Classe CA-5200 Home Theater Amplifier 5 x 200W

$4,499

In near perfect condition, fully tested to its rated power specifications in our lab, and auditioned in our listening lab for a solid period of time.

Weighs in at a hefty 121 lbs. (55kg), stable down to 4Ω at 370W RMS x 2, 108dB Signal-to-noise ratio, with an awesomely low THD of 0.003% at 8Ω (unweighted, 1.0Vrms/1kHz input, 10Hz – 500kHz)

Out back you have beefy five-way speaker binding posts, balanced XLR inputs and outputs, single ended RCA inputs and outputs, Classe CAN-Bus Control Ports, IR Input and Output, DC Trigger Input and Output, and an RS-232 (DB-9) Control Port for software updates and external system control.

From Classe:

"The CA-5200 is a 5 x 200W model, based on the same channels used in the CA-2200. Power supply components are large enough to allow for the greater power demands of five channels without sacrificing performance. Design features include balanced circuitry, overbuilt power supplies and oversized output stages to ensure the highest performance at every output level, with any loudspeaker."

Click here for a PDF copy of the CA-5200 Owner's Manual

From a review written by Jerry Del Colliano from hometheaterreview.com:

"Receivers are for bedrooms. In a true high-performance, audiophile-grade theater, you need real power to move some air with your speakers, meaning that even if you have a pair of your favorite monoblock amps perched on a slab of granite, you still have five more channels of audio to power. That brings me to the $8,000 Classe' CA-5200, one of the most refined, powerful and graceful multi-channel amps to ever grace my equipment rack.

- The fit and finish of the Classe' Audio CA-5200 is breathtaking. One look in person (or even at the photos) will reassure you as to why this is one of the best options in the world of audiophile amplifiers. This is an amp you buy and keep for the rest of your life; you may even put a provision in your will for it. It's that good and will last that long.
- No multi-channel amp looks better in a custom rack than Classe'. Arguably, no large-scale class-AB amp runs cooler in a rack, either."

Our Testing Process for Amplifiers at SkyFi:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure there are no signs of stress or aging. Capacitors are checked for telltale sings of bulging or leaking, resistors are checked for signs of overheating or cracking, and transistors are checked for signs of stress or damage.

We then power up the unit carefully and run a simple 1k sine wave while monitoring the output on an oscilloscope for signs of distortion or noise. Finally, we run the amplifier to its full rated power into the appropriate resistive load provided by our Sencore amplifier tester. If there is an issue, it will usually be noticeable at this point. If everything reads clean, we will often test for THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) measured by our Keithley distortion meter, and compare it against the original manufacturers specifications. The amplifier then remains powered on to "burn in" on our test bench for a few hours to make sure there are no heat related issues. If there are balanced inputs available they will be also be tested.

Final testing involves pushing actual music thorough the amplifier. We've learned over time that some issues are only noticeable to a trained ear while listening to familiar source material. Our test bench has reference vintage Kef speakers that we're very familiar with which quickly reveal any discrepancies. Some amplifiers will then move into our listening room where they are tested with our in-house reference speakers of choice.

Please click here for detailed specifics regarding our specialized packing process that separates us from the rest.

Item

Included

Original Box

No

Manual

Online

Remote

N/A

Cables

Yes - Power

Physical Condition

8

Working Condition

10

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