Published On: March 19, 2024

Classé Delta Pre MK II: Streaming Powerhouse with HEOS Integration

Published On: March 19, 2024
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Classé Delta Pre MK II: Streaming Powerhouse with HEOS Integration

Classé Delta Pre MK II is a new preamplifier designed to captivate audiophiles with its seamless integration of HEOS streaming and uncompromising audio quality.

Classé Delta Pre MK II: Streaming Powerhouse with HEOS Integration

By Author: Nemanja Grbic
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Canadian audio manufacturer Classé has unveiled its latest offering in the high-end audio segment with the launch of the Classé Delta Pre MK II. Priced at $12,000, the Delta Pre MK II is positioned as a versatile and feature-rich preamplifier, boasting advanced streaming capabilities alongside top-notch audio performance.

The Classé Delta Pre MK II builds upon the success of its predecessor, the Delta MK I while introducing significant upgrades, particularly in its digital front end. With a focus on streaming and hi-resolution digital audio, the Delta Pre MK II aims to cater to the evolving needs of audiophiles in today's digital age.

The Delta Pre MK II stands out for its integration of the HEOS streaming and multiroom platform, a service already utilized by renowned brands such as Marantz and Denon. This integration allows users to access a wide array of streaming services, including Amazon Music, TIDAL HiFi Plus, Deezer, and Pandora, among others. 

Additionally, DLNA and Roon Ready support provide users with flexibility when streaming from local network sources, such as NAS drives.

Front view of the Classé Delta Pre MK II preamplifier.

Equipped with dual 32-bit/384kHz AKM DACs, the Delta Pre MK II ensures high-resolution support for various audio formats, including WAV, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, DSD, and MQA. The preamplifier offers a comprehensive range of inputs, including XLR, RCA, phono inputs (MM/MC), USB, coaxial, and optical digital inputs, catering to a wide range of audio sources.

For users seeking TV connectivity, an optional 4K-compatible HDMI switch board is available at an additional cost, allowing the Delta Pre MK II to serve as the centerpiece of a home theater setup.

Existing owners of Classé's Delta Pre units have the option to upgrade to the MK II specification through a separately available Upgrade Kit, priced at $3,000. This upgrade enables them to enjoy the enhanced performance and features offered by the new model.

Close up view of the Classé Delta Pre MK II preamplifier.

Classé Delta Pre MK II Features:

  • 2x XLR and 2x RCA inputs, 2x Phono (MM/MC) inputs.
  • 5x XLR and 5x RCA outputs.
  • Ethernet, 2x USB, 1x AES/EBU, 3x coaxial and 3x optical digital inputs.
  • Dual 32-bit / 384kHz AKM AK4497EQ DACs running in Differential Mono mode.
  • High-resolution support up to PCM 384 kHz/32 bit, DSD 512 and MQA.
  • Streaming from Spotify, AirPlay 2, Amazon Music, Deezer, Pandora, Roon, TIDAL HiFI Plus, and more, with HEOS® built-in.
  • Selectable frequency, slope, and tone control plus advanced five-band digital-domain parametric EQ. Digital domain tone control with Delta PRE Tilt control.
  • Digital bypass mode is available to all analog sources.
  • Support for mono or stereo subwoofers for better control of bass.
  • Headphone output.
  • Optional HDMI board with 4x HDMI inputs and 1x output, with 4K support.
  • Short signal paths minimize signal interference. Custom-made Navcom® feet absorb and reduce vibrations.
  • Front panel touchscreen status and control display.
  • Dimensions:
    • Width: 17.48 in (444 mm)
    • Depth (including connectors): 17.64 in (448 mm)
    • Height (including feet): 4.72 in (120 mm)
  • Net Weight: 29.8 lbs (13.5kg)

The Classé Delta Pre MK II is now available from selected retailers worldwide at a price of $12,000. The preamplifier will also be showcased at the Montreal Audio Fest from March 22nd to March 24th, offering enthusiasts an opportunity to experience its capabilities firsthand.

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