Cary Audio Design SLP 50 Preamplifiers

5/5 (3 Reviews) MSRP : $1295.00


Product Description

Tube Preamplifier


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Johns a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I keep waiting for some stereo magazine to discover this little "gem". With all the press Cary has received as of late (the V12 and 1610)I would think that Listener or someone would get a hold of this and discover what we, who already own one, have discovered. I originally had the 50, then upgraded to the 50A, plus oil capacitors. Those are a MUST! What a huge difference! They were worth every dime!
I have heard the 50B and was not as impressed as I was with the difference between the 50 and the 50A. Cary still keeps on surprising me with the quality of their tube gear. I have had several tubed preamps (Audible Illusions, VTL, C-J)
and none were better (or as good) as the Cary. Treat yourself and go listen. Better yet, buy one before others find out how good it is and the price goes up.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Audio Connection in Seattle



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Barry a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2000

Bottom Line:   
The SLP-50A is a gem. At $1295, this is perhaps the best sounding pre-amp available. It is incredibly revealing. Compared to pre-amps twice as much in price, the SLP-50A removes several "veils" from between the speakers and the listener. Instruments are precisely imaged and bass extension is startling. It is limited in features (3 RCA inputs and 1 RCA output), but it really was designed with an emphasis on the utmost performance. Due to the simple layout inside, modifications for the hobbyist are an option. If necessary, one of the inputs can easily be re-wired for a second output. This little guy may have too much "flair" for some people, but there is a simple remedy. Modifying the volume to be a shunt control results in a smoother sound. Cary recently changed to the SLP-50B, with 6922s instead of 6CG7s (the result is not yet known). You cannot go wrong here...

This is a wonderful complement to a tube amp and very revealing speakers (i.e., Maggies)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000



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

Date Reviewed: October 18, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I use this preamp with the 805C monoblocks. Simply awesome. See my review of the 805c's
questions e-mail
mrrjm@mediaone.net

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999




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