Cary Audio SLI-80


For many, many years the SLI-80 integrated amplifier has been the standard by which all other vacuum tube integrated amplifiers are judged…period! As Cary Audio’s entry into the magic of vacuum tube music systems, it’s nothing short of stunning. Thousands of music lovers all over the world have heard (and seen) the virtues of this spectacular vacuum tube integrated amplifier. Before we gloat about the sound of the SLI-80, just look at it. It’s audio jewelry. The open chassis showcasing the warm soft glow of the tubes only enhances its sonic beauty. It is a display piece for any setting, pure and simple.

The sound must be heard to be fully appreciated. As the world’s premier vacuum tube audio company, Cary Audio designed the SLI-80 to have no peer. The design reproduces every musical nuance and detail in a lush, open and airy presentation while providing bass texture and impact that belies its rated power output. The depth of sound and transparency will cause you to snap your head in disbelief as you look to see the musicians performing in front of you. A pair of toggle switches select either triode mode producing 40 watts per channel of pure Class A power, or ultralinear mode which doubles power to 80 watts per channel in Class AB. If you’re listening to more subtle music and want to hear all of the inner detail and richness, select triode mode for the most lifelike imaging and tonal accuracy. Or, if you want to really let loose, switch to ultralinear mode and enjoy the extra power and dynamics. Your choice!

Circuit Type Push-Pull Ultra-Linear Pure Class AB-1
Power Output 40 Watts – Triode
80 Watts – Ultra-Linear
Input Sensitivity .45 Volt for full output
Noise and Hum -82 dB below full output
Frequency Response 19 Hz to 23 KHz +/- .5 dB
Inputs CD, AUX1, AUX2, Headphone jack
Tubes 2 ea – 6922 Input Buffer Preamp
2 ea – 6SN7 Pre Driver/Phase Inverter
4 ea – KT88 Output Tubes
2 ea – 5U4 Rectifiers
Speaker Posts 5 way, gold-plated
Tube Sockets Ceramic w/ silver pins
Power Transformer 1 ea. – EI Laminate, Silicon Impregnated
Output Transformer(s) 2 ea. – EI Laminate, Silicon Impregnated
Resistors 1% Metal Film
Capacitors Oil filled coupling, (copper optional)
Power Supply Capacitors 2 ea – 1200µF @ 450 VDC
6 ea – 10µF @ 400 VDC Film & Foil
AC Cord 3 Conductor Shielded, Detachable
AC Power Requirements 117/234 VAC @ 50/60 Hz
Consumption 166 watts – Operation
Warm-Up Time 3 Minutes
Break-In Time 100 hours of playing time
Finish Black powder coated matte chassis with silver or black aluminum faceplate
Weight 42 lbs
Dimensions 7″ H x 17″ W x 16″ D

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