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Sweet sounding solid state monoblocks from Canadian company Classe Audio.
First thing we noticed when testing these beasts is the unique internal component layout and parts quality. Instead of using a small number of storage capacitors, it utilizes a large number of of them with the hopes of improving reliability and speed. Parts quality is of the highest level, utilizing resistors and passive components of the tightest tolerances, and a power transformer capable of driving an arc welder. There are several high quality epoxy PC boards stacked in what is a manageable and compact cabinet without overcrowding.
In the listening room these amps drove our reference EgglestonWorks Andras with ease and articulation. Not a hint of strain even at the loudest levels.
It's simple in design and also operation. There is a single power button on the front and an LED that blinks red while warming up, turning to solid when ready. On boot up you hear lots of protection relays engaging over its warm up period, indicating this is a well thought out design with great protection circuitry.
The test bench is where these amps showed their true capabilities. While we were not able to drive these to their full power as our test gear maxes out at 300W, they went right to our limit without any distortion or significant increase in THD. All caps are healthy and there are no signs of them ever being over worked or abused.
Cosmetically the amps are great, just the occasional light scuff or scratch from handling. Nothing noticeable unless you are closely inspecting. The faceplates are near perfect.
CAM-350 - 350W MONAURAL AMPLIFIER
One chassis - One channel. The monaural Classé CAM-350 is developed using the knowledge gained from the development of our spectacular OMEGA Series amplifiers. Now you can place each channel right at each speaker. This enables you to have very short speaker wire lengths to each speaker, no matter whether it is driving a center channel, or a fine two channel system, or all the channels of a five or six or more surround sound setup.
We knew we were embarking on a great adventure when we started the cost-no-barrier design exercise that culminated in the development of the OMEGA Series of amplifiers and preamplifiers. Through the exercise we discovered the revolutionary OMEGA circuit design, which has no sonic equal. We have been using variations of the OMEGA circuitry on several new amplifiers, including the CA-201, CA-301, CA-401 and the five channel CAV-500.
The CAM-350 has inherited many of the sonic benefits of the technology of our OMEGA discoveries, and it represents on its own a long step forward in amplifier design. Each CAM-350 is a true symmetrical circuit, and is balanced from input to output, much like an OMEGA. The amplifier has an oversized, superbly regulated power supply, and a multitude of fast, high current output devices.
Because the CAM-350 is balanced from input to output it has a greatly enhanced signal to noise ratio, lower induced common-mode distortion, and freedom from grounding problems.
The power supply of a CAM-350 includes a massive, shielded toroid transformer and a large number of small capacitors. Each amplifier uses a large collection of small sized high-value power supply capacitors. Small capacitors "drain" and "refill" extremely rapidly and completely, supplying all the power required when the source demands it. A faster, cleaner power supply allows us a higher degree of accurate voltage regulation throughout the circuitry. This ensures that no matter what program material is being played at whatever level, the power supply voltages at all the various stages of amplification will remain constant.
The fast, oversized power supply allows the amplifier to deliver the full current and voltage required to virtually any load. The CAM-350 delivers sound that is clean, liquid and effortless. Imaging, with the better recordings we all enjoy listening to, is both wide and deep. In fact, imaging seems real and human, without the artificial hard edges so common in lesser amplification.
The Classé CAM-350 will give your favorite recordings and Movies a new life. It will be as if everything you hear is new and you will be able to listen to them again and again.Frequency response:
20 Hz to 20K Hz, + 0.1 dB Output Power:
8 Ohm 350 watts 4 Ohm 700 watts 2 Ohm 1200 watts Maximum Output swing:
± 40V S/N Ratio:
-112.4db @ full output THD+N:
(Full output @ 8Ohm) 0.00284% 1KHz Input Impedance:
75K ohms for balanced Output Impedance:
0.017 ohm Gain:
29 dB for amplifier section Net weight:
70 lb. Gross weight:
80 lb. Net dimensions:
w: 12.75 x d: 18.25 x h: 12.25" Gross dimensions: (boxed)
w: 19 x d: 22 x h: 19" Special Classé front panel:
Soft Shadow Silver / Anodized Black Columns
This item will be professionally packaged and insured for safe transit to your home.
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If we don’t have the original manufacture's packaging, we use heavy duty double ply corrugated boxes with Instapak expanding foam custom inserts. In many cases this has proven to be better than the original packaging. We also use high quality fiber reinforced tape to seal our packages. Lightweight items will be bubble wrapped and shipped in a high-quality box.
This item is available for pickup in Ridgewood, NJ or Union Square, NYC (with convenient parking in the building).
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WHO WE ARE
SkyFi Audio is a small startup business specializing in the purchase, reconditioning, and reselling of select high-end audio equipment. We only buy equipment the we admire and are passionate about. No mid-fi, no gimmicks, no junk.
Each piece of equipment is cosmetically restored and fully tested in our well-equipped lab by an engineer with 30+ years of experience in the HiFi world. If it does not meet or exceed the original manufactures specifications, it will not be sold. We are very selective about the equipment we purchase, focusing on mostly analog, high-build quality, American, and European built units.
Through our sister company, which is an authorized dealer for McIntosh, Audio Research, Sonus Faber, ClearAudio, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, and Sony ES, we have access to OEM parts, service, and support. If you are local and looking for new equipment from the above-mentioned manufacturers, please drop us a line as we can arrange both sales and professional installation in the tri-state area.
We do not accept or review any offers that do not go through the official Audiogon system. We have too many items for sale and it’s nearly impossible to keep track of offers outside of the official system. Please don’t message, email, or text any offers.
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If you are picking up an item we do not accept PayPal. You must pay in person with cash, certified or bank check, or wire transfer. If you make a PayPal payment and are picking up the item, it will be returned.
TRADE IN POLICY
We accept trade-ins of equal or lesser value under certain conditions. Simply ask and let us know the exact model, condition, and the accessories that are included (such as the original box, remote, cables, manual, etc.). We will only consider high-end equipment from mainstream manufacturers such as McIntosh, Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Krell, etc. and will typically pass on displays, projectors, receivers, dated surround processors, and mid-fi equipment of any type. We will offer a fair value for your equipment, but keep in mind we are running a business and will need to be able to resell the equipment at a profit after investing a great deal of time and resources in testing, certifying, repairing, cleaning, and packaging the incoming equipment. If you are looking for top dollar we suggest attempting to sell it directly to an end user on your own.
SELL US YOUR GEAR (Working or Broken)
We will also purchase your used or broken gear and arrange pickup if you are in our local market. Just drop us a note for a quote but be sure to include the condition and what is included.
HOW TO VISIT US
We are currently operating from a residence in Ridgewood, NJ. You are welcome to make an appointment if there is a piece of equipment you would like to see in operation before or after purchase. We have a well-equipped, dedicated listening room with tons of equipment of all makes and models. We are not a store, so please don’t make an appointment if you are just curious as to how a speaker or piece of equipment sounds. In essence, no tire kickers please.
If you are in NYC and cannot make it out to Ridgewood, we can arrange pickup in Union Square (14th Street) after the purchase. You can call or text 646.852.2073 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. We can also arrange to install, calibrate, and tune the gear in your listening room if you are local to the area. This is super useful when purchasing large speakers or heavy amplifiers. It is also great for ensuring your new turntable is setup correctly in its final resting place.
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