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Post by anandfm on Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:50 pm

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Cayin High End Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier (MT-88)

Letting go Cayin valve amplifier with upgraded Russian made tubes as per the below:-
-    Svetlana 6550C (4 large tubes-2 pairs)
-    1 pair of Tung-Sol 6SL7 small tubes
-    1 pair of Electro Harmonix with golden pins 6SN7 small tubes

Please Google for this famous and well known amplifier model.

Point to point hand soldering wiring making this amp a very reliable and also producing higher quality sound quality compared to other brands in the market currently.

Truly upon firing up the Cayin, you can immediately notice that there's something different about it. It doesn't require extended listening or acclimation in order to unearth the magical qualities of this amplifier.

It's immediately obvious. It's different, it's musical as hell and it's flat-out enjoyable. Within minutes of hearing it, most listeners will likely have already come to the same summation.

You won't have to think about it. You don't have to analyze it. It'll just hit you. You can't miss the added sense of life that the Cayin brings to the music.

Another cool feature is the ultralinear/triode option. Being switchable on the fly via the remote control.

Switching to triode significantly reduces output level so for fair comparisons, you need to compensate with the volume control. Ultra-linear produced more highly saturated tonal colors, better and more solidly defined images and a better impression of muscle - three very important criteria as far as I'm concerned.

Once again, the Cayin wasn't unusual in this regard. While I do hold that there are possible speakers that may produce absolute magic with the Cayin in triode, my experience has been that pentode amplifiers with a triode-strapped feature sound better in ultralinear.

While it's nice to have options, I'd consider the Cayin A-88T first and foremost a 45-watt pentode amplifier.

The A-88T utilizes four KT88s for 45 ultralinear watts per channel though the manual suggests that 6550s can be substituted. It's also switchable from the remote control to produce 22 watts in triode, a neat touch. The rest of the tube compliment includes a pair each of 6SL7 and 6SN7 tubes.

Frequency response is stated as 18Hz to 35kHz, no tolerance given. THD is listed as 1% and the signal to noise ratio is said to be 90dB.

Input sensitivity is 260mV (integrated) and 600mV (pre-in). The Cayin A-88T weighs a solid 55 pounds and consumes 280 watts at the wall socket. Premium parts are said to include chassis-mounted ceramic tube sockets, an ALS volume control, Nichicon and Realcap capacitors, WBT style speaker terminals and gold-plated input jacks
Build quality here is absolutely beautiful.

Hand-built and point-to-point wired, the Cayin is said to be built the way components were back in the 1950s and '60s when cost was not the primary objective.  I guess there's a certain amount of truth to that.

That's because little of the above pertains to the Cayin A-88T. It's built better than hand-built products from other areas of the world selling for multiples of its price and then it sells for a fraction thereof.

Well maintained in smoke free and pet free environment.

Original remote still in very new condition and still wrapped in plastic from day one in use.

Selling due to not in use anymore.

Avery heavy unit (almost 30kg) due to high quality and well build model from Cayin.

Condition 8/10 due to no box, the set is in very good working condition due to super low use.

Price: RM4200 (nego) the tubes cost itself is around RM800++

Contact: Anand at 012-5885 270 Please sms or whatsapp for more photos and other info

Unit is in Penang but can arrange delivery to other locations.

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