Parasound JC2 compatibility with Quicksilver v4's

Hi Everyone,

I am new at the forum, thanks in advance for any feedback.

I was about to purchase a used pair of Quicksilver v4's when the dealer told me that my preamp (Parasound JC2) was not going to be good enough for those amps, therefore I will not get the sonic advantages of the V4's. I am a little confused by his comment (I like the JC2), maybe somebody can provide some advise. I am now running the Parasound JC2 with a pair of Monarchy SE 100's V2 or a pair of Monarchy SM 70 Pro's, depends on music/mood. 

I was also considering a pair of PrimaLuna monoblocks, I would like to have a good pair of tube monoblock amps.

Best to all,
I had a JC2 and sold it immediately. I didn't think it was good. I currently have a Jeff Rowland Corus preamp and it's significantly better in every conceivable way...tonality, imaging, soundstage, bass, everything!
Meaning the dealer is afraid you will not be happy because your preamp is not going to let the QS sing. And if you are not happy, his business suffers.


I'd take the preamp to the dealer and listen to it connected to the QS V4 and listen to the pairing. If possible while there compare it to other preamps your dealer recommends and just listen. This will solve the issue in the most direct manner.


No matter what I think, I do agree with Charles. The only way to determine your preference is with your own ears.
Thank you everyone! I think it makes a lot of basic sense to bring the JC2 and try it with the QS's
Charles is correct. Take the preamp over and give it a try. The v4's are very unassuming but sound musical, natural, detailed. Just right. They do require good wire. And, I prefer them with KT 88s. I have tried several preamp as well as direct from my DAC. It took a CJ ET 5 to better the direct connection. Yet Quicksilver's line stage without the remote is another hidden secret. Get the amps and take your time finding the right preamp.

take your pre amp to the dealer/retailer for the ultimate decision on wether or not it sounds great.  I will add that a Conrad Johnson pre-amp would not hurt.  Happy Listening!

did you demo a CJ ET-3 or ET-3 SE preamp prior to the ET-5 ?
FWIW, I suggest you consider the reverse of your current plan: get a good, tube preamp and pair it with a good SS power amp. This arrangement will give you the advantages inherent in both modes of amplification. And, again FWIW, the Parasound JC-2 preamp has gotten GREAT reviews from most of the major hi-fi mags. The other writers in this thread are correct: take your JC-2 with you to the dealer to test with the Quickie.
I don't know what speakers you're using but I would make the effort to hear them with the Quicksilver V4. If you're really happy with this match I'd be cautious  about reversing to tube preamplifier and SS amplifier. If you find the V4 the sound you've been looking for,  a SS amplifier will be hard pressed to Sound the same (even fronted by a tube preamp). They're not the same,  I'd strongly recommend that you listen to both approaches and decide by simply  trusting your ears. There's no substitute for actually listening when this is possible to do so.   The speaker's design  characteristics and load (ohms) will determine which type of amplifier is the better match for it.  You have to listen and go with the one that moves you the most. 
Sounds like BS from a dealer who wants to sell you a preamp.  I use my JC 2 with a pair of JC 1 mono blocks, but then I don't care for tube artifacts.  Both the JC 1 and 2 have gotten rave reviews and A ratings by Stereophile.
An "A" rating from Stereophile doesn't necessarily mean good sound 
The dealer could have been expressing his sincere opinion which another listener may or may not agree with. Hopefully Rob can take his preamp to the dealer and hear for himself.Both tubes and transistors have sonic  artifacts, they're just different in nature.