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Cayin HA-300MK2 Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier

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HA-300MK2 Direct Heated Triode Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier

The Star is Reborn

Work hard and dig deep with  20 years of impeccable track record.

Tube Amplifier Holy Grail

The Pursuit of Direct Heated Triode (DHT)  

DHT refers to triode tubes that use the cathode as the filament and will heat up the cathode directly.

Minimal approach, offers stellar dynamic, transient  and transparent, extremely well-received by audiophiles.

A challenge for headphone applications. Low tolerance to  shock and vibration, sensitive to hum/interference.

The Irresistible 300B  

The 300B is the most renowned and sought after DHT because of its dreamy tonal characteristic.   

HA-300MK2 uses a matched pair of Gold Lion Genelex PX300B low-noise audio triode as power output tubes. 

  • Endure and passed the toughest tests for reliability
  • Natural, sensible and realistic sound signature
  • Impressive frequency extension

Purist’s One-Way Ticket 

Less is More   

Single-ended Triode (SET) Amplifier uses a single triode vacuum tube to produce amplified output without  splitting the musical signal into parts.

2-stage amplification, a pair of driver tube amplifies signal voltage so that the 300B output tube will perform its amplification at a very linear condition. 

Simplicity circuit design. Displace the beautiful tone of your vacuum tubes without any cancellation.

Single-ended Driver Stage 

Cayin developed many 300B based SET amplifiers and 6SN7 is always the first choice for driver tube.   

HA-300MK2 uses a matched pair of Tung-Sol 6SN7GTB to complete the two-stages SET amplification.

  • Low noise, high price-performance and highly reliable
  • Super linear and natural sounding
  • A classical tube combination adopted in many Cayin SET amplifier implementations

Tube Regulated Power Supply

2-Boxes Design

Outboard Power Supply minimize ripple effect, offer a clean, low-noise power to amplification circuit.  

Multi-stage tube regulated power supply circuit, feed power to different amplification stages independently.

New Old Stock (NOS) Rectifier Tubes 

HA-300MK2 uses 4 x NOS 22DE4 from RCA, one of the best versions of 22DE4 available in tube market   

Convert incoming power source to DC current,  provides cleanest power with minimum interference  for the amplification circuit.

  • Unlike output tubes, rectifier tubes don’t involve heavy lifting load, they can last very long without deteriorate.
  • No matching requirement, replace on per piece based.

Power Supply Transformer  

The outboard power supply is driven by a high  inductance high efficiency toroidal power transformer.

Cayin design and wind the Power transformers in-house.

Low leaking design for headphone applications.  

Premium Vacuum Tubes

Driver Tubes: Tung-Sol 6SN7GTB (Matched Pair)  

Output Tubes: Genalex PX300B (Matched Pair)  

Rectifier: NOS RCA 22DE4 x 4

Transformer-coupled Design

Balanced Driven from Single-ended Triode Amplifier 

The 300B SET output drives a pair of proprietary output transformers, support both headphones and speakers.  

The secondary winding of the output transformers provide an alternative phase and compose a balanced output, enables balanced driven from an SET  amplification circuit.   

Both single-ended and balanced headphone output are "original" outputs from the transformers.

In-house Designed and Winded Transformers 

With a pair of EI Transformers,  HA-300MK2 delivers a natural and realistic sound across the frequency range.  

Cayin design and wind the all transformers in-house because they play a vital role in our amplifiers.  

  • Total freedom in specifying the requirements and winding instructions.   
  • Total control on material and craftsmanship.

This Is All You'll Ever Need

Impedance Matched Phone Out

Optimized its output to handle the headphone loading according to three headphone impedance settings Low (L): 8Ω~64Ω; Medium (M): 65Ω-250Ω; High (H): 251Ω~600Ω.  

Matching headphone impedance should produce a natural sound with well-defined bass reproduction, it is different from gain control of solid state amplifier.  

Planar Headphones are more sensitive to impedance matching than dynamic headphones but users can try out different impedance settings.

Carefully Optimized Headphone Outputs  

HA-300MK2 offers three headphone outputs: 6.3mm  single-ended, 4.4mm balanced, and 4-pin XLR balanced.  

The XLR4 output is a full-fetched output but the 4.4mm output is optimized for wider range of headphones, including high sensitivity portable headphones.  

  • 4.4mm is level-matched, lower noise, lower power output with the same audio performance  
  • at LOW headphone impedance, the 4.4mm output delivers roughly 70% of 4-pin XLR output only.

Powerful and Effortless  

Combinations all audiophiles will cherish and admired: purity of single-ended triode amplifier, dreamy sound signature of 300B, and authoritative dynamic and control when called for.  

With up to 6w per channel, provides all the power you need to handle vast selection of headphones, from portable friendly dynamics to extremely demanding planar.

Professionally Precision

Low noise low distortion electronic controlled resistor ladder analogue volume controller JRC MUSE72320V, commonly used in high-end preamplifiers and streamers.  

4-channel in one integrated controller offers high  precision and zero channel imbalanced. 

ALPS balanced potentiometer as 41-steps encoder to provide precise and intiuative control that we are all  familiar with.

Interface Facilitates Functions

Quick-release Connection   

Lock-on & quick-release aviation grade copper connectors.   

Silver plated Teflon umbilical cable connects between outboard power supply and amplifier circuit.

Dual Inputs  

Balanced (XLR) and Single-ended (RCA) to cover a variety of inputs.  

Balanced input will go through a pair of input  transformers, the + and – half cycle will merge to become a single-ended signal.

Speaker Output

Users can toggle between speaker and headphone output.  

With 8W per channel Class A output, the amplifier can driver high sensitive speakers, or common bookshelf speaker in a small listening area.  

High quality solid brass speaker terminals.

Enhance Your Daily Usage

Anti-Interference Improves Listening Experience

Custom-made silica gel shock absorbers between critical tube components, chassis mainframe and tube socket, remove microphonic effectively.  

Reinforcing shielding of transformers and effective circuit layout to minimize interference. 

Delay Can Be Desirable  

60sec startup delay circuit.  

Enhances circuit protection and minimizes pop noise during startup.

Bundled Protection  

Specially designed vacuum tube shielding cage to protect users from touching the red hot vacuum tubes during operation.  

Removing and installing with ease, safe and flexible for different needs.

The Art of Black Finishing

13.5mm brushed Aluminum-Magnesium Alloy front panel, added strength and corrosion  resistance to the amplifier.  

The panel is black anodized, it is extremely durable and protect the amplifier from scratches.

The Hidden Details

The chassis and transformer pots are treated by our proprietary 14 rounds of crafting process  composed of scratch, spray, sanding and baking.    

The high gross final finishing endows a refined and delicate texture as well as protecting the amplifier from years of long service.

Specification

Overview

  • Input Connectors: XLR x 2, RCA x 2
  • Tubes:
    • Genalex PX300Bx2 (Output)
    • TUNG-SOL 6SN7GTBx2 (Driver)
    • RCA 22DE4x4 (Rectifier)
  • Dimensions
    • Amplifier: 286mmx368mmx210mm
    • Power Supply: 150mmx345mmx210mm
  • Weight
    • Amplifier: 19kg
    • Power Supply: 10kg
  • Fuse:
    • ~220V-240V: T1.6AL250V;
    • ~100V-120V: T3.15AL250V
  • Output Tube Fuse: T100mAE250V
  • Power Consumption: 185W
  • Working Condition Temp: 0°C~40°C; Humidity: 20% - 80%
  • Storage Condition Temp: -20°C~70°C; Humidity: 20% - 90%

Headphone output

  • Rated Output (per channel)
    • 4pin XLR (BAL) 2000mW (L); 2400mW (M); 6000mW (H)
    • 4.4mm (BAL) 1400mW (L); 2200mW (M); 5400mW (H)
    • 3.5mm (SE) 1200mW (L); 2200mW (M); 5000mW (H)
  • Frequency Range: 10Hz~45kHz ±3dB
  • TH+D: 1%(1kHz)
  • Sensitivity: 200mV~650mW
  • S/N Ratio: 100dB (A-Weighted)
  • Headphone Impedance: L: 8-64Ω; M: 65-250Ω; L: 251-600Ω
  • Headphone Connectors: 4-pin XLR x1,4.4mm x1,6.35mm x1

Speaker Output

  • Rated Output: 8W+8W
  • Frequency Range: 10Hz~40kHz ±3dB
  • TH+D: 1%(1kHz)
  • S/N Ratio: 95dB (A-Weighted)
  • Input Sensitivity: 400mV
  • Output Impedance: 4-8Ω
  • Input Impedance: 50kΩ

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