The last Classé power amplifier I reviewed, back in November 2004, was the imposing Omega Omicron
monoblock ($20,000/pair), which made glorious sound with the Revel Ultima Studio
speakers. But things change. First, my reference speakers are now B&W 802D
s. Second, my system now has three
front speakers, supplemented by two B&W 804S speakers for surround sound. While a quintet of Omicrons would undoubtedly be dandy, five such monoliths would take up so much space that I'd be wondering about their effects on the room's sound. With so many channels, it seemed time to investigate whether a multichannel amp could carry the load.