Classe Audio is introducing the 2200i Integrated Amplifier to its Sigma Series.
According to Classe, by connecting the output of the 2200i’s preamp section DSP directly to the input of the amplifier DSP, Classe eliminates DAC and ADC conversion losses and their associated analog circuitry’s noise and distortion.
Classe states that by keeping digital signals digital all the way to the amplifier output filter, signal path is shortened, avoiding losses and eliminating Digital-to-Analog converters and Analog-to-Digital converters as well as their associated analog circuits.
The front-end consists of the stereo portion of a Sigma SSP, including inputs for USB types A and B, Ethernet for streaming AirPlay and DLNA, coax, optical, analog inputs for XLR and RCA and an optional phono (as in the CP-800 and Sigma SSP). Classe also includes 4 HDMI inputs for users with AV sources like set top boxes and Blu-ray players.
The Classe touchscreen control includes digital domain Tone Control, 9-band PEQ per channel and flexible bass management. The Subwoofer output is derived from the only DAC onboard. IP control includes Android and iOS apps.
The amplifier section consists of the power supply, DSP and amplifier circuitry of an AMP2.
The Sigma 2200i uses a 3U tall chassis that occupies the same footprint as all of the other Sigma models. The extra 1U space on the lower third of the faceplate contains an air intake.
US retail price for the Sigma 2200i is $5,500. It will be available May 2016.