Cayin, which is designed and built by AVIC International Zhuhai Co Ltd, has released the first model in a totally new range. The new CS-55A integrated amplifier is rated at 40-watts per channel into 8Ω in Class AB ultra-linear mode. ‘The CS-55A is an all-rounder that will fit into many new hi-fi lovers’ homes,’ said Shane Lewis, of Final Link Audio, which distributes Cayin in Australia. ‘It comes standard with KT-88 power tubes that produce 40-watts per channel, but at a flick of a switch you can run EL-34 family tubes. This is a fantastic feature as the owner can tube roll to achieve different sound without having to buy new equipment. And to make this process even easier the amplifier has an on-board voltmeter for easy adjustment of tube bias.

The CS-55A has a built-in phono stage as well as a dedicated headphone output. It also has a 32-bit/384kHz USB DAC, so you can connect your computer to the CS-55A and stream music through it. ‘The CS-55A comes with a full-featured remote control and internally has all the typical Cayin signatures, such as hand-made point-to-point wiring and silver-plated internal signal wiring,’ Lewis told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. It will sell for $1,899 (RRP).

For further information, please contact Final Link Audio

Manufacturer's Specifications: Cayin CS-55A

Power Output: 40W+40W (Ultra-Linear)
Frequency Response: 5Hz - 48kHz (-3dB)
THD: 1.0% (at 1kHz)
S/N Ratio (Line/Phono): 92dB/68dB
Line Input Sensitivity: 280mV
Line Input Impedance: 100kΩ
Phono Input Sensitivity: 3mV
Phono Input Impedance: 47kΩ
Phono Gain: 40dB
Output Impedance: 4Ω, 8Ω
Inputs: USB/PHONO/CD/AUX
Valve Complement: 12AX7/ECC83×2, 12AU7/ECC82×2, KT88/EL34×4
USB DAC Specification:Compatible with Audio Class 1.0 and Audio Class 2.0
Word length: 16-32bits
Sampling rate: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS
Dimensions (WDH): 360×334×80mm
Weight: 17kg

Cayin CS55A built by AVIC International Zhuhai