I've Owned Cary gear in the past and was always very happy with it. I had an SLP 94 and SLM 100 Mono blocks (100wpc) (driving ProAc R 2.5's). that system was at the time one of the most musical I have yet to own. I still dream of sitting listening to that system. So I'd vote for the Cary Audio equipment IMO. mind you I have not heard anything new form them in many years so I can not say what their current line sound like. there are many other other options as well you should look at.
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I've had Cary and their sister company Audio Electronics in the past. I have always loved the musical and large sound it produced. Definitely on the warm romantic side of things, yet w/ good detail with a big soundstage from memory. I currently own Mystere, PrimaLuna's sister company also from the Netherlands. Very detailed and more solid state sounding, with a more intimate soundstage. The integrated I have is a lower cost unit compared to Cary's separates. Both use excelent parts and have great build quality. I like PrimaLuna's auto-bias that takes the work of finding the tubes sweet spot and it will keep it there as the tubes age. It's a toss up for me.
I have a Cary CAD120S MKII and find it quite musical paired with Spendor D7s. As jp mentioned above, the Cary amp would be a perfect match with the SLP-05. Both fully differentially balanced with impedance and gain paired well. I'm using a VAC preamp with mine which is also balanced from input to output. The only amplifier I'd trade the Cary out for is a VAC.
Here's a link to a review from last year you may be interested in.