Classe CAP-2100 review

A lovely object and a splendid amplifier, the CAP-2100 is a gregarious and eloquent communicator Tested at £3950.00

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Our Verdict

A lovely object and a splendid amplifier, the CAP-2100 is a gregarious and eloquent communicator

For

  • Monolithic build, fancy-pants interface
  • fleet, precise and musical sound

Against

  • Unspectacular specification
  • could carry more weight at the bottom end

The only integrated amp in Canadian manufacturer Classe's range borrows from the circuitry of the company's CP-500 preamplifier and CA-2100 power amplifier, and shoehorns the lot into the curvaceous, bombproof casework that is part of the firm's signature.

Consequently, the CAP-2100 is a luxuriously finished and hefty device – no harm in warming your muscles before you hoist it onto your kitrack.

Speed, agility and control

Like other Classe products, the CAP-2100 uses a handsome set of customisable menus via a touch-screen that's a fraction less responsive than you'd like.

The on-paper spec is nothing special – power is 100 watts per channel at 8 ohms, and three line-level inputs (one upgradeable to a MM/MC phono stage), a tape loop, and a pair of balanced inputs alongside a preamp out is the bare minimum at this price.

Yet where it counts, the CAP-2100 sounds well worth the outlay. Whether you're listening to Mark Ronson or Mahalia Jackson, the Classe delivers a fast, detailed sound with an exciting amount of insight into the midrange, especially vocalists.

The soundstage is large and sharply focused, and tonality is beautifully judged. Some might hanker after a little bass to go with the spectacular speed, but with thoughtful system matching the CAP-2100 is capable great things.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.bowers-wilkins.net
Brand NameClass
Product TypeAmplifier
ManufacturerB&W Group
Manufacturer Part NumberCAP-2100
Product NameClasse CAP-2100
Product ModelCAP-2100

Technical Information

Minimum Frequency Response10 Hz
Impedance4 Ohm
Maximum Frequency Response22 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion THD0%

Audio

RMS Output Power400 W
Audio Channels2

Physical Characteristics

Width445 mm
Depth419 mm
Weight Approximate22.68 kg
Height121 mm
Dimensions121 mm (H): 445 mm (W): 419 mm (D)

Interfaces-Ports

Number of Analog Audio Inputs8

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption260 W

Warranty

Limited Warranty5 Year