Classe - Delta PRE Preamplifier

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Classe - Delta PRE Preamplifier

Classe - Delta PRE Preamplifier

Price $9,999.00
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Engineered to Take Control: Japanese-Made Classé Delta Pre Preamplifier Features Extravagant Flexibility and Connectivity, Includes Reference-Setting Volume Control and Stellar User Interface

Every great-sounding audio system requires control, balance, and flexibility. But listening should also always involve tons of fun – and be an experience you choose to pursue instead of doing anything else. The Japan-built Classé Delta Pre preamplifier hits all those marks while offering a welcoming user interface and comprehensive connectivity that accommodates practically any setup imaginable. Equipped with superb processing power and optimal circuitry, the sonically neutral Delta Pre helps reproduce music with engaging presence, detail, clarity, and accuracy that help reproduce both analog and digital sources with ultra-minimal noise and natural, expansive acoustics. From Delta Pre's gorgeous appearance to its responsive controls, Classé ensures every aspect of this conveniently compact unit maintains a constant harmony between its no-compromise design and thrilling emotionalism.

Engineered to seamlessly complement Delta Series amplifiers or easily mate with other amps, Delta Pre begs to be touched. Its logistics invite repeat interaction in the same ways that its outstanding performance constantly pulls you to the music. Classé, which pioneered touchscreen controls three years before Apple got the idea with its iPhone, continues its tradition of excellence with Delta Pre. Like nearly every other feature on Delta Pre, the 3.5 x 2.5-inch LCD touchscreen can be tailored to your specific preferences. And it makes everything from system setup to earmarking favorite settings and naming inputs a breeze. Delta Pre dares to ask the question "What do you want from a high-end preamplifier?" and then goes out to prove its worth by demonstrating it can handle any request and interface thrown its way.

The conveniently compact 4.78 x 17.5 x 17.68-inch (HWD) Delta Pre makes no secret of its ambitiousness. Addressed in greater depth in Classé's comprehensive user manual – definitely worth a read – its full suite of capabilities cover the bases. It's easier to cite what it lacks – basically, automated DSP room correction – than the options it affords listeners. For starters, how about support for mono and stereo subwoofers; tone controls with tilt control, a rarity on a audiophile preamp; advanced five-band digital domain parametric equalization; digital bypass mode for any analog source; selectable slope and frequency control; pass-through mode; mono mode; updatable OTA firmware; Apple AirPlay; and more.

Delta Pre also aces the connectivity test. Two pairs of balanced XLR inputs, two pairs of RCA inputs, three coaxial inputs, an XLR digital input, USB input, Ethernet connector, RS-232 port, and IR input reside on the rear panel along with five analog outputs (XLR and RCA), IR output, two trigger outputs, and optional HDMI input-output module. Want to spin vinyl? Have at it. An ultra-silent MM/MC phonostage that supports up to two phono inputs is onboard. Ditto Classé's CAN-Bus system. Taken together, such functionality means Delta Pre can handle traditional analog and digital, high-res streaming (up to DSD256), DLNA playback, headphone listening, and 2.0-, 2.1-, and 2.2-channel configurations.

Constructed in the state-of-the-art Shirakawa Audio Works factory and wrapped in a gorgeous anodized aluminum chassis, the 29.8-pound Delta Pre is loaded for bear. In addition to resting on custom-made Navcom feet that provide excellent vibration absorption it boasts a linear power supply, two AKM 4497 DAC chips arranged in dual-differential mode, rhodium-plated connectors, and a volume control that attests to Classé's perfectionist-minded approach. This analog-domain stepped attenuator offers extreme precision via its 0.25dB incremental adjustments and mind-boggling total of 400 possible steps. What's more, you can set the volume level you like for each source – and that mark will appear when you turn on Delta Pre. Similar flexibility is extended to the impedance loading options for phono cartridges. If all of this wasn't enough, Classé also supplies a fantastic remote for no-hassle armchair control.

We'd love to talk with you more about this exceptional piece of gear. To arrange for a risk-free in-home audition backed by Music Direct's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, contact one of our audio consultants today!

"By any standards, the latest Classé Delta amps are a triumph, combining a hugely flexible and ultra clean-sounding preamplifier with power amplifiers as capable of mighty clout as they are revealing of the smallest of detail. They look the part, are superbly engineered and constructed to impeccable standards, and can cope with even the most complex of systems without any signs of compromise in their performance."
—Andrew Everard, Hi-Fi News, Outstanding Product

"Classé's Delta Pre and Stereo are impeccably designed and manufactured products that offer impressive operational flexibility and dependability. The amplifier provides enough power to handle just about any loudspeaker you'd care to send its way. These two components are visually appealing and practical to install in a domestic setting. And they ‘sound good,' meaning that they get out of the way and let the fundamental character of a recording be determined by the engineers involved."
The Absolute Sound, Editors' Choice Award

"Classé's new Delta Pre and Stereo amplifiers are a technical tour de force, with flawless performance, handling both digital and analogue sources with equal finesse. The former's flexibility and capability is phenomenal, and it's obvious that much care has gone into the design and manufacture of this pair with the overall build quality and finish up to the highest standards available anywhere."

"Regardless of what others may be doing, in my opinion, no other audio company offers this combination of operational flexibility, high-quality parts, thoughtful design, build quality, and faithfulness to the performance of music."
—Dave Thomas, Stereo Times

"Classé Audio's Delta Pre is one of the most feature-laden yet ergonomically enjoyable products I've reviewed in some time. What pushes this two-channel preamplifier-DAC ahead of its competitors are its bass management, PEQ, subwoofer, and source-configuration options."
—Aron Garrett, SoundStage! Network, Reviewers' Choice

Gain Range: -93dB to +14dB
Channel Matching: 0.05dB
Input Impedance (at 1kHz, BAL / SE): 50kΩ
Output Impedance BAL / SE: 200Ω / 50Ω
Maximum Output Level BAL / SE: 18Vrms / 9Vrms
Frequency Response (-3dB, 50Ω source impedance): 1Hz – 2MHz
Harmonic Distortion (measurement bandwidth: 90kHz): <0.0004% at 1kHz <0.0005% at 10kHz <0.0006% at 20kHz
Intermodulation Distortion (measurement bandwidth: 90kHz): <0.001%
Maximum Input Level BAL / SE (at 0dB gain): 9Vrms (+21.3dBu) / 4.5Vrms (+15.3dBu)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A wtd) (22kHz BW, ref 9Vrms): 130dB (133dBA)
Crosstalk (one channel undriven) (BAL / SE): -143dB (100Hz), -140dB (1kHz), -124dB (10kHz)
RIAA Deviation (20Hz-20kHz): < 0.2dB
Selectable Load for MM Type (47k II): 50pF, 100pF, 150pF, 200pF, 250pF, 300pF, 350pF, 400pF, 450pF
Selectable Load for MC:
   Low Output: 7.5Ω, 10Ω, 33Ω, 50Ω, 82Ω, 100Ω, 330Ω, 1kΩ
   High Output: 47kΩ
MM, MC High Output:
   Gain (1kHz, 20Ω source impedance): 41.5dB
   SNR (22kHz BW, ref 5mVrms in): 86dB (93dB A-wtd)
   Max Input Level (overload ref 5mVrms): 11dB (20Hz), 23dB (1kHz), 34dB (10kHz)
MC Low Output:
   Gain (1kHz, 20Ω source impedance, 1kΩ load): 60dB
   SNR (20Hz-20kHz): 68dB (74dB A-wtd)
   Max Input Level (overload ref 0.5mVrms, 1kΩ load): 12dB (20Hz), 31dB (1kHz), 52dB (10kHz)
Headphone Power (nominal input. 0dB gain, 32 Ω load): 540mW
Headphone Output Impedance: 6.8Ω
USB-F: 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k (iOS specific)
USB-B: 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 176.4k, 192k, 352.8k, 384k, DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD64, (DoP)
Ethernet: WAV, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, WMA, AAC, MP3, OGG_VORBIS (max 192k/24b), DSD64, (DoP)
SPDIF (opt, coax, AES / EBU): PCM 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 176.4k, 192k / DSD64
Dimensions (WDH): 17.50" x 17.68" x 4.78"
Weight: 29.8 lbs.

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