Can't say anything about the Jolida - but the Dared SL2000a can be quite good with the right tubes.
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I think Mik971 is referring to the Jolida 5T preamps that list around $350 to $400 here on A'gon. Hmm this is a tough question for me. The CJ gear of yesteryear which many audiophiles is quality made stuff vs the budget Chinese preamps of today that can be pretty decent as well. Very tough. To Mik971 is there a Jolida dealer near you that you could talk to about the Jolida preamp you are looking for? Maybe they will let you do a comparison to the CJ CV3 you have?
I owned a Jolida Envoy Preamp and it has a sweet, lush tube sound. The linestage has 12ax7s and the phonostage uses 12at7s. I did not like the phono sound at all...grainy and not very dynamic. CDs thru the linestage had a very musical presentation, although I would not call it quiet preamp. It might be the high gain tubes that cause this. I rolled in some Amperex NOS and the soundstage really opened up.
I would recommend only if the price was right.
Thanks all! I don't have a Jolida dealer in WI suprisingly to demo the 5t pre.. And yes Bdgregory, I did think about the tube amp thang(LOL), that would be the logical choice right? I owned a Scott 222 for a short while but departed with it because of service issues. I figured it would be easy just to pop in pre-amp tubes as opposed to biasing an amp. I don't need a phono stage, so I will look up the Consonance suggestion. Really wish I could demo a Dared also.
I have thought about keeping it, but I don't like the fact it discharges DC current (I think?) when you power off. I was also a little concerned about the age of the unit. I would hate to blow my amp or speakers if not turned off in the correct order. But you are right, the sound is fantastic! Tbromgard: Are those "new" PAS 3's any good for $600?
I would have the cj upgraded with new caps, and if you want, a muting relay on the outputs, rather than wading into Chinese waters.
The caveat is that the PV-3 was offered both factory wired and as a kit. As with any kit, there is great variablility on the construction quality and hence the amount of work necessary to get it into shape, if it is one of the kit built units, designated PV-3K.
Due to the kit nature, if you have any inclination to get into electronics, this is a really good place to start. There is plenty of real estate in there, and the circuit is very simple with basic parts. Good luck whichever way you go.
I appreciate all your suggestions. I will keep an eye out for a cheap chinese unit to hold me down while I get the CJ serviced. I have a pretty good tech here in town, so I will have him update the unit with fresh caps and put a muting relay on the outputs. Thanks for the great idea Vividian! I guess this is like all good vintage equipment, it costs a bundle today to get the same quality.....