Classe Audio cp-700 Stereo Amplifier User Manual

Owner’s Manual
CP-700
Preamplifier
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NOTICE
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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.
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.
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(Electromagnetic Compatibility) and LVD (Low Voltage Directive) standards of the European
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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.
Please record the serial number for your new Classé component here for future reference.
Serial #: ____________________________________________
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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 (including
amplifiers) 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.
12.
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.
16. To completely disconnect this apparatus from the AC Mains, disconnect the power supply cord plug from
the AC receptacle.
17. The mains plug of the power supply cord shall remain readily operable.
18. Do not expose batteries to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or the like.
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.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
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Contents
Welcome to the Classé family ..........................................................................6
a word about installation ...........................................................................6
Unpacking and Placement ...............................................................................7
unpacking your preamplifier ......................................................................7
placement ..................................................................................................7
ventilation ..................................................................................................7
custom installations....................................................................................7
serial number .............................................................................................7
register your purchase! ...............................................................................8
operating voltage .......................................................................................8
warm up/break-in period ...........................................................................9
please read this manual .............................................................................9
Special Design Features ..................................................................................10
flexible graphical user interface ...............................................................10
customizable volume control ...................................................................10
highly refined circuit design .....................................................................10
extensive listening tests ............................................................................ 11
extraordinary longevity ............................................................................ 11
robust, isolated power supply .................................................................. 11
Front Panel .....................................................................................................12
Rear Panel ......................................................................................................15
optional phono preamp .....................................................................15
The Remote Control .......................................................................................20
The Menu System ...........................................................................................22
operational menu .....................................................................................22
input selection ...................................................................................22
tape loop ...........................................................................................22
main menu system ...................................................................................23
system setup.............................................................................................23
volume ..............................................................................................24
rotary .................................................................................................24
max volume ......................................................................................26
startup volume ...................................................................................26
mute setup ........................................................................................27
input ..................................................................................................27
phono gain ........................................................................................29
triggers ...............................................................................................29
teach IR ....................................................................................................29
display setup ............................................................................................30
brightness ..........................................................................................30
timeout ..............................................................................................30
language ............................................................................................31
main balance ...........................................................................................31
remote Fkeys ............................................................................................31
cautionary note on Fkey use ..............................................................32
status ....................................................................................................... 32
version info....................................................................................... 32
sensors .............................................................................................. 32
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CAN-Bus .................................................................................................. 33
features .............................................................................................. 33
hardware setup .................................................................................. 33
using CAN-Bus................................................................................... 34
CAN-Bus shared features .......................................................................... 35
configuration...................................................................................... 35
operate............................................................................................... 35
AC status ............................................................................................ 35
status .................................................................................................. 35
name.................................................................................................. 35
global brightness ................................................................................ 36
global standby ................................................................................... 36
CAN-Bus model specific features ............................................................. 36
PlayLink ............................................................................................. 36
amp info ............................................................................................ 37
event log ............................................................................................ 37
Troubleshooting .............................................................................................. 38
Care & Maintenance ....................................................................................... 41
cleaning the cabinet ................................................................................. 41
cleaning the LCD touchscreen.................................................................. 41
installing the remote control batteries ....................................................... 41
Specifications .................................................................................................. 42
Dimensions ..................................................................................................... 43
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Welcome to the Classé family
Congratulations on your purchase of a Classé product. 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.
Sending in your warranty card also registers your product with us so that
warranty service can be obtained easily and quickly, even if you have mislaid
your original sales slip.
Please, take a few minutes to fill out the warranty
registration card, and drop it in the mail.
You will find the warranty registration card at the end of the separate warranty
policy booklet, enclosed.
a word about installation Every effort has been made to make the Classé CP-700 simple and
straightforward to install and use.
Still, we have no way to evaluate many other variables such as the size and shape
of your room, its acoustics, and the associated equipment you have chosen to use
with your preamplifier. All of these factors 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 Carefully unpack your preamplifier according to the supplied instructions, and
your preamplifier remove all accessories from the carton.
Important!
Keep all packing materials for future transport of your
Classé product. 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 As with any preamplifier, it is best to place the CP-700 centrally within your
system, since it is the hub to which all other components are connected. It
should also be located at a convenient height for both visibility and use, since
you generally interact with your preamplifier more than any other component
(changing inputs, adjusting volume, etc.).
Note that adequate clearance for the AC cord and connecting cables
must be left behind the CP-700. We suggest leaving eight inches
(20 cm) of free space behind your preamplifier to allow all cables
sufficient room to bend without crimping or undue strain.
Classé recommends that the unit not be placed directly on the top surface of a
power amplifier (or any other heat source).
ventilation Your Classé preamplifier generates a certain amount of heat in the course of
normal operation. Be sure to allow three inches of clearance above it and three
inches to each side to allow heat dissipation through air circulation. 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). An optional, purpose-designed
rack mount kit is available for this product. Contact your Classé dealer for more
information.
serial number The serial number for your preamplifier 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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register your purchase! Having found the serial number, now would be a good time to fill out the
registration card. Please register your purchase so we can advise you of updates
and other items of interest.
It will take only a minute or so. Please complete the card now, before you forget.
operating voltage The CP-700 preamplifier is set at the factory 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.
Make sure that the label on the rear panel of your preamplifier indicates the
correct AC operating voltage for your location. Attempting to operate your
preamplifier at an incorrect voltage may damage the unit.
Warning:
The voltage setting of your preamplifier 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 preamplifier is incorrect, please
contact your local, authorized Classé dealer or distributor.
The CP-700 can easily be powered by a normal 15-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 CP-700 includes protection circuitry that will prevent the preamplifier 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 preamplifier 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 preamplifier 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 preamplifier 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 preamplifier 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
preamplifier reaches thermal equilibrium and the capacitors fully form. After
this initial break-in period, the performance of your new product should remain
quite consistent for years to come.
The only exception to this rule is if the unit is 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 before the preamplifier’s sound quality
is at its best. Unless your preamplifier was allowed to become quite chilled,
subsequent thermal re-stabilization 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 preamplifier. 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
flexible graphic The LCD touchscreen on the front panel of your new component supports an
user interface extremely flexible and versatile graphic user interface (GUI) while maintaining
a clean, uncluttered appearance. The CP-700 provides a range of controls
that might otherwise require dozens of buttons and knobs on the front panel.
Despite this power and flexibility, it remains simple to operate in day-to-day use.
In fact, in some ways it is even simpler to operate than a more conventional
design might be. For example, if you are not using one or more of the inputs
on your CP-700, you can delete the unnecessary buttons from the operational
menu. Doing so prevents anyone from trying to select a non-existent source
component, with the resulting confusion stemming from the lack of any sound.
(Of course, you can easily restore the button if you subsequently add another source
component and need that input.)
customizable The volume control on your new Classé preamplifier is controlled by
volume control sophisticated software that allows you to fine-tune its response to suit your
preferences.
Ideally, a volume control would allow you to reach the volume you desire
quickly, and would also provide extremely fine control once you are close to the
“perfect” volume. Of course, these characteristics are in conflict with each other:
one requires the volume to change by quite a lot for a given amount of turning
of the knob, while the other requires small, incremental changes for the same
turn of the knob.
The volume control system on your CP-700 solves this problem by responding
differently based on the specific circumstances (e.g. how quickly you are turning
the knob and where in the volume range you are). After extensive testing, we
feel we have created factory default settings that most people will find intuitive
and a real pleasure to use. However, if you feel you would like to fine-tune its
performance further in order to suit your particular preference, you may easily
do so.
highly refined All Classé analog amplification stages are based on circuits that have been
circuit design extensively optimized over many years of continuous development.
By starting with excellent circuit designs and working with them over the years,
we are able to discover the many small refinements that add up to superlative
performance, in a variety of applications. Altering a voltage here, or using a
slightly different part there, may make all the difference between solid and
absolutely outstanding performance.
This level of refinement only comes with a great deal of experience, and is not
available to those who flit from one trendy notion to the next. It accounts
in no small measure for both the consistency of sonic performance among
Classé products (as they are all based on similar analog gain stages), and for the
consistently excellent reviews these products receive from owners and reviewers
alike.
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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. In the course of optimizing the
circuitry for a product, hundreds of decisions are made based on the subjective
impression given by substituting one high quality part for another.
As an example, we may listen to half a dozen 0.1% tolerance film resistor
components of the same value, from several different companies. Standard tests
may show them all to provide identical results in terms of noise, distortion, and
so forth. Yet, almost invariably, one selection yields some small improvement in
the subjective reaction to the performance of the product under development.
Less often, even a single such change can result in a surprisingly large
improvement.
Multiply those various improvements by the dozens or even hundreds of such
decisions that must be made before the product can be finalized for production,
and you have a remarkable improvement, indeed – all based on careful listening
tests, which we view as a necessary complement to the solid engineering you
might rightly expect from Classé.
extraordinary longevity Another benefit of having worked with highly refined circuit designs so
extensively over many years is that we have 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 preamplifier will give you many years of
trouble-free reliability and musical enjoyment, just as previous Classé products
have given their owners.
robust, isolated The CP-700 employs an outboard power supply to provide the ultimate in
power supplies performance. This unit includes a massive 135 VA toroidal transformer with
five secondary windings to provide maximum isolation for both the positive
and negative voltages required by each channel, as well as the voltage used by the
control circuitry within the preamplifier itself.
This design approach ensures that the preamplifier itself sees only the pure,
highly-regulated DC power it needs for handling the music signals, while the
high-voltage AC mains is kept safely away from your music. In short, it creates
an ideal environment in which the refined circuitry of the CP-700 can operate
to its full potential in service of your musical enjoyment.
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Front Panel
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Standby button & LED indicator
The front panel Standby button will toggle the preamplifier between
operate, its fully operational state, and a standby mode that leaves the
preamplifier 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 preamplifier is indicated by the LED indicator in
the center of the standby button. When the unit is powered and switched
on, the state of this LED indicates the following:
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on
flashing (on power-up)
off
on (dim)
flashing (after power-up)
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standby
initialization
operate
display timeout
AC mains voltage out of range
If you are planning not to use the preamplifier for an extended period of
time, e.g. vacation or other travel, we suggest you disconnect it from the
AC mains. Please be certain that the preamplifier is turned off 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 damage any piece of electronic equipment, no matter how well
designed and protected. The best protection in the case of severe electrical
storms is simply to remove the electronics from any connection with the
power grid.
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Menu button
Pressing the front panel Menu button will call up the main menu system,
replacing the normal operational menu and status display in the LCD
touchscreen.
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LCD touchscreen
Much of your interaction with the CP-700 will be via the LCD
touchscreen (and the CP-700’s supplied remote control). It will usually
display the various input selection buttons you would use in day-to-day
operation, along with access to the tape button.
By pressing the Menu button, you can also call up the menu system of the
CP-700, which gives you control over many of the operational details of
the preamplifier, including system setup options, various display options
(including the language in which the menu system itself displays), and
several custom-installation capabilities that allow superior integration of
the CP-700 into complex systems.
For more information, see the section The Menu System later in this
manual.
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Mute button
The front panel Mute button reduces the volume of the preamplifier to
zero at the touch of a button. Pressing the button a second time restores
the volume to its previous setting. The behavior of the mute can also be
customized. Setup information on this feature is available in the Volume
Setup section.
However, if you increase the volume manually (using either the volume
knob or the remote control) while the Mute button is engaged, the mute
control will disengage and the volume will be set to zero. This approach
is a safety measure, to avoid situations in which the volume might be
adjusted up while muted, only to then have the system un-muted to an
unexpectedly high volume.
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IR window
The infrared (IR) receiver and transmitter are located behind this
window. Ordinarily, your Classé CP-700 must be able to “see” the
remote control from this window in order to respond to remote control
commands.
If your preamplifier will be located behind closed doors, or for any
other reason will not be able to “see” the remote control during normal
operation, you may use the rear panel IR input and output mini-jacks and
an IR repeater system to solve the problem. For more information about
using an infrared repeater system to route signals to and from the CP-700,
refer to the section Rear Panel later in this manual, or contact your local
Classé dealer.
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In addition to receiving IR commands, the CP-700 can also transmit IR
commands so they may be learned by third-party learning remote controls.
The CP-700 includes a comprehensive list of discrete IR commands to
facilitate the creation of reliable macros. Specifically, there are discrete
codes for all commands that normally operate as toggle functions (e.g.
separate operate and standby commands in addition to the normal
command that toggles between the two states).
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Volume Knob
The large knob on the right side of the front panel of the CP-700 is used
to control the volume of the system.
The volume is raised or lowered in precise 0.5dB increments throughout
the range of the control most likely to be used while listening to music.
At extremely low volumes, the step size is increased somewhat to make it
easier to move quickly between extremely low and normal listening levels.
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Rear Panel
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Tape Input
Connect the analog outputs of any recording device (analog tape recorder,
digital tape recorder, CD recorder, etc.) you may have to these single-ended
RCA connectors. You may select to hear the output of your recording
device by touching the tape button on the main operational screen of the
CP-700.
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Single-ended (RCA) inputs
These RCA jacks accept right-channel and left-channel (single-ended)
inputs from line-level source equipment such as tuners, CD players,
and tape decks. Any of these inputs may be selected by touching the
corresponding button on the main operational screen of the front panel
touchscreen.
To achieve the best possible results, we suggest that you use only highquality, shielded interconnect cables. Please consult with your local Classé
dealer for advice on the best cables for use in your system.
optional phono preamp
If you have a turntable you would like to use with the system, an optional
phono preamplifier module is available from your Classé dealer. Once
installed in your preamplifier, the Line 1 input connectors become your
phono inputs, and the phono gain control in the menu system becomes
active, allowing you to select either low gain for all moving-magnet
(MM) and high-output moving-coil (MC) cartridges, or high gain for
standard output MC cartridges. (See the section The Menu System for more
information.)
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Balanced (XLR) inputs
These XLR jacks accept right-channel and left-channel balanced signals
from source equipment with balanced outputs. Either of these inputs may
be selected by touching the corresponding button on the main operational
screen of the LCD touchscreen.
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The pin assignments of the XLR-type female input connectors are:
Pin 1: Signal ground
Pin 2: Signal + (non-inverting)
Pin 3: Signal – (inverting)
Connector ground lug: chassis ground
Refer to the operating manuals of your balanced-output line-level sources
to verify that the pin assignments of their output connectors correspond
to the CP-700. If not, wire the cables so that the appropriate output pin
connects to the equivalent input pin.
To achieve the best possible results, we suggest that you use only highquality interconnect cables. Please consult with your local Classé dealer for
advice on the best cables for use in your system.
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Tape output
Connect these RCA jacks to the right-channel and left-channel recording
inputs of your recorder.
These single-ended RCA outputs are unaffected by the volume control
on the front panel, or by whether you choose to monitor the source or
the recorder (by having the “tape” button on the front panel’s touchscreen
deselected or selected, respectively). The record outputs will be disconnected
when the preamplifier is placed into standby, however.
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Single-ended (RCA) main outputs
Single-ended cables using RCA connectors are the most common form
of analog connection used in consumer electronics. When implemented
carefully and used with high quality interconnect cables, this standard can
provide excellent performance.
Classé has gone to extraordinary effort to ensure that the single-ended
(RCA) outputs of your preamplifier are 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 outputs whenever possible.
If you are not using balanced analog interconnection, then connect these
single-ended outputs to your preamplifier using high-quality shielded
RCA-terminated cables. Your Classé dealer can advise you on the selection
of cables suitable for your system.
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Balanced (XLR) main outputs
The CP-700 supports two pairs of high quality XLR outputs to provide
balanced stereo analog signal to your power amplifier(s). In most cases, you
will connect one pair only to corresponding balanced inputs on your power
amplifier, using shielded high-quality balanced interconnects. If you choose
to biamplify your speakers, you may need to use both outputs. Your Classé
dealer can provide assistance in selecting appropriate balanced cables for
your system, as well as advice on the potential benefits of biamplification in
your particular situation.
Balanced audio interconnections were originally developed 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 consumer companies like Classé to preserve
every nuance of the finest audio performances in your collection.
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 balanced analog
interconnects between your Classé components wherever possible,
especially if you plan to use long interconnect cables between your
preamplifier and the power amplifier(s) in order to minimize the length of
the speaker wires.
The pin assignments of these XLR output 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 preamplifier with a Classé power amplifier,
you’re all set – just take standard balanced interconnect cables and plug
them in.
If you are using another brand of power amplifier, please refer to the
operating manual of your amplifier to verify that the pin assignments of
its input connectors correspond to those of the CP-700. If not, have your
dealer wire the cables so that the appropriate output pin connects to the
equivalent input pin.
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RS-232 Control Port
This DB-9 connector has two purposes:
• downloading new operating software into your preamplifier
(should new features ever be added, for example)
• external control of your preamplifier by control systems such as
i-Command™, AMX® and Crestron™
For more information, please contact your dealer and ask about home
automation systems.
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Classé CAN-Bus Control Ports
These RJ-45 connectors are reserved for future control and communication
applications using Classé Audio’s implementation of the Controller Area
Network (CAN) Bus specification.
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IR Input and Output
Your Classé preamplifier includes two 1/8th-inch mini mono-jacks in
order to support the infrared (IR) remote controls that are ubiquitous
today. Infrared commands exist (for example) for toggling the preamplifier
between operate and standby, in addition to 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
preamplifier in the larger context of a complete system.
The list of commands available is quite extensive, enabling even complex
macros (chains of commands strung together) to operate flawlessly. If this
capability is of interest to you, we strongly recommend discussing it with
your authorized Classé dealer.
Note that IR Input and Output is a bit of a misnomer: the input and
output of these plugs is electrical in nature, not infrared. They are used
with standard IR receivers, distribution amplifiers, and emitters (available
from your dealer) to translate the remote’s IR signal to an electrical signal
and vice versa. 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 preamplifier 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 preamplifier is designed to respond to IR commands of 5 Volts DC,
with the tip of the mini-plug defined to be positive relative to the shank of
the plug.
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10 DC Trigger Input and Output
Many audio/video components can supply a DC control voltage to
associated equipment in order to induce desired behavior. Your Classé
preamplifier can take advantage of these capabilities in order to be switched
between operate and standby automatically, usually in concert with the A/V
preamp itself.
The 1/8th-inch mini mono-jack Trigger In provides for remote-controlled
turn-on (that is, toggling between operate and standby) of the preamplifier.
Two 1/8th-inch mini mono-jacks provide individually controllable DC
trigger outputs which can be used for any of a number of purposes, as
described in The Menu System. For example, your dealer can program
Trigger Out1 to toggle your Classé power amplifier between operate and
standby with your CP-700.
The remote trigger input will respond to the presence of 5–12VDC, with
tip polarity as shown below:
Similarly, the trigger outputs will create a 12VDC signal that can source up
to 100mA of current.
11 Ground terminal
The ground terminal on your preamplifier is most often used for the
ground wire of a turntable, assuming you have the optional phono module
installed (see your authorized Classé dealer for more information on this
option if you are interested). Connecting the ground wire from your
turntable’s tonearm to this screw terminal usually minimizes any hum
or buzzing to which the turntable might otherwise be susceptible. Your
authorized Classé dealer can assist you in handling this problem if it should
arise.
12 DC Power Input
The DC Power Input for the CP-700 is located near the middle of the
rear panel. Connect the provided multi-pin “umbilical cord” between the
outboard power supply and this connector to provide the preamplifier with
the clean, pure DC power it needs to do its job.
There is also an AC mains switch on the back of the outboard power
supply. Switching the power supply on (assuming the preamplifier is
connected with the umbilical cord) puts the preamplifier in standby mode.
The preamplifier should also be in standby before power is switched off.
Danger!
Potentially dangerous voltages and current capabilities
exist within your power supply, even when disconnected
from AC mains. Do not attempt to open any portion of the
unit’s cabinet. There are no user-serviceable parts inside.
All service of this product must be referred to a qualified
authorized Classé dealer or distributor.
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The Remote Control
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• Info takes you directly to the status screen in the LCD menu
system, displaying several items of information about the
CP-700 and its current operational status.
• Disp (for Display) cycles through the three brightness settings of
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• Standby toggles the CP-700 between standby and operate.
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Input Selection & Volume
The Up and Down arrow keys on the left side of the remote control will
cycle through the active inputs on your CP-700.
If you have inputs you are not using, we suggest deactivating them in order
to provide faster, easier access to the inputs you are actually using. (See the
section The Menu System for information on how to do this.)
The Up and Down arrow keys on the right side of the remote control
will raise and lower volume; the square key between them will activate
the Mute function of the CP-700 (as defined in the menu system; see The
Menu System for more on your mute options).
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Navigation Keys
The central section of the remote control contains the navigation keys. This
array of buttons is similar to what you may have seen on remote controls
for DVD players, and is used for navigation of the menu system of the
CP-700.
• Home returns you to the normal input selection controls
normally shown on the LCD screen on the front panel of
the CP-700. This provides a quick way to get back to normal
operation, regardless of how deep you might be in the menu
system.
• Menu serves two functions: it calls up the menu system when
you need it in order to adjust something to your preference;
once within the menu system, pressing Menu returns you to the
previous level of the menu system. If you press Menu when at
the top level of the menu system, it will take you back out of the
menu system to the normal display.
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• The Bal (balance) key takes you directly to the balance screen
in the menu system; once there, you can use the navigation keys
on the remote to select either the left or right buttons on the
LCD touchscreen, depending on which way you wish to move
the balance. Adjust the relative left-right balance of the system
by using the Enter key on the remote to “press” the appropriate
button on the display.
• Up/Down/Left/Right keys allow you to move within a
particular menu screen, changing the highlighted item up/down/
left/right as you like, from the comfort of your listening position.
• The Enter key allows you to select the highlighted item, having
the same effect as if you had pressed the button on the LCD
touchscreen.
• The Tape key is not a navigation key, per se, but allows you to
easily toggle between listening to the selected source and listening
to the output of your recording device. If you have a recording
device (such as a three-head tape deck) which can play back a
recording while it is being made, you will be able to compare the
original signal to the recording while you are making it.
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Fkey Controls
The CP-700 remote control can also control user-defined functions as well.
The F1/F2/F3/F4 keys are available for controlling aspects of the CP-700
not covered by the other buttons on the remote control.
You are able to choose what the CP-700 should do in response to receiving
the infrared signal that a particular Fkey has been pressed. The list of
possible functions is quite extensive, and is found in the menu system (see
the next section in this manual, entitled The Menu System).
Note:
The Fkeys on all Classé remote controls issue the same
infrared commands. This saves you from having to be
sure you have picked up the proper remote, since all your
Classé remotes will perform the same function for each
Fkey.
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The Menu System
Your CP-700 includes a versatile LCD touchscreen which supports both an
attractive information display and a flexible menu system. While its use is quite
intuitive, it is also quite extensive. This section of the owner’s manual outlines
the many capabilities found in the menu system.
operational menu
The operational menu provides easy access to the most basic functions of the
preamplifier: input selection and tape monitor. It also provides both a numeric
and a graphic depiction of the current volume setting.
input selection Pressing any of the input buttons on the touchscreen will switch to the
appropriate input. You may have as many as three line inputs (meaning singleended connections using RCA connectors) and two bal inputs (balanced
connections using XLR connectors). If you do not have this many sources in
your system, you can elect to deactivate the unused inputs. Doing so removes
their associated buttons from the touchscreen, reducing confusion for occasional
users of the system.
tape loop In addition, the CP-700 has a dedicated tape loop for use with sources that can
both record and play back, bringing the total number of sources you can connect
to the CP-700 to six (four single-ended and two balanced).
When you touch the tape button to highlight it, you will notice that the
previously selected input remains highlighted. Whenever any input is selected
for listening, it is also selected for possible recording; a copy of its signal is sent
to the recording device connected to the tape output. You may record it or not as
you please.
When you select the tape button, you are asking the CP-700 to continue with
this recording feed (whether or not it is being used), while switching to monitor
the output of the tape deck (or CD recorder, or whatever else you might have
connected to the record loop). In this way, you can monitor the result of your
recording while you are making it, in real time. (This assumes that your recording
device supports this capability, as do three-head tape decks.)
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main menu system
Pressing the front panel Menu button to the left of the LCD touchscreen brings
up a comprehensive main menu system, the top two levels of which are shown
above. This menu provides access to many installation-specific features that let
you customize how the CP-700 works within the context of your particular
system.
system setup
The first button on the control menu takes you to a series of submenus that
collectively provide a great deal of control over your system setup. Here, you can:
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customize the behavior of your volume control
tailor your inputs to your particular source components
adjust the gain of the optional phono module
activate and name your three sets of main outputs
program the behavior of the CP-700’s DC triggers
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volume Pressing the volume button takes you to the volume setup menu, which in turn
has four submenus, all pertaining to how the volume of the system is managed.
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max volume
startup volume
mute setup
Each of these topics will be addressed in turn, below.
rotary The rotary knob on the front panel does not directly control the volume.
Instead, it controls circuitry that does so with greater fidelity and precision than
traditional volume potentiometers could ever achieve.
Since the volume control circuitry is under software control, it is possible to
customize its behavior under various conditions. To better understand why this
is so valuable, consider two scenarios:
Person A places a high value on precision in achieving exactly the
volume setting that makes the music most realistic; being able to
easily change volume setting by a fraction of a decibel is critical to his
enjoyment of the system.
Person B just wants to jump easily from low volumes to a reasonable
listening level, and is less concerned with the finer points of precision
than with getting what he wants with a quick twist of the knob.
You can see the problem in these scenarios: Person A wants extremely fine
gradations on the volume control, which will require many rotations to go from
extremely low setting to normal listening levels; Person B wants to get from one
to the other with a “quick twist” of the knob, requiring coarse gradations in
order to cover so much range in so little space. What happens when Persons A
and B live in the same house? Or if Person C wants to have both, depending on
their mood at the moment? (In fact, most of us are probably like Person C.)
Classé solves this dilemma by altering the response of the volume control, based
on several factors.
Since it is rare to listen at extremely low (barely audible) volumes, the low range
adjustment of the volume control allows for faster response to knob input when
the volume setting values are low. When activated, you will get from extremely
low to middle volume control settings a bit faster than you would otherwise.
This effect can be subtle, and may not even be desirable when the speakers used
have extremely high sensitivity (since this results in using the lowest part of the
range more than you would otherwise).
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The most significant factor in the perceived responsiveness of the volume control
is the speed at which the knob is being turned. We all naturally tend to move
volume knobs more quickly when we need to make a bigger change, and we
tend to slow down as we approach our desired volume. Thus, if the CP-700 sees
the knob moving relatively quickly, it uses coarse steps to effectively accelerate
the action of the circuitry. As the knob begins to turn more slowly, the CP-700
will actually increase the resolution of the steps, which slows down the action
of the volume control and yields greater precision in choosing an appropriate
setting.
Of course, it is possible to bump into the knob by accident, which might
result in its spinning very quickly indeed. Rather than increasing the volume
uncontrollably under these conditions, the CP-700 actually slows everything
down again as a safety measure against accidentally blowing your speakers. In
fact, if you like you may establish a speed limit beyond which the knob will
simply be ignored.
The factory default settings for these behaviors are generally found to be intuitive
and a pleasure to use. However, if you prefer to alter these behaviors, you may do
so in the rotary menu, shown below.
All of the rotary setup settings are interactive. You can set the value, and then
adjust the volume to see whether the effect is what you desired.
• low range: determines the degree to which the responsiveness of
the volume control is boosted at low volume control settings, in
order to get through them more quickly. A setting of 0 disengages
the effect, while a setting of 100 maximizes it.
• low speed: determines the responsiveness of the control when the
knob is being turned slowly. A setting of 0 will cause the volume
to change as slowly as possible at low knob speeds; a setting of
100 will cause the volume to change as quickly as allowed at low
knob speeds. (The menu is the same as the one above except for the
indication that it is for the “low speed” adjustment.)
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• medium speed: determines the responsiveness of the control
when the knob is being turned at a moderate speed. A setting of
0 will cause the volume to change as slowly as possible at medium
speeds; a setting of 100 will cause the volume to change as quickly
as allowed at medium knob speeds. (The menu is the same as the
one above except for the indication that it is for the “medium speed”
adjustment.)
• high speed: determines the responsiveness of the control when the
knob is being turned rapidly. A setting of 0 will cause the volume
to change as slowly as possible at high knob speeds; a setting of
100 will cause the volume to change as quickly as allowed at high
knob speeds. (The menu is the same as the one above except for the
indication that it is for the “high speed” adjustment.)
• speed limit: establishes a maximum rotary speed, beyond which
there will be no change in volume whatsoever; the knob’s input
will be ignored completely until it is first stopped, and then
rotated at a slower speed.
• reset defaults: if after experimenting with various settings you
decide you prefer it the way it operated as it came from the factory,
pressing this button will restore the factory default settings. So feel
free to experiment – you can always return to the original settings.
max volume
The max volume screen allows you to establish a maximum volume setting for
your system. This scale runs from 0 to 100, with 100 indicating that you do
not want any artificial limit placed on the maximum gain your preamplifier can
provide.
This setting is interactive. You can set the value to something less than 100, and
then adjust the volume to see whether it is appropriate.
startup volume The startup volume screen allows you to define how the CP-700 handles its
initial volume upon starting up. Your choices are:
• last volume: this setting causes the CP-700 to behave as do basic
preamplifiers that use simple potentiometers for their volume
control. The turn-on volume is whatever it happened to be when
last used.
• specific: alternatively, you can elect to have a specific startup
volume of your choosing. Select the specific button, and then set
your preference by clicking the set volume button beside it. The
latter button takes you to a screen in which you can both see and
hear the setting you are choosing (assuming you are playing music
at the time. Setting a relatively low startup volume ensures that
you do not accidentally disturb anyone when first turning on the
system.
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mute setup Pressing the mute setup button allows you to select one of three different
muting functions:
• Classic muting literally mutes the output when you engage the
mute button; no sound will be heard.
• Specific muting allows you to select a specific volume setting that
you want used when you engage mute, regardless of what setting
you might have been using the moment before.
• Dampening works as most mute buttons work, attenuating the
current volume by the amount you specify.
input Each input on your preamplifier can be customized in several ways to enhance
either the performance or the ease of use of the system. A quick look at the input
menu and submenus gives you an overview of what is possible:
• in use determines whether the selected input is displayed on the
main input selection screen, and whether it is included in the
rotation of inputs cycled through from the remote control’s input
selection buttons.
• name provides a way to customize the names of the inputs as
displayed on the main input selection screen. For example, you
might want to name your Bal 1 input “CDP-100” for the Classé
CD player you might have connected to that input. To do so, use
the four buttons along the bottom of the input name menu to
change the default name of any given input to something more
specific to your system.
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• The W button acts like the backspace key on a computer
keyboard, moving the cursor to the left and eliminating any
characters along the way.
• The X button moves the cursor to the right, adding characters
along the way. (Change each character to what you want as you go
along, using the + and – buttons.)
• The + and – buttons change the current character through the
available characters. They include all upper and lower case letters
of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, and a variety of punctuation.
When done, your main display might look like this (note the
change in what would otherwise be the bal 1 input).
Warning!
When an input is renamed ‘SSP’, it becomes a unity
gain input. When such an input is selected, the volume
control of the CP-700 is disabled, all outputs are driven
at line level and the volume indication is removed from
the main menu.
This is useful in situations where the CP-700 is being
used to pass through a signal coming from a component
with its own volume control (e.g. Classé SSP-300
surround sound processor), or when one of its outputs is
sent to a component with its own volume control
(SSP-300). Care should be taken to adjust the volume
control of the other component before selecting
the SSP input, as the resulting volume level may be
uncomfortably loud.
• input balance adjusts an input-specific balance adjustment to
compensate for the possibility that a particular source might be
slightly imbalanced. This is especially common with turntables,
since even the finest handmade cartridges are subject to small
channel imbalance problems.
• input offset provides a way to compensate for differences in
output level between various source components. Doing so
can eliminate the sometimes annoying and abrupt changes in
volume encountered when switching between different source
components.
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phono gain
The phono gain menu is only active if the optional phono module is installed;
otherwise it is grayed out. When it is installed, the CP-700 will automatically
recognize it, rename the line 1 input to phono, and activate the input on the
main menu.
Setting the phono gain is simple enough: choose low gain for most moving
magnet cartridges, and for high output moving coil cartridges; choose high
gain for low output moving coil cartridges. Your Classé dealer can assist you
in determining what type of cartridge you have, and which setting is most
appropriate.
triggers Each of the CP-700’s trigger outputs may be programmed as to its “logic level,”
which is to say, whether its voltage is low (essentially 0V), or high (approximately
12V) when the trigger is activated. The ability to change the logic level of a
trigger’s “on” state can solve installation-specific problems that otherwise require
external devices that add to both the cost and complexity of your system.
If this seems an obscure point, that’s okay. It is a feature designed to solve
problems you may not even have, but your installation professional appreciates
being able to easily solve such problems when they occur.
teach IR
The CP-700 provides discrete infrared (IR) command codes for all its functions,
a list that extends far beyond what is required by normal remote controls.
However, many of these functions are critical if you plan to create a customized
remote control with macros that take command of your entire system. Without
these discrete codes, many of the macros you might want to create will simply
not work reliably.
The teach IR screen provides a scrolling list of all the available IR codes in
the CP-700. By scrolling to the command you need to learn into your macrocapable remote, and then pressing the send IR code button, the CP-700 will
send the appropriate command code out its front panel–where it can be learned
by your third-party remote control.
For more information on such control systems, we recommend you speak with
your authorized Classé dealer.
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display setup
This button brings up the display setup menu. It allows you to configure the
CP-700’s LCD screen brightness, the display timeout, and the language used in
the touchscreen and menu system.
brightness The brightness setting of the CP-700 has three possible values: low, medium,
and high. Select the appropriate setting based on the level of ambient light
typically found in your listening room while using the system. A high brightness
setting usually works best in brightly-lit rooms; you may find that a lower setting
is less visually intrusive under more subdued lighting conditions.
timeout If you prefer listening to music in a dimly-lit or darkened room, you may find
even the low brightness setting of the display somewhat distracting. If so, you
can vary the timeout of the backlighting so as to turn it off entirely after a
period of inactivity you select.
In this context, activity refers to any use of the user interface. This includes hard
buttons, the LCD touchscreen, and the remote control.
For example, if you reduce the timeout to its minimum setting, the backlighting
will illuminate the display as soon as you interact with any of the CP-700
controls, and stay on for only three seconds – just long enough for you to check
on something. If you continue to use any of the controls (at least once every
three seconds), the display will remain lit. It will then extinguish itself after three
seconds of inactivity on your part.
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If you prefer the display of the CP-700 to remain on whenever not in
standby, choose the never timeout setting. The lamp in the LCD display was
designed for harsh automotive environments and will give you many years of
reliable operation. If you plan to leave the unit on continuously, however, we
recommend that you keep the timeout delay set to less than one minute. (Note
that setting the brightness to a lower setting does not increase the life of the
lamp.)
language The language menu offers you any of the different languages supported by
the CP-700 GUI. Classé has provided our international distributors with a
software tool that makes it possible for them to customize the translations to
suit their local customs and terminology, in an effort to ensure that the CP-700’s
operation is as intuitive to use in every country as it is in our home country of
Canada.
main balance
The main balance control gives you both a numeric and a graphic indication of
the current balance setting for the CP-700.
Some recordings are not balanced particularly well between the left and right
channels. If the image presented by a particular recording seems heavily weighted
to the left (for example), you can restore a more natural perspective with the
balance control. To shift the image to the right, touch the right>> button one or
more times as needed to correct the perceived imbalance.
remote Fkeys
The remote control supplied with the CP-700 has four function keys (Fkeys)
that allow you to have instant, easy access to specific system functions that might
otherwise be buried in a menu somewhere.
For example, if you use the balance control frequently, you may want to consider
programming one of the Fkeys to take you straight to that screen. Doing so will
save you having to access the control menu, followed by pressing the balance
button (which might be hard to see from across the room).
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The remote Fkey menu has four buttons, one each for the four Fkeys on your
remote control. Pressing any of these buttons on the LCD touchscreen takes you
to a subordinate, scrolling list of possible functions for that particular Fkey.
Selecting the one you want is as simple as scrolling through the list (by touching
either the up or down arrows on the right), and then touching the specific
function in the list that you want that Fkey to perform.
cautionary note on Fkey use Note that all Classé remote controls provide these same four Fkeys, so that you
need not worry about which remote you happen to pick up. Thus F1 on the
preamplifier’s remote control sends the same infrared signal as F1 on the CD
player’s remote control.
While this is intended to minimize confusion amongst different remotes (since
this aspect of them will all perform identically), you should take care when
assigning different functions on different components to the same Fkey. Doing
so would result in two components doing two different things at once, in
response to a single press of a button on the remote control. This can sometimes
be useful. As an example, F1 could set the preamplifier to the CD input, and
also set the CD player to Play, both from the press of a single Fkey.
status
The status screen provides several items of information about the current
operation status of the CP-700, as well as access to information on the software
used in and the internal sensors of the CP-700.
version info The version info button on the status screen takes you to the version
information screen, which displays information on various pieces of software
used by your CP-700. If you ever have occasion to call our technical support
people to ask a question not covered in this manual, they may want to know
precisely what version of software your unit is running. Having this information
available will help enable them to give you the best possible service.
sensors The sensors button on the status screen takes you to the sensors screen, which
displays information about several internal sensors within the CP-700. It is
unlikely you might ever need the sensor information, unless directed to do so by
a customer service representative at Classé in order to help troubleshoot some
unexpected problem.
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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 CP-700 is connected with CAN-Bus, the
different elements of a Delta 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 single Delta 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 Series Products
Two or more Classé Delta series products are required, at least one of which
must have a touchscreen display.
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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 series components in your system.
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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 CP-700. They are also
available free of charge from your nearest Classé Customer Support Centre
http://www.Classeaudio.com/support/service.htm
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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 without SSP-300 or SSP-600.
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
CAN-BUS
IN
OUT
Any combination of models in any order 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.
using CAN-Bus CAN-Bus is controlled via the touchscreen of any Delta series component. There
is no master component, so Delta 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
These 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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Troubleshooting
In general, you should refer any service problems to your Classé dealer. Before
contacting your dealer, check to see if the problem is listed here. If it is, try the
suggested solutions. If none of these solves the problem, contact your Classé
dealer.
1.
Important!
Check that the power amplifier is off before checking any
connections between the preamplifier and power amplifier,
or between the power amplifier and the speakers.
2.
Important!
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Everything appears to be on, but there is no sound.
• Adjust the volume control to a moderate level (one that should
be audible but is not excessive).
• Make sure the source component for which the input has been
selected is switched on and is out of its standby mode.
• Make sure the proper input has been selected for the source
being used.
• Check that the preamplifier is not in mute mode. This is
indicated by the operational menu icon in the form of a speaker
with a bar through it. Press Mute to disengage.
• Ensure that the power amplifier is powered up and out of standby
mode.
• Check if the tape monitor is enabled. If it is engaged and the
recorder is off, you will not hear the selected source. Disengage
by pressing Tape, unless you wish to monitor the recording.
• If the problem occurs only with a particular input, check the
interconnect cables between that source and the preamplifier.
• If the problem occurs with all inputs, check the cables between
the preamplifier and the power amplifier. If no fault is found
there, check the speaker wires for secure connections.
There is no sound and the Standby LED is not lit.
• Ensure the preamplifier is plugged into the AC mains and
switched on, and that the AC mains are operating normally. The
unit will automatically attempt to protect itself from improper
AC mains voltages by not powering up. Make sure your power
amplifier is off (if the amplifier is already connected to the
preamp) before plugging your preamplifier into the AC mains
and powering it up.
• If your preamplifier was plugged in properly, try the following:
put it in standby, switch off the main power switch in the back,
and unplug the unit for at least thirty seconds before trying to
power it up again. (Sometimes a brownout of short-term loss of
power might require a restart.)
Make sure to power down your power amplifier BEFORE
doing the restart.
• If none of these solutions work, please consult your Classé dealer
for assistance. Never attempt to replace an internal fuse. There
are no user-serviceable parts inside your unit.
3.
Important!
Only one speaker seems to be playing.
• Check the main balance control setting of the CP-700 by
pressing the Menu button, followed by the balance button (or
simply press Bal on the remote control).
• Does the problem occur with all inputs? If so, check the
interconnect cables between the preamp and the power amp.
If no fault is found there, check the speaker wires for secure
connections.
Be certain that the power amplifier is off before checking
any connections between the preamplifier and power
amplifier, or between the speakers and the power
amplifier.
• If the problem occurs only with a particular input, check the
input balance control setting of that particular input:
Menu • system setup • input • input name • balance
where input name is the particular input in question.
• If the input balance appears to be correct, check the interconnect
cables between the corresponding source component and the
CP-700.
4.
The IR remote control seems not to function.
• Ensure that there are no obstacles between the IR remote and the
IR sensor (located to the right of the Mute button).
• If the batteries are weak, replace them with fresh ones.
5.
There is a hum coming out of the speakers.
• If you are running single-ended interconnects, make sure they
are not running alongside any AC power cords.
• If you are running single-ended interconnects, make sure they
are not too long. Long runs of single-ended interconnects have a
natural tendency to pick up noise even if they are shielded.
• If any source components connected to your preamplifier has a
cable TV hooked up to it, try disconnecting the cable television
line from the source. If the hum goes away, you will need an
isolation device between your cable and that particular source.
Refer to your Classé dealer for one of these inexpensive devices.
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• If you have the optional phono module in your preamplifier,
make sure that the ground wire of the tonearm is secured
properly to the ground lug on the back of your preamp.
• If the hum exists only on the phono input, make sure
the turntable/tonearm assembly is not too close to other
components. There should be at least 12 inches (30cm) clearance
from the other components. The more clearance you provide, the
better (as long as the tonearm cable is not stretching).
• Make sure the tonearm cable is not touching or running
alongside an AC cable.
• Make sure you have the proper loading for your phono cartridge.
If you are in doubt, consult your authorized Classé dealer.
6.
There is a mechanical hum coming from the unit.
• This symptom suggests you have a lot of electrical noise on your
AC mains line. Try connecting to another AC circuit (not merely
a different plug, but a different circuit).
• Check to see if you have any halogen lighting or dimmers on the
same circuit as the preamplifier, as they can be the cause of hum
in power supply transformers.
7.
There is a noticeable change in volume between one input
and another, even though the volume was not adjusted.
• You may need to adjust the input offset setting to compensate
for differences in output level between source components.
Conversely, the input offset setting may have been adjusted
inappropriately. Either way, you can correct the problem by
going to the following location in the menu system:
Menu • system setup • input • input name • offset
where input name is the input which needs to be adjusted.
• If the input that seems incorrect is the phono input, make sure
you are using the proper gain setting for the type of cartridge you
are using. If in doubt, consult with your authorized Classé dealer.
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Care and Maintenance
cleaning the cabinet To remove dust from the cabinet of your preamplifier, use a feather duster or a
soft, lint-free 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 preamplifier with the cloth. Do not use excessive
amounts of alcohol that might drip off the cloth and into the preamplifier.
Caution!
At no time should liquid cleaners be applied directly to
the surface of the preamplifier, as direct application of
liquids may result in damage to electronic components
within the unit.
cleaning the To clean the LCD touchscreen, use a microfiber eyeglass wipe or soft, lint-free
LCD touchscreen cloth, together with a cleaning solution designed for plastic eyeglasses or LCD
computer monitors/televisions.
Important!
Spray the solution onto the cloth or tissue – never directly
onto the touch screen.
installing the The battery compartment is situated at the base of the remote control. Remove
remote control batteries the two screws holding the base plate in place, taking care not to lose them.
Insert the two AA batteries (supplied), ensuring that the polarity is the same as
that indicated on the inner surface of the remote control.
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Specifications
All specifications are accurate at the time of printing. Classé reserves the right to
adjust specifications without notice.
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Frequency response
20 Hz – 200kHz ± 0.1dB
Distortion (THD + noise)
0.0012%
Maximum input voltage (single-ended)
5Vrms
Maximum input voltage (balanced)
10Vrms
Maximum output voltage (single-ended)
10Vrms
Maximum output voltage (balanced)
20Vrms
Gain range
-86dB to +14dB
Input Impedance (single ended)
100kΩ
Input Impedance (balanced)
200kΩ
Output Impedance
100Ω
Maximum Input to Noise Floor
120dB
Channel separation
130dB at 1kHz
Crosstalk (any input to any output)
better than -120dB @ 1kHz
Rated power consumption
42W
Idle power consumption
29W
Mains voltage
determined by the needs of country for which
the unit was manufactured;
cannot be reset by dealer or user
Overall dimensions (preamplifier)
Width: 17.5” (445mm)
Depth: 16.5” (419mm)
Height: 4.75” (121mm)
Overall dimensions (power supply)
Width: 5” (127mm)
Depth: 12” (305mm)
Height: 5.5” (140mm)
Net weight (preamplifier)
23lbs (10.5kg)
Net weight (power supply)
10lbs (4.6kg)
Shipping weight
45lbs (20.5kg)
For more information, see your Classé dealer, or contact:
Classé Audio
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
Classé and the Classé logo are trademarks of Classé Audio Inc. of Lachine, Canada. All rights reserved.
i-Command™ is a trademark of Equity International, Inc. All rights reserved.
AMX® is a registered trademark of AMX Corporation of Richardson, TX. All rights reserved.
Crestron™ is a trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc. of Rockleigh, NJ. All rights reserved.
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Classé Audio
5070 François Cusson
Lachine, Quebec
Canada H8T 1B3
+1 (514) 636-6384
+1 (514) 636-1428 (fax)
http://www.classeaudio.com
email: cservice@classeaudio.com
North America: 1 800 370 3740
email: classe@bwgroupusa.com
Europe: 44 (0) 1903 221 700
email: classe@bwgroup.com
Asia: (852) 2790 8903
email: classe@bwgroup.hk
All Others: +1 514 636 6394
email: cservice@classeaudio.com
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