I agree with you that Conrad Johnson amps have a very satisfying sound. The Premier 11A is relatively low powered putting out 70 watts per channel into 4 ohms. I believe that it puts out 50 to 60 watts per channel into an 8 ohm load. That is really not alot of power for the money that a 11A is going for. So, sure power is a contributing factor. Most people want to drive their speakers to a moderate level and 70 watts is not much with most speakers. Hint here is to buy some speakers with high sensitivity for tube amps. But the biggest factor, I feel, is pure cost. You can buy a MV-75 used for under 1k it has 95% of the performance of a 11A and cost so much less. Also there is a lot of other amps that fall in this price range that have more power. An Audio Research VT-100MkI will run you about the same price as a 11a and has 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Rogue audio makes some decent amps in this price range that boast more power and etc... Finally there is the fact that one gets bored with the same audio system and feel the need to change. I see alot of audio research amps for sale too. Does this mean that something is wrong with their amps or that customers are dissatisfied? No it merely means that you have two of the most recognizable names in High End audio that have alot of product on the market for a good value so there are going to be more for sale. Quite simply it is a numbers game.
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