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Cary Audio Design

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  • Cary Audio Design, Inc.
  • 1020 Goodworth Drive, Apex, NC 27539 USA
  • Official website
  • info@caryaudio.com
  • +1 919 355 0010
  • +1 919 355 0013

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Equipment[add model]

Cary Audio Design manufactures or has manufactured the following equipment (click to expand models list):

CD-Players
 
Dynamic Speakers
 
Valve Amplifiers
 

General information [contribute]

Cary Audio Design website (December 2003):

MISSION STATEMENT

Cary Audio Design, Inc. is committed to the design and manufacture of the highest quality audio electronics on the worldwide market at an affordable price.

INTRODUCTION

Cary Audio Design, Inc. ("Cary Audio") is a manufacturer of "High-End" audio electronics. As the term "High-End" implies, this segment of the multi-billion dollar audio electronics industry represents the highest quality audio components available worldwide.

As Cary Audio's Mission Statement states, "Cary Audio Design, Inc. is committed to the design and manufacture of the highest quality audio electronics on the worldwide market at an affordable price." Cary Audio's quality control procedures and customer service are exemplary and ensure that the customer will receive the highest quality products and service.

HISTORY OF THE COMPANY

Cary Audio was founded in May, 1989 by Dennis Had and his wife, Donna, on their dining room table. Dennis' passion for electronics started when he was seven years old. He and his boyhood friends used to build all types of vacuum tube amplifiers. The contest was to see which one sounded the best. As Dennis states, "Nothing ever could sound as good as his single-ended amplifiers." Dennis won his first blue ribbon when he entered one of his amplifier designs in a seventh grade science project. This simply fueled his passion to continue to design and build audio electronics. As time progressed, Dennis founded several other companies, primarily in the RF field. However, his passion for audio electronics remained. One day while in a High-End audio store, Dennis had the opportunity to see the products of several High-End companies. As he examined them, he realized that he could make a superior product. Thus, Cary Audio was born.

With personal assets and an investment from an outside shareholder, Cary Audio used the funds to build its initial corporate structure. Cary Audio leased an 800-square-foot portion of a building located in an industrial park in Cary, NC. The initial products designed and manufactured by Cary Audio was a PD-1, which was a passive line stage preamplifier, and a CAD-100, which was a 100 watt per channel mono block amplifier. With the two products firmly in hand, Cary Audio started its first four-color advertising in the pages of Stereophile magazine. The advertising campaign along with participation in the 1990 Winter Consumer Electronics Show (WCES) fueled strong demand for Cary Audio's products.

As Cary Audio's sales were growing exponentially, the other areas of the company were becoming strained. Through mutual business associates, Dennis was introduced to Billy Wright. As with Dennis, Billy was a true entrepreneur at heart. With his background in Operations and Finance, Billy came on board to bring the operations side of the business to order. Dennis' and Billy's talents complemented each other well and helped propel Cary Audio to the forefront of the High-End audio electronics industry. As Cary Audio has grown through the years, Dennis and Billy managed to buy out all other investors in the company and currently enjoy a 50-50 ownership of the company.

MARKETING PRESENCE

Cary Audio markets its products worldwide. There are currently 63 U.S. dealers that carry the product line in their specialty audio stores. Outside the U.S., Cary Audio has master distributors in 34 different countries.

COMPANY PHILOSOPHY

The Company Philosophy is a continuation of the Mission Statement. Cary Audio is dedicated to its customers and the audio electronics industry. Cary Audio's desire is that every music lover in the entire world enjoys the beautiful sounds of the Cary Audio products. While this may be somewhat unrealistic, it does not deter our perseverance to see that it happens.

History[contribute]

Cary Audio Design website (September 2000): Cary Audio was founded in May, 1989 by Dennis Had and his wife, Donna, on their dining room table. Dennis' passion for electronics started when he was seven years old.

He and his boyhood friends used to build all types of vacuum tube amplifiers. The contest was to see which one sounded the best. As Dennis states, "nothing ever could sound as good as his single-ended amplifiers ". Dennis won his first blue ribbon when he entered one of his amplifier designs in a seventh grade science project. This simply fueled his passion to continue to design and build audio electronics.

As time progressed, Dennis founded several other companies, primarily in the RF field. However, his passion for audio electronics remained. One day while in a High-End audio store, Dennis had the opportunity to see the products of several High-End companies. As he examined them, he realized that he could make a superior product. Thus, Cary Audio was born.

With personal assets and an investment from an outside shareholder, Cary Audio used the funds to build its initial corporate structure. Cary Audio leased an 800 square foot portion of a building located in an industrial park in Cary, NC. The initial products designed and manufactured by Cary Audio was a PD-1 which was a passive line stage preamplifier and a CAD-100 which was a 100 watt per channel mono block amplifier. With the two products firmly in hand, Cary Audio started its first four color advertising in the pages of Stereophile magazine.

The advertising campaign along with participation in the 1990 Winter Consumer Electronics Show (WCES) fueled strong demand for Cary Audio's products. As Cary Audio's sales were growing exponentially, the other areas of the company were becoming strained. Through mutual business associates, Dennis was introduced to Billy Wright. As with Dennis, Billy was a true entrepreneur at heart. With his background in Operations and Finance, Billy came on board to bring the operations side of the business to order. Dennis' and Billy's talents complemented each other well and helped propel Cary Audio to the forefront of the High-End audio electronics industry. As Cary Audio has grown through the years, Dennis and Billy managed to buy out all other investors in the company and currently enjoy a 50-50 ownership of the company.

Refurbishing & modifications[contribute]

Michael De Salvo (June 9, 2009): I am the owner of a Cary SLP05. We have been enjoying this piece of audio art for about a year now. Unfortunately it stopping working. I have power ot the supply end but no power to the control end. I tested the umbilical cord although without a schematic, I'm lost. I replaced the power tube with another (GZ34) but no change. I opened up the both units but nothing was obvious other than noting a great of design and parts went into these pieces. Makes you feel better about the cost anyway.

Now that a repair is necessary, I wonder if there isn't an upgrade as well. I came across this site through Google and thought I'd write you this note. Anyway, if you gentlemen were about of the design of this unit, kudo's to you! Very nicely done! Allow me 2 complaints if you will. The remote sucks. Probably heard that before. Please clean the flux from the boards. It cheapens the workmanship.

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