PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamplifier

£2,500.00

The Stellar Phono Preamplifier is a fully discrete class-A design that handles both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges. All analog from input to output, this stunning addition to the Stellar line will bring new life to your vinyl in ways you never dreamt possible.

 

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Description

Redefine Your Record Collection

“The midrange on this phono preamp is as open, uncongested, transparent, and revealing as that of any phono preamp I’ve heard at any price.” Michael Fremer.

Stereophile magazine’s Analog Product of the Year!

Based on a unique all discrete FET topology, Stellar Phono stands out in a crowded field of conventional IC designs. Its sound is rich, warm and enticing as only vinyl through hand-tuned class-A circuitry can be.

Stellar Phono is a triumph of performance and value that you’ll instantly recognize from that first needle drop, as music emerges from a velvet blackness, filling the room as if there were no speakers.

When PS engineer Darren Myers set his sights on building the best phono stage our company has ever produced, he had his work cut out for him. With the advantage of modern upgraded FET semiconductors and a fresh approach to the art of phono preamplification at his side, Darren wiped the tradition slate clean by hand-fashioning a new approach to the challenge of amplifying and preserving all the magic trapped in the grooves of our records. The results are breathtaking. Music that might once have been locked into the confines of our loudspeakers is suddenly free. What you hear fills the room with a rich tonality that has always been vinyl’s promise, but rarely fulfilled to the degree Stellar has achieved.

Stellar phono features dual inputs that can support either a moving coil or moving magnet cartridge, or a two-tonearm set up to enjoy the best of each at the user’s discretion. Cartridge loading and gain options are easily adjusted from your listening position via the supplied remote control.

Phono preamplifiers at anywhere near this price range are almost always integrated circuit based, but not Stellar. Input to output, Stellar is a fully discrete FET design with extraordinarily low noise and high overload capabilities so even the wildest dynamics from the punchiest cartridges sail through Stellar with no limitations or compromise whatsoever.

If you love vinyl you’ll love Stellar.

Specifications

Physical
Unit Weight
9.5 kg
Unit Dimensions
43.2 x 30.5 x 7.6cm
Shipping Weight
11.3 kg
Shipping Dimensions
58.4 x 45.7 x 22.9cm
Power requirements
Input Power
230VAC 50 Hz
Power Consumption
20W idle 50W typical 600W Maximum
Mains Power Input
IEC C14
Fuse
T250V-250mAH (1/4A Slow Blow)
Accessories included
Remote Control Line cord(s) US (NEMA 5-15P) (all versions), UK (BS1363) (230V version)
Analog inputs
RCA
3 stereo pair
XLR
1 stereo pair
Digital audio inputs
I2S
1 PCM (384KHz max) DSD64 DSD128 Compatible with DirectStream Transport SACD handshake for DSD playback
Coax
2 PCM (192KHz max)
Optical
1 PCM (96KHz max)
USB
PCM (384KHz max) DSD64 (DoP) DSD128 (DoP)
Ethernet
Wired, 10/100MBPS 1 WIFI, 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n UPnP, Spotify Connect
Format
PCM, DSD
Analog Audio Outputs
RCA
(Analog Unbalanced) 1 stereo pair
Headphones
One 1/4" headphone connector
Speakers
Binding Posts
Analog Performance
Gain
12dB +/-0.5dB
Maximum output
20 Vrms
Sensitivity
5.3Vrms
Input Impedance
47KΩ single ended RCA 100KΩ Balanced XLR
Output Impedance
100Ω single ended RCA 200Ω balanced XLR
Frequency Response
20Hz – 20KHz +0/- 0.25dB 10Hz – 100KHz +0.1/-3.0dB
Noise
20-20KHz <-90dBV
S/N Ratio
1KHz >110dB (max output)
Channel separation
1KHz >90dB
Input separation
1KHz >90dB
THD&IM
1KHz < 0.025% 20-20KHz < 0.05%
Headphone performance
Output power @1% THD
300Ω 300mW 16Ω 3.25W
S/N Ratio 1kHz Noise
>95dB (max output) <-80dBV
THD & IM 1Vrms out
300Ω <0.05% 16Ω <0.06%
Output impedance
<4 Ω
Power Amplifier Performance
Gain (relative to line output)
30.5dB
Output Power
8Ω, 1KHz, 1% 120W typical, 100W minimum
Output Power
4Ω, 1KHz, 1% 150W typical
Frequency Response
+/-1dB 20Hz – 20KHz -3dB 7Hz – 40KHz
THD+N
1KHz, 10W/4Ω 0.02%
IMD
18/19KHz -65dB
Speaker Impedance
4Ω minimum
Output Impedance
50Hz 150 mΩ typical
Sensitivity
@76 1.6VRMS @100 400m VRMS
Channel Separation
1KHz >90dB
Features
Input Selection
9 total, 3 analog, 6 digital
PS Connect Streaming via free IOS or Android app
High resolution up to 192kHz Tidal Qobuz Spotify Napster iHeart Radio Music Shares on local network DLNA sources
Volume Control
0-100 (1/2 and 1dB steps, 80dB total range)
Balance Control
12dB each direction in 1/4dB steps
Home Theater Mode
Assignable to any analog input Adjustable (in setup) to any level
Polarity (phase) Control
Digital sources only
Filter Control
3 selectable digital filters (PCM digital sources only)
Trigger output
(3.5mm 5-15VDC) 2
Remote Control
Yes. Infra Red
Network Connectivity
Ethernet or WiFi built in to Strata

Moving Magnet and Moving Coil preamplifier

Fixed and variable cartridge loading adjustable from remote control

Up to 70dB of ultra low noise gain for MC cartridges as low as 0.15mv

Two inputs for two tonearms selectable from remote control

Single ended and balanced outputs

All discrete FET design

Class A analog circuitry throughout

No ICs in signal path

Up to 20V rms output for unparaleled headroom and dynamics

Passive RIAA curve for seamless performance

Hand selected premium discrete components

DC coupled from input to output for unfettered bass

Ultra low noise discrete pre and post voltage regulation stages

Low internal feedback for increased transparency and openness

No complimentary FET transistors for lifelike performance

High current oversized power transformer

Remote control

Front panel standby button

Reviews

Stereophile
Michael Fremer
The midrange on this phono preamp is as open, uncongested, transparent, and revealing as that of any phono preamp I’ve heard at any price.

I recommend a listen to the Stellar to anyone in the market for a new phono preamp, regardless of price. I don’t think I’ve ever written that before.

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Positive Feedback
John Hoffman
The Stellar Phono preamplifier projects an expansive sound stage, with the ability to extend wall to wall and create the illusion of the venue imagined by the artist.

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Tone Audio
Lawrence Devoe
Stellar offers the best performance for price, often outshining some far more expensive competitors. This preamp should be welcomed by experienced vinyl fans as well as newcomers to this marvelous medium. You would have to spend a lot more to seriously challenge what this affordable and great-looking component delivers; its ability to change critical settings from your easy chair is a real bonus. Highly recommended.

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Part Time Audiophile
Marc Phillips
The PS Audio Stellar phono preamplifier, once again, offers an incredible amount of features for the money–just like the PS Audio phono preamplifiers of yore. It’s also incredibly neutral, which makes it the perfect phono stage for evaluating cartridges. I found myself continually swapping out the ZYX Bloom 3, the Hana ML and the Sumiko Starling I reviewed for The Occasional No. 6 because the Stellar was so adept at revealing the differences between them.

How did they pull this off?
Dnance
I wrote James and told him PS Audio should be PROUD!!!

I am impressed and that is simply not easy to do at this stage of my audiophile path.

Bravo gentlemen for making one of the top 3 SS phono stages I’ve heard, the others being the SPL Phonos and the iFi iPhono 2 although the SPP is better than the iPhono but at 5 times the price I would hope so:) The SPL Phonos just does things dynamically with the London that I’ve not heard another stage do.

This is a golden age for phono stages when a company can build something that sounds as good as the Stellar at that kind of price. Build wise, sound wise, I actually don’t know how they pulled it off.

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