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Integrated Amplifier Comparisons

Cary Audio is known for its integrated amplifiers. We get a lot of questions about the differences in the various models. They are all very different and serve different applications depending on needs, room attributes, speakers, and listening preferences. We hope the below chart will help delineate the differences so that you can choose the right integrated amplifier for you. Please contact sales@caryaudio.com if you have any questions.


 

  SLI-100 SLI-80HS CAD-300SEI SI-300.2d AiOS
DESIGN Tube Tube Tube Solid State Solid State
CIRCUIT Class AB Class A/AB (switchable) Class A Class AB Class AB
POWER 100 watts per channel 40 (A)/80 (AB) watts per channel 15 watts per channel 300 watts per channel 75 watts per channel
OUTPUT DEVICE KT150 tubes KT88 tubes (can use KT120, 6550, EL34, etc.) 300B tubes Bipolar Power MOSFET
HIGHLIGHTS Bass texture, punch, power, and overall articulation Flexibility, jack of all trades, classic sound Lush mids, sweet highs, large and transparent soundstage, incredible headphone amplifier Exceptional low impedance drive capability with tube-like qualities and smoothness for high power requirements Network streaming, balanced smooth sound with great top to bottom extension, audiophile-grade sound in compact form
ANALOG INPUTS 4 line level RCA 3 line level RCA 3 line level RCA 2 line level RCA, 2 balanced XLR 2 line level RCA, 1 3.5 mini
DIGITAL INPUTS (DAC) None None None USB-B (for computer), optical, coaxial, bluetooth Network WiFi and ethernet (for streaming audio), USB-A (for USB hard/thumb drives), optical, coaxial
SPEAKER TYPES Most Most High efficiency or horn Speakers that like power, are hard to drive. Example, Planar/Electrostats Most
MUSIC GENRE Any Any Vocal, jazz, classical, folk Any Any

 

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