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Classe’s New Reference Custom Installation Components

Classe Audio is returning to CEDIA to launch a new range of electronics, The Custom Theater (CT) series. The CT series consists of four completely new amplifiers and a surround sound preamp/processor.

“I really cannot overstate the significance of the new CT series” executive VP – brand development, David Nauber, said. “It means that anyone seeking the ultimate movie or music experience can find it with ClassÈ.”

There are four new CT amplifiers, including 600W and 300W monaural models (CT-M600 and CT-M300), a 300W stereo version (CT-2300) and a 5x300W model (CT-5300). The new class AB designs feature innovations such as adjustable rack rails, a detachable faceplate, and a revolutionary circuit design.

“But the key to long-term performance and reliability,” Nauber said, “is a unique cooling system we call the ICTunnel. The Intelligent Cooling Tunnel is a sensor-controlled aluminum bonded-fin heatsink cooled by a noiseless fan.”

The ICTunnel exploits the principle of low thermal mass, so it heats quickly but also cools just as quickly. Fins providing nearly 31-square-feet of surface area are hidden inside and are spaced to maximize surface area without heating each other. CT amplifiers automatically adjust airflow through the tunnel to keep the output devices at their target temperature.

CT amplifiers are complemented by the CT-SSP, a 10-channel surround sound preamp/processor. The CT-SSP is fully able to decode the latest HD bitstreams, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The CT-SSP features two Texas Instruments DSPs, each capable of performing 2800 million instructions per second. The processors operate in 64-bit double precision mode and use floating point arithmetic for all audio signal calculations to ensure the most accurate results possible. All bass management filters, level adjustments, and parametric EQ filters benefit from this precision.

Classe CT series electronics are ideal companions for Bowers & Wilkins’ CT loudspeakers. Custom Theater system packages combining ClassÈ electronics with B&W loudspeakers range in price from around $50,000 to over $250,000.

Prices (U.S.):
CT-SSP $9,000
CT-5300 $9,000
CT-2300 $6,500
CT-M600 $6,500
CT-M300 $5,000

Available September 2009.