Classé Delta PRE Preamplifier

Classé Audio

  • $9,999.00
    Unit price per 


The Classé Delta PRE Preamplifier is the foundation of your perfect system.

Designed to connect to a range of sources, the Delta PRE will exact the highest performance from every recording, whether analog or digital. Delta PRE will deliver perfectly balanced audio to downstream Delta components. Pre-amplifiers provide clean and controlled signals to the power stage. Both precision and perfection are required and are delivered by Delta PRE.

  • Network, USB, AES/EBU, coax, and optical inputs with optional HDMI
  • XLR and RCA inputs
  • Short signal paths to minimize signal interference
  • Custom-made Navcom® feet absorb and reduce vibrations
  • High-performance onboard MC/MM Phono stage supports up to two phono inputs
  • Rhodium-plated connectors for excellent and secure contacts

Audiophiles, recording professionals, and equipment reviewers trust Classé amplifiers as a source of sonic truth. Delta Series allows listeners to experience that truth in their own homes. Every detail of the Delta Series is perfected by hand in our unique production facility in Japan to deliver powerful, natural, expansive sound with minimal noise or distortion.

  • 0.25dB volume step precision to find your perfect sound level
  • Digital domain tone control with Delta PRE Tilt control
  • Support for mono or stereo subwoofers for better control of bass
  • Selectable frequency and slope control
  • Advanced five-band digital domain parametric equalization
  • Digital bypass mode available to all analog sources
  • Pass-thru mode

As the component you’re most likely to touch, the design of the Classé Delta PRE Preamplifier matches its exceptional acoustic performance. Any interaction with Delta PRE is pure pleasure, from the superb cool-to-the-touch materials to the precise tactile feedback of the volume control. Touchscreen control reflects the Classé Delta PRE Preamplifier's outstanding capability: pure analog clarity, advanced digital precision, confidence, capable power, and expressive sound.

  • Harmony between minimal design and unrivaled performance
  • Luxurious anodized aluminum body
  • Adjustable brightness, responsive touchscreen display
  • Perfectly complements other components in the Delta family 

OVERALL DIMENSIONS
Width: 17.50 in (444 mm)
Depth (including connectors): 17.68 in (449 mm)
Height (including feet) 4.78 in (121 mm)
Gross Weight: 41.2 lbs (18.7kg)
Net Weight: 29.8 lbs (13.5kg)

GENERAL
Gain Range: -93dB to +14dB
Channel Matching: 0.05dB
Input Impedance (at 1kHz, BAL / SE): 50kΩ
Output Impedance BAL / SE: 200Ω / 50Ω
Maximum Output Level BAL / SE: 18Vrms / 9Vrms
MPN DELTAPREUS
UPC 883795004787

BYPASS MODE (ANALOG INPUTS, TONE / EQ / SUBWOOFERS DISABLED)
Frequency Response (-3dB, 50Ω source impedance): 1Hz – 2MHz
Harmonic Distortion (measurement bandwidth: 90kHz) <0.0004% at 1kHz <0.0005% at 10kHz <0.0006% at 20kHz
Intermodulation Distortion (measurement bandwidth: 90kHz) <0.001%
Maximum Input Level BAL / SE (at 0dB gain)9Vrms (+21.3dBu) / 4.5Vrms (+15.3dBu)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A wtd) (22kHz BW, ref 9Vrms) 130dB (133dBA)
Crosstalk (one channel undriven) (BAL / SE)-143dB (100Hz), -140dB (1kHz), -124dB (10kHz)

PHONO SECTION (0DB GAIN, BYPASS MODE, XLR2 IN, MAIN XLR OUT)
RIAA Deviation (20Hz-20kHz): < 0.2dB
Selectable Load for MM Type (47k II): 50pF, 100pF, 150pF, 200pF, 250pF, 300pF, 350pF, 400pF, 450pF
Selectable Load for MC – Low Output: 7.5Ω, 10Ω, 33Ω, 50Ω, 82Ω, 100Ω, 330Ω, 1kΩ
Load for MC – High Output: 47kΩ

MM, MC – HIGH OUTPUT
Gain (1kHz, 20Ω source impedance): 41.5dB
SNR (22kHz BW, ref 5mVrms in): 86dB (93dB A-wtd)
Max Input Level (overload ref 5mVrms): 11dB (20Hz), 23dB (1kHz), 34dB (10kHz)

MC – LOW OUTPUT
Gain (1kHz, 20Ω source impedance,
1kΩ load): 60dB
SNR (20Hz-20kHz): 68dB (74dB A-wtd)
Max Input Level (overload ref 0.5mVrms, 1kΩ load): 12dB (20Hz), 31dB (1kHz), 52dB (10kHz)

HEADPHONE OUTPUT
Power: nominal input, 0dB gain, 32 Ω load, 540mW
Output Impedance: 6.8Ω

FILE FORMATS AND SAMPLE RATES SUPPORTED
USB-F: 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k (iOS specific)
USB-B: 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 176.4k,
192k, 352.8k, 384k DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 (native – requires Thesycon/Classe driver for Windows) DSD64, (DoP)
Ethernet: WAV, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, WMA, AAC, MP3, OGG_VORBIS (max 192k/24b) DSD64, (DoP)
SPDIF (opt, coax, AES / EBU) PCM 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 176.4k, 192k / DSD64

ANALOG IN
BAL / XLR: 2 pairs (XLR2 can be assigned as BAL phono in)
SE / RCA: 2 pairs
Phono RCA: 1 pair

DIGITAL IN
HDMI *(optional) 4* (HDMI 2.0b w/HDCP 2.2)
USB-F: 1
USB-B: 1
SPDIF Coaxial: 3
SPDIF Optical: 3
SPDIF AES / EBU: 1
Ethernet: 1

OUTPUTS
HDMI *(optional): 1* (HDMI 2.0b w/HDCP 2.2)
BAL / XLR: 5 (configurable: 2pairs+1sub, 1pair+1sub pair,…)
SE / RCA: 5 (configurable: 2pairs+1sub, 1pair+1sub pair,…)

AUTOMATION
DC Triggers In / Out: 2 sets
CAN Bus: 1 set in / out
RS-232 over RJ-45:1

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