PS Audio

PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier

PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier
PS Audio

PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier

£1,799.00

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PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier

The PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier is available for demonstration in our Hull store by request.

There isn’t a DAC made that doesn’t benefit from a great analogue preamplifier. The 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 Pre Amplifier 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. Stellar Gain Cell DAC is the perfect foundation for those unwilling to compromise sound quality.

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 DAC 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 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 Stellar Gain Cell DAC is a stunning, Bob Stadtherr designed, digital to analog converter. Based on industry leading Sabre32 bit Hyperstream architecture, Stellar Gain Cell DAC features a fully balanced Class A analog 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 Stellar Gain Cell elegantly solves the fundamental problem facing preamp designers. Volume control. Nearly all analog 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. This PS Audio product eliminates this problem without additional circuitry in the signal path by varying its gain in response to front panel controls.

Part Exchange Available

As you would expect from Fanthorpes hifi, we offer a generous part exchange against the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier. If you have any hifi that you wish to use as part payment against the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier then either call us on 01482 223096 or email us at shop@fanthorpes.co.uk and we will give you a price to change. This is a fantastic and hassle free way of making the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier more affordable.

Finance Available - No Deposit Required*

Fanthorpes hifi can also offer buy now pay later on the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier, allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year. If you are interested in taking advantage of our payment terms on the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk or call us on 01482 223096 and we will email an application form to you

PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier Specification:

  • One balanced analogue input
  • Three single ended analog 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
  • 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

* No deposit required on in store purchases only. Minimum 10% deposit required for online applications on the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Pre Amplifier.

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PS Audio At Fanthorpes

PS Audio was founded in 1973 by audio designers Paul McGowan (the P) and Stan Warren (the S), in Santa Maria California.

PS Audio is now based in beautiful Boulder Colorado, nestled up against the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Products are engineered in-house from the ground up using some of the most sophisticated engineering and evaluation tools available. They are strong advocates of utilising the latest technologies in service of building state-of-the-art high value products for our customers.Their core products are all hand built in their modern production facilities in Boulder Colorado. PS Audio are a proud employer of more than 25 local artisans who design, build and make their products available all over the world. PS Audio's love of music and high-end audio has enabled them to build products and provide services that support both for nearly 40 years.