Cary Audio

Cary Audio was founded in 1989 with a firm commitment to producing the very highest quality two-channel vacuum tube equipment, and we continue to innovate and lead the industry in this market sector. Our dedication to accurate and lifelike reproduction of music has led to many awards and rave reviews all over the world. Our efforts are guided by the knowledge that we sell not just audio gear, but rather a means to enjoy music and video entertainment.

After spending many years in research and development, Cary Audio brought out a line of digital home theater products to complement our music systems. Sharing the same hallmark sound quality, whether used for surround sound or stereo music, these processors and amplifiers quickly garnered a reputation as the finest sounding home theater systems in the world. With the same fanatical insistence on achieving low noise and low distortion, selecting the best quality parts and the very latest in digital signal processing for both audio and video, sourced from the most respected suppliers, Cary Audio has succeeded in once again not only raising the bar, but setting a new standard for entertainment systems. Taking digital design a step further, Cary Audio is now introducing a new generation of source components that allow streaming of music to and from a network, easy archiving and enjoying a large CD collection, and accessing the myriad of music available via Internet radio.

By our unswerving insistence on quality and performance, and by constantly listening to our consumers, Cary Audio stays at the leading edge of our fast-developing industry. As we have evolved from strictly two-channel purist music systems into cutting-edge digital home theater and streaming solutions, we have remained true to our dedication to produce the finest high performance products on the planet. Whether you listen to a brand new digital to analog converter (DAC), streamer, or a tube preamplifier and amplifier that were developed 20 years ago, you’ll experience the comfort of knowing that you have invested in Cary Audio, the very best!

Please note: most Cary Audio products are available for upgrades or modifications. Please contact us for prices.

  • CAD805 AE

    Single-end triode (SET) tube amplifiers have long been considered the Holy Grail of music reproduction systems, operating in the purest form of class-A power output. Cary Audio began in 1989 by producing a SET monoblock amplifier as its first product, and today the CAD-805AE proudly carries on that tradition. Using just one tube to handle the entire musical signal typically does not allow for more than a few watts of output power, but the CAD-805AE, with its massive power supply, is able to produce over 50 watts.

    Cary Audio always hand-builds their tube products and carefully matches the tubes. In the case of the CAD-805AE monoblocks, this even extends to giving you two very different types of output tubes as standard. These two tubes have a quite different sonic character from each other, and by giving you both you can fine tune your system to best match your musical taste, your speakers, and your room’s acoustic signature. A pair of these monoblocks represent the pinnacle of today’s tube design capability, and will make your system sing as never before. If you want the very best and most accurate musical response in your home, audition the CAD-805AE.

    Reviews:
    Michael Lavorgna on 6moons
    Sasha Matson on Positive Feedback Online
    The Ten Most Significant Amplifiers of All Time on The Absolute Sound

  • CAD 120S MKII

    Cary Audio has almost always offered stereo tube power amplifiers, and the CAD-120S MkII is the latest in this long line of award-winning, top-rated amplifiers. The new MkII version of our most popular power amplifier features a boosted sensitivity and reduced level of global feedback, allowing it to be used with a wider variety of other preamplifiers to produce a larger soundstage with more apparent musical detail.

    Fully differentially-balanced, like most Cary Audio products, the CAD-120S MkII offers both RCA single-ended and XLR balanced inputs to match any associated equipment. Front panel meters continually monitor the bias current to the tubes, helping you easily keep the amplifier operating at its peak efficiency. A huge power supply provides plenty of current storage to handle peak demands of your music. It can be switched on the fly from triode mode (Class A) at 60 watts per channel, to ultralinear mode (Class AB) at 120 watts per channel. This lets you enjoy the greatest possible minute details of your more delicate music, or ask for much more power when you want to turn it up a few notches. The CAD-120S MkII can make almost any system sound its very best in your home.

  • SLP98L Tube

    Cary Audio has offered this preamplifier and its predecessors for over 20 years, and it is still as musically satisfying today as it was then. Continuing to be hand-built and hand-wired in North Carolina, and utilizing matched tubes and zero feedback for the most accurate musical presentation. What’s more, the SLP-98 uses an external power supply and enclosure, like its big brother the SLP-05, to keep any high voltage electrical noise away from the circuits that handle the delicate musical reproduction.

    With five inputs, the SLP-98 can manage an elaborate system, and gives you the convenience of remote volume control. With turntables and vinyl making a big comeback, we even offer an optional built-in phono stage for MM cartridges, truly making it a value for its level of performance (model SLP-98P with phono stage, SLP-98L as a line-stage only). Regardless of whether you listen to vinyl records, tape, CDs, or any of today’s digital sources, the SLP-98 will elevate your sources to levels you didn’t think were possible.

  • CAD 300SEI

    Tube aficionados have long known that the best possible realism and detail comes when an amplifier is run in SET mode, or Single-Ended Triode. This lets one power tube handle both sides of each musical waveform, eliminating some of the most fatiguing distortions. It results in lower output power, naturally, but with high-efficiency speakers played at reasonable levels, its ultimate simplicity means the ultimate in musical naturalness.

    While only offering 15 watts per channel of pure class-A remote-controlled power, the CAD-300SEI does things that almost no other amplifier today can achieve. Its careful attention to design and construction means that it is extremely quiet, allowing the tiniest musical details to float against a background of dead silence. This will help you perceive more accurate soundstaging and imaging cues, as well as the most realistic harmonic structure of each instrument. You can tell a Steinway from a Bösendorfer piano, a Stradivarius from a Guarneri or Amati violin, or a Fender from a Gibson guitar. You’ll hear inner details of musical groups that you never knew were there. Sometimes the simplest IS the best, and the CAD-300SEI is a testament to that philosophy.

  • SLI80

    For many, many years the SLI-80 integrated amplifier has been the standard by which all other vacuum tube integrated amplifiers are judged…period! As Cary Audio’s entry into the magic of vacuum tube music systems, it’s nothing short of stunning. Thousands of music lovers all over the world have heard (and seen) the virtues of this spectacular vacuum tube integrated amplifier. Before we gloat about the sound of the SLI-80, just look at it. It’s audio jewelry. The open chassis showcasing the warm soft glow of the tubes only enhances its sonic beauty. It is a display piece for any setting, pure and simple.

    The sound must be heard to be fully appreciated. As the world’s premier vacuum tube audio company, Cary Audio designed the SLI-80 to have no peer. The design reproduces every musical nuance and detail in a lush, open and airy presentation while providing bass texture and impact that belies its rated power output. The depth of sound and transparency will cause you to snap your head in disbelief as you look to see the musicians performing in front of you. A pair of toggle switches select either triode mode producing 40 watts per channel of pure Class A power, or ultralinear mode which doubles power to 80 watts per channel in Class AB. If you’re listening to more subtle music and want to hear all of the inner detail and richness, select triode mode for the most lifelike imaging and tonal accuracy. Or, if you want to really let loose, switch to ultralinear mode and enjoy the extra power and dynamics. Your choice!

  • DMS 500

    The DMS-500 Roon Ready Network Audio Player is a groundbreaking design that not only meets today’s digital streaming and file playback demands, considering the wide range of file formats and resolutions, but also looks to the future as well. It’s hard to call something future proof, but the DMS-500 is as close as it gets. The DMS-500 is fully MQA Certified, but unlike any other MQA product to date, the DMS-500 will playback any MQA sample rate up to 16x. This means despite the original sample rate of the MQA file, the MQA decoder will extrapolate the file to either a 705.6 or 768 kHz sampling rate for stunning realism and studio quality sound.  For non-MQA files, the DMS-500 can stream or playback native PCM files up to 32 bit 384 kHz (.WAV files up to 768 kHz), plus DSD 64, 128, 256, and 512. Connecting the DMS-500 to your wired or wireless home network opens up a new world of musical enjoyment like never before. Easily stream any files from any MAC or PC computer(s), NAS drives, and Internet Music Services like Spotify, TIDAL, and vTuner. The DMS-500 will transform your digital files effortlessly into beautiful analog rich music at a level you’ve come to expect from Cary Audio’s long history of renowned digital products and coveted analog circuitry. Using our proprietary TruBit™ PCM and DSD technology you can actually convert PCM to DSD 64, 128, 256, or upsample in PCM to one of 6 available rates up to 768 kHz at your choosing.

    Additional features include Qualcomm aptX® lossless fi™Bluetooth, AirPlay, Coaxial (x2), Optical (x1), AES/EBU (x1) Digital inputs, Coaxial and Optical outputs, RCA and XLR fully balanced outputs, OSO™ Re-clocking, and a full 3-volt variable volume control for those that may prefer to forgo a conventional preamplifier and connect the DMS-500 directly to an amplifier.