yes, I have spent time w/ both the ET-3 and ET-3SE models in a system; Classic 60 amp, B&W 802D, Prima Luna cd player and Audioquest cabling/cords. The sound is warm, excellent details, highs were sweet and a little etched, no issues playing CDs.
Stock tubes all around, no tube rolling was performed. Auditioning was back in 2013.
A few have "listened" to them, but I am interested in someone who owns one and has listened too over the months. I've seen a lot of sold one's, but I have not seen a lot kept for long term. I've listened to it and came away "questioning" the warmth of tone. But, It was probably the system I listened to it with.
Jeff,. There is a review on hometheaterhifi.com that is fairly negative due to overemphasized high frequencies and brightness. This is atypical for CJ gear, but you may be picking up on the same thing.
Hi,Heard the GAT at my friends house the ET5 is very close the GAT is duel mono so it sounds even better.I had ARC for years SP8,Sp10 and SP15 with Great Northern sound mods this being said the ET5 to my ears is more musical.I had CJ Premier 5 tube amps great but to hot etc I'm running Pass 350.8 with Purist interconnect .I also had the first preamp that CJ made and loved it this preamp is more accurate but still very musical.Tube rolling will not make a very big difference i may try but CJ designs are based on the tube thats in there now don't know what that is but it sounds pretty good.I have Amperex 7308 gold pin,Teles,Amperex 6922.and Amperex pinched waist etc.Thanks enjoy.
Hi, Im running TW Acustic phono stage into TW AC3 turntable with all Black night upgrades feet,3 motor unit,all copper platter,are board,TW tonearm with Transfiguration Proteus cartridge running into ET5.This preamp is truly amazing.I also love vinyl have many Mercury,Decca EMI and British Columbia records.Im a big violin record collector after all its all about the music i love classical mostly. Thanks again enjoy!!
A buddy that has a GAT & Your system that is very special
I'm afraid to ask what speakers you are using with your Pass 350.8!!! Lots of current in the amp!
I bet it does sound beautiful! I think you have made up my mind, finally ,on preamps. I heard the ET3 & ET5 side by side and the Teflon made a difference but both are of similar sound. It usually is always better to stick with mfg that have been doing it for a while
Hi, Im using Magico Q3 which needs the Pass 350.8 but also needs good tube preamp(ET5).Just switched to Furutech all copper speaker wire and power cords all top of the line which makes the Magico Q3 sound even better.Enjoy happy listening!!