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Classé SSP-600 AV Preamplifier/Processor Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 October 2006
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The Downside
Unless you are savvy about configuring AV gear, it will be problematic for you to add a component or change system parameters. Have your dealer number or tech support (they are very helpful and knowledgeable) handy. When I installed DirecTV, I had a problem getting the video to display. After several attempts of pushing the correct video input for the DirecTV receiver, I finally got it to work, never really understanding why it did eventually work.

The SSP-600 does not provide any video scaling or upconversion, nor DVI or HDMI video switching. If you have a digital display, you will have to run the video signal outside of the SSP-600. Unfortunately, the remote is pretty much limited to Classe products, and therefore not programmable for other components outside Classe product lines. You could use a third-party remote to program your system so that your display will use the DVI or HDMI input. It has to accept the HDMI output from, say, the CDP-300. Otherwise, you have to manually set each input on the component, outside of the video switching of the SSP-600, to make them work.

If you have the means and won’t settle for anything less than superior performance with beautiful aesthetics, the SSP-600 provides both with remarkable audio capability and high bandwidth analog video switching for your system. The TFT screen has raised the interface bar for ease of use and visual elegance. No other system has let me be free of turning on my main display in order to make adjustments or set-up changes like the SSP-600. Because it is software-driven, improvements to the SSP-600’s operability can be made simply by upgrading the software, leaving costly hardware upgrades thankfully out of the picture for the next couple of years. Flexibility and gorgeous sonics stand out on this piece, along with enough inputs to cover most, if not all, home situations. Although the SSP-600 lacks HDMI video connections, it offers a flexible array of component, S-Video and composite video connects that have no noticeable affect on the video signal. Audio for CD and DVD-Audio, as well as DVD-Video, scores high marks. With the SSP-600, you can feel like you have arrived at the top of the heap. It is, in all ways, beautiful.

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