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Avantone Pro Introduces CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier

Class A/B CLA-200 amplifier complements recently released CLA-10TM monitors designed with Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge.

By PSW Staff November 1, 2018

The CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier from Avantone

Having recently released its passive CLA-10TM reference monitor, Avantone Pro announces the availability of its complimentary Class A/B CLA-200 studio reference amplifier.

Avantone Pro’s CLA-200 studio reference amplifier is a dynamic, high-resolution, full-range system built the old school way. Working with Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge — whose signature is boldly blazoned across the CLA-200’s no-nonsense front panel, particular care was taken to create an amplifier in the traditional studio style, with generous VU meters, Japanese components, and a toroidal transformer linear power supply.

Housed in a standard 2U rack-mount chassis, the amplifier itself can generate over 200 watts per channel into an 8 ohm load — under testing it delivered 208 watts into 8 ohms, actually, and can run at one third power without thermal fault, making it a perfect fit for medium to large loudspeakers in studios. Still better, because it is convection cooled, it can be used in the same room as the monitors themselves. The CLA-200 is designed to be used in a studio environment requiring high-power output with no fan noise, in other words.

The CLA-200 studio reference amplifier offers a quoted 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.5dB frequency response; 200W at 8 ohms, 300W at 4 ohms, or 500W bridged into 8 ohms output power; <0.05% distortion; >94dB signal-to-noise ratio; 20KΩ (balanced) and 10kΩ (unbalanced) input impedance; 28V/us slew rate (at 1KHz); 0.775V (0dBU) input sensitivity (1KHz); <0.1% total harmonic distortion (1KHz); <0.1% intermodulation distortion (at 10% rated power 1KHz); -70dB crosstalk; 200W 8Ω stereo power (1KHz); 300W 4Ω stereo power (1KHz); and 500W 8Ω bridge power (1KHz).

Says Chris Lord-Alge: “I have mixed 20,000 songs on my classic studio monitors and they have become my companions and part of what I do. They are truly the sound of hits. Every good pair of monitors needs a powerhouse of an amplifier to give you clear results. So now, thanks to Avantone Pro and the ears of CLA, we’re making available for the first time the return of a classically-designed amplifier for your studio. No longer do you need to take a chance on something used, old, and unreliable — the CLA-200 is here.”

The CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier arrives at Avantone Pro’s US Dealers in late December, priced at $799.00 USD. Worldwide Distributors are listed by country here.

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