Cairn Aria Integrated Amplifiers

Cairn Aria Integrated Amplifiers 

DESCRIPTION

40 watts

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 01, 2003]
Franco Ferracci
AudioPhile

Strength:

Looks,build,soundAt the pric

Weakness:

At the price NONE

This little French gem sounds as good as it looks.I use it with Marantz CD 6000 KI sign.,Sonus Faber Concertino,Rega P2 and if the recordings are good (remember GARBAGE IN-GARBAGE OUT) it sounds Fantastic.

Similar Products Used:

Cyrus,Musical Fidelity, Rotel etc

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 24, 2002]
AlainV
Casual Listener

Strength:

- Musicality and punch, - Look, - Excellent manufacturing, - Price.

Weakness:

- Lack of power. Bi-amping with two Mea/Loco power amps is a solution. - Heats more than a toaster and needs some clearance, - The class A version has a special main power switch at the rear...

The model I bought is a class A edition of the Aria HE. It was build by Cairn upon request of their distributor for Belgium/Luxemburg . When I decided to change my old amp, I decided to try Arcam, Rotel and Nad products thinking they were the most cost effective deals in my price range: lot of power, soft prices and good results in reviews. Then I had the opportunity to compare these with Cairn amps. I first tried a Nanda preamp with two Mea mono power units(Cairn Fog Easy CD and PE-Leon Classic speakers). The sound was very detailed, really tight bass but could become too analytical after some time(?). Then we connected this little Aria and ... I began listening to the music instead of the amp. Something happened to the dynamics in the mediums and highs that made me forget about the recording. The "reality" of the voice(s) was amazing. We reconnected the *** and by comparing I understood that things disappeared: - The stability of the instruments and voices in the musical landscape whatever the volume level, - The ability do deliver (all) the power fast enough. The Aria has only 2*12W class A but can drive mids and highs like few in its price range. Bass is more rounded and will not feed large speakers like the Mea power amps could but Cairn provided a preamp out... Based upon this success, Cairn propose a new 4808 class A (2*30W).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 29, 1999]
Gregoire
Audio Enthusiast

System:
CDP Marantz CD 67 SE
AMP Cairn Aria HE
SPK Cabasse Farella

One year ago I change my amp for this Aria because I thought I lacked punch with my Marantz PM 66SE I owned before. The results are mixed. It is brighter and more dynamic with treeble and midrange, but lacks the bass drive ability I was looking for....

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
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