Cary Audio Design Cinema 5 Amplifiers

Cinema 5

  • 50 MHz Sanken output transistors
  • 1400VA power transformer
  • 33,000uF 80V filter capacitors
  • Remote power on/off switch

User Reviews (5)

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Jon Lusk   AudioPhile [Aug 13, 2013]

I have been into audio for close to 30yrs now. I have owned lots of great stuff. Adcom, Sherwood Newcastle, Acurus, Audio Research ,Counterpoint ,Carver, Sim Audio and Emotiva and I can honestly say I have been happier with this amp than any other that I have owned! Top to bottom the sound stage is detailed and alive with this amp. One thing I would recommend is don't get cheap on a power cord because it will totally make all the difference in this amp.. Love it!

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5
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5
PlatinumSV   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 09, 2011]

I just need to say that I had owned this amp when it was first released and needed to sell it due to some hardships. I purchased another last month and could not be happier. I've owned them all. Krell TAS, Theta Dreadnaught ll (225x5), Classe CA-5200, Lexicon LX-7 etc, and I honestly believe this amp hands down bests them all in every which way. Granted the Krell was a bit more dynamic, but the cary is a much better sounding amp. I'm in the HT business which is the reason for me having tried all these amps to begin with, but the Cary is a keeper. Great match with the Cinema 11a...

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5
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5
rsmcphee   AudioPhile [Mar 25, 2007]
Strength:

Imaging with soundstage. Clear diaglogue and very intoxicating midrange and good grip with bass

Weakness:

I am not crazy about the bindnig post. Too close together and they have a hard time supporting a heavier gauge wire. I was able to support my cables with a strain relief.

This amplifiers is one heck of an amp. I have owned Simaudio Titan, NADS, Rotels, Conrad Johnson, Krell, and Pass Labs so far this unit is in the league of Simaudio, Pass Labs, and Krell. The Cinema 5 images well with music and movies. The dialogue is clear and crisp and when it comes to loud soundtracks for movies and explosions the amp never seem to run out of power. I am using Martin Logans and also uses Acoustic Zen Adagios and so far with either speakers I get good results.

Now for music. This amp has good midrange, bass and overall balance. I have been using it for stereo and from time to time PRO-Logic Music and I like what I hear. The bass has body. The midranges is a sweet and the highs are non fatiguing. I paired this unit with Arcam AVP surround processor and so far so good. I do use an sub from time to time to augment the bass for movies but for music I find it sufficient.

The only complaints that I have are the binding post. The binding post seem to have a difficulties holding a heavier speaker gauge wire like say Acoustic Zen Hologram. I was able to tighten them enough but I never had the pbs with the Simaudio Titan before......but this is a very light criticism

Overall a good value even at full asking price and very well built.

Customer Service

Outstanding support from Cary Audio. Very friendly and easy to deal with

Similar Products Used: KRELL, SIMAUDIO, PASS LABS, MUSICAL FIDELITY, NAD, ROTEL, SHANLING, CONRAD JOHNSON, MCCORMACK,
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5
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5
sherpa   AudioPhile [Apr 20, 2006]
Strength:

Great mid range
Super inner detail

Weakness:

Doesn't have super grip on lower frequenices.

The amp is great for music and movies but overall performance is limited by its dynamic capabilities and base response. If you use this in an HT set up you will need a subwoofer. Used for two channel listening ( I use my pre amps analog pass through), the amp is good. Inner detail is good but imaging could be better. The amp has tube like qualities such a great midrange but lacks bottom end authority. If used in a medium to small HT room it will be a good fit. Used in larger setups, it may be strained. Overall this is a good amp if used with the proper equipment and supported with sub.

Customer Service

Ok, nothing great nothing poor.

Similar Products Used: Classe 300SSP
Electrocompaniet CD Player
Arcam DVD 27
Virtual Dynamic Cables
BPT line conditioner
Talon Audio Speakers
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3
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3
audiocrazy   AudioPhile [Aug 08, 2004]
Strength:

Everything

Weakness:

nothing

I guess I will go first. Purchased the Cinema 5 from Carlos at Audio Connection in Verona NJ. If you want no pressure no problems this is the place to go to for High-end Audio. They spend alot of time with you auditioning components without any pressure to buy period. I put a $100 deposit down on the Cinema 5 and the next thing I know I received a phone call from the principal of CaryAudio Dennis Had telling me about the amp and thanking me for the purchase. I would like to see any other manufacturer do that. Yeah Right!!!! Well I had the Amp for 1 day so far and all I can tell you is that the Cary Cinema 5 is friggin awesome and has now allowed me to listen to Music and not sit their and clinicaly critque my system. The dimensionality, the dynamics the tonal balance is bar none and this thing has not even been broken in past 1 day yet. I can't wait to see how the Cinema 5's presentation develops as more break-in time evolves. Do yourself a favor if you are auditioning Ultimate high-end Amps put this one on the top of your list. Better yet only put this Amp on your list and you will not regret. In a recent review the Cinema 5 was compared to the Bat VK6200 and was found to be a little less degree but the same style. You know what, just buy 2 Cary Cinema 5's for 8K and pocket the other 2K you would have needed to purchase the big bad VK6200. Bi-Amp the Speakers with the 2 and watch your hair stand on end with 400 watts at 8ohms and 700 at 4ohms.

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5
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5
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