CARY SLP-05 UPGRADE KIT
Cary Audio has released an ‘Ultimate Upgrade’ kit for its long-running SLP-05 preamplifier. Although the kit can be retrofitted to any SLP-05 irrespective of its vintage, first-time buyers can also order the upgrade when buying a brand new SLP-05.
The ‘Ultimate Upgrade’ involves changing both the power supply of the SLP-05 and the line stage. ‘ The power supply upgrade consists of “maxing out” the filtering capabilities along the entire power supply chain, all the way into and including the preamplifier,’ said Geoff Matthews, of Convoy, which distributes Cary Audio in Australia. ‘ Purifying d.c. voltages is extremely important to providing a clean, clear, smooth sound quality that is free from grain, noise and strident artefacts… it also improves imaging qualities as it provides a much blacker background.’
The line stage circuit upgrades include changing the plate load and cathode resistors with 1 per cent Vishay metal film types and replacing all the coupling capacitors throughout the entire line section with Mundorf ‘MCaps’. ‘ These parts changes improve the midrange and bass substantially for a fuller, more textured midrange,’ said Matthews. ‘ You will notice more body and texture to vocals and acoustic instruments, that the bass is more authoritative and tight and that the high frequencies are smoother yet detailed. There is body, texture and fullness to instruments that breaks through with such ease and delicacy no matter the complexity of the music.’ For further information, please contact Convoy International on 1800 817 787 or visit the website at www.convoy.com.au