Classé Audio, Inc. shares a dream with its clients - the true re-creation of a live performance. Our devotion to the creation of audio and home theater products of impeccable quality is an approach that an audiophile magazine called "a combination of art and science (that) exemplifies the best that high-end audio has to offer." This remarkable achievement is 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. 

We have taken the best characteristics of our separate amplifier/preamplifier designs, and created a simplified product which offers an ideal combination of performance and convenience. All aspects of the circuit design and power supply are directly derived from the most recent versions of our separate components. The CAP-151 power supply includes a massive toroidal transformer, along with Classé Audio's unique solution to capacitive filtering. Rather than the large, slow filter capacitors found in most power supplies, the CAP-151 uses a large number of smaller capacitors distributed throughout each stage of the amplifier and preamplifier. These capacitors offer filtering in close proximity to the circuits they supply. The result is a lightning-quick response coupled with a more natural sound.

Bl-POLAR? MOSFET? J-FET? Most high-end amplifiers use only one type of transistor. At Classé, we use all three in a unique sequence that makes the most of their particular voltage and input impedance characteristics. In addition, we have designed small but highly efficient extruded aluminum heat sinks that disperse transistor-generated heat, ensuring maximum output without distortion.

The CAP-151 includes a very special capability; with a simple touch of a front panel button, the amplifier and preamplifier sections of the CAP-151 can be separated. This is particularly convenient for use as part of a more complex multi-amplifier system, or for the purpose of inserting equalization or other room correction between amplifier and preamplifier stages. In this way, the CAP-151 offers the flexibility of separates while maintaining the convenience and simplicity of an integrated amplifier.

The CAP-151 has a contoured, slimline chassis. Inputs include: REG1 (or Phono), REG2, REG3, REG4, REG5 and BAL1. Outputs include TAPE, PREAMP and SPEAKER. Remote controls include: Power On/Off, Volume, Balance, Mute, Input Selection, Tape and Display . Front panel controls include: INPUT SELECTOR, VOLUME, TAPE, MUTE and POWER. The Special Classé front panel is in Soft Shadow Silver with an Anodized Black Fascia

As you can see from our specifications this is a very substantial integrated amplifier. You can buy it with an internal Classé Phono stage, or have your dealer add it at a later date. The CAP-151 will also go well with any of our CD players, including our new CD/DVD-1 or CDP-.3, as well as with any other source you want to connect with. Of course it is very capable of driving any of a wide range of High End speakers.


Maximum output: 20v peak to peak
Output Impedance: 50 ohm
Input Impedance: 12K ohm for balanced input
  33K ohm for single ended input
Gain: 17 db
Signal/Noise: -110 db
THD + Noise: 0.00005
Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +/- 0.1db
Crosstalk: -75db at 1KHz
Maximum output: 57.25v peak to peak
Power output: 150 watts into 8 ohm,
  225 watts into 4 ohm
Output Impedance: 0.17 ohm
Input Impedance: 118k ohm
Gain: 29 db
Signal/Noise: -110 db A weighted
THD + Noise: 0.00005
Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1db
Power consumption (idle): 60 watts
Dimension: w: 19 x d: 17 x h: 5"
Special Classé front panel Soft Shadow Silver / Anodized Black Fascia
Weight: 34 lbs.