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SSP-800 Surround Sound Preamp/Processor


The surround sound processor is the core of a high-end home theater system. It is the conduit through which all source signals flow and it performs the critical tasks of decoding various audio formats, converting digital signals to analog, and then pre-amplifying the analog signals in as pure a manner as possible. It must allow high definition video to pass through uncorrupted. A surround sound processer can either limit or gloriously reveal the full potential of every component in the home theater system. Proliferation of the latest high-definition audio and video technologies served as the inspiration for a new challenge: the creation of the definitive SSP—a surround sound processor to set the standard for the high definition era. The result is the SSP-800, Classé’s statement preamp/processor.

The SSP-800 is a ten-channel preamp/processor, offering both balanced and single-ended connections for all channels. Audio Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is handled by Texas Instruments processors, which operate in 64-bit double precision. Floating point arithmetic is used for all audio signal calculations to ensure the most accurate results possible. All bass management filters, level adjustments and parametric EQ filters also benefit from the added precision. Two DSPs, each rated at 2800 MIPS (Million Instructions per Second) provide HD Audio decoding and the power to handle a vast array of post processing features at full resolution.

Powerful DSP is only one of many of the SSP-800’s outstanding qualities. Throughout the SSP-800 are examples of cutting edge technology and superior design techniques, employed in the service of better sound. We evaluate performance by listening to music, which remains the most reliable method of judging sound quality. In fact, no surround processor can accurately reproduce movie sound if it fails to reproduce music properly. At Classé, our first priority is developing components that perform exceptionally well with music—this is our heritage from the first component we manufactured more than thirty years ago. We then turn our attention to processor decoding capabilities and developing features that enhance flexibility and in-room performance.

In addition to high performance, quality and technology, the SSP-800 offers the flexibility to handle a wide range of real world applications. Its ten-channel design creates the possibility of configuring two channels for additional subwoofers, as mirrors of the front left and right channels for bi-amplifying, or delivering audio to a separate room or system. Five-band manual parametric equalization is provided for each of the ten channels to help tune the system to its environment. Menu driven front panel controls allow a high degree of customization for an ideal user experience.

The SSP-800 has found its way into the AV systems of countless industry professionals and enthusiasts around the world.* It has met its design objective, becoming the de facto standard for highperformance multichannel processing.

* Also available in our rack-friendly Custom Theater chassis.


Model SSP-800
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
17.5” (445mm)
16.5” (419mm) (excluding connectors)
6.75” (172mm)
29 lb (13 kg)
38 lb (17 kg)
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