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Cary Audio New Headphone Amps: SH-1 and HH-1

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Just learned that Cary Audio Design will launch two headphone amps shortly.

 

(edit:)

 

The two headphone ampd are:

 

Solid state: SH-1

Tube Hybrid HH-1

 

Price assumed USD 1K+

 

Quote from CES-report 2012:

 

A second system in the room featured headphone listening using AKG K702 Reference

Headphones through a choice of our CAD-300SEI single-ended triode tube integrated amplifier,
our new HH-1 hybrid tube headphone amplifier, or SH-1 solid-state headphone amplifier. The
music was sourced from our MS-1 music server played through our Xciter DAC.

The new headphone amplifiers are the first products in a new series of smaller electronics, yet still with the full range of Cary Audio sound and quality. The two high performance headphone amplifiers were shown for the first time at the 2012 CES, one solid-state and one hybrid tube/Mosfet. Both models are brand new designs featuring low output impedance and high current capability, allowing them to drive the most difficult headphones with ease.

 

 

Seems like Cary changed their logo as well

 

cary headphone amps.jpg


Edited by ardilla - 3/21/12 at 11:16am
post #2 of 16

You can take a quick look at the 2 new amps on Cary's  CES/THE Show Report posted in the News section on their site.

 

 

Or follow this link:  http://www.caryaudio.com/pdfs/2012%20CES%20Show%20Report.pdf

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 


Thanks :)

 

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Originally Posted by goldprintaudio View Post

You can take a quick look at the 2 new amps on Cary's  CES/THE Show Report posted in the News section on their site.

 

 

Or follow this link:  http://www.caryaudio.com/pdfs/2012%20CES%20Show%20Report.pdf



 

post #4 of 16
Interesting news. I have a Cary SLP-05 preamp, which I absolutely love, but the built in headphone amp it has is deeply flawed. So I hope they got the headphone amps right.
post #5 of 16

Headphone amp section in their integrated line was always good, so, I if they took it from there then it must be good, soon we know. What kind of tubes are inside hybrid one?

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

I think the Cary SLI-80 Sig is a teriffic headphone amplifier. I'm a bit dissapointed they didn't go for an all tubes-amp... I would like the SLI-80 sound in a smaller package :)
 

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Originally Posted by Blackmore View Post

Headphone amp section in their integrated line was always good, so, I if they took it from there then it must be good, soon we know. What kind of tubes are inside hybrid one?



 

post #7 of 16

I love Cary products too so I hope these amps are actually good.  Anyone know the pricing?


Edited by HiFiGuy528 - 3/23/12 at 7:11am
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post #8 of 16

Agree re the 'hope they get it right' sentiment - is it just me, or are the current 'me too' products USB DACs and headphone amps ? At the risk of sounding churlish, a lot of traditional audio paid zero attention to the computer audio/headphone market 3 years ago ..... 

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

Big guys move slow - but better slow than not at all. 

 

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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

Agree re the 'hope they get it right' sentiment - is it just me, or are the current 'me too' products USB DACs and headphone amps ? At the risk of sounding churlish, a lot of traditional audio paid zero attention to the computer audio/headphone market 3 years ago ..... 



 

post #10 of 16
Love to hear some comparisons between the new amps and the 300SEI. Which was beatiful with the Senheisser HDs.
post #11 of 16
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They're gonna be in a totally different price league (cheaper then the 300SEI of course) and are constructed in totally different ways...

 

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Love to hear some comparisons between the new amps and the 300SEI. Which was beatiful with the Senheisser HDs.


 

post #12 of 16

Subscribed.

post #13 of 16

I've moved on:

 

http://www.audiovisions-online.com/content/cary-slp-03-preamp-price-reduced

 

Now I just have to find the remaining 8K to make my dual-purpose headphone/speaker rig a reality.  rolleyes.gif

 

Dreamer, you know you are a dreamer
Well can you put your hands in your head, oh no!
I said dreamer, you're nothing but a dreamer
Well can you put your hands in your head, oh no!
I said "Far out, - What a day, a year, a laugh it is!"
You know, - Well you know you had it comin' to you,
Now there's not a lot I can do

post #14 of 16

Quote:

Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

I've moved on:

 

http://www.audiovisions-online.com/content/cary-slp-03-preamp-price-reduced

 

Now I just have to find the remaining 8K to make my dual-purpose headphone/speaker rig a reality.  rolleyes.gif

 

Dreamer, you know you are a dreamer
Well can you put your hands in your head, oh no!
I said dreamer, you're nothing but a dreamer
Well can you put your hands in your head, oh no!
I said "Far out, - What a day, a year, a laugh it is!"
You know, - Well you know you had it comin' to you,
Now there's not a lot I can do


Okay, I'll bite.  What does the remaining 8k buy?

 

post #15 of 16

Networked music sources seem to be getting better and cheaper (for a given feature set) that I'm loathe to nominate a specific piece of kit. Depending on what I go with, I might also need a separate DAC. Then there's the question of speakers - powered vs passive - and the cost of a speaker amp if I go down the second road. At the moment, I'm thinking something midrange from Genelec/Adam/Mackie - depressingly easy to spend a large chunk of that 8K when you start looking at speakers. Only want two more headphones - AD2K and something at the level of the Westone 4.  Simple enough. 

 

Its all just talk until I get the money together. Like most people, the real world keeps getting in the way of my obsessions. 

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