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Conrad Johnson Premier Eleven Vintage Tube Amplifier

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Conrad Johnson Premier Eleven Vintage Tube Amplifier

Conrad Johnson Premier Eleven Vintage Tube Amplifier

SkyFi 479

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


70W classic design amplifier from USA maker Conrad-Johnson.   

We now have a second Premier Eleven listed in case you'd like to bi-amp your speakers for the ultimate in Conrad-Johnson tube amplification!

Super clean, serviced, and working brilliantly. Tested and biased by our in-house tech where it passed with flying colors.  

A great match to one of these CJ preamps in stock: Click Here to View All

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Premier Eleven Vacuum Tube Amplifier

Essentially a scaled down, stereo version of the Premier Eight, the Premier Eleven delivered 70 watts per channel from a single pair of 6550 output tubes.

The Premier Eleven used only the finest component parts in all stages including the power supply. The power supply used only polypropylene and “cjd” polystyrene capacitors as opposed to the traditional deployment of electrolytics. The main storage reservoir used polypropylene capacitors with polystyrene shunts.

The Eleven-A added a noise filter on the bias indicator circuit, first employed in the Premier Twelve. The Eleven-XS is an Eleven-A with the output stage configured to use a pair of EL34s operated as triodes.

• 5-way binding post speaker connectors
• One pair of inputs
• Two plate fuses
• Power switch

Condition Description:
Super clean with little signs of use, minor scratching on top plate near right corner

Stereophile says:
The Premier Eleven is one of the most exciting audio components I have heard, and it shares with several other components that I've recently been exposed to significant advances on the state of the art; _viz_, true accuracy

Brand Background:
In the mid-1970s, two economists—friends and serious audiophiles—Dr. William Conrad and Dr. Lewis Johnson—were highly dissatisfied with the commercially available equipment of the time and were also perplexed and challenged by the readily apparent sonic differences among components in their own systems. What made these two classic tube systems sound so different? Could the virtues of each be somehow combined? Not content to merely speculate on such issues, Conrad and Johnson decided to systematically investigate by developing and refining a vacuum-tube preamplifier.

The resulting conrad-johnson preamplifier was immediately recognized as a state of the art contender and catapulted Conrad and Johnson into the audio industry.
The most important legacy of conrad-johnson design’s beginnings is the basic methodology which took shape in the course of the development of that first preamplifier.

This methodology has enabled conrad-johnson to develop new products which have routinely been ranked among the most musically satisfying. Few other manufacturers have so consistently received such high praise for their products.

Single Owner

RCA inputs and 5 way binding posts for outputs. Captive power cord.

General Sound:
Smooth, uncolored, undistorted natural and clean

Cosmetic Condition:
7/10 = Good. One or two minor scratches. Well Maintained.. See our detailed rating description here.

Working Condition:
Working perfectly and tested in our lab and listening room.

Just the unit and power cord.

Will be packed using our highly developed in-house process and custom packing materials.Reviews:
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Tubed stereo power amplifier.
Power rating:
70Wpc into 8 ohm
70Wpc into 4 ohms
70Wpc into 2 ohms (18.45dBW, 15.45dBW, 12.45dBW, respectively)
Current capacity: not specified.
Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz, +0/-0.5dB. THD: <1%. IM distortion: <1% (conditions not stated)
Input impedance: 100k ohms. S/N ratio: 96dB ref. rated power (weighting not stated). Sensitivity: 950mV.

17.5" W by 7.25" H (with feet) by 15" D.

48 lbs.

Approximate Age:

Link to Manual:
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Recommended Cables:

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Best

Kimber Kable - Speaker Cables - Better

Kimber Summit Series Monocle XL Speaker Cables (PAIR) - Best

Kimber Summit Series BiFocal XL Bi-Wire Speaker Cables (PAIR) - Best If Applicable 

Testing Process:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect resistors and other passive components for signs of overheating. If tube arcing has occurred in the past we can usually spot discoloration on the output tube sockets. On vintage units we often spot check select capacitors for value and ESR.

If the amplifier passes visual inspection, we move on to a full test of all of the tubes. We use an Amplitrex AT-1000 Tube Tester which is capable of testing both emission and Gm with a high degree of accuracy. We document the results of each tube and replace any weak or suspect tubes before proceeding. When we power on tube amplifiers for the first time we usually use a variac and current limited AC supply and slowly raise the voltage up to nominal mains level while monitoring plate, screen, filament, and negative bias supply voltages where applicable. If everything is in order we feed a low level test signal into the amplifier’s input and monitor its output on an oscilloscope across an 8 ohm dummy load. At this point we are just looking to verify basic function and confirm that the output transformers are not damaged. Once we have verified that the amplifier is safe to operate, we connected it to full mains power. For fixed bias amps we set the bias to manufacturer spec. For cathode biased amps we monitor the plate to cathode voltage to determine if the output tubes are operating in a safe range. Once the output section is verified we move onto bench evaluation.

We start by feeding the input of the amplifier with a low level 1KHz test signal, slowly increase its amplitude while monitoring the amplifier’s output on an oscilloscope for signs of noise, clipping, distortion, or improper channel balance. We continue increasing the signal level until the amplifier reaches clipping. At this point we take an output power measurement and compare it to the spec sheet of the amplifier to verify proper performance. We finish off the bench evaluation with a 1KHz square wave check and a 20Hz to 20KHz sine sweep to assess the amplifier’s frequency response characteristics. This battery of tests will usually reveal if the amplifier has any issues that need further attention.

Before the device leaves the bench, we perform a listening test with actual music using a variety of preferred test tracks. Our benches are outfitted with familiar monitor speakers which help us identify inconsistencies that will not always show up on our test gear. The main things that we are listening for are hum or noise with no signal present, proper center image, clicks, pops, or any other obvious undesirable audio characteristics.

If the unit passes all of these tests it is moved to our long term testing rig where we simulate real word operating conditions for 6-8 hours. For tube amps we like to run this test at least twice. This allows us to monitor the unit for signs of thermal runaway or intermittent issues that only crop up when it has fully come up to temperature. We find this step to be essential, especially for vintage units.

SKU: 105016