Sigma SSP MKII
Modern high-end audio systems tend to fall into one of two broad categories: stereo and theatre.
But rarely are they used exclusively in those roles. Most have a television display of some kind between stereo speakers or use the surround sound system for playing music. Inevitably, each makes compromises as it tries to accommodate the requirements of the other.
The Sigma SSP MkII is designed to build a bridge between these two categories, optimised as a stereo preamp/processor but with HDMI 2.0 switching (with HDCP 2.2 on input 4) and 7.1 channels of high-performance multichannel processing included.
The stereo preamp/processor circuitry is derived from the latest generation Delta series CP-800, making the Sigma SSP MkII a stunning performer as a stereo preamp.
Test bench measurements are exceptional and invite comparison with cost-no-object designs.
Sonically the Sigma SSP MkII out-performs stereo preamps with stand-alone DACs, while offering superb decoding of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
A variety of connection options supports virtually any source optimally: Stream audio asynchronously from
a computer, storage device or the Internet via the Sigma SSP MkII’s Ethernet connection.
The Sigma SSP MkII supports both AirPlay and DLNA streaming.
Front and rear panel USB connections support asynchronous streaming from computers and iOS devices.
Eight HDMI 2.0 inputs (including one on the front panel) provide the optimum path for Blu-ray players, games and set-top boxes while simplifying system connections.
The Audio Return Channel lets YouTube, Netflix and other online sources decoded at your display play through the Sigma SSP MkII by using the HDMI connection between them.
Coax and optical are provided for those sources lacking the HDMI option.
DSP options for improving performance are available for all sources. Bass management, a nine-band Parametric
EQ and digital domain
Tone Control with their Tilt feature ensure that the system can be optimised for your speakers and room, and every source sounds its best.
An optional phono stage with custom loading may be fitted to accommodate MM and MC cartridges.
The Sigma SSP MkII owes its outstanding performance and value to the unique engineering and manufacturing capabilities of Classé in Montréal and the B&W Group globally.
No other high-end audio designers have access to the resources necessary to deliver such a product at such a competitive price.
The Sigma SSP MkII has been conceived and built as an example of quality and value without peer. It will stand as the seminal reference in the preamp/processor category for many years to come.
Sigma SSP MkII Specifications
USB audio up to 24-bit/192 kHz
USB (Host) charging capability 2 Amps
AirPlay supported formats AAC (8 to 320 kbps)
Protected AAC (from iTunes Store),
HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 kbps),
MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4)
Audible Enhanced Audio (AAX, and AAX+),
Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
DLNA supported formats Apple Lossless (ALAC), mp3, FLAC,
WAV, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, AAC
Frequency response 8 Hz – 200 kHz < 1 dB, stereo digital bypass
8 Hz – 20 kHz < 0.5 dB, all other sources
Channel Matching (Left to Right) better than 0.05 dB
Distortion (THD+noise) 0.0005%, digital source/bypassed
.002%, processed analog source
Maximum input level (single-ended) 2 Vrms (DSP), 4.5Vrms (bypass)
Maximum input level (balanced) 4 Vrms (DSP), 9 Vrms (bypass)
Maximum output level (single-ended) 9 Vrms
Maximum output level (balanced) 18 Vrms
Gain Range -93 dB to +14 dB
Input impedance (single-ended) 100 kΩ (single-ended)
Input impedance (balanced) 50 kΩ (Balanced)
Output impedance (single-ended) 100 Ω
Output impedance (balanced) 300 Ω
Signal-to-noise ratio 104 dB, bypassed analog source
(ref. 4Vrms input, unweighted) 101 dB, processed analog source
(re. full-scale input, unweighted)
105 dB, digital source
Channel separation better than 100 dB
Channel matching (left to right) >0.05 dB
Crosstalk (any input to any output) better than -130 dB @ 1 kHz
Rated power consumption 35 W
Mains voltage 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Overall dimensions Width: 17.0” (433mm)
Depth (excluding connectors):
Height: 3.75” (95mm)
Net weight 18 lb (8.21 kg)
Shipping weight 25 lb (11.34 kg)
iPod touch (5th generation) iPod nano (7th generation)
iPod touch (4th generation) iPod nano (6th generation)
iPod touch (3rd generation) iPod nano (5th generation)
iPod touch (2nd generation) iPod nano (4th generation)
iPod touch (1st generation) iPod nano (3rd generation)
iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 5S iPhone 3GS
iPhone 7 iPhone 5 iPhone 3G
iPhone 6S iPhone 4S iPhone
iPhone 6 iPhone 4
iPad mini (with Retina display) iPad (3rd generation)
iPad Air iPad 2
iPad (4th generation) iPad
AirPlay works with iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later,
Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, and Mac and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later.
Original Sigma SSP can be upgraded, please enquire for further details