Cary Audio Design CAD 120S MKII Stereo Amplifier User Manual

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OWNER’S MANUAL
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CAD 120S MKII
Stereo Power Amplifier
NOTE: Before installing your new component, please read this manual carefully
as it will inform you of the product specifications, proper installation and correct
operating procedures for your unit. Also included in this manual are guidelines
on how to service and care for your new Cary Audio Design product.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Important Safety Instructions .............................................. 2
Welcome
Thank You ............................................................................... 4
Unpacking and Installation ...................................................... 5
Specifications
Specifications ........................................................................... 6
Controls & Displays
Front Panel ............................................................................... 7
Top Panel .................................................................................. 7
Rear Panel ................................................................................ 8
Operation
Speaker Binding Posts ............................................................. 9
Triode or Ultra-Linear Mode Switch ....................................... 9
Power ON/OFF Switch ............................................................ 9
Bias Measurement and Adjustment ......................................... 9
Break-In Period ...................................................................... 10
Tube Replacement ................................................................. 10
Service and Care
Care and Cleaning .................................................................. 11
Factory Service ...................................................................... 11
Non-Warranty Repairs ........................................................... 11
United States Limited Warranty ........................................ 12
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING: The triangle with the lightning flash symbol displayed on the unit advises the user of dangerous
uninsulated voltage inside the product’s enclosure.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the cover. There are no user-serviceable parts
inside; it is recommended that only qualified personnel service this component.
ALERT: The triangle with the exclamation point symbol on the component suggests that the owner refer to
important operating and maintenance instructions in the owner’s manual.
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OWNER’S MANUAL: Before powering up the equipment, read all safety and operating instructions and
follow them as instructed. Retain the safety and operating instructions for future reference.
ATTACHMENTS: Use only those attachments recommended by the unit manufacturer, as others may
cause hazards.
ACCESSORIES: Do not place the unit on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The unit may
fall, causing injury to a person or damage to the unit. Mount the unit according to the manufacturer’s
instructions with the suggested mounting accessory.
WALL OR CEILING MOUNTING: Mount the unit to a wall or ceiling only in the manner recommended
by the manufacturer.
WATER AND MOISTURE: Do not use the unit near water (for example, near a swimming pool, bath tub,
wash bowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub) or in a damp environment (like a basement or outside in the rain).
OBJECT AND LIQUID ENTRY: Do not push objects of any kind into the unit through openings as they
could touch dangerous voltage points and short-out parts, possibly resulting in a fire or electric shock. Avoid
spilling liquid of any kind on the unit. If water or any metal object (such as a paper clip, coin, or staple)
accidentally falls inside the unit, disconnect it from the AC power source immediately and contact Cary
Audio Design for further instructions.
HEAT: Position the unit away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other units
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
VENTILATION: Slots and openings in the cabinet create ventilation to protect the component from
overheating. These openings on the top and bottom panels must remain unobstructed. Allow at least 6 inches
(16cm) of clearance above the unit and an opening behind the unit for airflow. Do not place the unit on a
bed, sofa, rug, built-in bookcase, or rack without adequate ventilation.
GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION: As a safety feature, the unit may be equipped with a polarized
alternating current line plug in which one blade is wider than the other. This plug will fit into the power
outlet only one way. If you cannot insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug still
will not fit, contact a licensed electrician to update your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of
the polarized plug.
POWER SOURCES: Operate the unit only from the power source indicated on the marking label. If you
are unsure of the type of power supplied to your home, consult your unit dealer or local power company.
POWER CORD PROTECTION: Arrange power supply cords so that they do not suffer from foot traffic
or pinching by items placed on or against them. Pay close attention to cords where plug enter the AC outlet
and where they exit from the unit.
LIGHTNING: For added protection during a lightning storm or when is the component is idle for long
periods of time, unplug the unit from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will
help protect the unit from lightning and power line surge damage.
POWER LINES: Do not locate an outside antenna system in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other
electric light or power circuits. When installing an outside antenna system, take extreme care to avoid
touching the power lines or circuits; contact with them could be fatal.
OVERLOADING: Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral convenience receptacles as
this increases the risk of fire or electric shock.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
15. REPLACEMENT PARTS: When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used
replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or those having the same characteristics as the original
parts. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.
16. SAFETY CHECK: Upon completion of any service or repairs to the unit, ask the service technician to
perform safety checks to ensure the unit is in proper operating condition.
17. IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:
• Before connecting a new product such as the CD 303T to your audio or home theater system, turn off
all other equipment (preferably unplugging them from the AC power source). Many audio components
feature automatic turn-on circuits that may activate during an installation, potentially causing damage to
electronic components and/or speakers. This type of damage is not covered by product warranties, and
Cary Audio specifically disclaims responsibility for any such damage.
• Power Cord: The removable power cord provided with your player was specifically
designed for use with this product, but other AC cords may be used. Consult your dealer
for advice on AC power cords and high quality wire in your system.
• AC Fuse: The fuse is located inside the chassis and is not user serviceable. If the unit does not power
up, contact an authorized service representative
• Wiring: Cables running inside walls should have the appropriate markings to indicate compliance and
listing by the UL, CSA or other standards required by the UL, CSA, NEC or your local building code.
Questions about cables inside of walls should be referred to a qualified custom installer, a licensed
electrician, or low-voltage contractor.
18. RECORDING COPYRIGHT: Recording of copyrighted material for other than personal use is illegal
without permission of the copyright holder.
19. NOTE TO CATV SYSTEM INSTALLER: This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer's
attention to article 820-40 of the NEC, ANSI/NFPA 70, which provides guidelines for proper grounding
and, in particular, specifies that the cable ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the building
as close to the point of cable entry as practical.
20. FCC INFORMATION FOR USER:
• CAUTION: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by Cary
Audio Design could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
• NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
• These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates and can radiate radio frequency energy, and if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions it may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from where the receiver is
connected.
21. OUTDOOR ANTENNA INSTALLATION/SAFE ANTENNA AND CABLE CONNECTION:
• If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to the
equipment, be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded in
order to provide protection against built-up static charges and
voltage surges. Article 810 of the National Electrical Code,
ANSI/NFPA 70 (in Canada, Part 1 of the Canadian Electrical
Code) provides information regarding proper grounding of the
mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an
antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of
antenna discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes and
requirements for the grounding electrode.
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outside antenna system should be located well away from power
lines, electric light or power circuits and where it will never come into contact with these power sources
if it should happen to fall. When installing an outside antenna, extreme care should be taken to avoid
touching power lines, circuits or other power sources as this could be fatal. Because of the hazards
involved, antenna installation should be left to a professional.
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WELCOME
THANK YOU
Thank you for purchasing the CAD 120S MKII Stereo Vacuum Tube Amplifier
The stereo vacuum tube power amplifier has a great history at Cary Audio Design. The
previous generation CAD 120S, Rocket 88R, and V 12R power amplifiers garnered
fantastic reviews for stable power output, incredible value for the money and sound
quality along with ‘Best Buy’ and ‘Class A’ ratings from magazines and reviewers
worldwide. Building on this storied legacy, we are releasing the next generation CAD
120S MKII stereo vacuum tube power amplifier. This innovative stereo power amplifier
is rated at 60 watts per channel in triode mode and 120 watts per channel in ultra linear
mode into an 8 ohm speaker load.
Full rated output power is from 17 Hz to 23 kHz with less than 1% total harmonic
distortion. The output stage may be switched ‘on the fly’ from triode mode to ultra linear
mode by using a front panel selector button. There are LED lights above the mode
selection button to show which mode the power amplifier is working in for visual
confirmation. Another nice feature is that the amplifier has an operating mode memory.
The CAD 120S MKII will remember either the triode or ultra-linear mode selection when
the amplifier is turned to the off position.
The vacuum tubes in each channel consist of one (1) 6SN7 for the input gain, one (1)
6SN7 for the driver stage and four (4) KT 88 output power tubes. The circuit is a
balanced design with separate RCA and XLR inputs. A soft start turn on circuit is built-in
for long life and easy turn on in large systems. The power supply features 1,120µF of
capacitance per channel for ample reserves in demanding usages. The output transformers
and the power transformer have a single cover painted to match the chassis.
The backlit front panel meters indicate the bias setting for each channel and visually
indicate proper operation for the CAD 120S MKII amplifier.
Congratulations on your fine choice, the Cary Audio Design CAD 120S MKII. We are
confident the CAD 120S MKII will bring you many years of musical satisfaction, and we
sincerely welcome you to the Cary family.
1020 Goodworth Drive
Apex, NC 27539
Phone 919.355.0010
Fax 919.355.0013
www.caryaudio.com
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WELCOME
UNPACKING AND INSTALLATION
Unpacking
Your Cary Audio Design product was shipped in a carton particularly designed to protect
its contents, and special care has been taken to prevent damage during shipping.
Carefully remove your new component from its packing carton and examine it closely for
signs of shipping damage. If shipping damage is discovered, document the damage with
photographs, contact the transport carrier immediately, and retain the packing as
evidence.
We strongly recommend saving all original packing cartons to protect your component
for storage or future shipping.
Included in the Box(es)
When unpacking your CAD 120S MKII, make sure the following is included:
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CAD 120S MKII
Vacuum Tubes
Power Cable
Owner’s Manual
Warranty Card
Spare Fuses
Warranty Card
If you are the original purchaser of this unit and you purchased it in the United States, fill
out the enclosed warranty registration card and return it to Cary Audio Design within 15
days of your purchase. Warranty restrictions apply. Consult the warranty section of this
manual for details. Please keep a copy of the original sales receipt from your Authorized
Cary Audio Design dealer to validate the warranty if necessary.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Operating the CAD 120S MKII is a simple procedure since each unit is designed for
long-term stability in virtually any home operating situation. However, if the unit is
operated outside the parameters outlined in this owner’s manual, damage may occur.
Please read this manual carefully before operating your new CAD 120S MKII.
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Circuit Type
Class AB, push-pull amplifier, Ultra linear or Triode mode
operation with a front panel selector switch
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Power Output
Ultra linear - 120 watts per channel
Triode - 60 watts per channel
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Inputs
XLR balanced or RCA single-ended
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Noise and Hum
-80 dB
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Input Impedance
100K both RCA and Balanced
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Frequency Response
17 Hz - 25 KHz flat @ 1 watt
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Gain
28dB
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Sensitivity
1.24v
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Tubes
2 - 6SN7 input gain stage
2 - 6SN7 driver tubes
8 - KT 88 output tubes
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Power Transformer
EI High voltage & bias supply EI laminate
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Filament Transformer
2 – EI laminate 6.3 VAC @ 12 amp CCS
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Output Transformer(s)
Special bifilar wound 150 watt rating unit in each channel
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Power Supply Capacitors
4 x 560µF
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Speaker Posts
Cary gold plated copper, 5-way binding
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AC Power Requirements
117 VAC @ 50/60 Hz - 234 VAC @ 50/60 Hz
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Warm-Up Time
3 minutes
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Break-In Time
100 hours of playing time
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Finish
Jaguar Anthracite black with clear coat finish, silver anodized
aluminum faceplate standard (black optional)
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Weight
65 lbs
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Dimensions
8" H x 17" W x 14" D
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CONTROLS AND DISPLAYS
FRONT PANEL
1. POWER
• Press once to turn the power ON.
• Press again to turn the power OFF.
2. LEFT CHANNEL BIAS
• Indicates a proper DC current of between 130 to 150 ma.
3. RIGHT CHANNEL BIAS
• Indicates a proper DC current of between 130 to 150 ma.
4. MODE
• Press this button to change between Triode and Ultralinear modes.
TOP PANEL
The following illustration shows the tube placements on the CAD 120S MKII.
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CONTROLS AND DISPLAYS
REAR PANEL
1. RIGHT CHANNEL OUTPUT – NEGATIVE LEAD
2. RIGHT CHANNEL OUTPUT – POSITIVE LEAD
3. RIGHT CHANNEL INPUT – XLR INPUT
4. RIGHT CHANNEL INPUT – RCA INPUT
5. TUBE FUSE ½ AMP FAST BLOW RIGHT CHANNEL
6. BIAS ADJUST POTENTIOMETER RIGHT CHANNEL 130 – 150 ma.
7. AC POWER MAIN FUSE 4 AMP SLOW BLOW
8. TUBE FUSE ½ AMP FAST BLOW LEFT CHANNEL
9. BIAS ADJUSTMENT POTENTIOMETER LEFT CHANNEL 130 – 150 ma.
10. LEFT CHANNEL INPUT – RCA INPUT
11. LEFT CHANNEL INPUT – XLR INPUT
12. LEFT CHANNEL OUTPUT – POSITIVE LEAD
13. LEFT CHANNEL OUTPUT – NEGATIVE LEAD
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OPERATION
Your new CAD 120S MKII power amplifier is ready for operation after the speaker,
interconnect cables and the vacuum tubes have been installed into their proper sockets.
Refer to the labeling on the chassis for placement and proper tube installation.
SPEAKER BINDING POSTS
The CAD 120S MKII will drive loudspeaker loads from as low as 2 ohms to a high of 16
ohms without any adjustment. Please remember to keep the proper phase on each
channel when connecting the loudspeaker cables. Red is positive and black is the
negative lead.
TRIODE OR ULTRA-LINEAR MODE SWITCH
The push button located on the lower right side of the front panel will toggle from triode
to ultra-linear modes. There is a blue LED indicator lamp located above the switch.
When this blue LED is illuminated the CAD 120S MKII is in the triode mode. Push the
button again and the red LED will appear. The CAD 120S MKII is now in the ultralinear mode. This mode selector system has a memory feature. The amplifier can be
powered down (turned off) and the amplifier operating mode will remain in the last
position. The absolute default mode is triode if the amplifier is unplugged from the AC
wall outlet.
POWER ON / OFF SWITCH
The front panel push button located to the lower left is a power on power off selector.
With the CAD 120S MKII plugged into the wall AC outlet this button will engage the
soft-start system and bring the amplifier to the full operate mode. You will notice that
the two DC current meters on the front panel will light up blue. The vacuum tubes will
light as well. To power down (turn off) simply push the power button once again and the
soft start system will remove the main AC power from the power supply in the CAD
120S MKII.
BIAS MEASUREMENT AND ADJUSTMENT
Setting the operating bias levels on the CAD 120S MKII is a rather simple matter thanks
to the built in front panel DC current meters. These two meters indicate the DC current
being drawn by each channel. The meter to the left reflects the operating current for the
left channel. The corresponding meter to the right indicates the operating bias level of
the right channel. From the factory the bias has been set to approximately 140 ma. DC
current on each channel. This read out will vary with different AC wall voltages.
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OPERATION
On the rear panel of the CAD 120S MKII is a bias adjustment potentiometer for each
channel. This is a screwdriver slotted shaft control. After the amplifier has been
powered up for a few minutes observe the meter readings. The proper reading should be
140 ma. plus or minus 10 ma. To make the bias adjustment insert a flat bladed
screwdriver into the rear mounted bias adjustment potentiometer and turn clockwise to
raise the bias or counter clockwise to lower the bias reading. There is some interaction
between channels. Adjust the right and left channel bias a few times until you have an
equal reading (plus or minus a few ma) on each channel. The bias reading level is not
critical in respect to a range of a low reading of 125 ma. to a high reading of 170 ma.
The preferred reading should be approximately 140 ma. plus or minus 10 ma. The DC
bias current value will fluctuate with varying in house AC wall voltage. As air
conditioning systems cycle and power loads in the neighborhood change, the bias reading
will fluctuate a bit. This is normal and therefore not critical.
Another word about the meter readings. The louder you play the CAD 120S MKII the
more current it will draw. Playing loud, especially in the ultra-linear mode will peg the
meters at 200 ma. This is normal and there is a protection circuit built into the metering
circuit to prevent damage to the analog meters. Pegging the meters is fun!
BREAK-IN PERIOD
The tubes, capacitors and output transformers take approximately 100 hours use to settle
in for peak performance. The CAD 120S MKII will sound good right out of the box but it
will improve within a short time. After the first 50-100 hours you will notice increased
depth and tighter bass. This break-in period is true with quality vacuum tube audio
amplifiers.
TUBE REPLACEMENT
If it becomes necessary to replace the tubes in the amplifier, a matched set of output tubes
of the same name brand should be used. A new tube kit is available from Cary Audio.
You should get years of service from the rugged KT-88 output tubes. The input and
driver 6SN7 tubes can last even longer. Other output tubes may be used in the CAD
120S MKII power amplifier; 6L6, 6CA7, KT-66, 6550C, KT-90, KT-99 or EL-34 tubes
are all acceptable for use in the output stage of the CAD 120S MKII. Use the same
current setting for any of these tubes as described in the bias set up.
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SERVICE AND CARE
CARE AND CLEANING
Unplug the unit from the wall outlet. Clean the cabinet housing and front panel of the
CAD 120S MKII with a soft cloth and a glass cleaner. The frequency of cleaning will
vary based on the cleanliness of the environment and the number of hours the CAD 120S
MKII is operated.
FACTORY SERVICE
Careful consideration has been given to the design of the CAD 120S MKII to minimize
maintenance issues. Any problems or requests for service should be referred to the
Customer Service Department at 919.355.0010. Do not return the CAD 120S MKII to the
factory without a return authorization number (RA). Refer to the next section for details
about returning equipment to Cary Audio Design.
Should the unit be lost or damaged in shipment, Cary Audio Design will assume no
responsibility if the shipping company refuses to pay for damage due to improper
packing or lack of insurance. Please use the original carton for shipping the music server.
NON-WARRANTY REPAIRS
Cary Audio Design will provide repair service for its products charging on a time and
expense basis. Please call Cary Audio Design at 919.355.0010 for more information
about out-of-warranty service and repair fees.
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UNITED STATES LIMITED WARRANTY
Cary Audio Design warrants to the original United States purchaser for use in the United
States that Cary Audio Design vacuum tube or solid-state power amplifiers surround
sound processors, preamplifiers, or music servers shall be free from defects in parts or
workmanship for three years from the date of the original purchase. Vacuum tubes, if any
are used in the component, are offered a 90-day (from purchase date) exchange policy
against defects with the exception of the CAVT 300B vacuum tube that has a one-year
(from purchase date) exchange policy. Any digital drive design, whether a Cary Audio
Design CD or SACD player, Cary Cinema DVD player, or Cary Music Server has a
limited one-year parts and labor warranty against defects in manufacturing. This is a
limited warranty offered only to the original purchaser and does not transfer.
During the limited warranty period, Cary Audio Design or an authorized Cary Audio
Design service facility will provide free of charge both parts and labor necessary to
correct any defects in material or workmanship.
To obtain such warranty service, the original purchaser must complete and send in the
Warranty Registration Card within 15 days of purchase.
WARRANTY DISCLAIMER
Except for the express warranties stated herein, Cary Audio Design disclaims all other
warranties including, without limitation, all implied warranties of merchantability and
fitness for a particular purpose. The foregoing constitutes Cary Audio Design’s entire
obligation with respect to this product, and the original purchaser and any user or owner
shall have no other claim for incidental or consequential damages. Some states do not
allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above
limitation and exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives legal rights and you
may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.
Proper maintenance, repair and use are important to obtain performance from this
product. Therefore, please carefully read the Operating Manual. This warranty does not
apply to any defect that Cary Audio Design in its sole discretion determines was caused
by any of the following:
• Improper maintenance or repair, including the installation of parts or accessories
not conforming to the quality and the specifications of the original parts
• Misuse, abuse, neglect or improper installation
• Accidental or incidental damage
EXCLUSIVE REMEDY
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the purchaser’s exclusive remedy for any breach of
warranty, express or implied, is limited to the repair or replacement of the defective unit
or the refund of the purchase price, at the option of Cary Audio Design. Under no
circumstances is Cary Audio Design liable for incidental or consequential damages. Any
implied warranties imposed by law terminate one year from the date of purchase.
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UNITED STATES LIMITED WARRANTY
INTERNATIONAL PURCHASERS (EXPORT MARKETS)\
Cary Audio Design warrants its merchandise to purchasers within the United States
exclusively for use within the United States of America. It provides no other warranties,
expressed or implied. If you are living outside the USA, please consult your local dealer
or distributor to determine the details of your local warranty.
SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS
In the event that the owner needs to return the unit to Cary Audio Design for service or
repair of a possible defect, he must follow these steps:
1. Contact Cary Audio Design at 919.355.0010 to obtain a Return Authorization
(RA) number prior to shipping; include this number with the package.
2. Submit a copy of the original sales receipt; a blank receipt will not validate the
limited warranty for service by Cary Audio Design. The original sales receipt
must contain the following information:
• the authorized Cary Audio Design dealer’s name
• the date of purchase
• the sales price
• the buyer’s name and address
3. Describe the problem in detail.
4. Note the unit model number and serial number.
5. Deliver by either of these methods:
a. With all freight and insurance charges prepaid and in its original packing
container or equivalent, ship the component to
Cary Audio Design
1020 Goodworth Drive
Apex, North Carolina 27539
b. Hand-deliver the product to Cary Audio Design (address noted above) or
the nearest authorized service facility.
Cary Audio Design
1020 Goodworth Drive
Apex, NC 27539
Phone 919.355.0010
Fax 919.355.0013
www.caryaudio.com
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1020 Goodworth Drive, Apex, NC 27539
phone 919-355-0010
fax 919-355-0013
www.caryaudio.com
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