Conrad-Johnson has again entered the vacuum-tube integrated amplifier market with their latest control amplifier – the CAV45. Unlike a typical integrated amplifier, a control amplifier eliminates the preamplifier stage altogether, thereby eliminating its inherent distortions while at the same time preserving the integrated amplifier’s advantage of avoiding interconnect cables between control section and power amplifier. The CAV45 employs a pair of classic EL34s in each channel to produce 45 watts per channel output. As with all conrad-johnson tube amplifiers, output tube biasing is simplified by the use of cj’s built-in bias circuit. The CAV45 accepts three line-level inputs. Exceptional parts quality is the rule at conrad-johnson, and to this, the CAV45 is no exception.
Power: 45 watts per channel RMS, both channels driven into 4 ohms from 30Hz to 15kHz at no more than 1.5% total harmonic distortion or intermodulation distortion