AUDIOPHILE DEBATE: Conrad Johnson MV50 – a sad story

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The thread starts:  Below is a picture of the sweetest sounding amplifier I have ever owned. This is a Conrad Johnson MV50. Introduced in 1985. It is a PP EL34 based tube amp with about 45 watts a side. I am currently using it with a pair of Stirling LS35A speakers. This amp goes from delicate to punchy all the while remaining silky smooth. It sounds great with just about any speaker I throw at it. Its great sound is no doubt due to its limited frequency response and copious harmonic distortion - I'm not sure I understand this so don't ask.

Here is where the story turns sad.....This f%#!*'in thing is constantly blowing fuses, tubes and capacitors. This beauty has turned into a high maintenance bitch! I have decided to go back to solid state on my main system. I have a recently recapped CB NAP250 which I may use, but its not going to sound the same. Any suggestions?"

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