Classe SSP-800 Theater Surround Sound Processor - Loseless Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Up for sale is a striking surround processor with HDMI from Classe Audio.
Classe is considered one of the finest audio product manufacturers in North America and this processor originally carried a $9,500 MSRP.
These are no longer in production so here is a great chance to upgrade your theater room.
I’m not going to go to in-depth into all the features as there are just too many to list! A quick google search will tell you all about it from some excellent Google reviews.
Condition is near perfect. There are no significant signs of wear or abuse anywhere. It is super clean and tidy.
The display is bright and responsive, and the full aluminum case is free from imperfections or discoloring. The top and rear are perfect. Any imperfections you see in the pictures are probably dust or glare.
Best of all this unit comes with the original box, remote, and manual.
From the Classe Audio Website:
The surround sound processor is the core of a high-end home theater system. It is the conduit through which all source signals flow and it performs the critical tasks of decoding various audio formats, converting digital signals to analog, and then pre-amplifying the analog signals in as pure a manner as possible.
It must allow high definition video to pass through uncorrupted. A surround sound processor can either limit or gloriously reveal the full potential of every component in the home theater system. Proliferation of the latest high-definition audio and video technologies served as the inspiration for a new challenge: the creation of the definitive SSP—a surround sound processor to set the standard for the high definition era. The result is the SSP-800, Classé’s statement preamp/processor.
The SSP-800 is a ten-channel preamp/processor, offering both balanced and single-ended connections for all channels. Audio Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is handled by Texas Instruments processors, which operate in 64-bit double precision. Floating point arithmetic is used for all audio signal calculations to ensure the most accurate results possible. All bass management filters, level adjustments and parametric EQ filters also benefit from the added precision. Two DSPs, each rated at 2800 MIPS (Million Instructions per Second) provide HD Audio decoding and the power to handle a vast array of post processing features at full resolution.
Powerful DSP is only one of many of the SSP-800’s outstanding qualities. Throughout the SSP-800 are examples of cutting edge technology and superior design techniques, employed in the service of better sound. We evaluate performance by listening to music, which remains the most reliable method of judging sound quality. In fact, no surround processor can accurately reproduce movie sound if it fails to reproduce music properly. At Classé, our first priority is developing components that perform exceptionally well with music—this is our heritage from the first component we
manufactured more than thirty years ago. We then turn our attention to processor decoding capabilities and developing features that enhance flexibility and in-room performance.
In addition to high performance, quality and technology, the SSP-800 offers the flexibility to handle a wide range of real world applications. Its ten-channel design creates the possibility of configuring two channels for additional subwoofers, as mirrors of the front left and right channels for bi-amplifying, or delivering audio to a separate room or system. Five-band manual parametric equalization is provided for each of the ten channels to help tune the system to its environment. Menu driven front panel controls allow a high degree of customization for an ideal user experience.
The SSP-800 has found its way into the AV systems of countless industry professionals and enthusiasts around the world.* It has met its design objective, becoming the de facto standard for high-performance multichannel processing.
Inputs and outputs:
HDMI 1.4 5 in / 2 out
Component 2 in / 1 out
Composite 2 in
COAX 4 in / 1 out
Optical 4 in / 1 out
Analog XLR 1 pair in / 5 pair out
Analog RCA 1 set 7.1 in / 2 pair in / 5 pair out
DC trigger out 2
IR 1 in / 1 out
CAN Bus 1 in / 1 out
Input impedance 75 ohms Composite / component
Output impedance 75 ohms Component
HDMI Fully 1.4 compliant supporting ARC, HEC, 3D video up to 1080p @ 24 fps, 36-bit deep color and xvYCC
Maximum output level 8vrms
Single ended 15vrms
Balanced Maximum input level 2vrms
Single ended via DSP 6vrms
Single ended via bypass 4vrms
Balanced via DSP 12vrms
Balanced via bypass:
Output impedance 56 ohms
Input impedance 100kohms
Total harmonic 0.001% distortion Digital source / Bypassed analog source 0.002%
Processed analog source
Frequency response 20Hz – 200kHz <0.1dB
Stereo analog bypass
20Hz – 20kHz <0.2dB
All other sources:
Signal to noise ratio 102dB
Bypassed analog source 100dB
Processed analog source 105dB
Audio formats Dolby Digital Surround EX
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital Plus
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
Post processing modes Dolby pro logic IIx
Composite to component and HDMI
Component (up to 720p-1080i) to component and HDMI
HDMI to HDMI
Width 17.5” (445mm)
Depth 16.5” (419mm) (excluding connectors)
Height 6.75” (172mm)
Gross weight 29 lb (13 kg)
Net weight 38 lb (17 kg)