Cary Audio SLP 03 Tube Preamplifier

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Cary Audio SLP 03 Tube Preamplifier

New w/ 6 month Upscale Warranty!

So... why is it so cool? Uncle Kevin likes it because it has a whole slew of cool features: truly balanced circuitry, zero negative feedback, full function remote control, cinema bypass, and it uses 12AU7 tubes. We've got a ton of the coolest NOS 12AU7s available at prices that won't break the bank.

The front panel display is a vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) with a blue lens. The display shows critical control functions from a Motorola CPU incorporated inside the preamplifier. The display brightness levels are adjustable with the remote control. The CPU stores all user-selected information for the volume level of each input and the balance setting for each channel. This processor is the controller "brain" for all active functions.

Take a look at the back and you see plenty of inputs and outputs. One fully balanced XLR input and output, along with 4 stereo pair RCA inputs, one pair of Cinema Bypass inputs, and a tape monitor loop. Then you get 2 pair of RCA outputs and 1 pair balanced XLR outs.

The analog audio section includes a total of eight (8) fully regulated power supplies with separate supplies for each channel’s vacuum tube analog circuitry, plus the multiple power supplies for the front panel alphanumeric display and supplies for the Motorola microprocessor.

The SLP 03 has a very low output impedance, which makes it easy to integrate in with virtually any amp, solid state or vacuum tube. The family insists on home theater? Enter Cinema Bypass. The SLP 03 uses a unity gain circuit. In this case, unity gain is achieved when the volume control is set to 47.

This preamp is a true dual-mono design. Notice the two big power transformers. Each channel has its own transformer and power supplies, giving the SLP-03 incredible channel separation. There are 4 active gain stages inside which achieves the truly balanced circuitry. All this running in class A with zero feedback.

If you're a couch potato like me, you'll love that all of the cool features on this preamp can be controlled via remote; a first for Cary tubed preamps. Control volume, source selection, even balance control. The selected pair of dual triode 12AU7’s vacuum tubes per channel offers true balanced vacuum tube warmth and realism. Want to nudge the sound one way or another? We got ya covered with the coolest selection of NOS 12AU7s around.


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Preamplifier Inputs: 1 pair balanced (XLR), 6 pair single-ended (RCA)
Preamplifier Outputs: 1 pair balanced XLR, 2 Pair RCA
Controller Connectors: 1 - 3.5mm mini-plug jack for IR input, 3 - 3.5mm mini-plug jack for trigger out, RS232 remote configuration interface
Vacuum Tube Complement: 4 x 12AU7
Volume Control Range: 63.0 dB
Gain: 16 dB
Input Impedance: 100 k ohm on RCA, 200 k ohm on XLR
Output Impedance: 500 ohm on RCA and XLR
Rated Output: RCA - 1 V (8 V max), XLR - 2 V (16 V max)
THD+N: < 0.03 %
Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB from 5 Hz to 50 kHz
Residual Noise: < 90 dB
Power Input: Configured at factory for either 100 to 120 or 200 to 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
Power Consumption: 75 W
Weight: 25 lb
Dimensions (HWD): 4.5" x 17" x 13"

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