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Carina GaN - Direct Digital GaN Amplifier with DAC
Fully balanced circuitry, New generation GaN-FET amplification – 200W RMS per channel at 8 ohms and 200W RMS at 4 ohms, Dual ESS 9068 Sabre DACs in dual-mono mode, Fully balanced headphone output, USB, (2) Coax, Optical input, Moving magnet phono & Bluetooth 5.0.
Carina GaN - Direct Digital GaN Amplifier with DAC

Carina GaN

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Carina

Carina is a name in the Italian language that roughly translates to “pretty" and is derived from the Latin word Carus that means “beloved." We are confident that Carina looks and performs better than anything else in its price range - and many products that cost significantly more - and that Carina will earn a place in your musical heart!

The Carina GaN

The Carina GaN is a 200 watts-per-channel integrated amplifier incorporating the revolutionary GaN-FET technology found in the Peachtree GaN 1. It provides a musical path to your speakers that is remarkably direct and artifact-free. Want to hear all of the intricate details in your music that have always been there but you couldn't quite hear before? The Carina GaN is for YOU! It accepts 5 digital inputs including Bluetooth plus an analog input switchable between MM phono and AUX and will drive virtually any speaker with authority, dynamics and finesse.

What makes the Carina GaN special?

First and foremost is the GaN-FET amplifier module. It has several inherent advantages in a power amplifier that even the best MOS-FET designs simply cannot achieve. A GaN-FET power stage provides a precise high-power reproduction of the Class-D PWM signal with extremely high linearity. This linearity eliminates the need for ANY feedback, ultimately allowing for the best possible audio quality providing clean, clear middle and high frequencies and a tight, solid reproduction of low frequencies. GaN-FETs track the complex audio waveforms so much more accurately than MOS-FETs resulting in significantly more transparent and natural sound. The difference is something even a casual listener will hear and appreciate.

The Carina GaN is designed so that it does NOT even require a digital-to-analog-converter (DAC) for its digital sources. The digital audio signal at the input of the Carina GaN directs the amplifier outputs to drive the speakers. That's it - no DAC needed! Just a direct musical path from your digital source to your speakers. And for your analog sources the Carina GaN utilizes a high-end AKM analog to digital converter to achieve the cleanest path possible to the GaN-FET power module.

Why we made Carina

Very simply, to establish a new price/performance benchmark for integrated amplifiers. Our ongoing testing of available technologies has identified a combination of DAC, preamplifier and power amplifier technologies that work extremely well together to create an exceptional listening experience at a reasonable price. A Carina is an easy-to-use, highly transparent integrated amplifier that drives a wide range of speakers (and headphones!) with ease.

Carina GaN highlights

Digital

  • Two ESS 9068 DAC chips, dual mono (one for the left channel, one for the right channel).
  • Accepts HD audio input up to 768k PCM and 512k DSD.
  • Selectable digital filter settings including oversampling on/off

Analogue

  • Moving magnet phono input switchable to AUX

Preamplifier

  • Fully balanced analogue circuitry from the DACs to the power and headphone amplifiers.
  • High-performance, hybrid volume control (combination analogue resistor ladder/digital attenuation)
  • User selectable all-digital volume control option
  • Bluetooth 5.0 input with HD audio decoding
  • Preamp output for connecting to a powered subwoofer or external power amplifier

Amplifiers

  • 200 watts-per-channel GaN-FET power amplifier driving the speaker outputs
  • Fully-balanced headphone amplifier with a 4.4mm T/R/R/S output (1/4“ unbalanced output also provided)

Other

  • Timeless Peachtree Audio industrial design crafted out of aluminium, wrapped in real wood, and finished in gloss ebony mocha or piano black
  • High-quality OLED front panel display with an intuitive dual knob user interface
  • Trigger input for power on/off control from another device
  • Hand-held remote control with integrated commands for Bluesound devices (NODE, VAULT, etc.)

How does Carina sound?

Carina amplifiers are our best sounding integrated amplifiers ever. Even better than the highly regarded nova series, the Grand Integrated, and the original classic nova and decco amplifiers that have come before. And to celebrate this achievement we have broken with tradition and given it a unique name - Carina.

How does Carina compare to the nova150/300/500?

Simply stated, model for model Carina is better. It has a superior DAC, preamplifier, power amplifier and headphone amplifier. Each of these functions has been upgraded to take advantage of recent technology advancements and integrated in a design with several small but significant enhancements to achieve remarkable sound quality.

Features in Carina that are not available in the nova300
  • Dual DAC chip design
  • HD audio input up to 768k PCM and 512 DSD
  • Fully balanced circuitry from the DACs to the power and headphone amplifiers
  • Fully balanced headphone output
  • High-performance, hybrid volume control (combination analogue resistor ladder/digital attenuation)
  • Bluetooth 5.0 input with HD audio decoding
  • OLED front panel display with large characters
  • Numeric volume control range
  • Trigger input and output (nova series has a trigger output)