAV45-S2 Stereo Control Amplifier ....

    Fun! I know you’ve always been a big CJ fan. Can’t wait to see what you decide.


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    Re: Conrad-Johnson CAV45-S2 Stereo Control Amplifier ....

    I'd say............................ Get It!
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    Re: Conrad-Johnson CAV45-S2 Stereo Control Amplifier ....

    Joe.......How will you feed a signal to the CJ amp? Does your computer have a dedicated sound card with clean analog outputs, or will you be feeding the amp from the typical computer mini-jack output of the motherboard? It seems to me that if you are not feeding the CJ amp with a clean quality signal your efforts are a bit overkill. If you don't have a dedicated sound card, you may want to consider some decent power speakers instead, something like a pair of Audioengine 5+ powered bookshelf speakers.

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    I'm not trying to discourage you from a Conrad-Johnson integrated amplifier purchase, just encouraging you to ensure your audio signal is worth the extra cost.
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    Re: Conrad-Johnson CAV45-S2 Stereo Control Amplifier ....

    Hi Dan,

    Ha! Those Audioengine speakers are way too practical.

    I'd be using a USB dac via an RCA out to the CJ integrated. Overkill for sure, but I like to have music playing and this would be an excuse to get back into CJ in smaller way with some EL34 tubes. I love the way it looks and can imagine it being a spectacular piece.
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    Re: Conrad-Johnson CAV45-S2 Stereo Control Amplifier ....

    We are going to have to talk.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rayooo View Post
    I'd say............................ Get It!
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    Re: Conrad-Johnson CAV45-S2 Stereo Control Amplifier ....

    You may want to consider a used Hegel H160 integrated. It sounds great and has a good built in DAC. You can pick them up for about $1800 used. A Peachtree Nova and Nuprime gear with built in DAC's are also worth a look although I can certainly understand wanting to go with CJ. That CJ integrated is a beautiful piece.
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    Re: Conrad-Johnson CAV45-S2 Stereo Control Amplifier ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mechnutt View Post
    You may want to consider a used Hegel H160 integrated. It sounds great and has a good built in DAC. You can pick them up for about $1800 used. A Peachtree Nova and Nuprime gear with built in DAC's are also worth a look although I can certainly understand wanting to go with CJ. That CJ integrated is a beautiful piece.
    That’s basically my reasoning. Kind of missing that sound.
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    Re: Conrad-Johnson CAV45-S2 Stereo Control Amplifier ....

    He reads the post and thinks to himself, I wonder how a CJ preamp would sound with the XA25. He decides not to write anything though as it's not practical for the application posted about
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    Re: Conrad-Johnson CAV45-S2 Stereo Control Amplifier ....

    Ha!

    That’s going through my mind too but one step at a time
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