Classe Audio CP-35 Owner`s manual

CLASSÉ AUDIO
CP-40
REMOTE CONTROL
BALANCED LINE PREAMPLIFIER
CP-40
OWNER'S MANUAL
CLASSÉ DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
1. REPEATED LISTENING DESIGN SESSIONS:
Fine tuning of sound by exchanging and mixing of parts (transistors, capacitors, wiring, PCB
boards etc.), and adjusting many specific operating voltages within proper engineering
ranges, producing an overall sonic recipe giving the most natural harmonic realism of music
typical of instruments in a live performance.
2. UPGRADABLE SINGLE CIRCUIT DESIGNS:
All Classé products (all preamps and all amps) share exactly the same circuit design
philosophy (excluding moving coil and moving magnet phono circuits). This means all
amplifiers and all high level circuits of the preamps benefit from the same design goals.
Similar circuits are then tailored to different power levels etc. Differences between less
expensive models and more expensive models are parts quality and compliment, power
supply extravagance and the amount of filtering etc., as well as features and packaging.
This means that for years Classé has been constantly sonically fine tuning and technically
upgrading this circuit design and its application, thus reaching a very high level of natural
musical enjoyment, as well as excellent reliability which benefits all models - least
expensive, most expensive, preamps and amplifiers alike.
3. EXTREME LONG LIFE IN REAL WORLD CONDITIONS:
Choosing the best attainable quality parts and materials combined with the advantages of the
two above-mentioned areas provides Classé owners with years of proven trouble free
reliability and musical enjoyment.
CP-40
OWNER'S MANUAL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
UNPACKING & SET-UP.................................................................. 4
A.C. LINE POWER............................................................................ 5
INPUTS............................................................................................... 6
JUMPER SETTING DIAGRAMS (MC/MM, PHONO/AUX)....... 9
OUTPUTS ........................................................................................ 11
FRONT PANEL CONTROLS......................................................... 12
WARRANTY.................................................................................... 15
FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS .......................................... 17
WARRANTY REGISTRATION ................................................... 18
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UNPACKING & SET-UP
Your CLASSÉ CP-40 preamplifier has been carefully wrapped in heavy gauge plastic, packed
in semi-rigid foam and contained in a special box. To remove the unit, open and spread the top flaps of
the box. By its sides, lift out the entire unit with foam pieces intact. Remove each foam side by pulling
straight out. Remove the plastic wrap and inspect the unit for any concealed damage. Apart from this
owner's manual, please ensure the following has also been included:
1) DETACHABLE LINECORD.
2) ALLEN KEY FOR TOP COVER.
3) RESISTOR KIT FOR MOVING COIL GAIN ADJUSTMENT
4) REMOTE CONTROL UNIT (Allen key and Batteries: AAA x 2 included).
Please report any damage or missing parts to your dealer promptly.
This preamplifier, being capable of very high gain, must be located in a position free of any
hum-inducing magnetic fields. (This also applies to turntables and interconnect cables.) Positions
adjacent to power amplifiers, A.C line filters, or regulation devices should be avoided. Ideally, a few feet
should separate the preamplifier from the power amplifier. As well, keep low-level interconnect cables
away from the power amp and separate from A.C. line cords.
Heat generated by the preamplifier is negligible. Air space around the unit need not be a
concern.
Check the Serial Number sticker on the back of the unit for the correct operating voltage.
Regardless of voltage, the internal fuse rating should be 1 AMP SLO-BLO.
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A.C. LINE POWER
The Classé CP-40 preamplifier has no power switch. Its low power consumption and improved
sonics from always being ON led to the omission of an ON/OFF switch. In fact, while thoroughly
musical shortly after turn-on, the preamplifier will exhibit "sonic growth" during its first 300 hours of
use.
For optimum sonic performance, you should consider the use of the optional CLASSÉ REFERENCE
A.C. LINECORD. Consult your dealer regarding this accessory.
SAFETY FEATURE:
The CP-40 preamplifier is designed with an auto-muting circuit which engages and is indicated
by a FLASHING GREEN LED when the unit is first connected, or after an AC power failure. After 15
seconds the STEADY GREEN LED signals that the unit is in STANDBY mode (Note: MUTE is ON
during STANDBY mode).
This feature will prevent any turn-on surges or unstable output from reaching the power
amplifier and possibly the loudspeakers. Similarly, make sure the MUTE is ON (STEADY GREEN)
again when removing A.C. line power.
CAUTION:
DISCONNECT AC LINE CABLE WHILE MAKING ALL CONNECTIONS. "FLOATING THE GROUND”
OR DEFEATING THE GROUND ON A 3-PRONG LINECORD MAY CREATE A SHOCK HAZARD.
CONNECT ALL INTERCONNECT CABLES BETWEEN THE ELECTRONICS BEFORE
CONNECTING THE
A.C. LINECORDS TO THE WALL OUTLETS. THIS WILL REDUCE THE POTENTIAL SHOCK HAZARD. SEE
ALSO THE WARRANTY SECTION OF THIS OWNER'S MANUAL.
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INPUTS:
The input jacks are clearly marked on the back of the CP-40. The following inputs are
provided: PHONO/AUX, VIDEO, CD, TUNER, BALANCED, and TAPE.
PHONO/AUX:
The CP-40 preamplifier can be configured as a PHONO or LINE unit by setting the internal
jumpers (see fig.1, 2 & 3, Page 9). The PHONO and AUX share the same pair of RCA input jacks.
The followings steps should be performed to switch between them.
1) Make sure MUTE is ON (Steady GREEN)
2) Disconnect A.C. linecord from the wall outlet
3) Remove the top cover with the Allen key supplied.
4) Locate PHONO/AUX Input and Output jumpers (see fig.1, Page 9). Switch to desired
type of input (see fig.2 & 3, Page 9).
PHONO INPUT:
When switched to PHONO the input can accommodate both magnetic and moving coil
cartridges of varying output levels. Set the jumpers (see fig.1, 4 & 5, Page 9 & 10) to MM for
magnetic or MC for a moving coil cartridge. In the MC position, gain of the Moving Coil stage is
factory preset at 23dB which matches perfectly with most typical MC cartridges. With the resistor
kit (included), the gain can be adjusted from 13dB to 41dB, in order to optimise system gain, and
low noise while using other less typical MC cartridges. (Note: The MC gain is in addition to the
standard MM gain of 38dB). To change the MC gain, proceed as follows:
1) Make sure MUTE is ON (Steady GREEN)
2) Disconnect A.C. linecord from the wall outlet
3) Remove the top cover with the Allen key supplied
4) Locate R104 and R204 (see fig.1, Page 9), which are the MC gain setting resistors for the
LEFT and RIGHT channels respectively. Remove the resistors and replace them with newly
selected ones, according to the following chart:
GAIN
COLOR CODED RESISTOR
(or) NUMERICAL RESISTOR
13dB
(Brown,Red,Purple,Brown,Brown)
1271
23db (standard)(Yellow,White,White,Brown,Brown)
4991
29db
(Brown,Black,Black,Red,Brown)
1002
35dB
(Red,Black,Black,Red,Black)
2002
41dB
(Yellow,Purple,Green,Red,Brown)
4752
Silver solder is provided in the kit for this purpose. The resistor kit is for setting the MC gain which
will optimise output levels, noise, and efficiencies of less typical cartridges.
5) Having completed the resistor changes, replace the top cover.
AUX INPUT:
When selected (see Fig.1 & 3, Page 9) the AUX input serves as an additional high level
input, accommodating additional sources such as VIDEO, CD, TUNER, etc..
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VIDEO, CD, TUNER:
These are all high level inputs sharing exactly the same characteristics, and may be
interchanged if so desired.
BALANCED:
The BALANCED INPUT is a true differential high level input, wired as follows:
PIN 1: GROUND
PIN 2: POSITIVE (NON-INVERTED) SIGNAL
PIN 3: NEGATIVE (INVERTED) SIGNAL
It may be used with CD players that have a balanced output, or any other high level balanced
sources.
TAPE IN
The TAPE IN of the CP-40 preamplifier should be connected to the LINE OUT or TAPE
OUT of the tape deck. The TAPE input does not appear on the selector switch. It is activated by the
TAPE switch. (See FRONT PANEL CONTROLS: TAPE SWITCH.)
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OUTPUTS
The Classé CP-40 preamplifier has both regular (single-ended) and balanced outputs. Both
are working at all times, and may be used separately, or simultaneously.
TAPE OUTPUT
Whatever input is selected by the INPUT SELECTOR will be fed to the TAPE OUTPUT
jacks. This should be connected to the TAPE IN or LINE IN of the tape deck.
REGULAR OUTPUTS
Simply connect your regular interconnects to the RCA output jacks marks REGULAR
OUTPUT on the back of the CP-40.
BALANCED OUTPUTS
A balanced power amplifier and balanced interconnects are also required. For use with a
balanced power amplifier other than Classé, the wiring of the 3-pin XLR connectors must be wired
as follows:
PIN 1: GROUND
PIN 2: POSITIVE (NON-INVERTED) SIGNAL
PIN 3: NEGATIVE (INVERTED) SIGNAL
If the pin configuration of the power amplifier differs from above, the balanced interconnects
must be modified to accommodate the different power amp.
Having confirmed the correct connections, plug the XLR connectors of the balanced
interconnects into the locking XLR connector on the rear of the CP-40 marked BALANCED
OUTPUT. (To remove the connectors, press the tab above the connector.)
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FRONT PANEL CONTROLS
INPUT SELECTOR:
This selects one of the five inputs connected to the preamplifier, except TAPE IN (see TAPE
SWITCH below). The selector switch is silent and will prevent pulses when switching positions.
However, it remains good practice to reduce the volume control level or put MUTE to ON (steady
GREEN LED) when changing the input selection.
TAPE SWITCH:
In the SOURCE position, the preamp will process the signal as chosen by the INPUT
SELECTOR. In the TAPE position, the preamp will process the TAPE INPUT signal, overriding the
INPUT SELECTOR.
BALANCE CONTROL:
The custom balance control permits equal output of each channel in the center (detented)
position without additional loading to the signal. When shifted to the left or right, it merely
attenuates the opposite channel.
VOLUME CONTROL: (remote control)
The VOLUME CONTROL varies the output level of both channels simultaneously. It can be
operated by remote using the hand held control unit (see fig.1 Page 14) or manually turning the
control knob at the preamp.
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MUTE SWITCH: (remote control)
Switching between PLAY and MUTE can be done by either manually pressing the MUTE
switch down momentarily on the CP-40 faceplate or pushing the MUTE button on the hand held
remote control unit.
When MUTE (ON) is selected, which is indicated by a STEADY GREEN LED, the outputs
of the preamplifier are completely cut off. In the PLAY (MUTE OFF) selection, which is indicated
by a STEADY RED LED, the signal is allowed to pass to the power amplifier.
NOTE: WHEN THE CP-40 IS IN THE MUTE POSITION, AND THE VOLUME CONTROL
IS TURNED UP USING THE REMOTE CONTROL UNIT, THE PLAY MODE IS
AUTOMATICALLY SELECTED.
CAUTION: Make sure the preamp is in MUTE (ON) when making or changing any connections.
This includes all inputs and outputs, as well as A.C. line-cord.
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CP-40 LIMITED FACTORY WARRANTY (North America only).
IMPORTANT: WARRANTY REGISTRATION, AND A COPY OF THE
"AUTHORIZED DEALER BILL OF SALE", MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE
CLASSÉ FACTORY (address below) WITHIN TWENTY (20) DAYS OF
PURCHASE BY THE FIRST RETAIL PURCHASER IN ORDER TO VALIDATE
THESE WARRANTIES.
FIVE YEAR WARRANTY (ALL PARTIES)
Classé Audio Inc. warrants this preamplifier to be free from defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of FIVE YEARS from date of manufacture provided that any claim in virtue
of this warranty be made in writing within such period. (Hand held remote control 1 year only. No
warranty for batteries).
LIFETIME WARRANTY (FIRST RETAIL PURCHASER ONLY)
Subject to all of the conditions stated herein, A LIMITED NON-TRANSFERABLE FACTORY
LIFETIME WARRANTY IS EXTENDED ONLY TO THE ORIGINAL OWNER WHO FIRST PURCHASED THE
PREAMPLIFIER IN NORTH AMERICA AT RETAIL AND WHO CLAIMS UNDER THIS WARRANTY IN
NORTH AMERICA (not applicable to hand held remote control and batteries). This Lifetime warranty
terminates when this preamplifier is sold by such First Retail Purchaser to a Third Party.
In the event of failure of this preamplifier, Classé Audio Inc., will repair, recalibrate, or at its discretion,
replace the unit in accordance with these Warranties providing that all the conditions contained in these
warranties are met.
In order to initiate service of any kind, it is necessary to OBTAIN PRIOR FACTORY
AUTHORIZATION, AND SHIP THE UNIT PREPAID. For units coming from outside Canada, contact the
factory for our forwarding address. Units shipped directly to our Canadian address from outside the
country will be stopped at the border, causing extensive delays or return of the unit to the sender.
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The warranty shall be void and of no effect in the event of any of the following:
1) Operation not in accordance with this manual.
2) Accident, abuse, tampering, or unauthorized
modification, as determined by Classé Audio Inc.
3) Failure to meet any of the above conditions.
4) Removal, defacing, or falsifying the serial number plate.
5) Shipping without the complete factory packaging.
6) Transfer or sale of this preamplifier by the original owner.
7) Non-compliance with any of the other conditions hereof.
CLASSÉ AUDIO INC. SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES REGARDING THE SET-UP, OPERATION, FAILURE, TROUBLESHOOTING,
OR REPAIR OF THE PREAMPLIFIER AND/OR ANY OTHER EQUIPMENT USED THEREWITH.
THIS WARRANTY, ALL CLAIMS MADE IN VIRTUE HEREOF, AND ALL ISSUES RELATING TO
ANY SUCH CLAIM SHALL BE GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE PROVINCE OF QUÉBEC.
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WARRANTY REGISTRATION
You must fill out and return the form below, along with a copy of the authorized dealer bill
of sale, to the factory within twenty (20) days of purchase. This will allow us to provide expedient
service, information regarding updates and new products, and validate the Classé warranty.
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CP-40 SERIAL NUMBER_____________________PURCHASE DATE__________________
AUTHORIZED DEALER_______________________________________________________
PURCHASER'S NAME_________________________________________________________
STREET ADDRESS____________________________________________________________
CITY________________________________STATE/PROV.____________________________
COUNTRY________________________ZIP/POSTAL CODE__________________________
I BECAME AWARE OF THIS PRODUCT BY:_____________________________________
(DEALER, MAGAZINE, FRIEND, ETC.)
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SEND TO: CLASSÉ AUDIO INC.
Product Registration
5070 François Cusson
Lachine, Quebec, Canada
H8T 1B3
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