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James Stephens’ System

Cary Audio customer, James Stephens, sent us a beautiful photo and details of his home audio system in New Jersey featuring our DMS-600 Network Audio Player and SLP-05 preamplifier with the Ultimate Upgrade.

“The DMS-600 and SLP-05 have been in place in my system for a little over a year. I continue to be astonished by the synergy between these two components and with the rest of my system. Musicality, transparency, detail, imaging, soundstage width, depth and even height…all are deeply satisfying. I listen to FLAC, DSD, and MQA via Roon; the DMS-600 handles all of them without compromise and is the most natural digital source I have owned.

With the beginner samplers being quite interesting, the SLP-05 receives balanced inputs from my DMS-600 with the Volume at 0 so as to restrict its output to industry standard +-2V and performs its justifiably lauded tube magic. The supplied tubes on the SLP-05 were excellent although (ever in search of improvements .. however tiny) I elected to replace them with new production and precisely matched gold pin versions and I also replaced the supplied Sovtek rectifer tube for a Mullard 5AR4/GZ34 new production tube. Consistent with system-wide efforts to maximize component isolation I also replaced the supplied rubber feet with IsoAcoustics Orea vibration isolators. 

The SLP-05 is capable of delivering viscerally into the very lowest octaves which became apparent once I added a JL Audio f113v2 subwoofer via a JL Audio CR-1 active subwoofer crossover introduced downstream of the SLP-05. Parasound JC1 Monoblock amplifiers receive the residual 2 channel output from the crossover and deliver it to Monitor Audio Platinum PL 300 II mains.”


Network Audio Player: Cary Audio DMS-600

Media Server: 27″ iMac running Roon; controlled via iPad Pro

Pre-Amp: Cary Audio SLP-05 Ultimate Upgrade plus Kimber Cable Upgrade

Tubes: Electro-Harmonix 6SN7 Gold Pin – New Production Gold Pin + Mullard 5AR4/GZ34 Rectifier Tube – New Production

Speakers: Monitor Audio Platinum PL 300 II

Power Amps: Parasound JC 1 Monoblocks

Crossover: JL Audio CR-1

Subwoofer: JL Audio Fathom 113 v2

Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Big Silver Oval

Interconnects: Analysis Plus Silver Apex

Cabinet: Salamander Designs Synergy 339 Triple Wide in Black/Walnut

Amp Stands: Salamander Designs Synergy

Power Conditioning: Shunyata Denali 6000s v2. 4x Dedicated 20A Circuits + Subpanel.

Power Cables: Shunyata Sigma NR (Denali) + Alpha NR (Amps) + Cobra Zitron (remaining components)

Acoustic Treatment: Gik Acoustics Monster Bass Traps

Isolation: IsoAcoustics Gaia I Isolation Feet (Speakers) + IsoAcoustics Orea Bronze+Indigo Vibration Isolators (Components) + various Herbies Audio Lab products (Giant Fat Gliders, Big Fat Dots, Fat Grounding Bases, Tenderfeet, Grungebuster Dots)


Center Channel: Monitor Audio Platinum PLC 350 II

Surrounds: 4x Paradigm Studio/ADP Dipoles

Parasound: A 31 Amplifier (Surround + Center)

Parasound A23 Amplifier (Rear Surround)

Pre-Pro: Marantz AV8802A

Blu-Ray: Panasonic UDP-LX500

Streaming: Tivo Bolt Mini Vox

HDTV: Sony XBR75X850C

Interconnects: Kimber Cable Hero

Power Conditioning: Shunyata Hydra Alpha 6

If you are located in the United States and Canada, you can purchase direct from our factory on CaryDirect.

If you are located outside the United States and Canada, please contact your local Dealer/Distributor to purchase.


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