Conrad-Johnson CAV-50 - High End Stereo Equipment We Buy

Conrad Johnson is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music.

What are the specs for the Conrad-Johnson CAV-50?

Amplifier Power (ultralinear operation):
45 watts per channel from 30 Hz to 15 kHz at no more than 1% THD, both channels driven into 4, 8, or 16 ohms
.50 V to rated power
Gain (PRE OUT):
20 dB
Phase (speaker outputs):
phase correct (non-inverting)
Phase (PRE OUT):
phase inverting
Frequency Response:
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-.5 dB
Hum and Noise:
98 dB below 45 watts
Input Impedance:
50 kOhms
17.5W | 7.5H | 14D inches - 44lbs

What else to know about the Conrad-Johnson CAV-50?

The CAV50 elevates this design philosophy from the circuit level to the system level by eliminating the preamplifier altogether and incorporating the control functions on the amplifier chassis, hence the term “control amplifier”. This approach completely eliminates the inherent colorations of the active circuitry embodied in a preamplifier stage, and of the cabling between preamp and amp. The result is a significant improvement in system performance and convenience, combined with a reduction in cost. Examination of the CAV50 will quickly reveal that we have not followed the trend to cut corners on parts quality to offer a cheap integrated amplifier masquerading as high-end product. Conrad-Johnson sets the standard for parts quality in the audio industry, and the CAV50 is no exception. High quality component parts assure full realization of the potential performance of the circuit design from new through many years of dependable use. Polypropylene and polystyrene capacitors, used exclusively in both the audio circuits and the plate voltage supplies, maintain temporal accuracy. Separate discrete voltage regulators supply dc voltages to the input amplifier and phase inverter stages. Oversized main and output transformers enable the amplifier to deliver high current bursts that are demanded by musical transients. The proprietary wide-bandwidth output transformers enable the CAV50 to cleanly reproduce extended high frequencies and fast transients. Industrial quality gas filled relays perform selector functions, permitting minimal signal path length and extended life. The precision tracking volume control maintains accurate channel to channel balance. Benefiting from an uncommonly direct and short signal path, and a simple circuit executed with premium quality parts, the CAV50 dramatically outperforms its modest price. Harmonic structure, sound stage, dynamic contrasts, and dramatic impact are all reproduced with remarkable fidelity to the live event. Never imposing distractions, the CAV50 invites the listener to enjoy the musical performance.

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