Sunday, April 27, 2008
Just a quick update, as equipment has been arriving fast and furious in the past two weeks.
We are now settled into our plush new custom-designed space on Route 202 in Litchfield behind Joe DiBlasi's Litchfield Piano Works and Big Johnsons Guitars.
Puretone Audio is now an authorized Cayin USA dealer! Cayin features exquisitely designed classic tube amplification, with a gorgeous fit, finish and attention to detail. And of course, the soundstaging and dimensionality of the music presentation by Cayin's tube-fired beauties is simply stunning!
Currently we have the following Cayin designs in stock and ready to audition:
The Cayin A-50T EL-34 powered tube amplifier is 35 watts of valve power with fantastic presence. And at the entry-level price of just $1395, it's unlikely that there is a better value in tube amplification today.
A beautifully-crafted, hand-made tube piece manufactured to deliver the sound of the classic Marantz 8B, the Cayin Audio A-50T uses four EL-34s for Class A/B1 P.P amplification. The craftsmanship is absolutely first-rate, featuring point-to-point wiring, and each unit is hand-initialed by a quality-control inspector. The toroid power transformer and EI audio transformer are specially manufactured for the A-50T with low magnetic leakage, wide frequency response and low impedance. Two 12AX7EHs and two 12AU7s are used in the preamplifier. One very cool feature is the ability to switch between ultralinear and triode by remote control.
The Cayin A-50T is teaching the hi-fi world the mantra of many guitarists, there is no beating the sound and midrange response of EL-34 powered tube amp. Combining a classic design with the modern tolerances of the components and Cayin's attention to detail makes for an unrivaled combination of performance and design.
The A-50T was hand-built with extreme attention to detail, including point-to-point wiring. Point-to-point was the way that amps used to be wired back in the 1950s and '60s when cost was not the primary objective. Nowadays, most everything contains circuit boards instead of this point-to-point wiring, which is much more dependable and better performing. The bottom line is that point-to-point wiring sounds better. It's one of the main reasons why these Cayin pieces sound like the classic tube gear from Marantz and McIntosh.
These days, products that feature point-to-point wiring usually either cost a fortune, or they feature sub-par workmanship. But in this case, you simply are not going to find craftsmanship like with this Cayin gear for anywhere close to this price.
The Cayin A-70T ($2195) is also modeled on the venerable Marantz 8B, but upping the dose with extra power.
It uses four big bottle KT-88s tubes for Class A2 P.P amplification. The toroid power transformer and EI audio transformer are specially manufactured with low magnetic leakage, wide frequency response and low impedance. Two 12AX7EHs and two 12AU7EHs are used in the preamplifier. The A-70T is flexible; it also works with KT-88, 6550, EL34, 6CA7, 6L6 or KT66 tubes and also features a Preamp Bypass for using A-70T as a power amp. Like all Cayin amplifiers feature the ability to switch between Ultralinear and Triode modes with the included remote control.
The A-70T is hand-built with Cayin's now legendary attention to detail, including point-to-point wiring. Point-to-point was the way that amps used to be wired back in the 1950s and '60s when cost was not the primary objective. Nowadays, most everything contains simple circuit boards instead of the labor intensive point-to-point wiring, which is much more dependable and better performing. It's one of the main reasons why these Cayin pieces sound like the classic tube gear from Marantz and McIntosh.
There are speaker output taps for 4, 8 or 16 ohms. This allows you to fine-tune the sound that you desire. Switching is simple, and listening to the differences is a lot of fun. This amp is auto biased so there's no need to fuss with matched tubes and bias adjustments.
There is a snap-on removable cage, so that you can take it on and off with no problem. Keep it on if you're worried about protecting your tubes, or take it off to show what the real big-bottle KT-88 look like. Turn off the lights and watch 'em glow.
And the flagship of Cayin's tube amplification line, the Cayin A-100T *(pictured above). A battery of eight (8) KT-88 tubes provide ample power and get the air in any speaker system moving, while the compliment of (1) 12AX7, (2) 12AU7 and (2) 6CG7 tubes provide unprecedented clarity and depth with enough power to push even the strongest of speakers.
At 75 lbs. and with a $3295 list price the A-100T is no lightweight. Featuring 100W of power in the triode mode and 50W in ultralinear, there is plenty of juice to get the speakers moving air. Another gorgeous, hand-crafted tube piece from Cayin, this one designed to deliver the sound of the classic McIntosh 7c preamp married to a Marantz 9 amplifier. With Marantz 9/McIntosh 7C replicas selling for upwards of $7000 the Cayin represents a tremendous value along with factory backing and a 3-year warranty.
Feel free to stop in for an audition of any of Cayin's fantastic products...and BELIEVE YOUR EARS.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Once again, Rega has done it all.
The new Rega Fono Mini is a quality phono pre-amplifier at a most enjoyable price point. Retailing at an ultra-affordable $145.00, indestructible Rega aluminum construction meets top-notch sound engineering to provide a tremendous bang for a few bucks.
The new Fono Mini benefits from an all-new extruded aluminium case and easy-to-use front and back panels that make this phono pre-amplifier a snap to install and enjoy, even for those who are not technically inclined.
The Fono Mini simply connects via standard RCA interconnects to the line input on your amplifier. Or connect the Fono Mini to the sound card of your computer so that you can import your vinyl to the digital archiving format of your choice.
At just $145.00, the Fono Mini is a fantastic value-for-money phono pre-amp that will be a great addition to any Hi-fi set up, adding authentic Rega quality at a entry-level price. This is a cost-effective version of the Rega MM Fono and based on the phono amplifier circuitry utilized in the revolutionary Rega Mira 3 amplifier.
This uses the same close tolerance parts as found in its bigger Fono & IOS brothers, but packaged in a minimalist satin black aluminum case for an accurate RIAA low-noise vinyl playback solution.
Simply plug in, sit back and enjoy!
Input sensitivity = 2mV for 200mV output
Input loading = 47KW in parallel with 100pF
Maximum input level = 65mV@1KHz
Minimum output load impedance = 10k Ohm
Power requirements = 24VAC @ 27.5mA
Frequency response (50KW load) = 15Hz (-3dB) to 100KHz (-0.5dB)
RIAA accuracy (50KW load) = +/-0.5dB 40Hz to 100KHz
* For a limited time, Puretone Audio is offering free shipping on the Rega Fono Mini, so you can plug right into system and turn it up in just a few days! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info...