Classé launches the Delta PRE Mk II preamplifier

Classé, a manufacturer of high-end audio components, has announced the latest addition to its portfolio; the new Delta PRE Mk II preamplifier.

Built on the proven platform of its forebear, the Delta PRE Mk II introduces an all-new and extensively upgraded digital front-end, featuring imperceptible levels of distortion and truly world-class performance, says Classé. It can receive high-resolution digital audio in a wide variety of formats and from multiple different digital sources – both connected and streamed. The upgrade, according to the company, means the Delta PRE Mk II is now one of the most versatile and capable digitally enabled preamplifiers in its class.

HEOS built-in streaming

The most notable addition to the new PRE Mk II is the introduction of HEOS, the streaming and multiroom platform also used by Denon and Marantz components. This means the Delta PRE Mk II can stream music from Amazon Music, TIDAL HiFi Plus, Deezer and Pandora. DLNA and Roon Ready support endows Classé with equal flexibility when streaming from a NAS drive, while even the front panel USB-A and rear panel USB-B sockets can be used to connect local music sources. Naturally, the Delta PRE Mk II will handle all popular audiophile-orientated music formats, including WAV, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, DSD and even MQA.

Everyday and occasional music listening is also readily supported thanks to the provision of AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect compatibility. And, of course, none of this added functionality comprises in any way the range of inputs, analogue and digital, already provided as part of the Delta PRE Mk II’s design. TV users can even opt for a 4K-compatible HDMI switch option at an additional cost, making reference grade Hi-Fi sound quality as the centrepiece of the user’s living room.

Upgrade kit

Owners of the older generation Delta PRE units can also benefit from the performance enhancements available in the new PRE Mk II by upgrading their existing PRE to Mk II specifications. The separately available Upgrade Kit ($3000) can be fitted by certified Classé service centres across the world.  Classé says it invites users to experience the exceptional sound quality and fully featured versatility of the new Delta PRE Mk II, available from March 13.

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