Well, that Cayin CS-150A also works perfectly fine on regular evenings ‘without solitude’, but it sounds better that way, doesn’t it?
There’s still a large amound of hifi tube-fans. It is undoubtedly also one of the most ‘mature’ technologies with which we have more than a hundred years of experience. With a lot of knowledge there is a lot of quality – and thus a very nice sound – to get out of those tubes. Is it better than solid state? We will – wisely – not go there…
But a market for tube amps is definitely there and that will probably never (ever) disappear. Cayin has released a new model: the CS-150A. It looks beautiful, thanks to, among other things, six layers of lacquer (by hand!). But in the end it’s all about the technique and the sound of course.
Cayin used selected tubes for this. For input, Tung-Sol 6SN7GTB are used. Four Tung-Sol KT150’s provide the power amplification. And to stay true to the tube principle, an NOS (New Old Stock) RCA 22DE4 tube is used for the rectifier.
Triode or ultra-linear
By means of three switches you can adjust the sound to your liking. In fact a switch between triode and ultra-linear operation is used. The output power in triode operation is a maximum of 2 x 55 Watt sine wave. In ultra-linear mode, this Cayin delivers a maximum of 2 x 100 Watt. Furthermore, you can select magnetic countercoupling in two steps.
Symmetrical XLR and asymmetrical cinch inputs are available. The Cayin CS-150 costs €5400 and you can choose between a silver or black front.