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Old 17th May 2009, 10:20 PM   #1
Kenreau is offline Kenreau  United States
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Default FS: Cayin 860 Tube Monoblocks with extensive upgrades

If you love the luscious, warm, rich, textured sound that only tubes can optimally deliver, then you need to explore this Cayin line of gear. These were voiced to match the classic sound of the famous Marantz 9 power amps.

The 860 monoblock amps are hand-built and feature point-to-point wiring. Each of these monsters weighs in at over 40 pounds. This is classic, heavy-duty tube gear. 70 Watts (Ultralinear) or switchable to 38 Watts in Triode mode. Can operate with EL34, KT 88 or 6550 driver tubes to fit your needs.

I purchased these new in 2007 and have had significant upgrades ($1200) done after consulting with Sonic Craft (Sonicraft caps, Cardas caps, Mundorf & Blackgate caps, precision resistors, discrete ultrafast/quiet diodes, Cardas wiring, +++). Most of the work was done by a tech for Modwright. I have orignial tubes (EH and Cayin) plus upgraded set of NOS Mullard tubes, and new reissued octet set of all new EL34 Mullards. Many more details and pictures available. They are really sweet amps. I run them with my Modwright LS 36.5 and Joseph Audio RM 33 LE's and Merlin VSM-MMs.

You can find out more details at Acoustic Sounds website as they sell them and have them in one of their demo rooms with Harbeth speakers. I have ~ $4200 (amps, upgrades, tubes) invested in these and asking $1,995 with stock tubes or $2,195 with the upgraded tubes. Shipping extra at actual cost. I can ship for a discount through my office.

Additional photos can be emailed or found in my gallery at AudioCircle.

Note - I am getting back in to vinyl and am interested in trades for high quality turntables, tonearms, cartridges, phono preamps.
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