About Conrad Johnson
When the professional economists and passionate audiophiles Dr. William Conrad and Dr. Lewis Johnson found themselves displeased with the quality of the audio equipment commercially available in the mid 70s, instead of simply putting up with the situation they decided to do something about it. Despite having no background in electronics or design, the pair set to work experimenting with their own design for a vacuum tube preamplifier. They called the end result the PV-1 and it was recognised as the cutting edge technology of its day. To market it the pair set up their own company, Conrad-Johnson, in 1977 and continued to innovate. Their first power amplifier came out in 1978 and became such a success that it ensured the longevity of the fledgling company. A 200 watt per channel all tube power amp followed in 1979 which was described by Absolute Sound magazine as the finest sounding amplifier to be produced that decade.
These triumphs from the Fairfax, Virginia manufacturer of high end audio electronic equipment were followed by other major successes such as the MC7, the Sonographe SD1, (a low priced CD player and the company?s first digital product), and the 1997 Anniversary Reference Triode Preamplifier. Today the Conrad-Johnson research and development efforts are still firmly geared towards recreating the exact sound of live music performances and every unit is tested before it leaves the factory, reaffirming the company?s motto that ?It Just Sounds Right?.
The Conrad-Johnson audio equipment continues to be in great demand from high end audiophiles and collectors. Available are both new and used Conrad-Johnson equipment including amplifiers, preamplifiers and phono-stages, reference material and replacement parts.