Originally Posted by davidrds
Your post was extremely helpful. Thank you!
I did look into the Classe Sigma SSP after your recommendation and it is closest to fitting the bill in terms of what I am looking for. And I did notice the XLR in/out for the Front L/R Mains and am okay with that.
Do you have any concerns regarding future upgrade-ability? I'm not familiar with the brand and their support.
For now I have to limit the HT setup to 5.x channels. For Now
. I'm Hopeful!
----- Recently watched a TV show "The Tunnel" (PBS) (2013 release) and the main character Karl puts it best in one of the later episodes: "I'm living under the tyranny of Interior Design."
So the fact that the SSP is only 7.1 is ok, for now. I didn't dive into the manual, but I'm guessing that one of the channels could be set up as a sub out since I'd like to have at least a .2 system. Do you know?
Anything else regarding the Classe Sigma SSP? (I'll also check out the forum threads on it)
The Classe Sigma SSP Mkll version will be released next month or in June with dolby atmos, dts-x, hdcp 2.2 for 4k video & hdmi 2.0 upgrades. And the retail price will increase to $6k. The original Sigma SSP retails for $5k but with no supports for dolby atmos, dts-x, 4k video hdcp 2.2.
Fyi, the Classe Sigma SSP isn't equipped with automatic room EQ calibration software but Classe instead provides manual PEQ, which requires proper tools and equipments and thorough knowledge and experience on how to implement it. I would suggest that you have your certified experienced Classe dealer to calibrate using manual PEQ. Or you can hire an ecperienced professional calibrator or accoustician to do it for you. This only applies to multi-channel use for movies (home theater). For 2ch use for listening to stereo music I would leave the PEQ off.
The Classe Sigma SSP has a true analog bypass but Classe refers to it as a digital bypass, thus bypassing all digital processings when used as an analog stereo preamp. This is the area where the Classe shines.
It is also great for multi-channel use for home theater if it's calibrated properly and correctly using its manual PEQ. PEQ stands for Parametrix EQ.
The Sigma SSP's circuitry for front L/R channeld are true differential and fully balanced circuitry. Not all gears that provide xlr balanced connections have true differential or fully balanced internally all the way from input to output.
The Sigma SSP is (only for front L/R channels). All Classe gears (amps & preamps) are fully balanced internally all the way from input to output.
The Marantz AV8802, Anthem AVM60, Yamaha, Onkyo pre pros aren't true differential or fully balanced internally eventhough they provide xlr balanced connections. The balanced inputs are converted to single-ended internally and converted back to xlr balanced output terminals.
The NAD M17 and the M27 amp I believed are also fully balanced circuitry internally but I'm not 100% positive.
However, if your main usage is strictly for home theater I would just get the Anthem AVM60 ($3k). This unit performs extraordinary for multi-channel (home theater) with the ARC engaged. Better than the Classe Sigma SSP or the Marantz AV8802 or the Yamaha.
You can read many different reviews regarding the Classe Sigma SSP from different professional hifi reviewers. The Sigma SSP gets A rating on Stereophile's highly recommended components.
Fyi, the Sigma series is Classe's entry level series offerings, and are priced much lower than Classe's Delta series products but still offer great sound quality.
I myself own the Classe Delta series gears paired with B&W 800 series Diamond speakers. B&W speakers and Classe or Rotel are known to have great sonic synergy together. What are your speakers btw?
In regatds to subwoofer output, the Sigma SSP has only one subwoofer output and I'm not sure if the remaining two channels can be configured to output LFE for subwoofers. I don't think you could but again I'm not sure.
I would consult your Classe dealer.