Tube Integrated Amplifier Cayin MP 100 S

According to the fantastic A 100 T with four end pipes per channel Cayin comes out now with a heavier and more expensive, but only couple way equipped amplifier. Brings the Cayin’s new MP 100 S (5400 euros) still better sound?

  1. Tube integrated amplifier Cayin MP 100 S
  2. Data sheet

The belief that tube amplifiers is cosy, but basically obsolete retro products probably forever belongs to the past. Almost all high Ender will reinforce the opposite. Perfect control easily, quickly without end, without a feedback distortion, minimal repercussions – also very cool considered, the tried and tested ignition piston bring still decisive advantages. This will apply even if the semiconductor world has come the quantum leap just emerging with more favorable substrates in the coming decades.

Stereoplay greeted joyfully the brand new amplifier therefore MP 100 S 5400 euro – with Cayin almost futuristic has forged its appearance. First building reminiscent of a tasty giant waffle – then he demands respect part: centimeters thickness to turn out aluminium plates at the ends so beautifully and accurately and so perfect for sanding – that get as fast any other bench.

“What this unnecessary effort?”, the HiFi crab lift now perhaps, while their views of the artfully sanded transformer House stripes. But others are rubbing their happy hands. They want such pieces of jewelry in her apartment. On top of that, the many aluminum is Yes the perfect shielding against external influences. Last but not least convinces the 34 kilo amplifier with a very balanced heat distribution – and perhaps does the life and also the sound.

When compared with the Cayin 100t (3800 euro, 29 kilos, 11/08), then it concerns come A. That moved with in total eight end tubes KT 88 together with extra driver tubes in the box, a normal Assembly had to submit to the new aluminum cars. And because even tubes do magic, there are now around 40 instead of 80 also only half as many Watts.

The excuse of the ALU is not enough – so we take the MP 100s more thoroughly scrutinized. First, the 6 SN 7 arranged on the top middle is striking. Their triode systems work together with ten diodes as control circuits, which make sure that the input levels get an extra stable and clean supply voltage. May be small ECC 83 so happy about a luxury, they must not so much reinforce 100t in comparison with those in the A. The first lift slightly the signal voltage; serves the second – by she the then already following phase splitter instead of the anodes over the cathode drives – only as a separation stage and impedance converter. As now the driver and output stages also limited contributes to the increase in voltage, the Cayin idea emerged slowly: the developer laid so that he feedback comes out with a lesser degree of forced correction on a still cleaner signal processing from – and thus your new amplifier.

Have taken the engineers here similar to such as octave at the sound development of its V 40 (7/09)? The suspicion is confirmed by the resistance in the return line, which traces back to the first triode of the Speaker output. His value is unusually high 120 kilo – that means that theoretically still there an over all feedback, but the practical effect may still a delicate hint of it. And while im a 100 T, the feedback last significantly reduced the amplification factor, it boils down to the MP-100 s only on a smooth reduction.

As already in a number of Cayins can be changed even when the MP-100 S transformer taps or directly on the anode potential the end tubes screen grid relay, where the former mode the testers liked clearly better. Here it sounded clearly fresher and more directly, while it called mode gravel notes and more distant sounded in the “triode”.

Back on “Ultra linear”, set the Cayin thinking but certainly not to spill in marine tube heights charm. He played below impulsively, but very carefully, in the Centre of the rich-colored, but never too much worn, and also revamped modest at all possible subtleties and dominated.

So as a real bore? Not at all. Because what occurs only in a few, very excellent amps happened also with the Cayin. Since the listener enjoys beautifully rugged double bass Sain, dry lashes on the snare drum, the brass shine of tighter Hi-hats and Diamond-like luminous piano tones. Then all on one point, is driving, adds up to a rhythmic feint newly – from this point on the amplifier sound and the listener’s brain have synchronized so to speak.

This creates an access higher-order – an underground Empire many different shapes, coils and friction. And most subtle relationships that maintains this world with the medium. In such a beautiful accompaniment, as Vienna Teng sings much dissolved, much more intimately and with more lively breath and tongue. This is percussion nothing malignant snappy, but just nice specular highlights.

And the A 100 T? He sounded revamped slightly gentler, softer and surprisingly–despite its higher performance – in the bass not plumper, but rather a little negligent. The MP-100 S worked in every respect more determined, more intense and joyous contour. So, the high-Ender with the new heavier Cayin receives also a musical value.

Cayin MP 100 S

Manufacturer Cayin
Price €5400.00
Rating 58.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 44,0 x 22, 0 x 39.0 cm
Weight 34.0 kg
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB.
Muting (via FB)
Tone controls / switched off /
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 0 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting No
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 3 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 0 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 0
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 43.0 W / 32.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 46.0 W / 34.0 W
Noise line 105.0 dB(A)
Short conclusion Super fine built tube integrated amplifier, for more on housing and transformer-dimensions relies on extensive tube assembly. Sounds charming and supple, also took strong impulsive, super ebendig, and substantially
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points analog
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points Netzwerk-In
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points USB-In
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating (maximum 120 very good-83 points
Price-performance ratio Very good
tested in issue: 7 / 10