conrad johnson builds a 2500 dollar intergrated amp. the cav-50.
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I listened to a Patricia Barber disc (Companion), and one of Stevie Ray's (Blues at Sunrise) at my local dealer. I know that the room probably made a huge impact on the sound (Big room, lots of wall treatments, carpeted-concrete floor), but I'm used to the intro to SRV's "The Sky is Crying" having some punch when the guitar and bass kick in. With the VTL IT-85, the vocals and guitar sounded spectacular. But there was no punch in the bass.
On the Companion disc, there's an instrumental track that has lots of percussion and upright bass. On my system at home (currently Rotel pre/power) the woofers on my meadowlarks are jumping like mad on that song. Not so at my dealer experience with same speakers and cd player. I'm worried that the CJ with similar power, and EL34 output tubes will have the same midrange sweetness, but the same lack of low-end punch. Am I right?
thanks for the responses.