It is often said that “it’s not what you pay, it’s what you get.” With this latest generation of Classé amplifiers, it was clear that the more that was put into them, the better they got and the more value they offered. For a company known for its many successful amplifier designs over more than two decades, they have established a new benchmark with the new Delta series for contemporary, high-value, high-end electronics.
Most designers who use solid state devices tend to choose a favorite type of device (bipolar, MOSFET, J-FET, etc.) and design around its known strengths and weaknesses. It’s a logical approach, since knowing everything about one type of device is easier than knowing everything about all of them. But the Classé Design Team have decades of experience working with many different devices. They have intimate knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses inherent in solid state devices of every major category. This knowledge translates to a more creative design approach, where devices of different type are used to maximum advantage in each amplification stage.
In order to achieve consistently high performance across the entire range of amplifiers, Classé designs are derived from a common platform, sharing common circuit blocks and in some cases, entire channel modules. J-FET devices are utilized in the input stage because of their high input impedance and low offset current. As a result, Classé amplifiers are easy to drive and low noise, they don’t interact adversely with interconnect cables, and with J-FET input stages, require no sound-degrading coupling capacitors.
All you get is pure sound.
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