Bowers & Wilkins Snares Classe Distribution
Sound United the new owners of Bowers & Wilkins Australia which operates as a subsidiary in Australia has announced that the local B&W operation will start distributing the Canadian made Classé Audio brand in Australia that was previously distributed by Convoy International.
At this stage it’s not known which other brands from the Sound United stable the local B&W operation will take on
Classé has recently launched the third generation of its Delta series amplifiers, the Delta MONO, STEREO and PRE, and these three new components will be available for purchase in Australia via Bowers & Wilkins.
Designed in Montreal and built in Sound United’s ultra-high end Shirakawa Audio Works factory in Japan, the Delta series amplifiers sit comfortably in the top echelon of high-end audio products but despite this Convoy struggled to promote and sell the brand in Australia.
The heart of each amplifier is a large toroidal transformer, wound by hand – a six-hour process – with over 540m of copper windings.
Separate windings for left and right channels in the Delta STEREO and inverting and noninverting amplifiers in the Delta MONO provide excellent isolation of amplifier stages for optimum channel separation and differential amplifier performance. This, alongside twenty-two premium four-pole capacitors from German audio component specialist Mundorf, provide power supply filtering and 215,000 μF of energy storage for unrestrained dynamics and clarity, even under demanding conditions. A new Lateral MOSFET output stage operates in class A up to 35W for the Delta MONO and 12.5W for the Delta Stereo.
The third generation Delta series amplifiers are recognizable due to the distinctive Delta series chassis wrap, architectural grey finish and prominent VU meter on the front panel.
The look exudes a modern, luxurious presence that perfectly captures the series’ combination of sophisticated technology, bank-vault build and esoteric performance. The front panel also hosts a large air intake used by the units’ active cooling system called the ICTunnel™, pronounced “Icy” Tunnel. The intake itself features custom designed louvers, which have an air foil shape to promote smooth and low-noise airflow.
The internal fan mechanism is thermostatically controlled and 35mm thicker than previous models so it can spin at the lowest speed necessary to maintain the amplifiers’ ideal operating temperature. This advanced cooling mechanism makes the Delta series easily placeable in racks or tight spaces without overheating and makes it an ideal choice for recording studio.
Bowers & Wilkins management claim that they are designed to power even the most challenging speaker loads, making them the ideal for audiophiles.
As for pricing the Classé Delta STEREO retails for $19,900, Delta MONO for $17,900 and Delta PRE for $16,900.