For your consideration is a super clean, extremely flexible, highly resolving solid state preamp from Classe Delta series. I spent several months auditioning this preamp with the intentions of buying a CA-2200 as a mate and starting a second system with it. While a CA-2200 has not come up for sale, I went back and forth in my system with this preamp against my current modified tube preamp and a Pass Labs X-1.
From a user perspective there are a couple of practical items to mention that usually do not come up in real world reviews or use. First is how wonderful the remote IR works at all manner of angle, room position and reliability. I like to casually listen from the dinning room while working and none of my other preamp remotes worked so flawlessly off room angle and at a distance of over 20 feet. Second big like about this amp is it only uses 30 watts! Like my class T amp, I was able to leave the Classe on at all times with it ready to sound its best upon first song - and as a note, it does sound its best left on. The sound stage is really surprising for a solid state preamplifier. There are several wonderful and accurate reviews about the CP-500 and CP-700 series preamps. The level of customization is unbelievable with a unit in this price class. You can name your inputs, set the screen turn off delay, check unit operating temp, voltage and so many other functions.
When it comes down to it, I can only maintain one system and decided to forgo building a second. This preamp deserves a long term audition and would be perfect for someone else who likes convenience, reliability and consistency in a system. I do not have the original power cord, so I am including a Panea AC-SE14 with unit. I am the third owner and that is the reason for "8" rating. No scratches or scuffs, unit is in fantastic condition with original box, remote, manual.
This unit does not have the optional Phono Board. No PayPal fees to buyer, priced fair for a quick sale.
Frequency response DC – 200kHz ± 0.1dB n Distortion (THD + noise) 0.003% n Maximum input voltage (single-ended) 5Vrms n Maximum input voltage (balanced) 10Vrms n Maximum output voltage (single-ended) 10Vrms n Maximum output voltage (balanced) 20Vrms n Gain range -100dB to +14dB n Input Impedance (balanced) 200kW n Input Impedance (single-ended) 100kW n Output Impedance (main output) 100W n Signal to noise ratio (unweighted) 20Hz to 500kHz 100dB n Channel separation better than 110dB n Crosstalk (any input to any output) better than -120dB @ 1kHz n Rated power consumption 30W n Idle power consumption 29W n Mains voltage determined by the needs of country for which the unit was manufactured; cannot be reset by dealer or user n Overall dimensions Width: 17.5” (445mm) Depth: 16.5” (419mm) Height: 4.75” (121mm) n Net weight 26lbs (12kg) n Shipping weight 33lbs (15kg)