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    Queensland, Australia

    Thumbs up Classé CA-101

    Amp - Classé CA-101

    $MSRP - No idea 'cos I'm in Australia. I'm sure you don't want me to give the $AUD amount 'cos it's about five times what US based people would pay (even with exhange rates).
    $USED - $AUD 3,500 - 4,000

    Specs: 100w (8 ohms, 20Hz-20,000Hz, +/- 0.1dB, both channels driven) or (350w mono)
    200w (4 ohms)
    Input Impedance - 75,000 ohms
    Output Impedance - 0.034 ohms
    Balanced and SE inputs
    Full specs available from but who cares? - it's the sound that counts, I hope?

    Used with: See my system page for more details
    Driver: Copland CTA-305 valve preamp
    Driving: ML Vista

    Experience: Fantastic amp - when I first bought my MLs, I was driving them with a Primare integrated. From the get-go, it couldn't cope so within a week I was back at the audio shop. I auditioned my MLs on a Classé, but that was just coincidence. I settled for a Rotel 1080 in order to try and save some money, but that couldn't cope either. I returned it the next day. You can't skimp on amplifiacation with MLs. Once I knew I was going to be spending more than I had anticipated I started the search. I spent a whole day at the audio shop auditioning amplifiers - valve/SS/new/second hand/English/European/American/Canadian/Australian - everything. I was very partial to an ARC VT-60 for many reasons, not least being that I just wanted ARC. But it was the Classé that won the day. It did all things adequately without doing anything wrong. While it didn't have the warm fluidity of the VT60 or the incision of a Gryphon I also auditioned, it was certainly the best compromise.

    Discontinued now, but I'm sure they're not too hard to find when you've a tool like Audiogon at your disposal. Audiophiles in Australia might have a harder time finding one - and you're not getting mine!

    Picture is my actual amp, installed in my listening room.
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    Last edited by amey01; 01-08-2009 at 03:35 AM.
    Marantz 8300 SACD / Squeezebox Touch --> Audiolab M-DAC --> Copland CTA-305 --> Classé CA-101 --> MartinLogan Vista / Behringer DEQ2496 --> Whise Profunder sub

    Click here to see my system

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