Jolida Fusion Preamp
Ratings & Reviews
R & R Crane
by R & R Crane
The Jolida Fusion preamp is a really open and harmonically accurate preamp. No hum, no problems. I received mine after a trip to Canada for some updates, hardware, it really turned it's soundstage wide open, and did so without adding any colorations or pops. The depth is what really changed for the better. It's like being there. I've heard worse for much more. It would be hard to beat at any price. Rebecca
I have to say that the Fusion is an exceptional preamp. I have owned a Sony TA-E1000ESD, a Citation 7.0, a Lexicon MC-1, an Anthem AVM-20, an Outlaw 1050 receiver used as a preamp, an ATI ATP8700 and most recently a Cambridge Audio 751R & Marantz AV7707 both of which which I returned. I tried a $4K tube preamp that I returned and I ended up getting a Parasound P7 preamp along with their A21 and 3 A23 amps for surround. I also wanted a tube preamp with a HTBP and decided to go with the Jolida Fusion. The Fusion sounds excellent on its own as good or better than anything I have owned for 2 channel listening. My only dislike is the HTBP function. When connected to the Parasound I get reduced volume on both. I talked with Jolida and they stated that the other preamp shunts the negative to ground which causes the problem. I solved the problem by adding a Goldpoint 2W2X-I XLR switcher. I can switch back and forth with no popping to compare sounds of the two going into my Parasound A21 amp, there is absolutely no ground loop hum and both the Jolida and Parasound P7 are performing flawlessly together. I also have an Anthem MRX510 going through the 10th channel on the Parasound P7 in unity gain bypass. I use the Fusion for tube stereo listening. I love the Parasound on those RCA 3 channel SACD's and BluRay direct movies and the Anthem for processing TV broadcasts and older DVD's. 5 stars for sound quality and I can forgive the HTBP issue at this price.
The photo above is not of the Jolida Fusion, it's close. I'm at a bit of a loss as to why this $1,000 preamp hasn't received much attention. I've listened to preamps costing several $1,000s and have owned CJ and Classe' pres's myself. The dealer had it rated higher than the more expensive and very well reviewed Jolida Envoy. I use it with a MF A3cr (and plan on buying another to bi-wire or maybe an A5cr), but the Fusion is sincerely a very special piece of audio gear, worth several times it's price.