Classe SSP-600 Theater Processor / Switchable Two Channel Preamp

$1,999

While the video capabilities of this piece may be outdated, the SSP-600 is still an amazing audio processor for both your 7.1 and two channel audio requirements.

Just look at our photos to see the complement of balanced XLR + RCA inputs and outputs!

It even has a very capable DAC built in - likely better than the one in your CD player. 

It also has a preamp button that instantly turns this unit into a high-quality two channel preamp, bypassing all the unnecessary bits.

It's housed in a super well built all-aluminum chassis with a brightly lit display, weighing in at 45 lbs (!).  

Tested in our lab and working as it should, and in near perfect cosmetic condition.

Includes the preamp, a power cord and calibration mic. 

From Classe:

"The SSP-600 adds to the performance and capability of the SSP-300 by including a fully-balanced output stage for all eight channels and a balanced input pair which allows the SSP-600 to act as a simple, yet high-quality balanced stereo preamplifier. A separate linear power supply is dedicated to the additional balanced audio circuitry."

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

• The fit and finish of the Classe' SSP-600 is second to none in the market at any price. No AV preamp looks better in an equipment rack. With its curved lines and well-lit LCD screen, it's a sexy preamp to own and use.
• The Classe' SSP-600 is extremely stable in terms of reliability where other audiophile-grade AV preamps are dicey at best.
• Sonically, the SSP-600 kicks sand at the Asian mass market preamps currently loaded with all of the bells and whistles. What those guys are missing is the sound quality and, at these prices, are you willing to compromise in that area? I didn't think so.

Click here for a PDF copy of the SSP-600 Owner's Manual

Our Testing Process for Preamplifiers 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. Special attention is paid to the power supply which is the most common source of failure for preamps. We then power up the unit and run a simple 1k sine wave while monitoring the low voltage output on an oscilloscope for signs of distortion or noise to get a baseline.

At this point we will lubricate and clean all switches and potentiometers (that are not sealed) with a high quality contact cleaner, and then re-test all functions for any signs of noise or scratching.

Final testing involves putting actual music through the preamplifier We have learned over time that some issues are only noticeable to a trained ear while listening to a familiar source material. Our test bench has reference vintage Kef speakers that we are super familiar with which will quickly reveal any discrepancies. Some preamps will then move into the listening room where they will be tested with our in-house reference system.

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

No

Cables

Yes - Power

Physical Condition

8

Working Condition

10

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