Cary Audio Design CAD 50 M Mk II Amplifiers

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

- AC Power Requirements: 117/234 VAC @ 50/60 Hz Consumption: 222 Watts Operation.
- Warm-Up Time: 3 Minutes.
- Break-In Time: 100 Hours.
- Finish: Black Anodized Aluminum Faceplate, Black Epoxy Coated.
- Input Sensitivity: 1.2 Volts for full output.
- Input Impedance: 150, 000 ohms.
- Noise and Hum: -80dB below full output.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mg16 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I agree with Omer . I mainly use these amps in triode mode only. Soundstage width, depth, and especially inner detail are outstanding. In triode mode, it sounds very similar to my JE Labs 300B Single ended triode monoblocks, but with more "grunt" to power the speakers better.
I previously owned Quicksiver Silver Monos which sounded wonderfull, full, and 3 dimensional. With the Carys I get all of the same, but am hearing details within the soundstage that the Quicksilvers missed.
To use an overused phrase that really fits: "Its as if I am hearing my music collection for the first time".
They get the harmonics right which Quicksilver did also. Voices and instruments sound very real in the room.
Bass is excellent. Midrange is truly wonderfull. High end is slightly soft, but subtle details are all reproduced realistically within the soundstage.
Soundstage exists well beyond the speaker boundries, and is very enjoyable. I constantly get lost in the music while listening.
I bought these amps used on Audiogon . The previous owner had a hodge podge of KT-88's included. Chinese, SED. After reading some web reviews on KT-88 tubes, I bought a matched quad of Electro Harmonix KT-88 for $100.00. There are probably better tubes for these amps, but the EH tubes sound great after a 2 week breakin. Input tubes are Sylvania JAN 6SL7.
Amps are great looking chrome chassis with brass/gold? faceplates. Seperate power switches for heater and High voltage. Saves tube life. Build quality is excellent. I couldn't be happier with these amps. Originally $2500.00 new in 2001. A great buy at $1000 if you find them used.
Happy listening!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon/preowned

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Omer a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Perect match to the SLP50 preamp, with the polished chrome chassis. Liquid smooth 30 watts in triode mode, but still has bass weight and definition. Solid image/soundstage. Build quality is unequalled at this price range for mono blocks. This product may not be in everybody's price range, and it's shame it's discontinued. Being a dealer has it's perks!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

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