CAP-2100 Delta Integrated Amplifier Anderson SC
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CAP-2100 Delta Integrated Amplifier
June 1, 2005 By Steve Guttenberg
Where most upscale components flaunt bravado and power, the Classé Audio CAP-2100 Delta Integrated Amplifier’s gracefully curved metalwork and sky blue touchscreen display send a very different message. Better yet, the beauty is more than skin deep—fresh thinking is evident in every aspect of its design.
Classé is a 24-year-old high-end audio company, but its makeover began in 2001 when it joined the B&W Group, which also includes Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) Loudspeakers, i-Command control systems, and Rotel electronics. The group’s financial and organizational resources allowed Classé to enlist a small coterie of skilled software and digital engineers to work with its veteran analog audio engineers. The next step was even more radical: The company halted manufacturing for almost one year to focus its energies on rethinking the way we humans interface with our components. The Delta Series is just the first of the new generation of Classé Audio designs.
Instead of the usual baffling array of buttons and controls, Delta components feature a touchscreen display, which adds a 21st-century flair, but the screen’s prime raison d’étre is ergonomics. Your installer can custom-name inputs as you like; I dial in “Sirius Radio,” ”CD Player,” and “CD Recorder,” and delete the unused virtual buttons to simplify the display. Technophiles can delve deeper and monitor the unit’s operating temperature and AC power-line voltage, and discover whether it is properly grounded.The CAP-2100 is an integrated amplifier, which means it combines preamplifier functions—source selection and volume control—with a 100-watt-per-channel stereo amplifier to drive your speakers. Both preamp and amp are contained in one beautifully crafted chassis. Stacked with other Delta Series components, such as the CDP-100 CD player, it exudes stately grandeur.
The back of the CAP-2100 reveals its dual mono construction. Left- and right-channel circuits are built in mirror-imaged pairs to minimize signal leakage between the two. Amplifiers are kept separated for better sound. (Click image to enlarge)
A microprocessor keeps tabs on the operating history of the unit, so in the unlikely event the CAP-2100 malfunctions, your installer can learn a lot by just having you scroll through its various screens. For example, it records how many times the amplifier circuitry has shut down to protect itself from short circuits or overheating. Your dealer or Classé’s technicians will know how long the amplifier has been used, down to the minute, or that the left channel overheated twice, and how long it was on before it overheated. The touchscreen is also featured on Classé’s Delta Series of surround-sound processors, preamplifiers, CD players, and DVD players. The screen performs different functions on each model, but it always makes the components easier to use, and it definitely looks cool. Your installer can set up the CAP-2100 to compensate for the ...