Archive for March, 2009
Cary Audio Xciter Integrated Amp
Last week I received the new Cary Audio Xciter Integrated Amp and have been playing it on various speakers and headphones for about 100 hours now. I am really excited about this little amp-really tight, precise, lots of air, and yet very musical. Not as dark as some of their other offerings either. On headphones it really sounds incredible, not that it is bad on the Adagio Jr. speakers. Amazing amount of power for a little amp. It is rated at 9W Class A triode with 40W of peak power per channel. Has a GREAT headphone amp that uses the 6L6 power tubes and is stable from 4 to 600 ohms. I have tried Goldrings and Sennheisers on it and they sound wonderful. This is the first purpose built headphone amp Cary has built in a while-and they hit a home run. Associated equipment includes MIT CVT2 IC and speaker interfaces, Jolida JD100 CD player and Cary CDP-1 player, MIT AVT MA ic’s, MIT Zcords and Gutwire BA-16 powercords, Adagio Jr. speakers, Goldring DR 150, AKG K260, and Sennheiser HD600 headphones.