PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC/Preamplifier Preamplifier

PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC/Preamplifier

  • Product Code: Stellar DAC
  • £1,700.00

Please Note: We can only ship this item within the UK Only.

Fully featured DAC and analogue preamplifier.

There isn’t a DAC made that doesn’t benefit from a great analogue preamplifier. The PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC combines the benefits of both, a full featured DAC with an exceptional analogue preamplifier controlling its output level. Fully balanced circuitry from input to output, the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC builds upon years of research and innovation in the art of digital audio and Class A analogue amplification. Together, or separately, they create an extraordinarily rich, full-bodied musical experience few standalone products can match. PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC is the perfect foundation for those unwilling to compromise sound quality. Rich. Lush. Powerful. A music lover’s answer to spiralling cost-no-object equipment without sacrifice.

Even the best DACs in the world benefit from a zero-loss analogue preamp. That fact was the basis of the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell design imperative. Combine a cutting edge DAC’s output with a no compromise analogue preamplifier. A unique combination of a gorgeous full-featured digital to analogue converter and state of the art analogue amplification. Add any analogue or digital source to PS Audio Stellar’s input, a power amp and speakers to its output, and music filled with rich textures and toe-tapping energy surprise and delight even the most critical Audiophile.

At the heart of PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC is a stunning, Bob Stadtherr designed, digital to analogue converter. Based on industry leading Sabre32 bit Hyperstream architecture, PS Audio Stellar DAC features a fully balanced Class A analogue output stage with multiple power supplies, independent jitter-reduced inputs, DSD, I2S, and asynchronous USB.

The DAC’s output level is controlled by the analogue Gain Cell. Developed in the early 2000’s by PS Audio founder Paul McGowan, the Gain Cell elegantly solves the fundamental problem facing preamp designers. Volume control. Nearly all analogue preamplifiers use additional sonically-degrading elements inserted in the signal path to control volume. These impediments to the signal path’s purity range from simple potentiometers to exotic stepped attenuators, relays, solid state switches, ladder networks, transformers, light dependent resistors. All share intrusive elements in the signal path. The Gain Cell eliminates this problem without additional circuitry in the signal path by varying its gain in response to front panel controls.

Features:

⦁ Class A balanced analogue preamplifier
⦁ Full function DAC
⦁ Class A headphone output
⦁ Remote control
⦁ Fixed or variable DAC mode
⦁ 2 output 12 volt triggers

Analogue Preamplifier:

⦁ One balanced analogue input
⦁ Three single ended analogue inputs
⦁ Analogue Gain Cell stage
⦁ Fully balanced input to output
⦁ Balanced XLR analogue output
⦁ Single ended RCA analogue output
⦁ Direct coupled without any capacitors in output signal path

Digital To Analogue Converter:

⦁ Four digital inputs
⦁ I2S input
⦁ Digital Lens technology
⦁ Three user selectable digital filters
⦁ Compatible with PS Audio DMP for SACD playback in DSD
⦁ DSD direct through I2S
⦁ 192kHz asynchronous coax and TOSLINK inputs
⦁ 192kHz asynchronous USB
⦁ Single and double rate DSD
⦁ CPLD input (FPGA) lowers jitter, wave shapes, reduces propagation delay
⦁ Native mode standard
⦁ No added Sample Rate Conversion
⦁ High current class A hybrid output stage
⦁ Passive output filter lowers transient distortion
⦁ Direct coupled without any capacitors in output signal path
⦁ High bandwidth output stage -3dB 60kHz
⦁ Low jitter clocks
⦁ High Current oversized analogue power supply
⦁ 7 voltage regulators
⦁ High speed power supply diodes
⦁ Massive 15,000 mFd low ESR capacitors
⦁ ESS Hyperstream


Amplifiers
Frequency Response 20Hz – 20KHz +0/- 0.25dB, 10Hz – 100KHz +0.1/-3.0dB
AV Bypass Yes (Any Analogue Input)
Inputs 3 x RCA (Single Ended), 1 x XLR (Balanced)
Outputs 1 x RCA (Single Ended), 1 x XLR (Balanced), 1 x 1/4" headphone connector (front panel)
Digital
Inputs 2 x S/PDIF (RCA), 1 x Optical (TosLink), 1 x USB Type-B, 1 PCM (384KHz max) DSD64 DSD128 Compatible with DirectStream Transport SACD handshake for DSD playback
Weight - Unit 6.50 KG
Dimensions (H x W x D) 76mm x 430mm x 305mm

3 Year Warranty - Terms and Conditions Apply

At Audio Destination we use various delivery methods to suit various needs from standard Royal Mail services (1st Class,Recorded or Special Delivery) to a fully insured courier service (one we have used for many years) depending on size,weight and cost of item.

Postage costs will show at checkout.

One thing customers can rely upon is Audio Destination will do whatever we can to get the item you have purchased to you as quickly as possible but again we will inform you if there are likely to be any delays.

Should any problems arise or any special request need to be catered for then please call us on 01884 243584 (and ask for Mike or Caroline) or leave a message in the comments section when ordering and this way we can make your experience of ordering from Audio Destination as enjoyable as possible.

Please Note: We can only ship this item within the UK Only.

Fully featured DAC and analogue preamplifier.

There isn’t a DAC made that doesn’t benefit from a great analogue preamplifier. The PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC combines the benefits of both, a full featured DAC with an exceptional analogue preamplifier controlling its output level. Fully balanced circuitry from input to output, the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC builds upon years of research and innovation in the art of digital audio and Class A analogue amplification. Together, or separately, they create an extraordinarily rich, full-bodied musical experience few standalone products can match. PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC is the perfect foundation for those unwilling to compromise sound quality. Rich. Lush. Powerful. A music lover’s answer to spiralling cost-no-object equipment without sacrifice.

Even the best DACs in the world benefit from a zero-loss analogue preamp. That fact was the basis of the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell design imperative. Combine a cutting edge DAC’s output with a no compromise analogue preamplifier. A unique combination of a gorgeous full-featured digital to analogue converter and state of the art analogue amplification. Add any analogue or digital source to PS Audio Stellar’s input, a power amp and speakers to its output, and music filled with rich textures and toe-tapping energy surprise and delight even the most critical Audiophile.

At the heart of PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC is a stunning, Bob Stadtherr designed, digital to analogue converter. Based on industry leading Sabre32 bit Hyperstream architecture, PS Audio Stellar DAC features a fully balanced Class A analogue output stage with multiple power supplies, independent jitter-reduced inputs, DSD, I2S, and asynchronous USB.

The DAC’s output level is controlled by the analogue Gain Cell. Developed in the early 2000’s by PS Audio founder Paul McGowan, the Gain Cell elegantly solves the fundamental problem facing preamp designers. Volume control. Nearly all analogue preamplifiers use additional sonically-degrading elements inserted in the signal path to control volume. These impediments to the signal path’s purity range from simple potentiometers to exotic stepped attenuators, relays, solid state switches, ladder networks, transformers, light dependent resistors. All share intrusive elements in the signal path. The Gain Cell eliminates this problem without additional circuitry in the signal path by varying its gain in response to front panel controls.

Features:

⦁ Class A balanced analogue preamplifier
⦁ Full function DAC
⦁ Class A headphone output
⦁ Remote control
⦁ Fixed or variable DAC mode
⦁ 2 output 12 volt triggers

Analogue Preamplifier:

⦁ One balanced analogue input
⦁ Three single ended analogue inputs
⦁ Analogue Gain Cell stage
⦁ Fully balanced input to output
⦁ Balanced XLR analogue output
⦁ Single ended RCA analogue output
⦁ Direct coupled without any capacitors in output signal path

Digital To Analogue Converter:

⦁ Four digital inputs
⦁ I2S input
⦁ Digital Lens technology
⦁ Three user selectable digital filters
⦁ Compatible with PS Audio DMP for SACD playback in DSD
⦁ DSD direct through I2S
⦁ 192kHz asynchronous coax and TOSLINK inputs
⦁ 192kHz asynchronous USB
⦁ Single and double rate DSD
⦁ CPLD input (FPGA) lowers jitter, wave shapes, reduces propagation delay
⦁ Native mode standard
⦁ No added Sample Rate Conversion
⦁ High current class A hybrid output stage
⦁ Passive output filter lowers transient distortion
⦁ Direct coupled without any capacitors in output signal path
⦁ High bandwidth output stage -3dB 60kHz
⦁ Low jitter clocks
⦁ High Current oversized analogue power supply
⦁ 7 voltage regulators
⦁ High speed power supply diodes
⦁ Massive 15,000 mFd low ESR capacitors
⦁ ESS Hyperstream


Amplifiers
Frequency Response 20Hz – 20KHz +0/- 0.25dB, 10Hz – 100KHz +0.1/-3.0dB
AV Bypass Yes (Any Analogue Input)
Inputs 3 x RCA (Single Ended), 1 x XLR (Balanced)
Outputs 1 x RCA (Single Ended), 1 x XLR (Balanced), 1 x 1/4" headphone connector (front panel)
Digital
Inputs 2 x S/PDIF (RCA), 1 x Optical (TosLink), 1 x USB Type-B, 1 PCM (384KHz max) DSD64 DSD128 Compatible with DirectStream Transport SACD handshake for DSD playback
Weight - Unit 6.50 KG
Dimensions (H x W x D) 76mm x 430mm x 305mm

3 Year Warranty - Terms and Conditions Apply

At Audio Destination we use various delivery methods to suit various needs from standard Royal Mail services (1st Class,Recorded or Special Delivery) to a fully insured courier service (one we have used for many years) depending on size,weight and cost of item.

Postage costs will show at checkout.

One thing customers can rely upon is Audio Destination will do whatever we can to get the item you have purchased to you as quickly as possible but again we will inform you if there are likely to be any delays.

Should any problems arise or any special request need to be catered for then please call us on 01884 243584 (and ask for Mike or Caroline) or leave a message in the comments section when ordering and this way we can make your experience of ordering from Audio Destination as enjoyable as possible.

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