I ran the PV-10 with the MF2100 for a couple years. Very nice combination. Have no personal experience with the PV-5. You can get a PV-10 and MF2100 for $1200.00
8 responses Add your response
You need to be careful on the PV5. It's an old piece and will need repairs/referbishing soon. The points made about the integrated is valid. However, if you find a CAV-50 at $1200, I'd be surprised! I auditioned the CAV50 against the Mesa Tigris and Densen Beat 100. I liked the CJ least. Felt the Densen sounded better at 1/2 the price. But like the Tigris very much. None of these have phono, optional w/Densen. I owned the PV5 and sold to upgrade to PV8. I had both pre-amps connected to Aragon 4004mkII. It was a great match. I would believe the MF2100 would be even better.
I own a MF-2100 and recently tried a PV-5 with it. The PV-5 warmed up the sound and much improved the soundstage over my solid-state (PS Audio 4.5) preamp. However the PV-5 had audible and distracting distortion, not in just one particular frequency region, but overall. I haven't heard C-J's newer tube designs such as the PV-10 or PV-12, but probably they would be a better choice.