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Jolida JD9 MK II Phono Preamp

11 Reviews
$699.00 to $899.00
SKU: JO-JD9 MkII
If vinyl is a source of enjoyment, then the JD9A is a versatile tube unit that is sure to enhance your sound With all-tube circuitry, audiophile-grade electronics, incredible versatility, and an attractive, minimalist aesthetic, it's hard to expect more from the Jolida JD9. It meets the demands of nearly any cartridge with the flip of a few dip switches, and offers much more than just compatibility. True to its tube pedigree, the JD9 handles high-frequencies delicately, rolling off just enough brittleness without sacrificing vital details or its impressive soundstage. For only $500, the sound and imaging capabilities of this phono stage will shine, even when accompanied by much more expensive components. The Goal of Audio Reproduction Quality sound cannot cure the ills of the world. So why is the quality of sound important? It is a matter of quality of life. Hearing is one of the five senses and is an important connection to the physical world. We can touch and feel textures with our fingers, our tongues can taste the salt or sweet of life, we can visualize the world around us, smell aromas of perfume, and we can hear the sounds of life around us. Hearing connects our emotional being with other people, with thoughts, with understanding. To lose this sense is to lose an important facet of interaction with the world. So, how does it affect the quality of our life? When you listen to music or the sounds of a movie track, is it sufficient to hear tinny sounds or the flabby bass of a substandard electronic system. When you are relaxing with a cup of coffee on an early fall Saturday morning with a light rain coming down, does the sound system enhance or detract the moment. As much as good smells, pleasant surroundings, and visual stimulation can create a positive atmosphere, so too quality sound can significantly contribute to the positive aspects of that atmosphere. In real estate, there is a saying that when looking for a house you should follow three criteria. Location, location, location. It is not so different when seeking a home entertainment system, the three criteria are quality sound, quality sound, quality sound. We live in an age where the choices fly though the market with this feature, that digital format, this remote control, and that convenience of two hundred programming modes. Most of us have either jettisoned to the dump or filled the closet with goods that seemed "cool" at the time. The material things in life that stay with us are goods that are useful, functional and enhance our lifestyle. Given this type of criteria, our audio/audio visual systems should not mirror the coolest toy or the neatest feature but first and foremost the basic what does it sound like. I am certain that a person would easily forego three hundred programming modes for a system that produced the highest level of quality sound over the years. 6 Moons Review You read it right. How's that for a sweet sliding scale? After burning it in for a week with the Hagerman Technology FryBaby, we invited our speaker-building partner in crime, Pete, over for the first listen to this unmodified, über-flexible overachiever. All of us spent several hours grinning from ear to ear. Was it perfect? No. Remarkable? Yes and no. Better than anyone has a reasonable right to expect for $450? For certain. The sound was life size, the presentation spacious and the pace admirable. The tone you ask? Convincing. Especially on guitar, vocals and cello. Unheard of in our experience at this price and more significantly, far beyond. Positive Feedback Review The more I listened, the better the JD 9A resolved. In fact the more I listened the more I liked everything about the Jolida. When the unit arrived I was still bathed in the glow of the twice-as-expensive Quicksilver phono stage. Would there be a huge let down? I though so at first, but after cueing up more and more cuts, I really began to enjoy the JD 9A for what it was. An excellent component, one that responds very favorably to a little tweaking.
Features:
  • Phono pre-amplifier that will handle MM, MC and Dynamic head cartridges.
  • Rated sensitivity at .25 mV – 80 dB.
  • Two Outputs RIAA, Line stage.
  • Adjustable gain settings for cartridge type
  • State of the Art Components: Gold plated RCA inputjacks.
  • Low profile full body allows the unit to act as a base for your amplifier or turntable
  • Tube Output

  • Technical Data:
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz to 110KHz, (+/- 1 dB)
  • SNR: > 100 dB
  • Distortion THD: Less than .02%
  • Input Impedance: 100Kohms
  • Output Impedance: 600 ohms
  • MM: 60 dB, 5 mV
  • MC High: 75 dB, 0.5 mV – 1.5 mV
  • MC Low: 80 dB, 0.25 mV – 0.5 mV
  • Input Resistance: 100 ohm, 300 Ohm, 1Kohm, 47Kohm
  • Input Capacitance: 47 PF, 100PF, 150PF, 220PF
  • Tube Complement: 2 pcs. 12AX7
  • Size: 17 in. (W) x 13 in. (D) x 2 in. (H)
  • Weight: 10 lbs., 14 lbs. Boxed
  • Warranty: One year parts and labor, Six months year on tubes
  • Upgraded Version Features:
  • ESA Clarity Cap Output Filters
  • Added Resistors
  • Tung Sol Gold-Pin 12AX7 Tubes
  • Ratings & Reviews

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    Mark

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    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!!!!!!!!

    SJ

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    Amazing preamp for the price. The sound is truly amazing.

    Kevin E

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    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

    tnmike1

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    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

    Eric

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    Change tubes to NOS Mulard 12AX7 and be stunned.

    Ant1

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    An excellent phono stage for a great price, so many modding opportunities, first swap out the stock tubes for some tungsols. Very well built.

    Mike D

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    Amassing!! Would never have thought how much a phono pre amp could make a difference. this amp is worth it. highly recommended

    FJD

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    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.

    Juicy

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    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.

    Rick Lee

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    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.

    DJV

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    This is worth every penny. It sounds amazing, even better after a week or so of power up. Tube break in. A unit.