Cary Audio Design Model 7.125 Power Amplifier Reviewed

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High Points
• The design of the 7.125 is exemplary, featuring silver anodized aluminum with the Cary logo prominently lit up in blue. Some might opt to turn this off, but I prefer the brightest setting, call it an "I have a Cary amp and you don't" sort of a thing.
• Massive amounts of clean, neutral power. It played as loud as any reasonable person would want it to and still had more to give.
• The speaker output connectors, along with all of the connections on the rear of the amp, are heavy duty and built to last.

Low Points
• At shut-down and at times when muting the processor, there was an audible squeal that came through the speakers. This was only evident when shutting down or muting while listening at high volume.

Conclusion
You can spend a lot more money on a multi-channel home theater amp, but you're not necessarily going to get better performance. If you're looking for a powerful, neutral and incredibly engaging amplifier, the Cary is worth your time. I was treated to new detail in the instrumentation and vocals in pieces of music that I thought I knew like the back of my hand. It doesn't take a ton of time with a piece of Cary gear to understand why their name carries so much weight in the audiophile community. The 7.125 is aesthetically pleasing, well engineered and most importantly, it's a reference quality piece of gear in terms of sound quality and power.
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HTR Product Rating for Cary Audio Design Model 7.125 Power Amplifier

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

4

Overall

4

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