Constellation Comes Nearer to You
With Constellation Audio's Cygnus Media player and new Argo driving Magico S5 loudspeakers via Wireworld Equinox series speaker cables and Platinum Eclipse interconnects, the Constellation system delivered maximally neutral, engaging sound on the "Zither Carol" from the well-worn Cantate Domino recording. (I know there's good new classical music and jazz out there; it's time we heard more of it.) After far too many systems that exhibited overly sweet, unnaturally euphonic sound, I took a deep breath and settled in to the music with fear of sudden insulin spikes. What a relief!
In the company's adjacent "back room," members of the press were offered a tantalizing preview of Constellation's forthcoming entry-level Inspiration line. Product names are TBD, and the two-tone finish shown above is not the anodized silver finish expected to appear in the U.S., but the $7500 price tags for the Inspiration amplifier (top) and preamplifier (bottom) are welcome news indeed.
"These have almost exactly the same circuitry as the far more expensive Virgo and Centaur, but distillednot diluted, distilleddown to the essence," says the company's Peter Madnick. "They sound amazing." Expect production units at the Munich Show in May. Anyone have a spare airplane ticket to Germany so I can learn if they sound as amazing as the higher-priced Constellation products I've already heard?