PS Audio Stellar M1200 monoblock power amplifier Associated Equipment

Sidebar 3: Associated Equipment

Analog sources: Continuum Audio Labs Caliburn & Castellon turntable & stand; SAT XD1 direct-drive turntable, OMA K3 direct-drive turntable, SAT CF1-09, CF1Ti-09, Schroeder OMA, and Kuzma 4Point tonearms; Lyra Atlas Lambda SL, Ortofon MC Century, Anna Diamond, A95, A90, Grado Epoch3, Miyajima Labs Infinity (mono), Grado Epoch (mono), Aidas Audio Gala Gold LE cartridges.
Digital sources: dCS Vivaldi One SACD player DAC; Lynx Hilo A/D-D/A converter; Roon Nucleus server; Pure Vinyl and Vinyl Studio software.
Preamplification: darTZeel NHB-18S, Ypsilon MC-10L, MC-16L step-up transformers; Ypsilon VPS-100, CH Precision P1 with X1 PSU, Audio Research Reference Phono 3 SE.
Power amplifiers: darTZeel NHB-468 monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: Wilson Audio Specialties Alexx
Cables: Interconnect: TARA Labs Zero Evolution, Zero and Air Evolution, Analysis Plus Silver Apex, Stealth Sakra & Indra, Luminous Audio Technology Silver Reference, interconnect. Speaker: AudioQuest Dragon, TARA Labs Omega EvolutionSP. AC: AudioQuest Dragon and Thunder, Dynamic Design Neutron GS Digital power cord.
Accessories: AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioners; CAD GC1 and GC3 Ground Controls; Oyaide AC wall box & receptacles; ASC Tube Traps; RPG BAD, Skyline & Abffusor panels, Stillpoints Aperture II Room panels, Synergistic Research UEF products (various), Symposium Ultra platform; HRS Signature SXR and Stillpoints ESS stands, Stillpoints and Finite Elemente Pagode amplifier stands; Audiodharma Cable Cooker; Furutech record demagnetizer; Furutech destat; Loricraft PRC4 Deluxe, Audiodesk System Pro, and Kirmuss Audio KA-RC-1 record-cleaning machines.—Michael Fremer

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PS Audio
4826 Sterling Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301
(720) 406-8946
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ejlif's picture

I'd take a 911 S all day over the Maybach!

a.wayne's picture

Agree completely with MF assessment on the class D sound , Fast , punchy and very musical on recordings which changes direction and pace often, only to be let down by their poor timbre , especially on piano’s were everything sounds like a magical keyboard ..

Flatter to deceive they do very well ..!

Regards

sw23's picture

Nice review. But it seems like it would be more appropriate to compare this amp to conventional high powered budget offerings from Parasound, Bryston and Musical Fidelity than to a super amp. After all this is probably the choice confronting folks in this price class.

Ortofan's picture

... really are, especially compared to a pair of the NAD C298 amps, which use the Purifi amp modules and have a rated output in bridged-mono configuration of 1kW @ 8Ω and 1.1kW @ 4Ω - all for $4K/pair.

AnalogueFan's picture

mmm with more mmm .. will be enough for my WB Chimera .? I don't think they are enough, after this review.

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