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SLP-05 Preamplifier

  • SLP-05 Preamplifier
  • SLP-05 Preamplifier
  • SLP-05 Preamplifier
  • SLP-05 Preamplifier
  • SLP-05 Preamplifier
  • SLP-05 Preamplifier

About the SLP-05 Preamplifier

Cary Audio’s finest preamplifier has been the recipient of many awards and glowing reviews. It consists of one enclosure housing the preamplifier itself, and a second separate power supply to keep noise out of the musical signal path and provide a more stable electrical foundation. Like most Cary Audio products it is fully differential-balanced in construction to further reduce electronic noise, and uses no global feedback for faster response. The SLP-05 features three pairs of RCA inputs plus a tape loop, as well as two pairs of XLR balanced inputs, and includes a Cinema Bypass mode so you can share sources between the music system and a home theater processor without worrying about degrading the signal path or having to readjust volume.

A set of hand-matched tubes is provided with your SLP-05, as well as a matched pair that simply power a built-in headphone amplifier. All of this technology simply means that you will be listening to music that is lifelike in its richness and clarity, and full of the tiny details that raise the SLP-05 from simply good to world-class. Cary Audio’s attention to detail in circuit design, parts quality, and a superb finish, makes this truly an investment in musical enjoyment and pride of ownership.

The Ultimate Upgrade is now available for the SLP-05 and consists of changes to the power supply as well as the line stage circuit. Click here to learn more.

The SLP-05 has a removable cage cover available at an additional cost. Talk to your dealer/distributor about purchasing it with your unit, or order it from our Cary Store.

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The following section describes the SLP-05 basic specifications. The specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Circuit Type Class A Triode Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Design
Output Voltage 2 volts rated, 12 Volts maximum
Overall Gain 17 dB – Single-ended RCA
24 dB – Balanced Operation
Rated Distortion 0.03 % THD
Noise and Hum -90 dB below full output
Input Impedance 50,000 Ohms – RCA
100,000 Ohms – XLR
Output Impedance 400 Ohms
Frequency Response 5 Hz to 250,000 Hz
Vacuum Tubes 8 ea – 6SN7 octal tubes for the balanced, headphone and gain stages
1 ea – 5AR4 Rectifier Tube in Power Supply
Power Transformer(s) R CORE 200% Duty Cycle
Resistors 1% Metal Film
Capacitors Polystyrene, Film and Foil
Power Supply Capacitors 2 ea – 560µF @ 400 VDC
AC Cord 3 Conductor, Detachable
AC Power Requirements 117 or 234 Volts AC @ 50 or 60 Hz
Consumption 75 watts – Operation
25 watts – Standby
Warm-Up Time 3 Minutes
Break-In Time 100 hours of playing time
Finish Anthracite black chassis with silver or black aluminum faceplate
Features Remote volume control and muting
One Cinema Bypass (XLR balanced or RCA)
One tape monitor loop
Two XLR balanced stereo inputs
Three RCA stereo inputs
One XLR balanced and two RCA pairs of preamplifier outputs
Weight 16 lbs – preamplifier
19 lbs – external power supply
Dimensions 6.25″ H x 17″ W x 12″ D – preamplifier
4.5″ H x 17″ W x 12″ D – power supply


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