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Any conrad-johnson ART Amplifier owners here? ...

Postby joeinid » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:39 pm

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Re: Any conrad-johnson ART Amplifier owners here? ...

Postby jeffreybehr » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:19 pm

...ahem...funny you should ask. When I start dreaming, again, of improving the sound quality of my system--which is already the overall-best-sounding music-reproduction system I've ever heard--I too think about the ART poweramps. Have you read Jonathan Valin's brief review in TAS?
http://www.theabsolutesound.com/article ... power-amp/
I've written TAS and asked if ever they published the review.

But then I awake from my dream and smile while I listen to my 'humble' c-j/McCormack '750s.

If ever any company can make poweramps that sound more transparent than those modified '750s and then with a tad of 'warmth' added, it would be c-j. We'll see what TAS says.

BTW, even tho I have available 650 Watts (into 8) to drive my Vandersteen 5As, I'm pretty sure 275 per side would be plenty for me. :)
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Re: Any conrad-johnson ART Amplifier owners here? ...

Postby joeinid » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:30 pm

Thanks for the link Jeff. That's where I got the photo from in my first post. I miss my GAT preamp and am thinking about replacing it.

Do you know if Conrad Johnson would modify the DNA-750 with premium parts? I'd love to find out how the MF2550SE sound compares.
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Postby Ray » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:48 pm

joeinid wrote:Thanks for the link Jeff. That's where I got the photo from in my first post. I miss my GAT preamp and am thinking about replacing it.

Do you know if Conrad Johnson would modify the DNA-750 with premium parts? I'd love to find out how the MF2550SE sound compares.


still miss the GAT huh Joe? :D :D :D
I wonder how a couple ART Monos would sound with my GAT driving the maggies?
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Postby Ray » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:54 pm

even if I were to cough up the $30k plus for a pair of ARTs, ...replacing 16 each output tubes on a regular basis @ upwards of $100 each...would sure be an "ouch" Anyone know how long a set of KT120s last in an ART..? assuming of course the amp is used reasonably.
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Postby joeinid » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:53 pm

Ray wrote:
joeinid wrote:Thanks for the link Jeff. That's where I got the photo from in my first post. I miss my GAT preamp and am thinking about replacing it.

Do you know if Conrad Johnson would modify the DNA-750 with premium parts? I'd love to find out how the MF2550SE sound compares.


still miss the GAT huh Joe? :D :D :D
I wonder how a couple ART Monos would sound with my GAT driving the maggies?


I do indeed but may fix that real soon. I can smell the burning KT120's now :)
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Postby admin » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:32 am

Ray wrote:even if I were to cough up the $30k plus for a pair of ARTs, ...replacing 16 each output tubes on a regular basis @ upwards of $100 each...would sure be an "ouch" Anyone know how long a set of KT120s last in an ART..? assuming of course the amp is used reasonably.


If you can swing $30k for an amp, you probably can afford a few thousand in tubes every few years. Boy they are beautiful. I have never heard them play but from the specs they do seem impressive. When I look at the picture, it makes me want to go buy lottery tickets!
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Postby joeinid » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:56 am

I love the look of Conrad Johnson gear. It doesn't hurt to have it sound great too.
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Postby joeinid » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:12 am

Looks like this weekend I will pick up my GAT and ART monos. I am so excited. This will be my second GAT because I missed it soooo much,
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Postby admin » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:42 am

joeinid wrote:Looks like this weekend I will pick up my GAT and ART monos. I am so excited. This will be my second GAT because I missed it soooo much,


Wow, I'm jealous! Would love to see some pictures if you have a chance. Let us know how the combination sounds!
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Postby joeinid » Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:55 am

admin wrote:
joeinid wrote:Looks like this weekend I will pick up my GAT and ART monos. I am so excited. This will be my second GAT because I missed it soooo much,


Wow, I'm jealous! Would love to see some pictures if you have a chance. Let us know how the combination sounds!


Will do. I hope to be up and running Sunday night. You have a great forum and I'm trying to get some discussion going. Thanks!
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Postby joeinid » Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:57 am

Ray wrote:
joeinid wrote:Thanks for the link Jeff. That's where I got the photo from in my first post. I miss my GAT preamp and am thinking about replacing it.

Do you know if Conrad Johnson would modify the DNA-750 with premium parts? I'd love to find out how the MF2550SE sound compares.


still miss the GAT huh Joe? :D :D :D
I wonder how a couple ART Monos would sound with my GAT driving the maggies?



C'mon Ray! Take the plunge with me. I know you want to .... :P
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Postby Ray » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:39 pm

It's a forgone conclusion... :) Today, or more likely first thing next week I'll be in-the-queue.

This will be the first time in history I've owned a preamp and power amp(s) from the same manufacturer. go figure.
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Postby joeinid » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:20 pm

Ray wrote:It's a forgone conclusion... :) Today, or more likely first thing next week I'll be in-the-queue.

This will be the first time in history I've owned a preamp and power amp(s) from the same manufacturer. go figure.


These will not just be any manufacturer, the synergy from the amazing Conrad Johnson pieces, the GAT and ART monos, will be outstanding. I will give you my feelings after all is hooked up and playing. I do have a loooooooooong break in ahead of me, but both amp/preamp will be on the clock together. I'm psyched.
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Postby Joe Appierto » Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:40 am

Color me green with envy. :)

Seriously, congratulations and lotsa luck with the GAT and the ART, Joe. I know you're going to love'em.
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Re: Any conrad-johnson ART Amplifier owners here? ...

Postby joeinid » Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:16 pm

Thanks Joe.

I will post an update tomorrow night after everything is hooked up. I can't wait.
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Postby Ray » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:57 pm

joeinid wrote:Thanks Joe.

I will post an update tomorrow night after everything is hooked up. I can't wait.



Me neither! :o
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Postby joeinid » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:13 pm

Ray wrote:
joeinid wrote:Thanks Joe.

I will post an update tomorrow night after everything is hooked up. I can't wait.



Me neither! :o



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Postby Ray » Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:37 am

I saw a couple ARTs in person last weekend...not that looks are primary concern but a pair of 'em are very nice to look at.
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Postby joeinid » Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:54 pm

Thanks Ray,

Here are a few photos.

Wow!

They are amazing.
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