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.