Cary Audio Slp-308 Preamp Linestage

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Product Attributes: brand=cary audio, model=slp-308, country/region of manufacture=united states, modified item=yes, modification description=upgraded with 2 gradesophia electric 12au7 s., sku=7137721142596381, mpn=slp-308

CARY AUDIO SLP-308 Description

Cary Audio SLP-308 Preamp Linestage
Slp 308 Cary Audio Slp Preamp

They dont t really do anything, but if you imagine the 308 without them, what ll envision is a very plain chassis. Although its depth is quite good and it creates a convincing enough sense of holography, the third dimension seems to end rather abruptly about two thirds way into orchestra. Thank u CARY AUDIO design has slowly evolved from a company that mainly focused on exotic, single-ended tube gear to one focuses and growing range of other, not-so exotic components. Remote volume control front panel output level meters 4 stereo input pairs two sets of AUDIO outputs.

Black or silver faceplate. While the preamps basic sound is certainly recognizable fresh from box, it opens up considerably over initial playing time. I am also selling a CARY AUDIO sl-100 check it out. By straightforward I mean functional, value-oriented, and unadorned, except for the front panel output meters, a relatively rare commodity on to days gear.

The SLP-308 is company's entry-level preamp, and though CARY web site refers to it as a full function preamplifier, I would call linestage model without phono stage. While some of to days tube gear tries not to sound much like vacuum tubes, the SLP-308 does, and very nicely so. Not to the degree that, say, products from a company like Conrad-Johnson are noted for, but golden nonetheless, and rather way that first sip of wine might produce slight overall glow if taken on an empty stomach. Imaging, by the way, is really spot on.

These include somewhat more conventional tube preamps and amps, a pair of speakers, most recently, forays into the realm home theater, including multichannel controller lineup solid -state amplifiers. I like this linestage. I listened to a wide variety of music over Crays SLP always good sign and sharing notes on Figaro, Sinatra, or Jeff Buckley would add nothing what ve said. From Jeff tweeds rather sweet, slightly nasal vocal to john strait chugging bass line Leroy Bach sparse piano Glenn Koch tasty drumming, the entire spectrum has a lovely, romantic quality.

I attribute this to a faint but audible layer of background grain that doesn t quite allow the music emerge from darkest backgrounds. Likewise, stage width is slightly sheered off, as are dynamic extremes at least those the highest edge of spectrum. Classical fans will hear these qualities on something like the Janis drat rendition of Rachmaninoff third piano concerto mercury speakers corner lp, another Xes regular. CARY SLP - 308nice preamp clean condition, very hard to find.

This linestage bathes instruments in an understated but distinctly golden glow. Like new, used for only 2 hours. Its musically involving in ways that really count for me, and has to be counted as a true high-end value

Only very reasonable offers please also notable is that sense of pace one our readers mocks in this issues letters section. You really sense the musicians at work here. The owners manual suggests a 100- hour warm-up period, which I found to be pretty accurate. Its a straightforward design operating around pair of 12au7 tubes, and sells for smudge under excellent textures, too, something that, to certain degree, goes hand-in glove with the warm tonality.

To me, its more natural than what I hear from the majority of solid -state models in this price range that, rather being flat and defined as if by a professor laser pointer, images have nice sense dimensionality 360- degree air around them. With b packed thorough for safe transit. The chassis comes in black or silver, and a small remote for volume muting is also included. With remote.

No original packing or manual included. As it turns out, those meters suggest more than a vintage look they promise slightly retro musical experience. Upgraded with new sophia electric grade a 12au7's. Through the 308 there is a fine sense of rhythmic drive and musicians interacting together, which suggests that, though widest dynamic peaks may not be scaled, this units relative scaling very good.

Mute switch tape monitor loop. CARY AUDIO, SLP-308, pre linestage. Need I add that this is not necessarily an unpleasant thing. Quality was at once in evidence when played Wilcox Yankee hotel foxtrot CD nonesuch, a reference rock disc and one heard on nearly every system auditioned the recent Xes. With the meters and their soft ocean-spray blue lighting, 308 takes on a chic vintage vibe.

Description full featured vacuum tube preamplifier with dual 12au7 tubes. Via Manley's steel head phono section, strings were velvety, brass brassy, and the piano both powerfully percussive lilting delicate, latter maybe even a little too creamy rich in bottom registers, which at times came across bit thick, losing last bits of definition on individual notes. Strummed electric guitar strings vibrating over the fretboard and pickups, thick, plucked bass notes, wood en drum sticks striking heads, swish clutch of a hi-hat were all delivered with great deal tactile presence, which brings to recordings that hard-to define sense life or life likeness we hope for from our systems. Ready to ship right now.

Indeed, the 308 is not highest resolution model I ve heard, though its omissions are measured in degrees that consider more hi-fi than musical nature.

CARY AUDIO SLP-308 Specifications


  • brand: Cary Audio
  • model: Slp-308
  • sku: 7137721142596381
  • mpn: Slp-308


  • country/region of manufacture: United States
  • modified item: Yes
  • modification description: Upgraded With 2 Gradesophia Electric 12au7 S.


  • availability: In Stock
  • category: Electronics > Audio Video > Vintage Preamps Tube
  • currency: USD
  • condition: New

262 Ratings (100.0%)

  1. Great 'er, would absolutely transact with again. (02-08-19)
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  3. Great thanks so much!!!! (01-26-19)
  4. Good vendor. Item arrived as described. Would purchase from this vendor again. (02-15-19)
  5. A Great communication! (02-07-19)


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  • SLP-308 price: $1, 099.99 USD
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