Owner`s manual | Classe Audio CA-2300 Stereo Amplifier User Manual

Owner’s Manual
CA-2300 / CT-2300
Two-Channel Amplifier
NOTICE
All of us at Classé take extreme care to ensure that your purchase will remain a prized investment. We are proud to inform you
that all Classé components have been officially approved for the European Community (CE) mark.
This means that your Classé product was subjected to the most rigorous manufacturing and safety tests in the world. The CE
mark certifies that your purchase meets or exceeds all European Community requirements for manufacturing consistency and
consumer safety.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment on and off, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna;
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver;
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected;
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
CAUTION: Changes or modifications to this equipment not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
The information contained in the manual is subject to change without notice. The most current version of this manual will be
posted on our web site at http://www.classeaudio.com.
Classé marks the “CE” symbol indicating compliance of this device with the EMC (Electromagnetic
Compatibility) and LVD (Low Voltage Directive) standards of the European Community.
Classé complies with the European Parliament and Council Directive 2002/96/EC concerning Waste Electrical
and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). This product must be appropriately recycled or processed in accordance with
these directives. Consult your local waste disposal authority for guidance.
Classé products are designed and manufactured to comply with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
as stated in the European Parliament and Council Directive 2002/95/EC.
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Important Safety Instructions
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus that produce
heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades
with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The
wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet,
consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and
the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
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Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged
in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into
the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been
dropped.
15. Do not expose this apparatus to dripping or splashing and ensure that no objects filled with liquids, such as
vases, are placed on the apparatus.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK, DO NOT
REMOVE COVER. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER
SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user
to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage “ within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the product.
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Contents
Welcome to the Classé family...........................................................................5
a word about installation........................................................................................ 5
Unpacking and Placement................................................................................6
unpacking your amplifier........................................................................................ 6
placement............................................................................................................... 6
ventilation............................................................................................................... 6
custom installations................................................................................................ 6
serial number.......................................................................................................... 6
operating voltage.................................................................................................... 7
warm up/break-in period........................................................................................ 8
please read this manual…....................................................................................... 8
highly refined
circuit design.......................................................................................................... 9
extraordinary longevity........................................................................................... 9
robust protection................................................................................................... 10
Front Panel...................................................................................................... 11
Rear Panel.......................................................................................................13
system.............................................................................................................13
Installation......................................................................................................18
CT-2300 rack-mount installation........................................................................... 18
CT-2300 stand-alone installation instructions........................................................ 18
CAN-Bus............................................................................................................... 21
features ............................................................................................................... 21
hardware setup ................................................................................................... 21
using CAN-Bus..................................................................................................... 23
CAN-Bus shared features ..................................................................................... 24
configuration........................................................................................................ 24
operate.................................................................................................................. 24
AC status............................................................................................................... 24
status..................................................................................................................... 24
name..................................................................................................................... 24
global brightness................................................................................................... 24
global standby.................................................................................. 24
CAN-Bus model-................................................................................................... 25
specific features.................................................................................................... 25
PlayLink............................................................................................ 25
amp info........................................................................................... 26
event log........................................................................................... 26
Care and Maintenance....................................................................................27
Troubleshooting..............................................................................................28
Specifications..................................................................................................30
Dimensions.....................................................................................................31
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Welcome to the Classé family
Congratulations on your purchase of a Classé amplifier. It is the result of many
years of continuous refinement, and we are sure that you will enjoy it for many
years to come.
We value our relationship with our customers. Please allow us to stay in touch
with you by returning your warranty card now, before you pack up the shipping
carton of your new product and forget all about it. Doing so will enable us to
let you know about any possible future upgrades or updates that might become
available for your Classé component.
You can register online at www.classeaudio.com or complete and mail the
registration card located in the separate warranty booklet.
Please take a few moments now to register your new
Classé amplifier and record your serial number here for
future reference.
Serial #: _________________________________________
a word about installation Every effort has been made to make the Classé CA-2300/CT-2300 simple and
straightforward to install and use.
The CT-2300 has been designed specifically for rack mount installations,
although it may just as easily be placed on a shelf, in a traditional cabinet or on
the floor near the speaker(s).
The size and shape of your room, its acoustics, and the associated equipment you
have chosen to use with your amplifier all influence the ultimate performance of
your system.
For this reason, we strongly encourage you to have your
system installed and calibrated by your dealer, whose
experience, training, and specialized equipment can
make a profound difference in the final performance of
the system.
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Unpacking and Placement
unpacking your amplifier Carefully unpack your power amplifier according to the supplied instructions,
and remove all accessories from the carton. Please take care when lifting the
amplifier, as it is quite heavy.
Important!
Keep all packing materials for future transport of your
Classé amplifier. Shipping your new component in
anything other than its purpose-designed packing material
may result in damage that is not covered by the warranty.
placement Many installations will utilize an equipment rack, although a shelf, a traditional
cabinet or the floor near the speaker(s) are acceptable alternatives. In any
case, take care to position it well away from source components and preamp/
processors, which may be sensitive to the amplifier’s electromagnetic fields.
Note that adequate clearance for the AC cord and connecting cables
must be left behind the amplifier. We suggest leaving six inches (15 cm)
of free space behind your power amplifier to allow all cables sufficient
room to bend without crimping or undue strain.
ventilation Your Classé power amplifier generates a certain amount of heat in the course
of normal operation. The vents on both the bottom and the top of the
amplifier must be kept free from any obstruction which would reduce the flow
of air through the unit. Avoid placement on soft surfaces that would restrict
airflow (such as plush carpeting).
custom installations Drawings are included in this manual to facilitate special installations and
custom cabinetry (see the section Dimensions). A purpose-designed rack
mount kit is included with the CT-2300. Contact your Classé dealer for more
information.
serial number The serial number for your power amplifier is found on the rear of the unit.
Please note and record this number on the page entitled Important Safety
Instructions for your future reference.
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operating voltage The amplifier is set at the factory (internally) for 100V, 120V, 220V, 230V, or
240V AC mains operation, as appropriate for the country in which it is to be
sold (230V only in European Union countries, in compliance with CE regulations).
The voltage setting may not be changed by the user or dealer.
Make sure that the label on the rear panel of your power amplifier indicates
the correct AC operating voltage for your location. Attempting to operate your
power amplifier at an incorrect voltage may damage the unit.
Warning:
The voltage setting of your power amplifier may not be
changed by the user. There are no user-serviceable parts
within the unit. Please refer any problems to an authorized
Classé service center.
If the AC mains voltage indicated on your power amplifier is incorrect, please
contact your local, authorized Classé dealer or distributor.
The amplifier can easily be powered by a normal 15 or 20-ampere AC mains
line. If other devices are also powered from the same AC line, their additional
power consumption should be taken into account.
The amplifier includes protection circuitry that will prevent the amplifier from
operating at dangerously high or low voltages.
• At startup: the AC mains voltage must be within a range of
approximately -15% to +10% of its nominal value at startup, or
the amplifier will not turn on. For example, a 120V unit requires
the AC mains to be between approximately 95V–135V in order to
turn on.
• Over-voltage during operation: if the AC mains voltage surges
by roughly 10% or more during operation, the amplifier will enter
protection mode and shut down. The Standby LED will flash to
indicate the protection mode has been engaged.
• Under-voltage during operation: if the AC mains voltage sags by
15% or more, the amplifier will continue to play (since this does
not present a particular danger to the amplifier), but note that
it may not be able to achieve its usual standard of performance
under these compromised conditions. The Standby LED will flash
to indicate the condition.
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warm up/break-in period Your new Classé power amplifier will deliver outstanding performance
immediately. However, you should expect to hear it improve somewhat as
it reaches its normal operating temperatures and its various components
“break‑in.” It has been our experience that the greatest changes occur within the
first 300 hours, as the amplifier reaches thermal equilibrium and the capacitors
fully form. After this initial break-in period, the performance of your new
amplifier should remain quite consistent for years to come.
The only exception to this rule is if the unit is placed in standby or unplugged for
an extended period of time, allowing it to cool down. Depending on the degree
of cooling involved, you should expect a brief warm-up period (on the order of
10-15 minutes) before the power amplifier’s sound quality is at its best. Unless
your amplifier was allowed to become quite chilled, subsequent thermal restabilization should not take long. Fortunately, you should never have to repeat
the initial 300 hour break-in period.
please read this manual… Please take a few minutes to review this manual, and to familiarize yourself with
your new amplifier. We understand that you are anxious to plug everything in
and get started. However, reading this manual and following the advice it gives
will ensure that you get all the benefits you deserve from having purchased such
a fine piece of equipment.
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Special Design Features
highly refined This Classé amplifier benefits from the use of high quality component parts,
circuit design application of advanced electronics design principles and exhaustive testing. Its
design uses fewer parts in the signal path than is typical, while also achieving
outstanding measured performance. This unusual accomplishment showcases
both the innovation of the design and the persistence of the Classé Design Team.
extensive listening tests
Excellent measured performance is to be expected in world-class products, and
Classé products deliver that performance. However, experience has shown that
technical excellence alone is insufficient to guarantee subjectively musical results.
For this reason, all Classé products are laboriously fine-tuned during the
development process by carefully controlled listening tests. Our ears are still
some of the finest laboratory test instruments available, and nicely complement
more traditional engineering test equipment. We rely on careful listening tests,
which we view as a necessary complement to the solid engineering you should
rightly expect from Classé.
extraordinary longevity The Classé Design Team has accumulated vast experience in what works well
over the long term.
By using only the highest quality parts to begin with, and then using them in an
informed way as a result of both accelerated aging experiments and actual longterm experience, we are able to design and manufacture products which we are
confident will stand the test of time.
We are confident that your new Classé amplifier will give you many years of
trouble-free reliability and musical enjoyment, just as previous Classé products
have given their owners.
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robust protection Finally, your new Classé amplifier incorporates a variety of protection circuits, all
designed to protect both the amplifier and your loudspeakers against dangerous
fault conditions. Significantly, these protection circuits do not intrude upon
or limit the normal performance of the amplifier; rather, they simply put the
amplifier into protection mode when confronted with abnormal conditions.
These conditions include:
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output overload
DC offset
AC mains voltage (outside of normal tolerances)
excessive operating temperatures
If any such conditions occur (any of which might harm either your amplifier or
possibly your loudspeakers), the amplifier will immediately go into protection
mode. In such a case, a Standby LED indicator will blink red until the fault can
be righted and the amplifier is re-started by pressing and holding the standby
button.
Likewise, if the AC mains voltage is out of range, the Standby LED will
blink. In all cases, the unit will need to be re-started once the cause of the fault
condition has been rectified.
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CA-2300
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CT-2300
Front Panel
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Standby button & LED indicator
The front panel Standby button will toggle the amplifier between operate,
its fully operational state, and a standby mode that leaves the amplifier off,
yet ready to respond to system commands via any of the supported control
options (e.g. IR input, DC trigger, CAN-Bus, or RS-232).
The current state of the amplifier is indicated by the LED indicator in the
Standby button. The state of this LED indicates the following:
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on (dim red)
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flashing blue (on power-up)= on (blue)
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flashing (after power-up) = flashing (combined red/blue) = slow flashing (red)
=
standby
initialization
operate
AC mains voltage out of range
the air intake filter needs to be cleaned
protection circuit(s) engaged
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When in standby, the amplifier’s gain stages are powered down. Only a
small power supply and control circuit remain on, consuming relatively
little power. Fortunately, since the output stages by their nature conduct a
great deal of current, they warm up and sound their best very quickly.
If you are not going to use the amplifier for an extended period of time,
we suggest you disconnect it from the AC mains. Please be certain that the
amplifier is in standby prior to disconnecting it from the AC mains.
Also, it is a good practice to physically disconnect any and all valuable
electronics from the AC mains during electrical storms, as a lightning
strike anywhere near your home can put a tremendous surge on the AC
mains that can easily damage any piece of electronics, no matter how well
designed and protected. The best protection in the case of severe electrical
storms is to simply remove the electronics from any connection with the
power grid.
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Caution!
If you see the Standby LED indicator blinking red, please
check that all external connections are cleanly made
and secure. If no fault is immediately obvious, try to
reset the amplifier by pressing and holding the standby
button. If the unit does not reset or continues to enter
protection mode, please call your authorized Classé
dealer for assistance.
100-120~ T12AH 250V
220-240~ T6.3AE 250V
OUT
RIGHT
LEFT
OUTPUT
OUTPUT
CLASS 2 WIRING
CLASS 2 WIRING
CAN BUS
IN
RS 232
SHOCK HAZARD - DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE-NE PAS OUVRIR
CAUTION! TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, GROUNDING
OF THE CENTER PIN OF THIS PLUG MUST BE MAINTAINED
AVIS! POUR RÉDUIRE LE RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE
LA FICHE CENTRALE DE LA PRISE DOIT ÊTRE
BRANCHÉE POUR MAINTENIR LA MISE À LA TERRE
THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES.
OPERATION IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS:
(1) THIS DEVICE MAY NOT CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE, AND
(2) THIS DEVICE MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED,
INCLUDING INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED OPERATION.
USB
OUT
TRIGGER
INPUT
IN
INPUT
OUT
IR
IN
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7
8
6
5 10
9
2
3
RIGHT
1
LEFT
OUT
CAN BUS
IN
OUTPUT
OUTPUT
CLASS 2 WIRING
CLASS 2 WIRING
100-120~
220-240~
RS 232
SHOCK HAZARD - DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE-NE PAS OUVRIR
CAUTION! TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, GROUNDING
OF THE CENTER PIN OF THIS PLUG MUST BE MAINTAINED
AVIS! POUR RÉDUIRE LE RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE
LA FICHE CENTRALE DE LA PRISE DOIT ÊTRE
BRANCHÉE POUR MAINTENIR LA MISE À LA TERRE
USB
THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES.
OPERATION IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS:
(1) THIS DEVICE MAY NOT CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE, AND
(2) THIS DEVICE MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED,
INCLUDING INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED OPERATION.
OUT
INPUT
INPUT
TRIGGER
IN
OUT
IR
IN
Rear Panel
The following descriptions are intended as a quick reference, should you have
any questions about your new product. Please see the next section (entitled
Initial Setup) for specific advice on incorporating your new amplifier into your
system.
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Balanced (XLR) Input
Balanced audio interconnections were originally developed for the
telephone and more recently in the professional audio world, for preserving
the delicate nuances of extremely small microphone-level signals. For many
years now, they have also been used by performance-oriented companies
such as Classé to preserve every nuance of the finest audio performances in
your collection.
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Technically, balanced audio interconnections provide two distinct benefits:
they double the signal’s strength as it travels from one component to the
next, increasing the potential Signal-to-Noise ratio by 6 dB; they also do
an excellent job of rejecting noise and interference that might otherwise be
picked up between the components, due to either EMI (electromagnetic
interference) or RFI (radio frequency interference). In the world of wireless
telecommunications, there is more potential interference around than ever
before—it makes sense to keep it out of music and movie soundtracks.
For this reason, we strongly recommend using the balanced analog
interconnections between your Classé components wherever possible.
The pin assignments of these XLR input connectors are:
Pin 1: Signal ground
Pin 2: Signal + (non-inverting)
Pin 3: Signal – (inverting)
Connector ground lug: chassis ground
These pin assignments are consistent with the standard adopted by the
Audio Engineering Society (AES14-1992).
If you are using your Classé power amplifier with a Classé preamplifier/
processor, you’re all set – just remove the supplied shorting pins (between
Pins 1 and 3) from the amplifier’s XLR connector(s), take standard
balanced interconnect cables and plug them in.
If you are using another brand of preamplifier or processor, please refer to its
operating manual to verify that the pin assignments of its output connectors
correspond to those of your amplifier. If not, have your dealer obtain cables
with the appropriate output pin connecting to the equivalent input pin.
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Single-Ended (RCA) Input
Single-ended cables using RCA connectors are the most common form
of analog connection used in consumer electronics. When implemented
carefully and with use of high quality interconnecting cables, this standard
can provide excellent performance. Classé has gone to extraordinary effort
to ensure that the single-ended (RCA) input of your power amplifier is
as good as possible. However, this connection standard cannot offer the
immunity from interference that balanced interconnection does—hence
our recommendation to use the balanced inputs when possible.
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Speaker Outputs
Two pairs of high quality five-way binding posts are provided on the
amplifier, in order to facilitate bi-wiring.
In practice, bi-wiring involves connecting two (preferably identical) sets
of speaker cables between each amplifier channel and its corresponding
loudspeaker. In many cases, the benefit is a subjectively improved level of
clarity and detail from the speaker, as a result of being able to feed the two
separate sections of its crossover and driver complement with identical, yet
separate signals.
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(Many high quality loudspeakers also offer two sets of connections on their
speakers. Generally, one set of the connections on the loudspeaker feeds the
portion of the speaker’s crossover network that supplies the woofer with its
signal; the other set of connections connects to the portion of the crossover that
supplies the rest of the speaker with the midrange and high frequencies.)
Although the binding posts on your Classé amplifier will accept bare wire
connections, we strongly recommend the use of high quality spade or hook
lugs, crimped and soldered onto the ends of your speaker wires. Using
high quality connectors will ensure that your speaker connections do not
gradually deteriorate from fraying and oxidizing bare wires. It also helps
prevent accidental short-circuits from poorly-terminated connections.
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Classé CAN-Bus Control Ports
These RJ-45 connectors are reserved for control and communication
applications using a Classé implementation of the Controller Area
Network (CAN) Bus specification. Refer to the CAN-Bus section located
later in this manual for more information.
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IR Input and Output
Your Classé amplifier includes two 1/8th-inch mini mono-jacks in order to
support the IR remote controls that are ubiquitous today. IR commands
exist for toggling the amplifier between operate and standby, as well as
discrete command codes for either operate or standby. These codes may be
used in “macros” for sophisticated remote control systems, facilitating the
control of the amplifier in the larger context of a complete system.
Actually, this IR Input and Output description is a bit of a misnomer: the
input supplied to these plugs is electrical in nature, not IR. It is obtained by
using standard IR receivers, distribution amplifiers, and emitters (available
from your dealer) to translate the remote’s flashes of infrared light into
corresponding pulses of electricity. The big advantages here include being
able to easily route the signals anywhere they might need to go, and the
reliability of a solid electrical connection.
Since an IR distribution system such as your dealer may design for you
usually must control many products, your amplifier includes both an IR
input (for the control of this product) and an IR output (so as to pass
along the same signal to the next product). This allows you to “daisy chain”
your control wires from one product to the next.
The amplifier is designed to respond to IR commands of 5 Volts DC, with
the tip of the mini-plugs defined to be “positive” relative to the shank of
the plug.
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DC Trigger Input and Output
Many audio/video preamplifiers can supply a DC control voltage to
associated equipment in order to induce desired behavior. Your Classé
amplifier can take advantage of these capabilities in order to be switched
between operate and standby automatically, perhaps in concert with the
A/V preamp itself.
Two 1/8th-inch mini mono-jacks provide this remote-controlled turn-on
(that is, toggling between operate and standby) of the amplifier. These jacks
provide a simple pass-through of the control voltage from one to the other,
allowing you to “daisy-chain” a series of amplifiers quite easily.
The remote trigger will be operated by the presence of 5–12 Volts DC,
with tip polarity as shown below:
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RS 232 Control Port
This DB-9 connector has two purposes:
• downloading new operating software into your amplifier (should
new features ever be added, for example)
• for external control of your amplifier by systems such as
AMX®, Crestron™ and Control 4™
For more information, please contact your dealer and ask about home
automation systems.
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USB Control Port
The USB connector provides the same functionality as the DB-9 connector
described above. It is compatible with the USB ports on PCs and may
obviate the need for a USB to RS-232 adaptor.
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AC Mains Input
An IEC standard power cord (supplied) is used with the CA-2300/CT2300. Plug the cord into the IEC receptacle on the rear panel, and the
other end into a suitable wall outlet.
10 AC Mains Fuse
Your Classé power amplifier has an AC mains fuse, accessible on the
rear panel. If you suspect that your AC fuse has blown, disconnect your
amplifier from the AC mains, as well as from its input connections and
speaker connections, and refer to the appropriate item of the section
enitled Troubleshooting.
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Do not open your amplifier. There are no user-serviceable parts within
this product.
Danger!
Potentially dangerous voltages and current capabilities
exist within your power amplifier, even when disconnected
from AC mains. Do not attempt to open any portion of the
amplifier’s cabinet. There are no user-serviceable parts
inside your power amplifier. All service of this product
must be referred to a qualified Classé dealer or distributor.
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Installation
Your new Classé amplifier is quite simple to set up and enjoy. Please follow the
steps outlined below in order to safely set up and use your new amplifier.
Important:
The AC mains connection should be the last connection you
make on your new power amplifier. In addition, it is always
a good idea to power up your power amplifier(s) last, after
everything else has been powered up and has stabilized. .
Conversely, it is good practice to power the amplifier(s)
down first when shutting down the system, as this
prevents any transients from other components from
getting through to your loudspeakers.
1. Unpack everything according to the included instructions.
Be careful when doing so, as this amplifier is quite heavy.
2. Place your amplifier (be sure to read “Unpacking and Placement”)
and connect it to the AC mains. This includes deciding on the location,
making sure you have adequate ventilation, and adequate clearance for all the
wires behind the amplifier. Once accomplished, connect the amplifier directly to
the AC mains. Do not use extension cords, as most are not suitable for the current
sometimes required by your amplifier.
CT-2300 rack-mount FOR RACK MOUNTING INSTALLATION CONTACT YOUR CLASSÉ
installation PROFESSIONAL.
CT-2300 stand-alone
installation instructions
NON-RACK-MOUNT INSTALLATION FOR CT-2300:
1a. Install (4) feet and secure with (4) #6 flat washers and
(4) 6-32 X 9/16 philips pan head screws.
Tighten to
5.0 in-lbs (0.56 N-m)
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Optional accessory feet can be purchased and installed as follows.
1b. Install (4) accessory feet (FC90902) and secure with
(8) 6-32 X 3/4 screws.
Tighten to
8.5 in-lbs (0.96 N-m)
Important!
Install (2) securing brackets when using the CT-2300 in a
stand-alone (non-rack-mount) installation.
2. Install left and right faceplate securing brackets (L7326 for CT-SSP and
CT-AMPS, and L7909 for CT-5300) secure with (4) 8-32 X 3/8 philips
pan head screws.
Tighten to
5.0 in-lbs (0.56 N-m)
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3. Configure your amplifier turn-on delay/amp no.
In a system that contains multiple Classé amplifiers, you may set the
number of seconds of turn-on delay for each amplifier, allowing each
to turn on in the order you have specified, rather than all at once. This
number also acts as an ID when using the CAN-Bus. (Having several powerful
amplifiers all turning on at the same time can sometimes stress the AC mains in
your home, potentially leading to nuisance tripping of circuit breakers).
The amplifier sequence number (turn-on delay) may be programmed by
your Classé dealer using a PC utility.
4. Make your preamp/processor connections.
With the amplifier in standby (or disconnected from the AC mains), using
high quality interconnecting cables, make the appropriate connections
with the balanced or single-ended connectors.
Make sure all the connections are snug, even if it means gently squeezing
the outer shell of the RCA with pliers and reinserting it to tighten the
connection.
5. Make your speaker connections.
Make the connection between the output terminals of the amplifier and
your loudspeakers, using high quality speaker wires.
Connect the black (–) terminals on the amplifier to the black (–) terminals
on your speaker, and the red (+) terminals on the amplifier to the red (+)
terminals on your speaker. If bi-wiring, run a total of four conductors
between each amplifier channel and its corresponding loudspeaker: two
separate +/– leads, one for the bass and the other for the mids and treble.
Make sure that no wires cross between the red (+) and black (–) terminals,
at either end.
Make sure all the connections are snug and cannot be easily wiggled free,
but do not overtighten them. If you can give the speaker wires a reasonable
tug without movement, they are snug. Further tightening will not make a
better connection, and (taken to the extreme) may damage the connectors.
6. Double-check all your connections.
We understand that this step sounds redundant, but it is worth the extra
minute or two it might take just to ensure that all connections are correct
and secure before plugging the power cables to the AC outlets.
7. Turn on all the other components in your system, and then
turn on your amplifier.
It is always good practice to turn any power amplifier on last, and to turn
it off first. Doing so prevents any turn-on/turn-off transients that might
originate in other components from damaging your loudspeakers.
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8. Install the front panel (CT-2300 only).
Once all connections have been made and the amplifier is verified to be
working correctly, remove the front panel from its packing and firmly press
it into place.
NOTE: If the CT-2300 is NOT installed in an equipment rack, the
front panel should be secured to the chassis using the supplied security
tabs. These will prevent the faceplate from unexpectedly popping off if
someone should try to lift the amplifier by its front panel.
CAN-Bus Classé’s Controller Area Network, or CAN-Bus, opens the way to a new level
of interaction between our Delta range of amplifiers, preamps, processors and
source components. When the amplifier is connected with CAN-Bus, the different
elements of a Delta or CT series system are in constant communication, creating
a “global” network that delivers system wide status information and shared
operational features, all through the touchscreen display.
features CAN-Bus will allow a Delta or CT series touchscreen to:
• Display status information for every connected unit, including
amplifiers which do not have a touchscreen display.
• Create a “PlayLink” that allows an SSP or Preamp to automatically
switch to the correct input when a Delta series source component
starts playback.
• Adjust the global system brightness.
• Configure the entire system to go in and out of standby at the
touch of a button and also bring individual components in and
out of standby.
• Mute any connected unit.
hardware setup 1
Classé Delta or CT Series Products
Two or more Classé Delta or CT series products are required, at least one of
which must have a touchscreen display.
2
Category 5 Network Cables
These are ordinary network cables, commonly used for broadband Internet
connections. They should be typical “straight through” cables not the “crossed
over” type, and the total required will be one less than the total number of
Delta and/or CT series components in your system.
3
CAN-Bus Terminator
A single CAN-Bus Terminator may be required. It is inserted into the
CAN-Bus OUT connector of the last component in the CAN-Bus daisy
chain. One is included in the box with your CT amplifier. They are also
available free of charge from your nearest Classé Customer Support Centre
http://www.Classeaudio.com/support/service.htm
4
SSP-300 & 600 CAN-Bus Interface Box
Systems that include an SSP-600 or SSP-300 will also require an
SSP-300/600 CAN-Bus Interface Box. These are included with the products or
available free of charge from your nearest Classé Customer Support Centre
http://www.Classeaudio.com/support/service.htm
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The diagrams below illustrate how to connect the CAN-Bus hardware.
Any combination of models in any order.
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
For any system with SSP-300 or SSP-600.
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
NOTE: Daisy chain may need to be terminated with CAN-Bus Terminator.
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using CAN-Bus CAN-Bus is controlled via the touchscreen of any Delta or CT series
component. There is no master component, so Delta/CT series systems where
two or more units have a touchscreen can be controlled through any of the
touchscreens. However, it is probably easiest to start using CAN-Bus through
just one.
CAN-Bus is accessed by pressing the menu button on the face of the unit or
remote, then the status button, followed by the more button.
The touchscreen will then display the CAN-Bus devices screen, which lists
connected Delta series components by model & serial number.
Highlighting a unit on the CAN-Bus devices screen identifies it as the target
unit. The front panel LEDs of the target unit will start flashing (unless you
highlight the unit that you are using to access CAN-Bus).
Once you have chosen the target unit press select. The target unit’s LEDs will
stop flashing and the touch screen will list the CAN-Bus features available to it.
Some CAN-Bus features are shared by all models, some are specific to individual
models.
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CAN-Bus shared features The following CAN-Bus features are shared by all models.
configuration Selecting configuration will present the CAN-Bus configuration screen
allowing access to name, global brightness, and global standby features.
operate The operate settings allow you to bring the target unit in and out of standby, or
mute. This key will be disabled for the unit whose touchscreen you are using to
access CAN-Bus.
AC status The AC status screen displays information from the target unit’s electrical supply
sensors. Two screens are available, with the second accessed by selecting more.
status The status screen is the simplest way to access essential information about
the target unit. It displays the target unit’s model number, software version,
operational status and serial number.
name Allows you to set the name that this component will be listed under in the
CAN-Bus devices screen. The name will appear next to the unit model and serial
number, and facilitate the identification of units in large systems.
global brightness By setting all your components to global brightness you can adjust the
touchscreen and LED brightness for your entire system by changing the
brightness of a single touchscreen. All CAN-Bus software updates automatically
set the updated unit to Global Brightness. If you want a particular unit to be
excluded from Global Brightness, deselect Global Brightness for that unit.
global standby By setting all your components to global standby you can bring your entire
system in and out of standby by pressing the standby button of any unit or
remote. All CAN-Bus software updates automatically set the updated unit to
global standby. If you want a particular unit to be excluded from global standby,
deselect global standby for that unit.
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CAN-Bus model- The following CAN-Bus features are model specific.
specific features
PlayLink This feature is exclusive to Delta series disc players and will only function if
the disc player is connected to a CAN-Bus enabled preamp or surround sound
processor.
When PlayLink is active, pressing play on the disc player will also automatically
switch the preamp/processor to a specified input. This means that you can listen
to a CD or watch a DVD literally at the touch of a button.
The first step in using PlayLink is to choose the input you wish to be selected
when play is pressed on the disc player. Press the PlayLink icon, then select the
correct input from the list.
Once you have selected the input press back, then select configuration.
PlayLink is activated and disabled through the PlayLink icon on the CAN-Bus
configuration screen.
PlayLink is automatically active after a software update, and the PlayLink icon
will only appear on the CAN-Bus configuration screen of a Delta series disc
player.
PlayLink can only select a single input per disc player. It is therefore
not designed for users who regularly play both CDs and DVDs
through different inputs from a single disc player. When PlayLink is
active the disc player will default to the same input every time play is
pressed, regardless of whether it is playing CD or DVD.
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amp info Available for amplifiers only, this screen displays the data provided by the
heatsink and AC Module temperature sensors.
NOTE: This feature is only accessible when the target amplifier is on.
event log Reserved for amplifiers, this feature is a protection circuitry event log which can
only be accessed when the target amplifier is in standby. The protection circuit
shuts down the amplifier or channel if it overheats or if its output could damage
your speakers. The event log details the circumstances surrounding the amp
going into protection and should be referred to in situations that require the
intervention of your dealer or Classé customer support.
The log can report the following events interpreted as follows:
• +ve slow blo trip & -ve slow blo trip — The average current has
reached the safe operating limit.
• +ve fast blo trip & -ve fast blo trip — The peak current has
reached the safe operating limit.
• over temperature trip — The unit temperature has reached the
safe operating limit.
• DC protection trip — The DC output level has reached the safe
operating limit.
• Communication failure — There has been a loss of
communication between the amp’s system monitoring sensors.
• AC line trip — The power supply has reached the limits of the
amp’s safe operating range.
• Air intake filter — The intake filter is constricting airflow and
should be cleaned. This “event” is also triggered after every
2,000 hours of operation, even if the sensors do not yet detect
constricted airflow. The unit will continue to operate with its
standby LED flashing (combined red/blue) until the filter is
checked and the unit reset by pressing and holding the standby
button for 3 seconds.
Events are rare and generally occur due to issues that are external to the amp.
They should be interpreted positively. The amp is doing what it’s designed to do.
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Care and Maintenance
To remove dust from the cabinet of your amplifier, use a feather duster or a lintfree soft cloth. To remove dirt and fingerprints, we recommend isopropyl alcohol
and a soft cloth. Dampen the cloth with alcohol first and then lightly clean the
surface of the amplifier with the cloth. Do not use excessive amounts of alcohol
that might drip off the cloth and into the amplifier.
Caution!
At no time should liquid cleaners be applied directly to
the amplifier, as direct application of liquids may result
in damage to electronic components within the unit.
From time to time, the air intake filter will need to be vacuum cleaned or
removed and rinsed with clean fresh water. A pressure sensor measures the
airflow to determine when it is necessary to clean the filter. When cleaning is
required, the Standby LED will flash (combined red/blue) and a message will
be sent to connected touchscreen controlled devices via the connected CAN-Bus
system. Since this is a maintenance and not a protection feature, the amplifier
will continue to operate while the LED is flashing, so as not to interrupt a
listening session. Once the amplifier enters standby mode it will require reset to
operate normally (press and hold the standby button). Use this opportunity to
check and clean the air intake filter. Remove the front panel (CT series amps) or
the air intake cover (Delta series amps) to access the filter.
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Troubleshooting
In general, you should refer any service problems to your Classé dealer. Before
contacting your dealer, however, check to see if the problem is listed here.
1. No sound, and Standby LED is not lit.
• The amplifier is not plugged into the AC mains, or the AC mains
are down (circuit breaker, fuse).
• A brown-out or short-term loss of power might require the
internal microprocessor to be reset. Unplug the unit for at least
30 seconds and then plug it in again and try powering it up.
• The AC mains fuse is blown. See Troubleshooting #4, below (or
contact your Classé dealer).
• The AC mains is out of range. Check the voltage specified on
the rear panel.
2. No sound, and Standby LED is blinking red.
• Your protection circuitry has been engaged. The most likely cause
is the “check filter” interval. The amplifier is programmed to flash
its standby LED after every 2,000 hours in the operate mode as
a reminder to check and clean the air intake filter. The amplifier
continues to play after the 2,000 hour threshold is crossed, but
once entering the standby mode the amp will require a reset. See
Care and Maintenance.
• Press and hold the standby button to reset the amplifier.
• If the amplifier does not reset or continues to go into protection
mode, disconnect the amplifier from the AC mains, and
disconnect all inputs and outputs.
• Then try to power up the amplifier again, connecting it only
to AC power. If the LED continues to blink, there is a fault
condition in the amplifier itself, and it should be disconnected
and taken to your Classé dealer for service.
• If it powers up without any difficulty, power it back down and
reconnect only the inputs. Then restart the amplifier. If it goes
into its blinking protection mode, something is wrong with a
component “upstream” of the amplifier—probably a DC offset
or similar problem. Your amplifier is trying to protect your
loudspeakers (even small amounts of DC can increase distortion
and damage speakers in relatively little time). Try different
source components to discover whether the problem is limited
to a single source, or exists all the time (which would indicate a
problem with the preamplifier/processor). Contact your dealer
for help with the appropriate component.
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3. The amplifier keeps shutting off.
• Make sure you are providing adequate ventilation to the
amplifier, and that the ambient room temperature is below 105°F
(40°C).
• Run through the troubleshooting sequence outlined above
(assuming the amplifier is going into its protection mode).
• The amplifier logs all protection circuit events. These are viewable
on the touchscreen of a CAN-Bus connected Classé component
or by your dealer on a PC using a special diagnostic program.
Contact your dealer to assess the likely cause of the trouble.
4. The AC mains fuse is blown.
There is a specific troubleshooting procedure for a blown AC mains fuse,
since this rare occurrence sometimes indicates a significant problem. Please
use the following steps, in order:
a. Disconnect your amplifier from the AC mains, as well as from its
input connections and speaker connections, and remove the fuse
cover on the rear of the unit.
b. If the fuse appears to be blown, replace it only with a fuse of
the same type and rating (specified below). Using any other type
of fuse, particularly a larger-value fuse, can result in permanent
damage to your amplifier. If you are not comfortable replacing the
fuse yourself, contact your Classé dealer for assistance.
Mains voltage:
Fuse type:
Rating:
100-120VAC
IEC time lag, high breaking capacity
12A 250V
Mains voltage:
Fuse type:
Rating:
220-240VAC
IEC time lag, high breaking capacity
6.3A 250V
c. After replacing the fuse and fuse cover, reconnect the amplifier to
the AC mains only and turn it on without reconnecting either the
inputs or the speaker wires. If the fuse blows again, disconnect it
from the AC mains and contact your Classé dealer for assistance.
d.If everything seems fine, place the amplifier back into standby
and carefully reconnect the input cable and power the amplifier
up. If the fuse then blows (or the amplifier goes into protection),
you may have a serious fault with your preamplifier/processor.
Contact your Classé dealer.
e. Finally, if everything is still fine, place the amplifier in standby
and carefully reconnect the speaker wires. Check both ends of
the speaker wires for possible short circuits. Then power up the
amplifier again. If the amplifier remains functional (the fuse
does not blow), then the original fuse probably blew in order to
protect the amplifier from a large AC mains surge. If it blows
again, contact your Classé dealer for assistance.
5. The Standby LED is flashing quickly.
• Try resetting the unit by disconnecting it from the AC mains
power, waiting a few seconds, and reconnecting the amplifier to
power. If this does not solve the problem, contact your Classé
dealer for assistance.
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Specifications
All tests un-weighted and 500kHz measurement bandwidth (except SNR).
n Frequency response
1Hz – 80kHz, -3dB
n Output power
300W rms into 8W (24.8 dBW)
600W rms into 4W (24.8 dBW)
Both channels driven
n Harmonic Distortion
<0.002% @ 1kHz balanced <0.004% @ 1 kHz single ended
n Peak Output Voltage
150V peak to peak, 53V rms no load
136V peak to peak, 48V rms into 8W
n Input Impedance50kW balanced / single ended
n Voltage gain
29 dB balanced / single ended
n Input level at clipping
1.88V rms balanced / single ended
n Intermodulation Distortion
>90dB below fundamental into
8W balanced / single ended
>90dB below fundamental into
4W balanced / single ended
n Signal-to-noise ratio
-116dB at peak output into 8W
Measurement Bandwidth: 22kHz
n Output Impedance0.015W @ 1kHz
n Standby power consumption
<1W @ 230V
n Rated power consumption
763W @ 1/8th power into 8W
n Overall Dimensions
CA-2300 Width: 17.50” (444mm)
CT-2300 Width (including faceplate): 19” (483mm)
CT-2300 Width (excluding faceplate): 17” (432mm)
CA-2300 Depth (excluding connectors): 17.52” (445mm)
CT-2300 Depth (excluding connectors): 18.625” (473 mm)
CA-2300 Height: 8.78” (223mm)
CT-2300 Height: 6.97” (177mm)
n Gross weight
CA-2300: 100lbs (45.36 kg)
CT-2300: 109lbs (49.5kg)
n Net weight
CA-2300: 88lbs (39.92 kg)
CT-2300: 89lbs (40.5kg)
n Mains voltage
Specified on rear panel
For more information, see your Classé dealer, or contact:
B&W Group Ltd.
5070 François Cusson
Lachine, Quebec
Canada H8T 1B3
Telephone +1 (514) 636-6384
FAX +1 (514) 636-1428
Internet: http://www.classeaudio.com
email:cservice@classeaudio.com
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Dimensions
CA-2300
17.50"
444mm
8.00"
203mm
8.78"
223mm
15.94"
405mm
10.21"
259mm
10.76"
273mm
17.52"
445mm
18.83"
478mm
10.20"
259mm
16.00"
406mm
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CT-2300
19.00"
483mm
6.97"
177 m m
17.41"
442mm
19.89"
505mm
17.00"
432mm
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B&W Group Ltd.
5070 François Cusson
Lachine, Quebec
Canada H8T 1B3
+1 (514) 636-6384
+1 (514) 636-1428 (fax)
http://www.classeaudio.com
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email: cservice@classeaudio.com
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