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CLASSÉ AUDIO CAV-150 MULTI-CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER

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Location: Fall River, Wisconsin 53932

Price: $1000

 

MSRP $3600

W/ CPI inflation factored in would be $5,471.62 today.

 

This Class AB amplifier is designed with a very high bias offset. That provides appoximetly 25% of rated power (900W) to run in Class A before it switches to Class B. So you are getting about 37.5W/channel and 75W/channel bridged Class A power. Don't believe me? Look at the specs. The idle power is 225W. That is how Class A is designed. That is why some have described Classé as having a "Tube like sound".

 

I think this is perfect for someone who appreciates the quality that Krell, Mark Levinson, Bryston can bring, and who are also not about to pay those prices. Classe brings alot of performance at a more reasonable price point. Classe has been favorably compared to Theta. May slot in just ahead of Aragon. Ahead of Parasound too.  Definitely ahead of Emotiva, Outlaw, Monolith, Integra, Denon, Marantz

 

http://www.bwgroupsupport.com/downloads/manuals/classe/CAV-150-OM.pdf

 

http://bwgroupsupport.com/downloads/specsheets/classe/CAV-150 Brochure.pdf

 

http://www.audioreview.com/product/amplification/amplifiers/classe/cav-150.html

 

 

 

CAV-150 SPECIFICATIONS:
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 KHz +/- 0.1 dB
Sensitivity: 1.2 Volt in for rated output
Input Impedance: 75 Kohms (single ended)
16 Kohms (balanced)
Output Impedance: 0.05 Ohm
Gain: 29 dB
S/N Ratio: More than 135 dB
THD+N: 0.004%
Maximum power and
Channel configuration With 8 Ohms load
Six (6) Channels 150 Watts x 6
Five (5) Channels 300 Watts x 1 (bridged)
150 Watts x 4
Four (4) Channels 300 Watts x 2 (bridged)
150 Watts x 2
Three (3) Channels 300 Watts x 3 (bridged)
Power Consumption (idle): 225 Watts
Power input: 110V 60Hz
Dimensions: Gross: 14" x 25 1/2" x 25"
Net: 6 3/4" x 19" x 21 1/2"
Net: 70 lbs.

 

 

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Classé doesn't seem to get that much attention on the Klipsch forums which is a shame.  I've mentioned it many times that Classé is among my very favorite solid-state amplifiers.  Performance-wise, Classé doesn't take a back seat to any of the brands mentioned above and may actually be preferable in some (maybe all) cases.  Some mention the tube-like qualities and I have to agree -- the smoothness of this amp approaches tubes.  While I still prefer tubes, I've wondered to myself what I'd miss if I just went solid-state for the convenience.   The answer -- I could live very happily with Classé.  Classé is a great match for Klipsch Heritage.  The great thing about Classé is the value you get, especially when buying used.  I currently own two of their amplifiers.  While I use tubes for two-channel, I use a multi-channel Classé amp for home theater.  $1000 is a GREAT price for this model and a better value than what I paid for my own Classé multi-channel amp!  This amp can be configured for 6, 5, 4 and 3-channels.  If I didn't already have my other Classé amplifiers, I would buy this in a heartbeat!

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