Cary Audio Design CAD 300 Stereo Amplifier User Manual

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OWNER’S MANUAL
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CAD 300 SEI
Single-ended Integrated Stereo 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 ______________________________________________
Introduction......................................................................................................................3-4
Specifications ...................................................................................................................4-5
Features.................................................................................................................................. 6
Installation ............................................................................................................................ 7
Operation .............................................................................................................................. 8
Diagrams ........................................................................................................................ 9-11
Service and Care ...............................................................................................................11
Warranty ..............................................................................................................................12
INTRODUCTION____________________________________________________
Congratulations!
You have purchased one of the most exotic vacuum tube audio integrated amplifiers available. Within its
power range, the CAD 300 SEI integrated amplifier offers the most realistic sound reproduction one could
desire for a “high-end” home audio system. Careful design, parts selection and proper circuit topologies
contribute to the incredible reliability and enjoyment.
For the technically minded, a review of the circuit is in order. Your new CAD 300 SEI operates in a class A
single-ended mode utilizing an auto bias (cathode) system for the 300B triode output tubes. The input
preamplifier section utilizes a 6SN7 dual triode tube. One triode section of this dual tube is used for the
left channel and the other triode section is used for the right channel. This circuit is a Class A voltage gain
circuit. This is the same basic first stage input circuit utilized in the Cary Audio model SLP 98 preamplifier.
The next gain stage in the CAD 300 SEI utilizes a 6SN7 dual triode wired in a series constant-current plateloaded configuration. This stage is duplicated for each channel. The series constant-current configuration
then drives the 300B triode output stage in single-ended, class A. The output transformers in the CAD 300
SEI are the most important components in the amplifier and have been specifically designed by Cary
Audio for use in the CAD 300 SEI. The output transformer is an air-gap design with a commercial
continuous rating of 200% duty cycle. The CAD 300 SEI output transformer is an E/I laminate, silicon
impregnated, grain oriented steel design. The windings are wax impregnated and the entire transformer is
potted in high temperature wax. Utilizing the linear, directly heated filament-cathode 300B triode output
tube, there is no global feedback used in the CAD 300 SEI. The power supply is a full wave center tap
configuration running high voltage, high current fast switching diode rectifiers. The rectified 450 VDC is
fed to a PI-L filter network. The filter capacitor consists of two (2) 1200 MFD and 230 Joules of energy
storage. Each electrolytic capacitor is by-passed with a low impedance .22 polystyrene capacitor. The
power transformer is a 200% duty cycle rating on the CAD 300 SEI. To avoid AC hum, both the 6SN7 and
300B tube have DC voltage on the filaments. This will prevent AC ripple voltage from capacitively being
coupled to the elements in the tubes.
Additional Design Thoughts
A great deal of attention during the design of your new CAD 300 SEI was concentrated on the “overload
recovery” ability of the amplifier to instantly recover from clipping and is a much more important issue tan
is commonly believed. In the power war of amplifier manufacturers the mentality is focused on high and
then even higher power output to solve the clipping problem. When in reality, the most critical aspect is
how fast a recovery an amplifier can achieve after overload. Most of the music being listened to in an
average listening room is only requiring about 3 watts of power. It is on the transients of loud low
frequency program material that tremendous signal voltages will appear at the input of the amplifier. It is
in this situation that the overload recovery ability of an amplifier is of critical concern. The single-ended
CAD 300 SEI extols its merits in the ability to handle transients and instantaneously recover from brief or
even extended overloads. The CAD 300 SEI will overload symmetrically at any frequency in the audio band
pass. The CAD 300 SEI will also yield faithful reproduction of extremely low frequencies at full output
levels. Power transformer, power supply regulation and output transformer design and careful shaping of
the overall frequency response curve all play a very important part in the ability of the CAD 300 SEI to
recover quickly when overloaded. If one were to monitor the high voltage rail voltage (385 VDC at the
anode of the 300B tube) of a CAD 300 SEI during soft and loud music passages it will be found there is no
more than a volt or so change from soft to loud passages.
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Another technical feature of your new CAD 300 SEI is amplifier stability. The CAD 300 SEI may be operated
with no load (without speaker) without damage to the amplifier, output transformer or tubes. This is the
hallmark of a high performance, STABLE, amplifier circuit design.
The most exciting feature of the CAD 300 SEI, aside from how compact and gorgeous it looks, is the
delightful, sensual beauty of the music it recreates. The first thing that will strike you about your CAD 300
SEI integrated amplifier is the incredible transparency and resolution of detail of the music. The CAD 300
SEI sensual nature is best revealed in the sense of life it displays in female vocalists.
Your new CAD 300 SEI presents music with such presence and directness, you’ll be drawn into the music
hour after musically satisfying hour. This is the result of single-ended circuit techniques, which eliminate
crossover notch at low levels and also contributes to the freedom from listening fatigue. The CAD 300 SEI
will draw you in even further as you realize how lucid and utterly uncolored neutrality reveals delicate
nuances in the sound stage.
Enjoy the music!
SPECIFICATIONS ___________________________________________________
This section describes the basic specifications of the CAD 300 SEI at the time of printing. Specifications are
subject to change without notice or obligation. When the following cautionary terms are used in this
manual, these definitions apply:
WARNING
Electrical hazard! Misuse or failure to follow instructions properly may result in personal injury
or death!
CAUTION
No risk or personal injury; however, misuse or failure to follow instructions may result in
damage to equipment.
NOTE
No risk of personal injury or equipment damage; however, misuse or failure to follow
instructions may prevent proper performance of the equipment.
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CIRCUIT TYPE
Single-ended, Class A
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INPUTS
CD, AUX 1, AUX2
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POWER OUTPUT
4/8 ohms = 15 watts/CH
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S/N
90dB below rated power output
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FREQUENCY RESPONSE
23 – 20,000 Hz (+0 – 0.75dB)
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HEADPHONE OUTPUT
4-50 ohm compatible ¼” 3 circuit jack
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POWER TRANSFORMERS
1 - EI laminated, 200% duty cycle
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OUTPUT TRANSFORMERS
200% duty cycle
Air gapped, wound with OFC copper wire, wax impregnated
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RESISTORS
1% metal film
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WIRE
Silver double “E” teflon
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COUPLING CAPS
Oil filled
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POWER SUPPLY CAPACITORS 2 – 1200mfd @ 450 VDC, Total – 2400 MFD – 230 Joules
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WIRING
Point - to - point
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LINE INPUT
3 switchable selections
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SPEAKER POSTS
5-way Copper
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TUBE SOCKETS
Ceramic with silver pins
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ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Soft shoe feet
Detachable power cord
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TUBE COMPLIMENT
2 – 300B triode output tubes in Class A single-ended (CAVT 300B tubes)
1 – 6SN7 input tube
2 – 6SN7 driver tubes
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WARM-UP TIME
3 minutes
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BREAK-IN PERIOD
100 hours of music playing time
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FINISH
Jaguar® medium blue chassis with black anodized aluminum front panel
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DIMENSIONS
8" H x 14" W x 14" D
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WEIGHT
42 lbs.
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FEATURES __________________________________________________________
Front Panel
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AC - ON SWITCH
Turns AC power on in the “UP” position
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INPUT SELECTOR
Selection of line inputs for listening (CD, AUX1, AUX2)
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VOLUME
Dual precision potentiometer controlling volume of both channels
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BALANCE
Dual precision potentiometer to balance between left and right channels
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HEADPHONE
3 conductor stereo headphone jack for headphones
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OUTPUT SELECTOR
Switches amplifier output from speakers to headphones. When blue LED
lights, the headphone jack is activated. (located on top right of chassis)
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Rear Apron
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INPUTS
Signal input connection via shielded interconnect cables
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SPEAKER OUTPUT
High quality 5-way binding posts provide output to the speakers
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POWER CORD
3 conductor shielded power cord to AC power mains
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FUSE
AC power fuse. Never replace with any other fuse than
2 AMP SLOW BLOW! 250 VOLT
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TUBE FUSE
Never replace with any other fuse than ¼ AMP FLAST BLOW!
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CAUTION
EQUIPMENT DAMAGE MAY OCCUR WITH IMPROPER FUSES.
NEVER REMOVE / INSERT AC LINE CORD WHEN THE UNIT IS ON.
WARNING
MAKE NO ATTEMPT TO PUT THE CAD 300 SEI AMPLIFIER IN SERVICE WITHOUT THE BOTTOM
PLATE ATTACHED - CONTACT WITH VOLTAGE IN THE UNIT CAN BE FATAL!
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INSTALLATION _____________________________________________________
This section describes the unpacking and installation procedures for your new component.
Unpacking
All Cary Audio Design shipping containers have been specially designed to protect their contents and
special care has been taken to prevent damage under normal shipping conditions. Mishandling should be
evident upon inspection of the shipping container. If shipping damage is found after visual inspection,
take care not to destroy the evidence. If necessary, document the damage with photographs and contact
the transport carrier immediately.
Carefully remove your new component from its packing carton and examine it closely for signs of shipping
damage. We strongly recommend saving all original packing cartons to protect your amplifier from
damage should you wish to store it or ship it for after-sales service.
Warranty Card
IN THE USA: If you are the original purchaser of a new unit from an AUTHORIZED CARY AUDIO DESIGN
DEALER, please fill out the enclosed warranty registration card and return it to Cary Audio Design within
15 days of your purchase. Cary Audio Design also suggests that you keep your original packing cartons in
case you ever need to ship the unit when moving to a new home. Warranty restrictions apply. Consult the
warranty section at the end of this manual for details. Please be certain to keep a copy of the original sales
receipt from your AUTHORIZED CARY AUDIO DESIGN DEALER to validate the warranty if ever needed. The
warranty is for the original purchaser only and does not transfer to any subsequent owner.
OUTSIDE THE USA: Your local Authorized Cary Audio Design Distributor will make his own warranty policy
for your country. Please check with them for the terms of warranty for your new amplifier.
Placement
In general, the location of your new CAD 300 SEI amplifier is not critical. The best placement in your
system is near the speaker system with short lengths of speaker cables. Certain precautions must be taken
to ensure optimum performance. Avoid extremely hot locations such as near radiator or other heating
units. Keep the top of the CAD 300 SEI clear of books, paper or other equipment to protect against
overheating.
Power Requirements
The CAD 300 SEI is designed to operate from house current mains. The design voltage is 117 VAC at
50/60Hz. (Foreign units 220 VAC at 50/60Hz.)
Cables
The speaker cables from the output posts of the CAD 300 SEI to the speaker system can be any convenient
length your set-up requires. Select speaker cables of sufficient size to preserve the outstanding
performance capabilities of your CAD 300 SEI. Heavy gauge #16 wire is suitable for distances up to 10 feet;
#12 for 25 feet. Most audio dealers will have proper speaker cable in stock for this purpose.
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OPERATION ________________________________________________________
Signal input connection is made via the input jacks on the rear of the CAD 300 SEI located next to the
output binding posts. The interconnect cables from the output of the preamplifier can be any convenient
length your set-up requires. The choice of a high quality interconnect cable is important. Once again, your
audio dealer will have the proper cables in stock for this purpose.
Your new CAD 300 SEI is ready for operation after the speaker, interconnect cables, and the tubes have
been installed. Refer to the tube placement sheet at the end of this manual for proper installation.
AC On Power Switch
Simply push the AC rocker switch on the ON position. Observe that the blue LED lights and all tubes are lit
(filaments).
Break-In Period
The tubes, capacitors and output transformers take approximately 100 hours of music playing to fully
settle in for peak performance. The CAD 300 SEI will sound good right out of the box and will improve
with use. After the first couple of hours you will notice increased depth and tighter bass. This break-in
period is true with vacuum tube based audio amplifiers.
Bias Adjustment Procedures
Look to the left rear corner of the CAD 300 SEI. You will notice a slotted screwdriver adjustment control.
This is the bias adjust potentiometer. Also located in line with this control is a ¼” headphone style jack.
This will accept the included orange/black test cable. These two leads will hook to a DC current meter or
digital multimeter.
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Make sure the CAD 300 SEI is in the off position with all the tubes inserted into the proper sockets.
Plug in the two-conductor test cable into the ¼” jack. Clip the black alligator clip to the black
negative lead on your multimeter. Hook the red alligator clip to the red positive lead from the
multimeter.
Place the multimeter range selector in the DC current range. This may say 0 – 300 mA. Just make
sure you are reading DC current. Never select the DV voltage position. Only the DC current scale.
Locate a proper flat blade screwdriver that fits the slot on the bias adjustment control.
With your CAD 300 SEI plugged into the house AC mains wall socket turn on the AC power switch.
Immediately observe the DC current reading. The proper value will be 150 to 160 mA.
If the value is low, turn the bias control clockwise (right) a small amount. If the current reads
higher than 160 mA. Turn the bias adjustment control counter clockwise (left).
After the 300 SEI has been on for about ten minutes recheck the bias and reset to 150 to 160 mA
Range. This completes the bias setting. You may wish to check this setting every six months or so.
Please note that the bias will vary as your AC line voltage moves up and down in your home. This
is normal. The amplifier will operate in a broad range of 120 mA to 180 mA of current. The value
of 150 to 160 is the ideal point.
Turn off your CAD 300 SEI and remove the test cable and store this cable in a convenient location
in your listening room.
WARNING
MAKE SURE AMPLIFIER IS UNPLUGGED FROM AC MAINS BEFORE SERVICING.
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Tube Placement Chart
CAUTION
Large pins on the 300B output tubes must be inserted into the large holes in the tube socket.
Failure to follow these instructions will result in serious damage to the tubes and amplifier and
is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
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SERVICE AND CARE ________________________________________________
The chassis may be cleaned with a soft towel and Windex® or a similar window cleaner. Spray it on the
cleaning cloth to moisten it, not on the component. Do not use solvents or harsh chemicals to clean the
preamplifier. They may remove the labels from the chassis. The frequency and need of cleaning will be
governed by operating environmental conditions. Avoid letting the component become dusty or wet. A
‘feather duster’ type cleaner will also work well for cleaning the component.
Tube Replacement
If it becomes necessary to replace the tubes in the CAD 300 SEI amplifier, a matched set of output tubes of
the same brand should be used. A new tube kit is available from Cary Audio Design. You should get a few
years or more from the output tubes with everyday usage and many, many years of use from the 6SN7
input tube and 6SN7 driver tubes.
Factory Service
Careful consideration has been given to the design of this product to keep maintenance problems to a
minimum. If the problem is not easily solved, we suggest that you contact our Customer Service
Department by phone at (919) 355-0010, 1–5 pm Eastern Standard Time, to describe your problem in
detail. DO NOT return the component to the factory without a Return Authorization Number (RA) from
the Customer Service Department.
Cary Audio Design assumes no responsibility if the transportation company refuses to pay a damage claim
due to your improper packing or lack of insurance should the unit be lost in shipment. We strongly
suggest using the original packing cartons for shipping any Cary Audio Design component.
Non-Warranty Repairs
Cary Audio Design will provide repair service for its products charging on a time and expense basis. At this
time, the standard non warranty service bench fee is $125 with all parts used for repair charged extra. This
may change with time and is not a quote for service. Please call us at 919-355-0010 for more information
about out of warranty service and repair fees.
WARNINGS
MAKE NO ATTEMPT TO PUT THE CAD 300 SEI IN SERVICE WITH THE BOTTOM PLATE
REMOVED. CONTACT WITH HIGH VOLTAGES FOUND IN THE UNIT CAN BE FATAL.
COMPLETELY REMOVE AC POWER PLUG FROM THE WALL AND ALLOW 30 MINUTES FOR THE
HIGH VOLTAGE CAPACITORS TO DISCHARGE THROUGH BLEEDER RESISTORS BEFORE
ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE TUBES OR CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE AMPLIFIER.
CAUTIONS
NEVER REMOVE / INSERT AC PLUG WHEN THE UNIT IS ON OR THE AC POWER SWITCH IS IN
THE ON POSITION. OBSTRUCTION OF THE TOP PORTION OF THE CAD 300 SEI WILL RESULT IN
TUBES OVERHEATING.
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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 or preamplifiers shall be free from defects in
parts or workmanship for three (3) 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 which has a (1) one year from purchase date exchange policy. Any digital drive design, whether a
Cary Audio Design CD or SACD player or a Cary Cinema DVD player, has a limited one year parts and labor warranty
against defects in manufacture. This is a limited warrant, for the original purchaser only and does not transfer to any
subsequent owner. 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:
1. Complete and send in the warranty Registration Card within 15 days of purchase.
2. If claiming service the owner must send a fully filled in copy of the original sales receipt along with any unit
sent in for service showing the AUTHORIZED CARY AUDIO DESIGN DEALER’S name, the new selling price, the
buyer’s name, e-mail or phone number and address on the receipt. Blank receipts will NOT validate the
limited warranty for service.
3. Notify Cary Audio Design as soon as possible after the discovery of a possible defect and submit the
following information to determine eligibility for warranty:
(a) The model number and serial number;
(b) A fully filled in copy of the original sales receipt showing the original selling price, purchasers name and
address filled in by an AUTHORIZED CARY AUDIO DESIGN DEALER with the original date of purchase shown
on the form;
(c) a detailed description of the problem.
4. Deliver the product to Cary Audio Design or the nearest authorized service facility or ship with all freight and
insurance charges prepaid, in its original packing container or equivalent, to Cary Audio.
Correct 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 is due to:
1. Improper maintenance or repair, including the installation of parts or accessories that do not conform to the
quality and the specifications of the original parts.
2. Misuse, abuse, neglect or improper installation.
3. Accidental or incidental damage.
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.
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 (1) year from the date of purchase.
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 with your local dealer or distributor to determine the details of your local warranty.
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