CAT SL1 Renaissance avlöste i januari 2008 modellen SL1 Ultimate. En av de stora skillnaderna jämfört med Ultimate är att Renaissance använder en step up trafo i phono delen, där Ultimate förstärkte pick up signalen uteslutande med hjälp av rör. Användandet av en special designad moving coil trafo gör att distorsions nivån sänkts ytterligare och att ljudet subjektivt framstår som renare och  mer kontrastrikt.

Convergent Audio SL1 Ultimate

SL1 Renaissance har en volymkontroll uppbyggd som en omkopplare med fasta motstånd av hög kvalitet samt med en balans kontroll även den uppbyggd på samma sätt. Linjestegets förstärkning kan ställas in för att bättre kunna anpassas till olika system. Strömförsörjningen är konstruerad och placerad i ett separat kabinett för att eliminera distorsionen i själva förförstärkaren, samt att i Strömförsyningen finns det en inbyggd skiljetransformator för att förhindra störningar från elnätet.

Convergent Audio Technology SL1 Ultimate

SL1 Renaissance kan även fås som en ren linje förförstärkare.

Ljudet från SL1 Renaissance  har enligt vår mening stora likheter med "storebror", SL1 Legend, och vi hänvisar därför till testen av denna.

Power Supply
External Power Supply Chassis contains the transformer's magnetic field eliminating it as a source of hum.
Rectification, Initial Regulation, and Noise Filtering are all performed in the EPS thereby delivering pure quiet DC power into the main chassis eliminating the grain and dryness associated with noise intermodulation.
Slow Filament Power-Up extends tube life greatly.
Quadruple Cascaded Audio Power Supply combines 22 zero-feedback regulators with over 30 energy storage and bypass capacitors for unequaled dynamic life, soundstage precision and musicality.
Isolation Transformer eliminates entry of Radio Frequency noise through the AC power line yielding greater benefits than any of the expensive add-on power line conditioners without any of their sonic shortcomings.

Pure Vacuum Tube Circuitry for vibrant and natural music.
Extraordinarily Quiet High Gain Phono Amp accommodates both high and low output cartridges.
Fastest Tube Preamplifier, without any of the high frequency circuit-induced edginess which slower preamps frequently substitute for real speed.  This speed is maintained even into long runs of cable.
Lowest Open Loop Distortion of any preamp yields unforced detail and resolution which must be heard to be believed.
Low Feedback Ratios eliminate the aggressiveness of high feedback designs and yet still maintains correct focus.
Matched Output Impedance snubs reflections on interconnects quickly, yielding exquisitely lucid midrange and treble.

Very Strong Steel Chassis with anti-RFI plating ensures hum and RF free operating environment for the circuits.
Damping Material lines both chassis to stop mechanical resonances which would otherwise modulate the electric fields in the preamp.
Mechanical Isolation from floor vibrations provided by high loss viscoelastic feet.

Exotic Low Loss Circuit Board Material combines the transparency of hard wiring with the low resonant signature and musicality of a circuit board.
Balance and Volume Controls are military grade rotary switches with solid silver contacts wired with precision resistors.
CAT designed MC transformer is the flattest, fastest, cleanest transformer ever made, regardless of price.
The Best Sounding Precision Resistors are used everywhere for the best resolution and minimum unit to unit variability,
CAT Coupling Capacitors are made to our specifications and are better than any other audiophile grade capacitor.
Premium CAT audio wire used throughout.
Rhodium/Gold Jacks for superior connection.
Silver Solder used for best electrical connection.
Custom Designed Hermetically Sealed Switches.

Front Panel Muting Switch.
Internal High/Low line stage gain switch allows gain optimization for all systems.
Automatic Mute at turn on and turn off.
Record/Normal Front Panel taping switch
Extra Set of Main Output Jacks for A/V and special setups.
Load Jack allows changing MC cartridge loading while listening to music.
A/V bypass – works when the unit is turned off for greatly extended tube life

Untitled documentGain (@1kHz):  Line 25.8 dB ("high") / 15.2 dB ("low"),
Phono 47dB MM / 58 dB MC
Gain Tracking:  Line .05dB, Phono .05dB
Frequency Response:  Line 0.1Hz to 800kHz+0, -3dB
Phono RIAA +/- 0.1dB 20Hz to 20kHz (MC & MM)
Harmonic Distortion (@ 1 volt):  Line less than .0005%
Phono less than .001%
Slew Rate:  Line 15 volts/microsec, Phono 10 volts/microsec
Maximum Output (@1kHz):  Line & phono 50 volts rms
Input Overload:  Line 100 volts rms
Phono MM 250 mv rms at 1kHz, MC 70 mv rms
Noise:  Line High 98 dBA, Low 109 dBA below2 volt output
Phono MM 97 dBA below 10 mv input, MC 107 dBA
Separation:  Line greater than 90 dB
Phono greater than 90 dB
Input Impedance:  Line 50 kohms, 20pf, Phono 47.5 kohms, 180 pf (user adjustable)
Output Impedance: Line 100 ohms, Phono 50 ohms
Maximum Load:  Line under 4000 pf, over 5000 ohms
Phono under 4000 pf, over 10,000 ohms
Dimensions:  Main Chassis - 19.0" X 5.24" X 12.2"
Power Supply - 12,2" X 4.0" X 6.0"
Weight:  Net 64 lbs., Ship 70 lbs.
Power Requirements:  120v, 60Hz, 80 watts (export version available)

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