I have been meaning to post a couple pics of the "Beast". This amplifier is one of 5 custom built by CTC Builders. John Curl, Carl Thompson and Bob Crump. John Curl is well known for being the man behind Parasound, and a designer with the original Mark Levinson. CTC Builders is well known for the CTC Blowtorch Pre-Amplifier, and they are a staple at CES along with Parasound.
It was named after Bob Crump's favorite food, BBQ. The amplifier is the original prototype to the current Parasound JC-1 monoblock.... albeit in a 2 Channel design. Parasound put them out of business, when they dropped the HCA-3500...then later commisioned CTC to design the BBQ, but in a monoblock format.
The chassis is the Parasound HCA-3500, with some extensive custom metalwork and internals modified. They modified over 200 parts, and the board layouts were all custom worked by Carl Thompson. Wired internally with Vampire Wire, Nichicon Muse and Harris, just to name a couple manufacturers of the guts. Bob spec'd it at 450x2@6...so my SDA1C's are fairly maxed out, and that is a good thing.
I have only conducted a small demo, couple hours, and all I can say is...this amplifier will be with me in the grave. I still have to get some IC's and Signal will provide the PC's.....and if I buy enough Root Beer for F1Nut....he may help me build my rack.
Thanks for taking a look.