Classé Audio's remarkable achievements are reflected in our worldwide reputation for unsurpassed musical performance, reliability, consistency, and overall value. Classé's philosophy is one of technological evolution, not revolution. Building on what we know works.
The Classé CA-301 was developed using the knowledge gained from the development of the spectacular OMEGA Series.
We knew we were embarking on a great adventure when we started the cost-no-barrier design exercise which culminated in the development of the OMEGA Series of amplifiers and preamplifiers. Through the exercise we discovered the revolutionary OMEGA circuit designs, with the result that each product in the OMEGA Series has no sonic equal.
The CA-301 benefits greatly from a trickle-down of technology and represents a long step forward in amplifier design. Each channel of the amplifier is balanced from input to output, much like an OMEGA, and the amplifier has an oversized, extremely well regulated power supply, again much like an OMEGA. The power supply of a CA-301 includes a massive, shielded toroidal transformer and a large number of small capacitors. We use large collections of small capacitors because they "drain" and "refill" very rapidly and completely, supplying voltage when required. 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 voltages at 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 CA-301 delivers sound which is clean, liquid, warm 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 CA-301 will open your ears again. It will give those favorite recordings, the ones you've gotten used to, that same ability to surprise and delight you they had when your ears first glimpsed them.
|Rated output power:||8 Ohm load 300 W (1100 W)|
|Stereo (mono "bridged")||4 Ohm load 600 W (1700 W)|
|Frequency response:||20Hz to 20KHz –0.1 db|
|Sensitivity:||1.75 Volts in for rated output|
|Input Impedance:||75 KOhm|
|Output Impedance:||0.015 Ohm|
|S/N Ratio:||135 dbr|
|THD + N:||0.004%|
|Power consumption (idle):||250 W|
|Dimensions:||w: 19 x d: 19.25 x h: 8 1/2"|
|Standard finishes:||Soft Shadow Silver with Black Towers|