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Cary Audio Cinema 12 Surround Preamplifier


Cary Audio Design is now shipping the Cinema 12, a full-featured preamplifier processor, sharing many of the same features as its predecessor (Cinema 11a) while increasing the performance and flexibility. The Cinema 12 increases its video connections to include four HDMI v1.4a inputs, supporting most 3D formats, 48-bit Deep Color, audio return channel, Ethernet channel, and CEC power on/off features. It also maintains a full suite of audio connections in all formats, as well as discrete RS-232 and IR command codes for simple operation and a 12VDC trigger to control on/off switching of a power amp or other component.

To increase audio performance even beyond that of the Cinema 11a, the Cinema 12 offers the very latest Burr Brown 32 bit/192 kHz surround DAC chipsets for the most impressive surround separation and steering, and the most accurate audio, as befits the 22 year heritage of Cary Audio Design as an audiophile music company.

All circuitry in the processor is fully differential-balanced to take advantage of the improved noise reduction and increased processing power. All of the latest HD surround formats are supported, to go along with the newest HDMI switching. The Cinema 12 includes a new full-function, programmable universal remote control with extensive macro capabilities. The Cinema 12 is available with either a black or silver brushed aluminum faceplate.

Price and Availability
The new Cary Audio Design Cinema 12 will ship April, 2011 for $4,995

Cary Audio Cinema 12 Surround Preamplifier - Rear


Decoding Ability
  • Dolby True HD
  • Dolby Digital Plus
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx for movies and music
  • Dolby Digital EX
  • DTS ES 6.1 Discrete
  • DTS NEO 96/24 for movies and music
  • Matrix Surround for 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1
  • 7 RCA analog stereo input pairs
  • 1 XLR analog stereo input pair
  • 1 XLR digital input
  • 7 RCA coaxial digital inputs
  • 7 TOSLINK digital inputs
  • 4 HDMI v1.4a inputs
Multi channel Analog Input 7.1 analog bypass input set for multi-channel playback
Outputs Main Front pair, Center Front, Surround Back pair or Center Surround, Surround pair, Subwoofer, can have 5, 6 or 7 speakers & subwoofer, RCA and XLR connections. 1 HDMI v1.4a output. 2nd zone output: 1 digital output, 1 RCA analog stereo pair
Frequency Response 10 Hz – 20 kHz, 1Hz – 129Hz (-3dB)
Amplitude Linearity +/- 0.2 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Phase Linearity 3 degrees (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Dynamic Range 115 dB (1 kHz)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 108 dB (1 kHz)
Channel Separation >89 dB (1 kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.008% (1 kHz)
Rated Output Level 1.0 V RMS (8.0 volts maximum)
Power Input 120 or 240 Volts AC, 50-60 Hz
Power Consumption 25 watts
Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 17.7″ W x 4.5″ H x 16.5″ D
Detailed Features Auto setup with a microphone, RS-232 port on back panel for custom install system control, IR repeater input and output, 3 remote DC triggers, Bass and Treble controls with bass management circuit, Variable crossover from 40-140 Hz, in 10 Hz steps, dedicated remote control handset, second zone audio analog and digital outputs.

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