I haven't heard the CJ amp, but have owned a Cary V12i. While I think very highly of the amp, maybe its me, but I never thought of it, nor found it to be a crank it up type of amp.
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Thanks for the response Clio. I may not have adequately conveyed my thoughts earlier. By cranking it up, I meant striving for somewhat realistic volume levels without loss of musicality. My equipment by no means gets driven hard, but I do take advantage of my speakers' abiliity to produce a very deep, wide and detailed soundfield at relatively loud levels. In fact the CJ dealer I heard the mv60 at played it louder than I would have. What speakers are you driving with your Cary?
thanks again for the response.
I have heard both. I have Cary Sixpacs which are the less physically appealing Cary V12R's driving Merlin VSM- MX's and the combination is terrific. The Dynaudio's are great speakers too. The cary will have absolutly no problem driving your speakers as hard as you want. Also I believe that the R version (w/ the 12 BZ tube) will give you considerably more bottom end weight and authority than the CJ while preserving the holographic midrange magic. Finally, the R version is sinificantly better than the "i"
I was driving a pair of Spendor 1/2e speakers with my Cary. In light of your clarification I would agree with Aronss that you could get what you need from thr V12. As to the statement that the V12R is significantly better than the V12i, I would disagree. I have heard both in the same system and would say that the difference is noticeable, but to my ears was subtle, not significant.