|Classé Audio Introduces Omega Omicron Mono Power Amp|
|Home Theater News Power Amplifier News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Monday, 24 February 2003|
Canada’s Classé Audio, long known for state-of-the-art, cost-no-object sound reproduction has just introduced their new Omega Omicron Mono Power Amp. The Omega Mono power amplifier features a towering, single-channel, vertical design that delivers as much as 3 kilowatts to real-world loudspeaker loads, able to extract unequalled dynamics and detail from the most demanding recordings, even when driving the most difficult of loudspeaker loads.
The Omega Omicron Mono is the result of many hundreds of hours of critical listening tests performed to evaluate circuit components, layout topologies, and overall designs.
Even the form and composition of Classé’s multi-layer circuit-board resulted from extensive listening evaluations.
Also like the original Omega amplifier, the Omega Omicron Mono design especially emphasizes one keystone of reference-quality amplifier performance: current delivery and stability regardless of the low-impedance demands or reactive load presented by the loudspeaker. To this end the Omega Omicron Mono employs a very large regulated DC power supply utilizing a massive transformer and extended capacitance reservoirs, ensuring that the critical internal supply voltages will not “sag” under even the most extreme demands, and sensitive low-level input and driver circuits will not be influenced by the necessarily ever-changing condition of power supply and output sections. Equally imposing output-stage current/voltage excursion potential ensures that this unexcelled dynamic potential will not be compromised in passage to the loudspeaker.
In keeping with the Omega design concept, the Omega Omicron Mono amplifier capitalizes on balanced circuit topology from input to output, ensuring the widest possible dynamic range under any real-world conditions. (Both balanced and unbalanced inputs are provided.) The Omega Omicron Mono is rated to deliver 300 watts to 8 ohms loads, and 600 and 1200 watts to 4 ohms and 2 ohms loads. In the rare but by no means inconceivable instance requiring it, the Omega Omicron Mono will remain stable with loads well below 1 ohms and produce in excess of 1800 watts. Hand-crafted entirely by Classé Audio at its Quebec facilities and meticulously finished in the firm’s hallmark two-toned billet-aluminum, the Omega Omicron Mono will be available in January, 2003 at a manufacturer’s suggested price of $10,000 per unit.