DarTZeel CTH-8550 MK2 Integrated Amplifier

darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier.

This product combines in one casing most of the good things musical lovers found in our flagship NHB series. The CTH-8550 features newly designed power output stages which include on board regulated power supplies for a very compact global layout. This new circuit brings outstanding transparency, speed, yet delicacy, giving a maximum listening pleasure. With no less than nine inputs in total, the preamplifier section is dual-mono – one dedicated circuit per channel – with a minimal footprint which allows for very short signal paths. No doubt that this newcomer is a true darTZeel machine. Key features include: * A newly designed fluorescent display for user-friendly operation. * 7 standard inputs blended from a mix of Zeel, RCA and XLR sockets. * 2 additional, optional Phono inputs (1 MC, 1 MM), easy to implement at any time (factory upgrade only, though). * Full HT bypass function for all inputs. * 1 darT preamp output for driving an external NHB-108 power amplifier. * 1 RCA preamp output for driving any other optional power amplifier. * 1 RCA REC output, with independent record source selection. * A fully featured remote control, 100% darTZeel designed. * A new kind of approach in mechanical housing design thanks to state of the art Laser cutting & welding technologies, ensuring unprecedented high rigidity and easier assembly and maintenance procedures.

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DarTZeel CTH-8550 Specifications

Description: Solid-state integrated amplifier with moving-coil phono section, remote control. Inputs: 4 pairs line (RCA), 1 pair balanced (XLR), 2 pairs Zeel (BNC), 1 pair MC phono (RCA). 1 pair MM phono (RCA, optional). Outputs: preamplifier (RCA), Record (RCA), darT (BNC), speaker (4mm binding posts). Maximum output power: 200W into 8 ohms (23dBW), 330W into 4 ohms (22.2dBW), 330W into 2 ohms (19.2dBW), “limited by software.” Maximum voltage gain: 0–22dB, user-defined, 12dB as supplied (line stage); 50–70dB, user-defined (MC phono stage). Power stage voltage gain: 26dB into 8 ohms. Input impedance: 1k ohms (MC phono), 47k ohms (line, unbalanced), 30k ohms (balanced, XLR), 50 ohms ±1 ohm (Zeel). Output impedance: 75 ohms (Preamp), 50 ohms (darT), <0.33 ohms, 20Hz–20kHz (speaker). Frequency response: 3Hz–300kHz, +0, –6dB, 20Hz–50kHz, ±0.5dB. Risetime: <0.8µs. Slew rate: >88V/µs peak–peak. THD: <1%, 7Hz–77kHz. Temporal distortion across full audio range: none. Crosstalk: <–90dB, 20Hz–20kHz. Signal/noise ratio ref. 2V output, A-weighted: >115dB. Power consumption: 1kW maximum, 40W idle, 3W standby.
Dimensions: 17.2″ (440mm) W by 6.6″ (170mm) H by 13.1″ (335mm) D; 16.2″ (415mm) D, including handles. Weight: 62 lbs (28kg).

Please find reviews below


darTZeel CTH-8550 MK2 Integrated Amp review in “Hi-Fi +” Magazine, November 2020

Complete review HERE

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” Part-Time Audiophile “ Online Magazine Review DarTZeel CTH-8550 Amplifier & SILTECH Prince Cables , May 14th, 2016


” STEREOPHILE ” Magazine Review , Class A Recommended Component


” Positive Feedback ” Online Review


” HI FI News ” Magazine Review



Weight2 kg