SLP-98P Vacuum Tube Preamplifier (phono stage)
Cary Audio has offered this preamplifier and its predecessors for over 20 years, and it is still as musically satisfying today as it was then. Continuing to be hand-built and hand-wired in North Carolina and utilizing matched tubes and zero feedback for the most accurate musical presentation. The SLP-98 uses an external power supply and enclosure, like its big brother, the SLP-05, to keep any high voltage electrical noise away from the circuits that handle the delicate musical reproduction.
With five inputs, the SLP-98 can manage an elaborate system and gives you the convenience of remote volume control. With turntables and vinyl making a big comeback, we even offer an optional built-in phono stage for MM cartridges, truly making it a value for its level of performance (model SLP-98P with phono stage, SLP-98L as a line-stage only). Whether you listen to vinyl records, tape, CDs, or any of today’s digital sources, the SLP-98 will elevate your sources to levels you didn’t think were possible.
*** WITH PHONO STAGE ***
Products purchased with an upgrade(s) are not eligible for return or credit, and sales are final. A 30-day audition does not apply.
Factory Direct $4,121.00
The following section describes the SLP-98P basic specifications. The specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.
|Circuit Type||Class A Triode|
|Output||Rated 2 volts, 12 volts maximum|
|Gain||20dB – Line Stage
43 dB – Phono Stage (SLP 98P only)
|Noise and Hum||-88 dB below full output|
|Input Impedance||50,000 Ohms – Line
47,000 Ohms – Phono
|Output Impedance||440 Ohms|
|Frequency Response||5 Hz to 163,000 Hz|
|Tubes||4 ea – 6SN7 Line Stage
2 ea – 12AX7 Phono Stage
2 ea – 12AU7 Phono buffer
|Power Transformer(s)||EI Laminate, 200% Duty Cycle|
|Resistors||1% Metal Film|
|Capacitors||Polypropylene Film with hand soldered copper terminals (optional upgrades available)|
|Power Supply Capacitors||4 ea – 560µF @ 400 VDC|
|AC Cord||3 Conductor, Detachable|
|AC Power Requirements||117/234 VAC @ 50/60 Hz|
|Consumption||44 watts – Operation|
|Warm-Up Time||3 Minutes|
|Break-In Time||100 hours of playing time|
|Finish||Anthracite black chassis with silver or black aluminum faceplate|
|Dimensions||5″ H x 12.5″ W x 12″ D|
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