Before I start saying anything let me say that I am not Audiophile by any scale but I love music.
Music means a lot and plays a lot of role in my daily activities. I am very choosy and picky doesn't feel satisfaction until unless something really exceeds my expectations.
Though I am a music lover from my school days but this became serious hobby from last few years.
Its a very expensive journey but you gotta pay to play and quality never comes cheap (.)
Anyhow I never thought of tube components until I joined this forum ... thanks to my audio guru F1nut...
Wanted to get a Tube preamp last year ....After spending some serious number of hours reading reviews gathering suggestions from fellow member I finally shortlisted Cary SLP05 in tube preamps...
It was way beyond my budget (3K) thought of pulling trigger on JC1 but for some reason I has this feeling that SLP05 would be the right choice.
So I waited for almost 9 months to accumulate my funds .... after lot of hesitation I finally puled the trigger on a Black Cary SLP 05.
Cary takes 10 days to make one...After 2 weeks of wait finally got it at my door steps.
Good to see "Made In America" glad to contribute to the American economy... (though I believe all the parts might have shipped from some Asian country)
One thing I dindt expect .. looks like they have changed the remote ...instead of that universal remote with a bunch of buttons even though only couple of them worked.
Remote is very heavy I think they have wasted good amount of aluminum ... limited functionality volume up/down... and Mute.
New Cary logo... Looks real cool.
Sorry for the quality of the pics
So connected every thing and fired it up .. Ran few songs... though it sounded way better than my current setup, I am not really impressed ... So connected it to my media server I left it running for continuously .
On the second day I got my MIT shot gun S3 cables from Joe. Added them to the loop and let it run for another three days without connecting to speakers.. I don't want to listen before the mentioned break in period I don't want to have placebo effect and I want to see if break in really changes the behavior of the component...
So on the fifth day (today) .. finally connected the setup to speakers
MediaSever (Asus Xonar Essence STX)---> MIT Shotgun S3 (RCA)---->CARY SLP05------>MIT Shotgun S3 (XLR)----> Parasound Halo A51---->LSIM707
Damn Damn Damn Damn.... I cannot put it words...... I was impressed as hell...Though my source is not that strong it sounded like never before... Played familiar songs which I am hearing from last 10 years I am not making it up I felt I am listening to them for the first time.
I can only how great this system will system if you throw in one of the high end DAC in to the loop.
Wow Cary SLP 05 changed the game... Not many times you can accept with reviews of a given product but damn with this product every body is spot on!!!.
even the damn 128kps mp3 sounds so good... whats in that damn black boxes? Magic?
Damn thing started new curiosities.... How would it sound with a good DAC? how would it sound with Mono Amps? What if i change I start rolling the tubes?
I don't think I will be coming out of that rabbit hole any time sooner.
I am all jacked up and cocky as hell..... Beg borrow or steal I need to get a good DAC to hear the real potential of this loop... This Pre Amp deserves a word class DAC