• While this is nitpicking, the Classe' Audio CA-M400 is so well balanced that no one thing really sticks out about it. With a Krell amp, I can say it has the best bass. With an Audio Research reference tube amp, I can talk about the magical highs. With the Classe' Audio CA-M400, the performance of the amp is so consistent that there is no one element that jumps out. You will have to decide if that is a plus or a minus before you make the investment.
I know you are going to think I am crazy, but I believe the Classe' Audio CA-M400, at $10,000 a pair, is an outright audiophile bargain. Yes, you can buy a NuForce digital amp for a fraction of the cost, which is a very nice option at its price point. However, when you are nearing the top-of-the-food-chain prices for audiophile gear, things start to get stupid expensive - think NetJets stupid. You do not need to have a 25-hour card with a Hawker 800XP to be able to afford the Classe' Audio CA-M400. You just need an audiophile system that strives to reproduce music in your listening room that can legitimately make you believe the performers are actually in the room, or you need a home theater system with the latest surround sound codecs like Dolby TrueHD and or DTS Master Audio that can resolve detail you never thought was possible across seven channels of surround sound. In the end, the Classe' Audio CA-M400 is about as good of a reference power amp as you can buy at a fraction of the price of the uber-reference mono amps currently on the market today.