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CT-SSP   Surround Sound Processor

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Many feel that the Classé Delta series’ unique industrial design favors a shelf or open-rack stand where the full beauty of the design can be appreciated. Also, due to their size and conventional heatsink designs, Delta series amplifiers can pose complications for custom installations.

The special need to ventilate high-powered amplifiers in custom installations prompted Classé to develop the Custom Theater (CT) series. CT amplifiers employ a newly developed Intelligent Cooling Tunnel (ICTunnel™, pronounced Icy Tunnel) architecture to simplify installations and enhance both performance and reliability over the long term. The CT-SSP is designed to match this new range of amplifiers.

There is a growing consensus among home theater enthusiasts and critics that the Classé SSP-800 is the world’s ultimate surround sound processor. The CT-SSP uses exactly the same circuitry as the SSP-800 and is identical in features, performance and price. The units differ in their outward appearance and chassis design, with the CT-SSP intended especially for equipment racks.

Like the SSP-800, the CT-SSP is a ten-channel preamp/processor, offering both balanced and single-ended connections for all channels. Using HDMI 1.4 the CT-SSP offers internal decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio sources. Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is handled by two Texas Instruments processors, each capable of up to a remarkable 2800 MIPS (Million Instructions per Second). The DSPs operate in 64-bit double precision and use floating point arithmetic for all audio signal calculations to ensure the most accurate results possible. All bass management filters, level adjustments and parametric filters also benefit from the added precision.

Throughout the SSP-800/CT-SSP there are examples of HD technology executed at the highest quality level. It is the combination of advanced technology and genuine quality that sets them apart. And while technology and quality give the SSPs their intrinsic value, we measure their true worth first on the test bench and then in the sound room.

The wealth of knowledge applied to the SSP-800/CT-SSP design and the inspiration for its execution do not come from a textbook—they come from the passion and dedication of those who have spent their lives in the pursuit of higher performance. Classé offers the SSP-800 and CT-SSP for those who share our singular passion for performance.


Model CT-SSP
Inputs and outputs  
HDMI 1.4
Component
Composite
COAX
Optical
Analog XLR
Analog RCA out
DC trigger out
IR
CAN Bus
USB
RS-232
5 in / 2 out
2 in / 1 out
2 in
4 in / 1 out
4 in / 1 out
1 pair in / 5 pair out
1 set 7.1 in / 2 pair in / 5 pair
2
1 in / 1 out
1 in / 1 out
1
1
Video measurements  
Input impedance 75 ohms
Composite / component
Output impedance 75 ohms
Component
HDMI Fully 1.4 compliant supporting ARC,
HEC, 3D video up to 1080p @ 24 fps,
36-bit deep color and xvYCC
Audio measurements  
Maximum output level 8vrms
Single ended
15vrms
Balanced
Maximum input level 2vrms
Single ended via DSP
6vrms
Single ended via bypass
4vrms
Balanced via DSP
12vrms
Balanced via bypass
Output impedance
Input impedance
56 ohms
100kohms
Total harmonic distortion 0.001%
Digital source / Bypassed analog source
0.002%
Processed analog source
Frequency response 20Hz – 200kHz <0.1dB
Stereo analog bypass
20Hz – 20kHz <0.2dB
All other sources
Signal to noise ratio 102dB
Bypassed analog source
100dB
Processed analog source
105dB
Digital source
Audio formats Dolby Digital Surround EX
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-ES discrete
DTS 3/2/1
DTS 96/24
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
24bit/32-192kHz PCM
Post processing modes Dolby pro logic IIx
DTS-ES matrix
DTS Neo:6
Mono
Mono plus
Stereo (downmix)
Music plus
Movie plus
Party
Video conversion Composite / s video to component and HDMI
Component (upto 720p-1080i) to component and HDMI
HDMI to HDMI
Dimensions  
Width (including faceplate)
Width (excluding faceplate)
Depth (excluding connectors)
Height
Gross weight
Net weight
19” (483mm)
17” (432mm)
16.375” (416mm)
6.97” (177mm)
49lb (22.3kg)
33lb (15kg)
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