For sale is a conrad-johnson Premier Fourteen Remote-Controlled Line-Stage Vacuum Tube Pre-Amplifier. The Premier 14 was introduced in December 1995, and was for many years c-j’s flagship preamp. Coupled with the Premier 15 phonostage, it was the preamp to beat. The Premier 14 was selected by many audiophiles and major magazine reviewers (including Myles Astor) for their own personal use due to its superlative handling of musical transients, its dynamic range, and its very wide frequency response. It’s still hard to beat.
I am selling this for my Dad, who has had it for years. (He bought it at my recommendation, but is now selling off his system, having moved to a retirement community.) It is in excellent cosmetic condition. There are a couple of tiny nicks on the right to the edge of right side panel, about 2 inches back from the front. Can only be seen in bright light. Hence the 8/10 rating. Otherwise perfect. This comes with the original box, manual and remote., and…
This also comes with three sets of tubes: the stock tubes, and a set each of Hitachi and Mullard 6gk5 tubes (with an extra for both). If you check the boards, you will see that the Mullard and Hitachi are at the top of the list for tube rolling. You will have the choice… For my asking price I will include shipping within CONUSA. Questions, call 646.942.2242 or email email@example.com
The Premier Fourteen was the first preamp in the conrad johnson Premier product line to offer remote control. The Premier Fourteen introduced conrad-johnson¹s innovative volume control employing a micro-processor to select combinations from an array of metal-foil resistors. This produces a stepped attenuator with 100 steps in approximately .7 dB increments. By controlling the two channels independently, balance can also be adjusted in 0.7 dB steps. Only the highest quality resistors are introduced into the signal path by the level control, resulting in a noticeable improvement in sound quality.
The audio circuit of the Premier Fourteen consists of a single triode amplifier direct coupled to a triode cathode follower. The low output impedance of the cathode follower permits the use of the Premier Fourteen even installations with long, highly capacitive amplifier interconnect cables without attenuation of the high frequency information and without softening transients. A zero feedback circuit ensures temporal accuracy and spatial detail.
Gain: 25 dB
Phase: Phase Inverting
Maximum Output is 20 VRMS
Distortion: less than .25% THD or IMD at 1.0 V output
Response: bandpass 2Hz to more than 100kHz
Line Stage 96 dB below 2.5 volt output
Dimensions: 19" X 3 _" x 15 _"
Weight: 23 lbs.