Classé Audio Six Mk.II preamplifier System

Sidebar 2: System

Associated equipment for this review included LP, CD, and FM stereo musical sources. CDs were played on a Krell MD-1 transport driving a Krell SBP-32X D/A converter. Quad FM-66 and Day Sequerra FM Reference tuners provided music from WQXR and WNCN, our local New York classical music stations. LPs were played on a Linn Sondek LP12/Lingo, an Ittok arm, and a Spectral moving-coil cartridge. Records and CDs included those I've nominated for the magazine's annual "Records To Die For."

Because preamplifiers interact differently with different power amplifiers, I used three different solid-state power amps: a Krell KSA-250, a pair of Woodside M-50 monoblock tube amplifiers, and the Mark Levinson No.27.5. Loudspeakers included full-range Quad USA Monitor ESL-63s on Arcici stands, B&W Matrix 805s, the Sonus Faber Minimas, Snell B Minors, Totem Acoustics Model 1s, and Chario Academy Ones. In order to test deep bass response, when playing the Quads I switched in a single Muse Model 18 subwoofer run in bi-amplified mode.

Parallel output interconnect cables were plugged into the Six's dual main output jacks to allow both balanced and single-ended outputs. I preferred Cogelco Yellow balanced interconnects for the system because of the long runs between amp and preamp. The system had greater clarity and transparency in balanced mode. Single-ended AudioQuest Topaz interconnects were necessary when the Woodside Tube M-50 monoblocks were plugged into the system. And OCOS speaker cables, supplied by Sumiko, were used to drive the loudspeakers in bi-wired configuration.—Larry Greenhill

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Richard D. George's picture

And now Classe Audio is dead.

mrkaic's picture

I see them alive and kicking.

John Atkinson's picture
mrkaic wrote:
I see them alive and kicking

See this report on an audio business site:

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

mrkaic's picture

This is most disturbing. Thank you for the link.

Richard D. George's picture

Also see this from the PS Audio website. Everything is not rosy at parent Bowers & Wilkins either.

Allen Fant's picture

I can remeber reading this article way back in 1994- miss you LG.