Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Westlake Village, CA
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For what it is worth, I borrowed one of these from my dealer to see how good it sounded. It is very easy to set up, and it looks great. I used my computer via USB, and I used my Oppo blu-ray player. I have absolutely not complaints. They did a really nice job designing the piece. I didn't play with the filters to adjust the bass -- I only used 2 channel (Dynaudio Sapphire speakers and a Bryston 4BSST2 amp).
My only issue was that it was indistinguishable from my Integra 9.9 (which is also capable of playing up to 24/192 but I didn't try any of those files). If I were forced to say something, it would be that the Classe was just a touch less bright. But that is really reaching for things. I compared using matched volume levels and a variety of discs (jack johnson, jackson browne, lyle lovett).
Perhaps I have ears of wood, but the other people who I played it for could not tell a difference either. My personal opinion is that electronics just don't matter that much anymore, as long as they are competently engineered. But I know others will disagree.