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Conrad Johnson Premier 17 LS Stereo Preamplifier Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 July 2001
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Conrad Johnson Premier 17 LS Stereo Preamplifier
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The Downside
The Premier 17LS has extremely high output impedance. This makes cable selection and length of cable runs critical. The fact is that high-capacitance cables will have negative sonic interactions with the Premier 17LS because of this condition. I would recommend that you discuss this issue with your audio/video retailer before purchasing either of these items.

Many indications suggest that the high-end two-channel industry is all but dead, with the emergence of multi-channel music and, of course, 5.1 home theater. Even with the Generation X’s attraction to multi-channel entertainment, manufacturers continue to produce two-channel gear and many are prospering with it. I personally run a high-level multi-channel A/V system, as well as continuing to run a high-end two-channel preamplifier because I am simply not willing to compromise my music for my movies. However, there will be a day in the not too distant future, perhaps one to two years, where multi-channel music will be the dominant format. When this happens, high-end manufacturers will be forced to provide solutions for this format. You need to consider this inevitability into your investment decision.

In the meantime, if you consider two-channel music to still be the best solution for high performance, think about the Conrad-Johnson Premier 17LS, a preamp that performs at the top of its price class. It produces a richness that will remind you of why you love live music. Instruments can lack some of the finest transient details and can sound a hair on the relaxed side of neutral, but on the other hand the 17LS reproduces 3-D images with great realism. The Premier 17LS has a truly realistic instrumental timber and the ability to provide long listening sessions without fatigue. For those of you who are fans of tubes and those considering a preamplifier purchase, you’ll want to give this piece a listen. It just may knock your socks off.

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