Jolida JD9 MK II Phono Preamp
Ratings & Reviews
This is an amazing piece for the money it needs a month to break in and when it does the sound is incredible Bass is awesome and soundstage Deep mids are huge and highs are sweet BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!
Amazing preamp for the price. The sound is truly amazing.
by Kevin E
This unit was on my short list for a new phono pre, and after talking with Brian I walked out of the store with one. What sold me was the ability to tweak the unit via tube rolling, and several forums go into great detail about modding the unit with new capacitors, op amps, etc... My original plan was to do just that but, after plugging the jolida into my system, I was blown away by how much better this was than the phono section on my PS Audio preamp. The best part is that it hasn't even broken in yet. Great product, highly recommended to anyone looking for a phono pre under $1000
This is the first phono preamp I've owned. Brian and NeedleDoctor had pointed me to a few others on the site but after consideration, and the fact that I wasn't going to updgrade anytime soon, chose the JoLida. ever so glad I did. I'm using a vintage Marantz 2230 receiver with Sony Direct Drive turntable with Ortofon 2M Red (which Brian also sold me) and a Shure M19Xe cartridge. What sold me on the JoLida was the variety of ways this preamp can be tweaked by playing with the switches to increase gain and capacitance. Also, in several music and vinyl forums, there are suggestions about further electronic tweaks. But straight out of the box, this preamp is KILLER. Everything sounds better--classical has more boom and depth, jazz seems to improve as drum brushes become more real and horns take their proper place in the soundstage. I'm very, very impressed with this preamp and would suggest it, and Needle Doctor, to anyone looking for fantastic performance in an affordable unit
Change tubes to NOS Mulard 12AX7 and be stunned.
An excellent phono stage for a great price, so many modding opportunities, first swap out the stock tubes for some tungsols. Very well built.
by Mike D
Amassing!! Would never have thought how much a phono pre amp could make a difference. this amp is worth it. highly recommended
I have used this phono stage for nearly a month now and am still impressed with its sound quality and how well detailed it is. Very low noise unit with multiple load settings, I can see this pre-amp mating with just about any cartridge out there. For the price the JD9 is a total no-brainer purchase. I could easily live happily for years with it. Stock tube compliment is Tung-Sol 12AX7.
For the low cost, you get the "tube" sound many prefer, and you also get the flexible input/output features so you can tweak and tube roll until your heart is content. If you're in the market for a new phone-stage, give this one a look.
by Rick Lee
Boy this is one high gain low noise unit that sounds terrific. I already have a Bryston phono pre in my BP25 and the Jolida is much more satisfying than that. I also have a Creek OBH-8SE phono pre which unfortunately lost a channel right after the warranty ran out. It doesn't matter as the Jolida runs rings around the Creek too so I don't miss it. The Jolida took almost no effort to achieve dead silent running operation when using an Ortofon OM30 magnetic cart. Once I switched to the classic low output Denon DL-103 I decided to add a pair of step up transformers into my kit so as to keep the dead silence I was used to. The slight hum I got running at ridiculous high gain levels would have been acceptable but I preferred dead silence-hence the transformers. In any event I would recommend this Jolida to anybody looking at phono pres anything less than $2000. Most of the competition doesn't even have a way to properly adjust for impedance and gain so if you want to get your cart properly matched to your rig you won't have to worry if you have the Jolida. It has a hearty, full, musical character. It sounds much more detailed and full range than my $2000 Bryston DA convertor playing CDs. Vinyl truly is king. If I told you it runs with most phono pres under $5000 that might be stretching it as I havent heard them all. But it's that good and that's no lie... Way to go Jolida. Makes me wonder what else these guys make.
This is worth every penny. It sounds amazing, even better after a week or so of power up. Tube break in. A unit.