FOR SALE RECENTLY TRADE IN GREAT CONDITION CONRAD JOHNSON ET-5. FANTASTIC SOUNDING PRE-AMP ONE OF THE BEST OUT THERE FOR THE PRICE RANGE PROVIDING REFERENCE LEVEL PERFORMANCE AT AN ENTRY LEVEL PRICE POINT.
•Gain: 25 db
•Maximum output: 20 vrms
•Output impedance: 100 ohms Distortion: less than .15% THD at 1.0 Vrms output
•Frequency response: 2 Hz to more than 100Khz
•Hum and noise: 100 db below 2.5 v
•Phase: phase inverting
•Tube complement: 6922
•Dimensions: 15.375D x 19W x 4.94H inches
•Total weight: 28 lbs.
Here is a quote from a review from Tone audio in regards to the ET-5
"The toughest part of describing expensive audio equipment is the degree of importance one should place upon the gear. To many, the difference between C-J’s best may not be quite as dramatic as it is to those that are somewhat more maniacal. Whether you choose to experiment with the tubes or not, the new ET5 remains an outstanding preamplifier in every aspect. Those well-versed with the C-J of old—with a warmer, more romantic sound—may long for the euphonic coloration those units provide.
Personally, I love the current C-J sound. It offers up almost all of the tonal richness that made the company famous, yet adds the dynamic capabilities of a modern preamplifier. Thanks to the CJD Teflon capacitors and a single tube, the ET5 should last even longer than my PV-1, which is still in service after 33 years. I can only think of about six preamplifiers that outperform the ET5. They all have a price that costs two-to-five times greater, and half of them are C-J designs. If that doesn’t say Exceptional Value Award for 2011, nothing does. Highly recommended."