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post #136 of 222

Not yet. I found one on Audiogon. It is a Signature, not an F1. It does have the Kimber upgrades and Jensen caps as well....I am looking forward to hearing it with the Decware DM945's and my HD800's.

post #137 of 222

SLI-80 is inbound. I will have it next Saturday.

 

Here is the ad from Audiogon:

 

I have for sale a Cary SLI-80 Signature Integrated Amp in excellent condition. I am the second owner, the unit is about 6 years old, It has the Jensen p10 cap upgrade that makes these units really sing. Also has the Kimber Kable cd input wire upgrade as well. Both wire upgrades were were done at Cary. I am including a factory Cary bias meter with the sale worth a $100.00 these meters do not come with the standard units. It makes biasing the output tubes a snap. just plug into jacks on the unit . The tubes include a matched quad of Genalex Gold Lion KT 88 tubes, two Sovtek 5U4G tubes, two NOS Sylvania 6922 tubes, and two Electro- Harmonix 6sn7 tubes. These are upgraded tubes, not the standard issue tubes you get when you buy a new unit. These tubes have very little use on them The tubes were installed by previous owner around the end of 2012. The unit comes with the Original metal remote control, box and manual, the unit looks and runs great. 

 

I'll get to mess with it next Saturday. dminches has graciously offered to help me with setup. Tubes recommendations are appreciated. I may not act immediately on them as I have a few tubes to try around here already.

 

I can't wait. :D 

post #138 of 222
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Great! Welcome aboard smily_headphones1.gif
post #139 of 222

I picked up the SLI-80 at Fedex this morning. As mentioned it came with Genalex Golden Lion KT88's. I swapped the SovTek 5U4G's for Philips 5R4GYS's. I also swapped out the NOS Sylvania 6922's for Genalex Golden Lion's as well. I stayed with the Electro Harmonix 6SN7's.

 

I opened it up before setting it up to check out the factory upgrades.

 

 

 

 

Nice to see the Jensen Caps and the Kimber cable CD input upgrades!

 

It was a nice bonus to have the Cary Bias meter included. It took about 1/2 hour to get things configured, biased and connected. Wow does it sound great!

 

 

 

 

post #140 of 222

Sweet, Eric.

 

Have you biased the amp yet?

post #141 of 222

David, I biased it first. The fellow I bought it from included all the biasing instructions from Cary along with the Cary Bias meter. I followed the instructions exactly. I have the amp set at 75mA at the moment. I see it ranges up to 100mA by the manual. Any recommendations for settings?

 

The hardest part was the patience to take the proper time and set it up rather than just fire it up and start listening. :D 

post #142 of 222

I am always between 75 and 80.  The pain of biasing is that you have to keep going back and forth since a change in the bias of 1 channel affects the bias of the other.  It should only take 5-10 minutes.

post #143 of 222

That's where I set it. As close to 75 as I could , but it is probably more like 77 or so for each channel.

 

I am running my Vandersteen 1B's with it now. Best I have ever heard them. I have never gotten bass like this before. Solid and deep. Very nice.

post #144 of 222

OK, just for fun I swapped out the Philips 5R4GYS's with the USAF-596's Nothing at all wrong with the Philips. I have just been a fan of the 596 for a ling time.

 

 

post #145 of 222
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

OK, just for fun I swapped out the Philips 5R4GYS's with the USAF-596's Nothing at all wrong with the Philips. I have just been a fan of the 596 for a ling time.







Fabolous! How does it sound?
post #146 of 222

Sublime! The HD800's just sing and I have never heard my Vandersteen 1B's sound as good. The bass I am getting from them.....I had no idea they had it in them!

post #147 of 222
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Originally Posted by toschek View Post
 

KT120 got installed today.   There is definitely a little more top and bottom end, mids did not change.   They are HUGE tubes, if you put these in your amp and you are using it in the middle of a rack or shelf, be sure you will still have enough clearance on top.  They add another inch or so to the height of a 6550.

 

So, are you enjoying the KT120's? Are they a worthy upgrade for the SLI-80?

 

:popcorn:

post #148 of 222

Eric how is the synergy with the W4S DAC2 DSD?

post #149 of 222
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Originally Posted by rosgr63 View Post
 

Eric how is the synergy with the W4S DAC2 DSD?

 

Stavros, it is outstanding. No surprise since the original DAC-2 and SLI-80 was a magic combo for me. I was enjoying Shelby Lynne's "Just a Little Lovin" album in DSD64 and it was like you were sitting in the small club with her.  :eek: 

post #150 of 222

Sounds Great!

 

Enjoy it.

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