Cary Audio SLP-05 question..

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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 4,146
    Jealous...
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  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 15,220
    edited December 2021
    Clipdat wrote: »
    "So the first thing I noticed is they did away with the dimples on the power supply.."

    What does this mean?

    They used to have dimples (lack of better word 'cup holders" LOL!! ) where the feet on the pre would drop into. see below.. I am actually glad they did, looks better IMO, especially if you want them separated..

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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 10,916
    Oh ok, interesting. I wonder why they changed the design.
  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 15,220
    I'm interested in how those Mono's handle the SDA's, I've had one of the 2 channel versions in my sights for a while now. You're the only owner I know of that is going to be hooking them up the SRS's.

    So am I, I think they will match up quite well though..
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 20,668
    I got 🪵🪵🪵
  • Reagan
    Reagan Posts: 94
    I hope you are as happy as I am with my older SLP-05 (recent Ultimate Upgrade). Congrats! It appears that Cary has definitely corrected the design flaw with the headphone access portal. Very nice!
    Speakers: Polk 1.2TL w/VR3 mods and Dreadnaught interconnects
    Amplification: ARC Reference 110 w/KT150s; Cary Audio SLP-05 w/Ultimate Upgrade
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  • verb
    verb Posts: 10,021
    Hey sorry to take so long to opine on this thread. Yes I did the ultimate upgrade, since I had to send it in for service (remote inop) heck might as well. Would I have sent it in just for the upgrade itself? I'm of the mind if it ain't broke, well, in my case it was broke!

    I can say that I love it even more! Compared to the stock SLP-05, which for me was no slouch by any means, it simply opened up everything a bit more. Soundstage, depth, detail, high and low extension, you name it.

    For me, this is most likely an end game piece. For the moment anyways!

    Yeah, I'm a rookie when it comes to tube rolling. Still using the stock EH octet it came with. I did swap out them for a brief period when I though I was having a tube issue, with a NOS octet of Westinghouse tubes. I've got other NOS octets waiting in line too. Sylvania, GE, RCA.

    I'm always looking for a set of Popes, or Ken Rad navy tubes, as these seem to be the holy grail!

    @GlennDog I'm off for the remainder of the year on vacation, maybe we can get together and roll some tubes! :)

    As you may have guessed I'm crazy busy ensuring the garage project gets completed. Very very close!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, Antique Sound Labs AV8 Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • Joey_V
    Joey_V Posts: 7,875
    @Toolfan66
    The rubber feet stain the metal top plate, cut out a small felt or paper, if you’re gonna stack it.

    Looks great. Reminds me of the good ol days for me.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Primary:
    Digital: Torus RM15 -> Bluesound Node 2 -> Emm Labs DAC2x/TSDx
    Analog: VPI Avenger Reference w/ Rim Drive w/ ADS + 12" Fatboy Dual Pivot + Lyra Etna
    Pre/Amp/Speakers: Audio Research Ref40 -> Boulder 2060 (w/ AQ WEL Signature) -> ??? + JL F113v2 x2 + JL CR1
    Secondary:
    Rotel RA1592 -> SF Olympica 3
    Tertiary:
    Oppo 105D -> Rotel RC1570/RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 2,574
    Welcome ... to the other side!
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    Source PSA PWT into NSD Supremo
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  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,216
    Toolfan66 wrote: »
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    Give everything a 100 hours or so, and you won't be able to find an image that will relate the emotions ;)

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • Joey_V
    Joey_V Posts: 7,875
    GlennDog wrote: »
    Welcome ... to the other side!

    Ha
    It’s a very nice side
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Primary:
    Digital: Torus RM15 -> Bluesound Node 2 -> Emm Labs DAC2x/TSDx
    Analog: VPI Avenger Reference w/ Rim Drive w/ ADS + 12" Fatboy Dual Pivot + Lyra Etna
    Pre/Amp/Speakers: Audio Research Ref40 -> Boulder 2060 (w/ AQ WEL Signature) -> ??? + JL F113v2 x2 + JL CR1
    Secondary:
    Rotel RA1592 -> SF Olympica 3
    Tertiary:
    Oppo 105D -> Rotel RC1570/RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 2,574
    Larry's MIA . . . as Tony would say "his sack's been blown back"
    Power Rogue M180 monos & Adcom GFA 5802
    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Salk SuperCharged Surrounds
    Source PSA PWT into NSD Supremo
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Center Salk HT2C
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Wires WW & MIT
  • verb
    verb Posts: 10,021
    Toolfan66 wrote: »
    9g3wx1mmq9q9.jpeg

    Exactly! Glad you're loving it so far!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, Antique Sound Labs AV8 Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 15,220
    edited December 2021
    I will just say this for now, I feel almost ashamed to have been starving these SDA's for what they can truly do, you just don't know till you know. Not only does it feel like I have new gear, but new speakers as well. I know at the end of the day it's just stereo gear, but I feel really blessed to have this after looking at pictures of it like a hot redhead in a mini skirt for a few years..

    I have just been in awe, and this is just out of the box. I could actually start to hear things change just after a few hours, I am sure that is just because everything was getting nice and warm, and the fact that it's supposed to get better is just crazy to fathom. I have two and a half days of work this week then I am off till the 3rd of January, I don't plan to shut this off till then..

    I should also note this system is super quiet, I am running it fully balanced with MIT Shotgun XLR Cables, well the whole system is MIT Shotgun cables.

    I do need to find some upgraded power cables for my amps, this is on my list to get coming in very soon..

    For the record I am running it as it was shipped, EH tubes, and cable. I plan on running it like this for a while before I roll in the Sylvania Tubes I picked up, and the cable I got from Brad..

    The very first thing I noticed was the punch of the lower end, it came at you with authority, nice and tight, so much so that when I turned it up to really feel it, it took the door bell cover off the wall, and the dial was at about 10 o'clock. It was crazy, I was laughing, and smiling at the same time. Glad it didn't break it, because when we were remodeling we couldn't find anything we really liked so I cleaned this one up, I modified it, and finished it to match the work we did, the couch broke it's fall..

    Wyred4Sound's motto is to Rediscover Your Music, well Cary took it and put it on steroids..

    I will fill in more later after it has been running for a while on the clarity, separation, and blackness..
    Post edited by Toolfan66 on
  • Joey_V
    Joey_V Posts: 7,875
    Yeah I remember why I had one for do long, it’s one of my favorite pieces of gear. Enjoy!
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Primary:
    Digital: Torus RM15 -> Bluesound Node 2 -> Emm Labs DAC2x/TSDx
    Analog: VPI Avenger Reference w/ Rim Drive w/ ADS + 12" Fatboy Dual Pivot + Lyra Etna
    Pre/Amp/Speakers: Audio Research Ref40 -> Boulder 2060 (w/ AQ WEL Signature) -> ??? + JL F113v2 x2 + JL CR1
    Secondary:
    Rotel RA1592 -> SF Olympica 3
    Tertiary:
    Oppo 105D -> Rotel RC1570/RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 20,668
    Cary be looking gooood!!
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 20,668
    Having that extra headroom is truly a great feeling.
  • Joey_V
    Joey_V Posts: 7,875
    Toolfan66 wrote: »
    I now have about 50+ hours playing on these, definitely have opened up, really noticeable in the vocals, even the bass is crisper, and tighter. Also one other thing I have noticed over the last few days is how lower volume friendly my system has become, and 9:00 is plenty loud enough, it really rocks the house, but push it to about 10:00 it really takes it well with ease, I know there is plenty of headroom to take more but really there is no reason to push it beyond 9:00 IMO.

    I am truly in love with with this Cary gear, I will definitely pull the trigger on one of their streamers sometime down the road..

    I am looking forward to changing out the cable, and tubes down the road, but I seriously have no issues with what I’m hearing thus far…

    If you’re ever ready or willing, I can ship you my Popes to try. Just return them when done. It could give you an idea for future upgrades.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Primary:
    Digital: Torus RM15 -> Bluesound Node 2 -> Emm Labs DAC2x/TSDx
    Analog: VPI Avenger Reference w/ Rim Drive w/ ADS + 12" Fatboy Dual Pivot + Lyra Etna
    Pre/Amp/Speakers: Audio Research Ref40 -> Boulder 2060 (w/ AQ WEL Signature) -> ??? + JL F113v2 x2 + JL CR1
    Secondary:
    Rotel RA1592 -> SF Olympica 3
    Tertiary:
    Oppo 105D -> Rotel RC1570/RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 15,220
    Joey_V wrote: »
    Toolfan66 wrote: »
    I now have about 50+ hours playing on these, definitely have opened up, really noticeable in the vocals, even the bass is crisper, and tighter. Also one other thing I have noticed over the last few days is how lower volume friendly my system has become, and 9:00 is plenty loud enough, it really rocks the house, but push it to about 10:00 it really takes it well with ease, I know there is plenty of headroom to take more but really there is no reason to push it beyond 9:00 IMO.

    I am truly in love with with this Cary gear, I will definitely pull the trigger on one of their streamers sometime down the road..

    I am looking forward to changing out the cable, and tubes down the road, but I seriously have no issues with what I’m hearing thus far…

    If you’re ever ready or willing, I can ship you my Popes to try. Just return them when done. It could give you an idea for future upgrades.

    That would be great Joey, we can talk about doing that down the road after I play with what I got for now, plus I would like to have more hours on this when I do..

    Thanks for the offer..

  • verb
    verb Posts: 10,021
    Toolfan66 wrote: »
    I now have about 50+ hours playing on these, definitely have opened up, really noticeable in the vocals, even the bass is crisper, and tighter. Also one other thing I have noticed over the last few days is how lower volume friendly my system has become, and 9:00 is plenty loud enough, it really rocks the house, but push it to about 10:00 it really takes it well with ease, I know there is plenty of headroom to take more but really there is no reason to push it beyond 9:00 IMO.

    I am truly in love with with this Cary gear, I will definitely pull the trigger on one of their streamers sometime down the road..

    I am looking forward to changing out the cable, and tubes down the road, but I seriously have no issues with what I’m hearing thus far…

    I just picked up a pre-owned DMS550 from TMR a short while ago. Not a whole lot of time on it yet, but so far love it!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, Antique Sound Labs AV8 Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 2,574
    edited December 2021
    Simply an FYI;
    My front end is a Lumin U1 Mini streaming into a Lampizator Amber 3 DAC to Cary-05

    VG synergy IMHO

    Anywho, just food for thought

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!


    edit
    ps When you're ready, ditch that JJ recti and get a NOS Amperex or Mullard
    Power Rogue M180 monos & Adcom GFA 5802
    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Salk SuperCharged Surrounds
    Source PSA PWT into NSD Supremo
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Center Salk HT2C
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Wires WW & MIT
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 25,487
    GlennDog wrote: »
    Simply an FYI;
    My front end is a Lumin U1 Mini streaming into a Lampizator Amber 3 DAC to Cary-05

    VG synergy IMHO

    Anywho, just food for thought

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!


    edit
    ps When you're ready, ditch that JJ recti and get a NOS Amperex or Mullard

    Have you done the external power supply yet on lumin u1 mini ?

    If not... That should be your next upgrade as it is night and day

    Don't mind this interuption, thank you haha
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 2,574
    I've toyed with the idea of moving up to the Lumin U1 with separate power supply. Folks in the know, say the Mini is about 85 - 90% of the U1 . . . and then there's the optional PS Upgrade to the X1

    When I fully embrace the maxim "you never saw a trailer hitch on a hearse" . . . I'll spring for it

    Power Rogue M180 monos & Adcom GFA 5802
    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Salk SuperCharged Surrounds
    Source PSA PWT into NSD Supremo
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Center Salk HT2C
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Wires WW & MIT
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 25,487
    No no... The s booster is 400 bucks... And totally worth it.

    Takes 15 minutes to install

    Night and day improvement
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 15,220
    I have a NOS RCA, and a Sylvania, but I guess they are the same tube, I haven’t tried one yet but I will.

    I have been looking for a Mullard as well..
  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 15,220
    Oh, and Merry Christmas!! 🎁😎