Classe Audio CA-M400 Mono Amplifier Reviewed

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• The fit and finish of the Classe Audio CA-M400 is as good as you will find anywhere with any audiophile product. It is simply stunning and anyone who tells you that you are being too foo-foo about considering the way an amp looks can kiss your ass. The look of a statement amp like the Classe' CA-M400 matters.
• I love the midrange performance of this amp. Some people are bass freaks. Others want a little more brightness on the high end, but take my word, and audition the Classe' Audio CA-M400 with Sgt. Pepper's at your local dealer or, even better, at home, and you will know what I am talking about. This is a serious audiophile amp.

Low Points
• 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.

Conclusion
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.

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HTR Product Rating for Classe Audio CA-M400 Mono Amplifier

Criteria Rating

Performance

4.5

Value

4

Overall

4.5

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