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PS Audio Introduces StellarGold Preamplifier and DAC

The two new high-end audio components incorporate a host of PS Audio’s latest technological innovations.

PS Audio has announced the introduction of its StellarGold preamplifier and StellarGold DAC. The two new high-end audio components incorporate a host of PS Audio’s latest technological innovations, along with exceptional sound quality, flexible configuration options, and user-friendly remote-control operation.

StellarGold Preamplifier

PS Audio StellarGold Preamp - Front

Like all Stellar Series components, the StellarGold preamplifier (SRP: $3999) has a sleek design with a new twist — both the preamp and StellarGold DAC feature a new real-gold-plated accent line across the front panel. Available in silver or black, the StellarGold preamplifier is a flexible audio system control center with multiple balanced and single-ended inputs and outputs, all accessible via the preamp’s front-panel menu system and included remote control.

Designed by engineer Darren Myers, the preamp is fully balanced from input to output, and utilizes pure Class A analog amplification. The StellarGold preamp employs high-slew-rate, high-bandwidth JFET and BJT devices along with hand-selected internal components, and its two discrete audio amplification stages are based on a minimal global feedback design. The high-current Class A output stage can drive long cable lengths with ease. Great care and attention have been paid to the preamp’s power supply design, with an oversized transformer, multiple stage regulation, and other refinements.

PS Audio StellarGold Preamp - Back

The StellarGold preamplifier adjusts volume and balance via precision stepped attenuation, and also provides control of input selection, input naming, IR control, and other functions.

StellarGold DAC

The PS Audio StellarGold DAC (SRP: $3999) incorporates a host of technological advancements to provide remarkable fidelity and musical realism from digital sources. Each channel is built by paralleling four high-resolution digital-to-analog converters, then feeding their combined output into a newly designed discrete Class A analog output stage. According to PS Audio, the use of multiple DACs to form a single ultra-linear channel provides the advantages of lowering noise and channel crosstalk while increasing linearity, dynamic range, and resolution beyond what any single-DAC technology can achieve.

PS Audio StellarGold DAC - Front

The StellarGold DAC provides multiple I2S and coaxial digital inputs, plus USB and optical inputs, and balanced and single-ended outputs. Its built-in lossless volume control enables it to be used as a standalone preamplifier. The DAC is compatible with PCM to 768 kHz and DSD to 256 (11.2 MHz). The DAC provides user-selectable digital filters to enable sonic tailoring to the listener’s preferences.

PS Audio StellarGold DAC - Back

The PS Audio StellarGold preamplifier and DAC are currently available at a U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $3999 each.

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