CTH-8550 Integrated amplifier
Until recently, an integrated amplifier was not usually considered a valid choice for high-end audio reproduction.
This is because nearly all integrated amplifiers on the market have been built to price points that require too many concessions in circuit design and in parts quality, leading to lackluster sound. To buck this trend, we are proud to offer the darTZeel CTH-8550, an integrated amplifier built without sonic compromise.
With its dedicated dual-mono amplification sections, its Zeel inputs, its gratifyingly excellent phono stages (optional), and remarkable versatility, the CTH-8550 is the most capable integrated amplifier one could dream up.
We estimate that the CTH-8550 offers eighty-five percent of the perceived performance of its NHB-series ancestors, but at a very substantial cost savings. We have little doubt the words Close to Heaven have never sounded so true.
Control at the finger
The remote control is machined from the aluminum billet like a gold ingot, and insures the owner the listening session will be fun.
Integrated "all in one" dual mono amplifier with 9 configurable inputs.
With nine analog inputs, including 1 XLR and 2 Zeel BNC 50-ohm inputs, as well as 2 optional phono inputs, any source will find its place.
With a reserve of power to tame the toughest speakers, the darTZeel CTH-8550 integrated analog amplifier is the most complete in its category.
Style and features
The darTZeel CTH-8550 bears a plasma control screen, offering an unparalleled contrast from all view angles. Numerous menus allow you to adjust finely and separately all parameters for every single source.
The volume control system is performed by an optical encoder notched magnetically, bringing to a new level of feeling. The keys in the form of steel balls add to the seductive appeal of the machine.
The darTZeel CTH-8550 inside reveals a true dual-mono design, including the separate channel windings from the main toroidal transformer. Steel frame, welded and hand finished, brings exemplary rigidity of all.