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CAD-120S MkII Amplifier

  • CAD-120S MkII Amplifier
  • CAD-120S MkII Amplifier
  • CAD-120S MkII Amplifier

About the CAD-120S MkII amplifier

Cary Audio has almost always offered stereo tube power amplifiers, and the CAD-120S MkII is the latest in this long line of award-winning, top-rated amplifiers. The new MkII version of our most popular power amplifier features a boosted sensitivity and reduced level of global feedback, allowing it to be used with a wider variety of other preamplifiers to produce a larger soundstage with more apparent musical detail.

Fully differentially-balanced, like most Cary Audio products, the CAD-120S MkII offers both RCA single-ended and XLR balanced inputs to match any associated equipment. Front panel meters continually monitor the bias current to the tubes, helping you easily keep the amplifier operating at its peak efficiency. A huge power supply provides plenty of current storage to handle peak demands of your music. It can be switched on the fly from triode mode (Class A) at 60 watts per channel, to ultralinear mode (Class AB) at 120 watts per channel. This lets you enjoy the greatest possible minute details of your more delicate music, or ask for much more power when you want to turn it up a few notches. The CAD-120S MkII can make almost any system sound its very best in your home.

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The following section describes the CAD-120S MkII basic specifications. The specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Circuit Type Class AB, push-pull amplifier, Ultralinear or Triode mode operation with a front panel selector switch
Power Output Ultralinear – 120 watts per channel
Triode – 60 watts per channel
Inputs XLR balanced or RCA single-ended
Noise and Hum -80 dB
Input Impedance 100K both RCA and Balanced
Frequency Response 17 Hz – 25 KHz flat @ 1 watt
Tubes 2 – 6SN7 input gain stage
2 – 6SN7 driver tubes
8 – KT 88 output tubes
Power Transformer EI High voltage & bias supply EI laminate
Output Transformer(s) Special bifilar wound 150 watt rating unit in each channel
Gain 28 dB
Sensitivity 1.24v
Power Supply Capacitors 4 x 560µF
Speaker Posts Cary gold plated copper, 5-way binding
AC Cord 3 Conductor Shielded, Detachable
AC Power Requirements 117 VAC @ 50/60 Hz
234 VAC @ 50/60 Hz
Warm-Up Time 3 Minutes
Break-In Time 100 hours of playing time
Finish Anthracite black chassis with silver or black aluminum faceplate
Weight 65 lbs
Dimensions 8″ H x 17 ” W x 14″ D

 

Resources

Owner's Manual
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AVAILABLE UPGRADES: Cardas Caps, Jensen Caps, .22/600 Audio 1 Caps, Hexfreds, WBT Binding Posts
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AVAILABLE MODIFICATIONS: MkII Version Upgrade of the CAD-120S
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Review by Anthony H. Cordesman on The Absolute Sound
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Review by Fabio Barbato on ReMusic
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Review by Michel Dallaire on TED Magazine
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