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Classe Delta PRE Preamplifier
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Classe Delta PRE Preamplifier

At a Glance
The Delta PRE is the foundation of your perfect system. Designed to connect to a range of sources, the PRE will exact the highest performance from every recording, whether analog or digital.
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Get to know this product.

The Delta PRE is the foundation of your perfect system. Designed to connect to a range of sources, the PRE will exact the highest performance from every recording, whether analog or digital.

Delta PRE will deliver perfectly balanced audio to downstream Delta components.


Delta PRE is the foundation of your perfect system.

Designed to connect to a range of sources, Delta PRE will extract the highest performance from every recording, whether analog or digital.

Pre-amplifiers provide clean and controlled signals to the power stage. Both precision and perfection are required, and are delivered by Delta PRE.

  • Network, USB, AES/EBU, coax and optical inputs with optional HDMI
  • XLR and RCA inputs
  • Short signal paths to minimize signal interference
  • Custom-made Navcom® feet absorb and reduce vibrations
  • High-performance onboard MC/MM Phono stage supports up to two phono inputs
  • Rhodium-plated connectors for excellent and secure contacts


Audiophiles, recording professionals and equipment reviewers trust Classé amplifiers as a source of sonic truth. Delta Series allows listeners to experience that truth in their own homes.

Every detail of the Delta Series is perfected by hand in our unique production facility in Japan to deliver powerful, natural, expansive sound with minimal noise or distortion.

  • 0.25dB volume step precision to find your perfect sound level
  • Digital domain tone control with Delta PRE Tilt control
  • Support for mono or stereo subwoofers for better control of bass
  • Selectable frequency and slope control
  • Advanced five-band digital domain parametric equalization
  • Digital bypass mode available to all analog sources
  • Pass thru mode


As the component you’re most likely to touch, the design of Delta PRE matches its exceptional acoustic performance.

Any interacting with Delta PRE is pure pleasure, from the superb cool-to-the-touch materials, to the precise tactile feedback of the volume control.

Touchscreen control reflects Delta PRE’s outstanding capability : pure analog clarity, advanced digital precision, confident, capable power and expressive sound.

  • Harmony between minimal design and unrivalled performance
  • Luxurious anodized aluminum body
  • Adjustable brightness, responsive touchscreen display
  • Perfectly complements other components in the Delta family
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Overall Dimensions

Width17.50 in (444 mm)
Depth (including connectors)17.68 in (449 mm)
Height (including feet)4.78 in (121 mm)


Gross Weight41.2 lbs (18.7kg)
Net Weight29.8 lbs (13.5kg)


Gain Range-93dB to +14dB
Channel Matching0.05dB
Input Impedance (at 1kHz, BAL / SE)50kΩ
Output Impedance BAL / SE200Ω / 50Ω
Maximum Output Level BAL / SE18Vrms / 9Vrms

Bypass Mode (Analog Inputs, Tone/EQ/Subwoofers Disabled)

Frequency Response (-3dB, 50Ω source impedance)1Hz – 2MHz
Harmonic Distortion (measurement bandwidth: 90kHz)<0.0004% at 1kHz <0.0005% at 10kHz <0.0006% at 20kHz
Intermodulation Distortion (measurement bandwidth: 90kHz)<0.001%
Maximum Input Level BAL / SE (at 0dB gain)9Vrms (+21.3dBu) / 4.5Vrms (+15.3dBu)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A wtd) (22kHz BW, ref 9Vrms)130dB (133dBA)
Crosstalk (one channel undriven) (BAL / SE)-143dB (100Hz), -140dB (1kHz), -124dB (10kHz)

Phono Section (0DB Gain, Bypass Mode, XLR2 In, Main XLR Out)

RIAA Deviation (20Hz-20kHz)< 0.2dB
Selectable Load for MM Type (47k II)50pF, 100pF, 150pF, 200pF, 250pF, 300pF, 350pF, 400pF, 450pF
Selectable Load for MC – Low Output7.5Ω, 10Ω, 33Ω, 50Ω, 82Ω, 100Ω, 330Ω, 1kΩ
Load for MC – High Output47kΩ

MM, MC - High Output

Gain (1kHz, 20Ω source impedance)41.5dB
SNR (22kHz BW, ref 5mVrms in)86dB (93dB A-wtd)
Max Input Level (overload ref 5mVrms)11dB (20Hz), 23dB (1kHz), 34dB (10kHz)

MC - Low Output

Gain (1kHz, 20Ω source impedance, 1kΩ load)60dB
SNR (20Hz-20kHz)68dB (74dB A-wtd)
Max Input Level (overload ref 0.5mVrms, 1kΩ load)12dB (20Hz), 31dB (1kHz), 52dB (10kHz)

Headphone Output

Power (nominal input. 0dB gain, 32 Ω load)540mW
Output Impedance6.8Ω

File Formats and Sample Rates Supported

USB-F44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k (iOS specific)
USB-B32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 176.4k, 192k, 352.8k, 384k DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 (native – requires Thesycon/Classe driver for Windows) DSD64, (DoP)
EthernetWAV, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, WMA, AAC, MP3, OGG_VORBIS (max 192k/24b) DSD64, (DoP)
SPDIF (opt, coax, AES / EBU)PCM 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 176.4k, 192k / DSD64

Input / Output Complement Analog In

BAL / XLR2 pairs (XLR2 can be assigned as BAL phono in)
SE / RCA2 pairs
Phono RCA1 pair

Digital In

HDMI *(optional)4* (HDMI 2.0b w/HDCP 2.2)
SPDIF Coaxial3
SPDIF Optical3


HDMI *(optional)1* (HDMI 2.0b w/HDCP 2.2)
BAL / XLR5 (configurable: 2pairs+1sub, 1pair+1sub pair,…)
SE / RCA5 (configurable: 2pairs+1sub, 1pair+1sub pair,…)


DC Triggers In / Out2 sets
CAN Bus1 set in / out
RS-232 over RJ-451

Misc. Specs

Product Weight (lbs.)29.8
Depth (in.)17.68
Width (in.)17.5
Height (in.)4.78
Weight Kilogram18.7
Shipping Depth (in.)22
Shipping Width (in.)24
Shipping Height (in.)10
CollectionDelta PRE
Width (cm)44.4
Height (cm)12.1
Depth (cm)44.9
Product Weight (kg)13.5
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