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I am considering the purchase of a new Cary SL-100 solid-state preamplifier. Cary describes its sonics as tube-like. Being a veteran tube audiophile, I hope that means the preamp is very smooth and has a grain-free liquidity to it. Also, I favor tonality that is neutral to a bit warm--any added brightness in the upper midrange and treble gives me a major headache. A big soundstage would be nice, too. If the SL-100 has these characteristics, along with being extremely quiet (i.e., minimal hum and hiss), I am very interested.
Thank you for any comments that would help result in a decision whether or not to purchase an SL-100.
You want tube like sound - buy a real tube preamp! I have the Cary SLP-03 and it is versatile and sounds great driving Musical Fidelity 550Ks and Revel Ultima Salon 2 speakers. Tube pre and ss amps are generally a good combination.
I have an Audible Illusions tube preamp, which rotates in and out of my music-room system as my sonic mood dictates. I like to utilize a solid-state preamp as well. But I am looking for an all-analog solid-state unit that has remote-controlled channel balance such as the Cary SL-100.
Have you seen this review? Warning: it reads like a bad translation. But seems like it may help you decide.
Thank you, Steve. Yes, I saw that review, which is a poorly rewritten version that originated in SoundStage. Why there are two versions is a mystery.
Anyway, I am hoping there may be folks here who have hands-on experience with the Cary SL-100.
Reviews like that make me think that perhaps my wife is right. We're all insane.
Uneducated, with many college degrees; a paradox.
is this one made in USA
Is there tubes inside?
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