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Cinema 12 Preamplifier/Surround Processor

  • Cinema 12 Preamplifier/Surround Processor
  • Cinema 12 Preamplifier/Surround Processor
  • Cinema 12 Preamplifier/Surround Processor
  • Cinema 12 Preamplifier/Surround Processor
  • Cinema 12 Preamplifier/Surround Processor
  • Cinema 12 Preamplifier/Surround Processor

About the Cinema 12 Preamplifier/Surround Processor

After two decades of producing some of the world’s best two-channel tube gear, Cary Audio set its mind to applying the same sonic perfection to home theater. The latest expression of this quest is the Cinema 12 surround preamplifier-processor. With four of the latest high-speed HDMI v1.4a inputs, the Cinema 12 is ready for 3D, Ethernet over HDMI, or any of the other benefits of this technology. It also features plenty of other digital and analog inputs that are completely configurable to match your equipment and the sonic characteristics of your room. HD radio accompanies standard AM and FM, so you can access all of your local broadcasts.

Perhaps the most important criteria as we designed the Cinema 12 was not all of this flexibility, although that is very important to help it fit into more systems, but rather the attention we paid to its sonic performance. We used the latest 32-bit/192 kHz DAC chips to give you the most accurate surround decoding and steering, so your movies will sound better. A well-regulated power supply and the very best parts selection means that low noise and distortion will allow all of the myriad tiny details to be properly reproduced, resulting in more accurate and lifelike music and movie soundtracks. Two separate user profiles are available to fine-tune your Cinema 12 to perfectly fit your taste in both movies and music. All in all, the Cinema 12 reaches new heights in both sound quality and ease of operation, and is truly the finest surround processor available.

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The following section describes the Cinema 12 basic specifications. The specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Decoding Ability Dolby True HD
Dolby Digital Plus
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
Dolby Digital
Dolby Pro Logic IIx for movies and music
Dolby Digital EX
DTS ES 6.1 Discrete
DTS NEO 96/24 for movies and music
Matrix Surround for 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1
Inputs 7 RCA analog stereo input pairs
1 XLR analog stereo input pair
1 XLR digital input
7 RCA coaxial digital inputs
7 TOSLINK digital inputs
4 HDMI v1.4a inputs
Multi channel Analog Input 7.1 analog bypass input set for multi-channel playback
Outputs Main Front pair, Center Front, Surround Back pair or Center Surround, Surround pair, Subwoofer, can have 5, 6 or 7 speakers & subwoofer, RCA and XLR connections. 1 HDMI v1.4a output. 2nd zone output: 1 digital output, 1 RCA analog stereo pair
Frequency Response 10 Hz – 20 kHz, 1Hz – 129Hz (-3dB)
Amplitude Linearity +/- 0.2 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Phase Linearity 3 degrees (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Dynamic Range 115 dB (1 kHz)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 108 dB (1 kHz)
Channel Separation >89 dB (1 kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.008% (1 kHz)
Rated Output Level 1.0 V RMS (8.0 volts maximum)
Power Input 120 or 240 Volts AC, 50-60 Hz
Power Consumption 25 watts
Finish Black powder coated matte chassis with silver or black aluminum faceplate
Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 17.7″ W x 4.5″ H x 16.5″ D
Detailed Features Auto setup with a microphone, RS-232 port on back panel for custom install system control, IR repeater input and output, 3 remote DC triggers, Bass and Treble controls with bass management circuit, Variable crossover from 40-140 Hz, in 10 Hz steps, dedicated remote control handset, second zone audio analog and digital outputs.


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