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Classe: Quality Audio Components Hold Up In Hot, Noisy Racks

9/10/2009 01:02:00 AM Eastern

CEDIA Expo 2009 Atlanta
- Classé Audio, the subsidiary of Bowers & Wilkins, arrives at the
CEDIA Expo with the new Custom Theater (CT) series of four amplifiers and a surround
sound preamp/processor.

All are promoted as the only true high-end audio components
suitable for installation in equipment racks or custom cabinetry because they
hold up in such hot, noisy environments that degrade performance and
reliability, said David Nauber, brand development executive VP. They ship in
September.

The four new CT amplifiers consist of the mono 600-watt CT-M600 at
$6,500 and mono 300-watt CT-M300 at $5,000, a 300-watt $6,500 CT-2300 stereo
model, and a $9,000 5x300-watt CT-5300, all featuring class AB design, adjustable
rack rails, a detachable faceplate and a new cooling system called ICTunnel for
Intelligent Cooling Tunnel. It consists of a sensor-controlled aluminum
bonded-fin heat sink cooled by a noiseless fan. Fins providing almost 31 square
feet of surface area are hidden inside, Nauber said.

The $9,000 CT-SSP surround-sound
preamp/processor uses the same circuitry as the company's SSP-800 with identical features and performance and
price, but the new model's appearance and chassis design are designed for use
in professional equipment racks. The 10-channel processor decodes Dolby TrueHD
and DTS-HD Master Audio.