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.

Cary Audio SLP-05 Preamplifier

C$11,999.00 Regular Price
C$8,999.00Sale Price
  • 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