Crystal Cable integrated Amplifier

Crystal Cable developed its own take on integrated amplifiers: Crystal Cable Integrated – typically minimalist and operationally distinctive. Instead of concentrating on how much an amplifier can do, we looked at how it can be used. By combining cutting-edge amplification and technology with Crystal Cable's genuinely high-end sensibilities and unique approach to style, we have created a product that delivers the best of both worlds. It led to a massive step up in musical capability from an amplifier that can be all but invisible.

The Crystal Cable integrated amplifier is a unique and minimalist take on the integrated amplifier. Completed with the Cube Controller the system offers Crystal Cable’s cutting-edge technology and stylish design with a performance to impress and the control at your fingertips.

After experiencing the elegance and remarkable performance of the Crystal Cable integrated Amplifier, you will never look at integrated amplifiers in the same way again.

In short, don't let the size fool you; this is one serious amp design - Alan Sircom, HiFi+. 

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The CCI Build

The compact, cuboid chassis of the CCI delivers both space and thermal efficiency. It allows us to use an optically decoupled, standing bias and Class AB output topology derived directly from the state-of-the-art Siltech SAGA’s revolutionary Light Drive output stage. Despite its substantial 180 Watt/channel rating at 8 OHM, its clever cooling design and extensive protection mean that the Cube chassis can be placed almost anywhere – in a cupboard, on a bookshelf, even with books on either side.

Design

The fully balanced line-stage offers six inputs, each with individual gain settings, while software-controlled relays isolate unused source components for optimum sound quality. Each stage of the amplifier, as well as the control circuitry, has its dedicated power supply. These are sophisticated Power Factor Corrected switch-mode designs, fully enclosed and heavily shielded. The result is a single chassis amplifier whose advanced circuitry and technology allow it to rival the musical performance of many high-end separates at many times its price – in a compact, ‘place anywhere’ package of unprecedented practicality.

The best of both worlds

Materials

–  Full aluminum body anodized and/or gold plated.
–  PCboards gold plated, produced by ESA (European Space Agency) for outstanding reliability.
–  In and outputs gold plated.
–  Inner wiring for audio: Infinite Crystal Silver
–  All resistors designed for audio (Japan).
–  Ultra-low ESR (Japan) capacitors for low noise power supply.
–  Ultra-low noise relays for input and output switching.

Technical Specifications

–  Amplifier DF=200 (20-20k)
–  Frequency range DC-200kHz
–  Cross talk >80dB
–  IM > 0.003% @ 10W in 8 Ohm
–  Square wave overshoot=0%
–  Capacitive load stable (for ESL)
–  Output noise at zero volume <12uV IHF-A

Reviews & Awards

Alan Sircom, HiFi+ (2018)

CES Innovation Awards Honoree (2016)

 

 

There’s no doubt that the CCI is an extremely capable amp, delivering clarity, pace and warmth when tackling most musical genres.

Paul Miller, HiFi News

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