MF2550 Solid State Amplifiers
At conrad-johnson we have a simple formula for achieving highly accurate, highly musical amplifiers:
• straight-forward, simple circuits designed for linear operation without excessive loop inverting feedback
• exceptional component parts selected for their ability to provide uncolored accuracy in music reproduction
Straightforward circuits provide simpler, more direct signal paths and require
fewer component parts to implement. This is desirable because all component
parts fall short of ideal and impose limits to transparency. Fewer parts means
less of the unavoidable coloration that is imposed by each part, even the best
available. Fewer parts means that the budget can be concentrated to obtain the
often costly best available parts especially for key circuit applications.
The design of limited feedback circuit demands discipline from the circuit designer in developing a circuit in which each stage functions linearly without requiring external correction from a feedback loop.
Our latest solid-state amplifiers, the MF2550 and MF2275, nicely embody this
approach. Differing primarily in power output rating, these amplifiers share a
common circuit design. High voltage FETS permit highly linear operation of the
critical first voltage gain stage, while bi-polar transistors are used to configure an output stage with low output impedance to deliver maximum current to reactive speaker loads.
Linear operation of the audio circuit requires a power supply designed to
maintain absolutely fixed operating voltages while meeting current demands that
fluctuate rapidly with the music itself. This imposes on the power supply
similar design and component choice requirements as on the audio circuit itself.
These amplifiers feature discrete dc regulators to power the critical voltage
gain stage. The power supplies and grounds for the input and output stages are
run by separate power transformer windings to isolate the input stage from the
effects of the substantial current flows required in the output stage.
Circuit design is a combination of science and art. At every step consideration
must be given to how a circuit will be implemented. The realized performance
will depend critically on the selected component parts. Conrad-Johnson products
are known for unmatched quality of parts with custom-made film capacitors and
precision metal film and metal foil resistors. We even use large 30 micro-Farad
polypropylene capacitors for critical circuit applications where other designs
commonly use non-polar electrolytic capacitors, the factor of 1000 reduction in
dielectric absorption of polypropylene resulting in a cleaner sound. The power
supply electrolytic capacitors are bypassed with high quality polypropylene film
capacitors that provide a small but quicker responding current reservoir. For
those wishing to take the musical experience a step further there are available
special “SE” versions of these amplifiers which achieve further refinement in
imaging, focus, and detail by upgrading a dozen or more critical capacitors to
our proprietary CJD Teflon hybrid capacitors and a couple of dozen resistors to
precision metal foil types.
Our obsession with parts quality extends to the connections within the circuit
itself. Power supply, signal and ground traces and wiring are parts of the
circuit with limitations and shortcomings that must be accounted for. To enable
the output stage to deliver substantial bursts of current, the layout provides
storage capacitors close to each output device. The internal power supply
connections and ground returns between the main supply and these local storage
depots are accomplished with heavy, audiophile grade multi-stranded wire in
order to minimize the impedance of these longer runs.
Thoughtful engineering, specification of high quality component parts, and
painstaking care in production make these exceptional audio amplifiers. We
invite you to arrange an audition with your conrad-johnson dealer to confirm for
yourself their extraordinary musical performance.
MF2550 250 Watts per channel from 20 Hz to 20 KHz at no more than 1.0% THD or IMD, both channels driven into 8 ohms.
MF2275 135 Watts per channel from 20 Hz to 20 KHz at no more than 1.0% THD or IMD, both channels driven into 8 ohms.
MF2550 2.0 Volts rms to rated power
MF2275 2.0 Volts rms to rated power
Frequency Response (at 10 Watts):
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/- .1 dB
Hum and Noise:
100 dB below rated power Input
MF2550 16.25D x 19W x 6.125H inches
MF2275 14.625D x 19W x 4.875H inches
MF2550 52 lb. net
MF2275 33 lb. net