It's rare that you can purchase a product based on name and reputation alone and not have to worry about whether or not you're getting your money's worth. Cary Audio Design
is one such name. While I've been hearing about their products for years, my actual listening experience was limited to a couple of impressive demos at CES. As such, I was thrilled to get my hands and ears on their 7.125 seven-channel power amplifier. The 7.125 retails for $4,000 and is part of Cary's Cinema Series. It's the ideal companion for Cary's stunning Cinema 11a processor, which I recently reviewed.
The 7.125 weighs in at fifty-five pounds, stands seven inches tall, has a width of just under 18 inches and a depth of 16 and a half inches. Its seven channels are rated at 125 Watts per channel at 8 Ohms and 190 Watts per channel at 4 Ohms. RCA and balanced XLR inputs are included and of the highest quality. While designed for use with the Cary Cinema 11a processor, the 7.125 would mate well with any high-end processor. The chassis is black and the faceplate is available in silver or black anodized aluminum.
My experience with the 7.125 was overwhelmingly positive, from the minimalist design, which should blend well with any system aesthetically, to the raw and unadulterated power the amp possesses. My listening room is decent-sized and regardless of how hard I pushed the amp, it still had more to give without sacrificing sound quality. There was absolutely no compression, no clipping and really no sonic negatives to speak of. I used several different types of speakers, including Definitive Technology on- walls, Aperion floorstanders and some power-hungry Magnepan 4 Ohm electrostats and it handled all of them with aplomb. I was truly impressed with the resolution and precision of the amp, regardless of the volume level.