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If you look at my system, I have CJ integrated and the lack of remote is wearing on me. Can you recommend a comparable integrated (preamp /amp combo less preferred due to space) with a remote option that will give me that same warm yet clear organic sound?
move up the CJ chain.
Why compromise? Possibly a remote volume control can be retrofitted
to yours. I would contact Bob Backert at RHB Soundezign. He specializes
in mods and repairs to CJ gear. His Backert labs Rhumba's use a custom
taper Alps motorized volume control and his Rhythm's use a TKD motorized.
Possibly he could marry one or the other to your CJ. It can't hurt to
contact him, his work is impeccable and charges are very reasonable IMHO.
It is beyond me that in 2017 CJ makes entry level preamps and integrated amps without a remote! No excuse IMHO.
In addition to all of the other suggestions, here's one I often recommend. ;-)
$20 from Amazon.com
Many years ago, while in college, and dealing with a failed remote, we used something similar, mostly on NFL Sundays during simulcast games where switching between two contests at the same time was absolutely required, we had the "Video Broom". Worked flawlessly.
Were it me, I'd retrofit a motorized control. See if there is enough room behind the existing pot to install one. You would then need to accommodate the infrared receiver, but you could probably install that on the underside in a small ... tiny, actually ... unobtrusive project box box that faces the front.
I'm also in the "don't want no stinkin' remote" school, but not everyone feels the same way, and I believe you should get the features you feel are required. The idea is to get the system that makes you happy.
I have a c-j Classic 2SE and love the way it sounds.... I either just get up off my lazy ass, or I use the remote on my dac or Blu-ray for not so critical listening....
I've have had many preamplifiers over the years and this is the best sounding hands down....to me anyway... I have used it for three years now, with different amps and speakers, and it's the last component I would think of replacing for a while.
My CJ is over a decade old, but I agree. I found it shocking that their new cav-45 has no remote. I wish the gizmo you show was 8 ft long LOL
Getting up outta your chair even sporadically... will NOT hurt you. Quite the contrary.
Manual crank windows, no power steering, and no power brakes will NOT hurt you either.
But when was the last time you bought a car with these "features"? Or better yet, what automaker in this century still builds cars like this? ;-)
It puzzles me that a preamp or integrated amp built in this century lacks a remote control!
remote controls are noisy radio sources inside the preamp. They lower the quality of the preamp invariably. Open one up. where is all the fancy shielding to prevent interference? Any DIY person who'has tried various volume controls will mention how rotten most volume control devices sound. The remote control is the worst. Why pay for CJ with a remote? Why not get cheap SS and pay 1/4 for some lower quality sound due to the remote. Others, I suppose with begin the "perfect sound forever argument" regarding remotes rather than digital. Lower priced integrated amps cannot afford to put in very high quality remote volume controls or shield them, therefore cheap and crappy or none. CJ obviously chose better sound over crappy but convenient.
Modern remotes for several decades have used Infra-red light, not RF.
If remotes were so evil CJ wouldn't offer them at all would they? But they do in their higher-end product line while choosing to skimp on the entry models.
Abe, I agree their expensive models do have remote but the way it is employed makes it cost prohibitive for the Classic and CAV 45. The CT and ET use a series of relay switched vishay resistors which are microprocessor controlled. It much more elaborate than a motorized pot
Hey, I hike on average about 20 miles a week with 20 pounds of water and supplies and I don't want to get up and futz with the volume either.
That's why I bought a Parasound Halo Integrated for system 2 and a Rogue RP-5 tube preamp for system 1. I sold my Audible Illusions Modulus 3B preamp for the Rogue just because of the remote control. At 63 1/2 and arthritis in both knees, it makes sense for me.
"Big man, pig man, ha ha charade you are.
You well heeled big wheel, ha ha charade you are."
If you can fit one in your budget, the BAT integrated is excellent (I've owned three of them). Loved my CJ PV-11 back in the day, but I too much prefer having a remote. The last BAT I owned is pictured below.
Its meant to connect between amp and preamp, or go in a tape loop. But, the knob is motorized, so gave this a shot and it worked.
reelsmith's axiom: Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.
Hey I actually did try that first.
If you love the CJ sound you will NOT be happy with something else.
You have three choices.
1- Upgrade$$$$ to a higher ended CJ with remote. BTW their remote units are amazing. Basically a Placette audio control system AND preamp in one.
2- Buy a Placette volume controller. These units will NOT interfere or degrade the sound quality.
3- This is what I did - DIY your own volume control between source and preamp. I ordered a Gold Point 25k attenuator and Bent Audio IR motor controller. Used a Radioshack plastic box, soldered two RCA cables DIRECTLY to the volume pot, $5 wall adaptor and bingo - remote control!!!! I've A/Bed it dozens of times and it also does not interfere or degrade sound. total cost about $325.
"If you love the CJ sound you will NOT be happy with something else."
That is pretty much my sentiment. They have a specific signature, at least the one's I'm familiar with. I myself would put the dough into another/better CJ that HAS a remote.
You're talking about "a lotta dough".
I did have that option about a year ago. But economic sensibility regained control of my audio fever.
My DIY control does fill that need for a remote. But wow, those remote preamps just look wonderful.
I have a vintage CJ PV9a that has been extensively upgraded, no remote but a really great phono stage. I just love this thing and I have had a few preamps over the years. The upgrades brought this unit into the 21st century. I don't mind getting up to adjust the volume on occasion, no big deal. I've never owned a preamp with a remote. No sense in spoiling myself now and besides I look at it much the same way I do with listening to vinyl, keeps it from being a totally passive hobby.
(1) does it have to be tubed? and (2) how much did you want to spend?
I'm prejudiced because I own one but if you want to remain within the c-j family of sound, then I'd suggest their CA200. In my system it replaced a Premier 16LS2 and a Premier 140 with their Teflon caps in the latter.
Another possibility would be their CA150 but it'd be more expensive if you're getting a new one and from one I've read on other fora it doesn't have quite the same finesse of its older sibling.
Some of the Primaluna have a remote!
How many times trough a listening session do you adjust the volume?
I hate having no remote for my 1987 Revox CD player, because skipping tracks is a pain (and i'd rather leave the venerable front as untouched as possible and leave finger marks on a plastic remote)...
But having no remote on my preamp has never been a problem.
In the past, when I had one, I found myself changing the volume way too often trough a record, but now when I think about it, I think that was very unnatural.
That said - there are plenty of good integrated amps WITH remote (Audio Research comes to mind).
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