Convergent Audio LLC is an authorized Cary Audio dealer and offering promotional pricing ($3000 EA ) on a Cary Audio SLP98 preamp and matching 200.2 ES power amp. I compared similarly priced products and some that were double the price including Hegel, Macintosh, and Bryston and felt the Cary Audio was more musical, dynamic and transparent driving my Martin Logan expression 11A electrostatics than any of the other electronics. The Hegel for $6000 is not even in the same ballpark and sounded analytical.
Cary Audio electronics are still hand-built and hand-wired in North Carolina, and utilizing matched tubes and zero feedback for the most accurate musical presentation. What’s more, the SLP-98 uses an external power supply and enclosure, like its big brother the SLP-05, to keep any high voltage electrical noise away from the circuits that handle the musical reproduction.
With five inputs, the SLP-98 can manage an elaborate system and gives you the convenience of remote volume control. With turntables and vinyl making a big comeback, we even offer an optional built-in phono stage for MM cartridges, indeed making it a value for its level of performance (model SLP-98P with phono stage, SLP-98L as a line-stage only). Regardless of whether you listen to vinyl records, tape, CDs, or any of today’s digital sources, the SLP-98 will elevate your sources to levels you didn’t think were possible.
The introduction of the SA-200.2 ES solid-state power amplifier represents the next generation of the SA-200.2 design. It embodies a modular approach that ensures consistency in performance and ease of manufacture and serviceability. In implementing the new design, we have dramatically improved performance and current-handling capacity over the previous model while still maintaining the highest levels of sonic quality.
The SA-200.2 ES is a 200-watt stereo amplifier into 8 ohms, (350 watts into 4 ohms), with balanced and single-ended inputs. The amplifier exhibits a very high current capability is stable into low impedance loads and features 3 dB of dynamic headroom.
When we designed the SA-200.2 ES power amplifier, one of our primary goals was to create a product that would give years of consistent and reliable use without any maintenance. To achieve that goal, we took a hard look at the design and choice of components. For example, we use high-precision metal film resistors in almost all our circuitry, even in places where their use is not required. We have overbuilt the output stage and increased the heat dissipating capabilities of the amplifier by as much as 50% over previous designs. The changes encompass almost every part of the design, down to the choice of thickness of the chassis sheet metal. The monolithic front end brought significant advantages to the amplifier design with improved temperature stability, low offset, and a substantial reduction of all types of distortion across the full frequency spectrum.
Experience is the difference:
In the mid-80s Dan D’Agostino formally of Krell, and Mark Levinson introduced me to many of the prominent, audio industry leaders at that time. I established a premier audio dealership representing the most prestigious brands in the industry such as Audio Research, Linn, Rogers, Conrad Johnson, Acoustat, Vandersteen and many more leading brands.