Channel Island's New D•400 Power Amp
Jon Iverson already posted a picture of Channel Island's D•400 amp ($4000/pair) and PCC•1 remote control passive preamp ($895), but he didn't mention how freaking powerful the combo sounded driving the Von Schweikert VR-5 ($18,000/pair). CIA's Dusty Vawter switched over to his also powerful-sounding D•200s and handed me a D•400—holy moly! The thing weighs a ton! The 0.25" side panels are all heatsink, which made me wonder, has Vawter produced a class-AB amp to join his class-D designs?
"Oh no," Vawter hastened to assume me, "this is our version of class-D, which means it has a stinking humongous linear power supply running the amp circuit. That puts out some heat."
Well, all right. That's good to know.