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PS Audio Stellar Gold DAC

PS Audio Stellar Gold DAC
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PS Audio Stellar Gold DACPS Audio Stellar Gold DACPS Audio Stellar Gold DAC
£4,000.00
(£3,333.33 Exc. VAT)
  
  

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  • Four parallel DACs per channel
  • Designed around ESS 9038 Pro technology
  • Dead quiet signal to noise ratio
  • Exceptional imaging and soundstage
  • Fully balanced design
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PS Audio Stellar Gold DAC

Once in a great while, an exciting new product design direction comes along that really sets a new standard for performance within a price range. Such is the all new StellarGold DAC, a product that will raise the bar for any digital to analog converter at anywhere near the price.

What makes the new StellarGold DAC unique is its use of multiple parallel DACs. Each channel of the StellarGold is built by paralleling 4 high resolution digital to analog converters, then feeding the combined output of these DACs into an all new discrete class A analog output stage. The results are nothing short of stunning. The use of multiple high-precision DACs to form one ultra-linear channel has the advantage of lowering noise and channel crosstalk while at the same time increasing linearity, dynamic range, and resolution beyond what any single DAC technology can achieve. One listen to this amazing new DAC and you'll know why it easily outperforms single DAC designs.

Octo DAC, Diamond performance

The StellarGold DAC is an extraordinary feat of engineering. By combining the outputs of four high-performance D to A converters for each channel, the StellarGold DAC achieves extraordinarily low noise and distortion that rivals any DAC at any price. Combine its state-of-the-art performance with its fully discrete, wicked fast, class A gain stage and you find StellarGold to represent one of the best sounding components in your system. Come learn more about this extraordinary DAC.

Design

The new StellarGold DAC, with its advanced parallel DAC architecture, takes advantage of performance standards unavailable to single DAC designs. By using multiple DACs in parallel, individual non-linearities of each DAC tend to average out. This is because the probability of all DACs having the exact same non-linearity error at the same digital input value is nearly zero. The results are nothing short of breathtaking. One listen to this DAC, and you'll know it's in an entirely different category from others at anywhere near its price range.

Application

PS Audio's StellarGold DAC can become the centerpiece of a high-resolution 2-channel audio system. Using StellarGold's balanced or single-ended outputs into our matching StellarGold preamplifier or, using its built-in lossless volume control, the StellarGold DAC can become the heart of a true state-of-the-art high-performance audio system at an affordable price.

Technology

Parallel DAC Technology

In high-performance audio DACs, employing four parallel DACs per channel offers a number of sonic benefits. First, it reduces noise through averaging, resulting in an impressive signal-to-noise ratio exceeding 127dB below the DAC's maximum output of 4 volts (balanced). When noise is lowered, and the individual non-linearities of each of the 4 DACs are averaged together, the results are an increase in the effective dynamic range (loudest to softest sounds) and an audible improvement in linearity and distortion. The combined resolution effectively surpasses that of any single DAC of similar design on the market, creating an extraordinary audio experience that only a few people have yet to experience. We can't wait for you to hear StellarGold in your system.

Perfectionist Build Quality

The StellarGold DAC was designed by Darren Myers whose mission was to discover how far it might be possible to extend the already extraordinary capabilities of the latest technologies of the top-of-the-line ESS DAC platforms. To do this would require the use of multiple DACS, an all new direct-coupled balanced hybrid output stage featuring a slew rate fast enough to do justice to the circuit's capabilities, and then power the entire circuit with multiple stage linear regulators. A tall challenge given StellarGold's affordable pricing. One look inside at this beautifully hand-crafted device and you'll see how the PS Engineering team honored Darren's original vision using only the highest quality parts and the lowest noise designs. The StellarGoild is truly a work of art that deserves your attention.

State-of-the-Art Performance

For the vast majority of audiophiles, the DAC is the cornerstone of their system. Streaming with a network AirLens, a PerfectWave SACD transport, connecting to your computer via USB, or playing music through any digital source is the mainstay of getting music into your home. The quality of that music is directly impacted by the device that converts those digital bits into analog audio we can use to power our speakers. That is the job of the DAC. And DACs are sensitive and highly sophisticated electronic circuits that are affected by any number of issues, including jitter, noise, distortion, resolution, and quantization errors, to mention just a few. When it comes time to find the perfect DAC for your system, it makes sense to turn to a company like PS Audio which places sonic performance and the joy of musicality above all else. If you truly want the next big step in your high-end audio system, consider StellarGold for your your digital playback. We don't think you can get close at anywhere near its price.

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  • Class A balanced analogue preamplifier
  • Full function DAC
  • Class A headphone output
  • Remote control
  • Fixed or variable DAC mode
  • 2 output 12 volt triggers

Analogue preamplifier

  • One balanced analogue input
  • Three single ended analogue 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

Digital To Analogue Converter

  • 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, waveshapes, 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 analog power supply
  • 7 voltage regulators
  • High speed power supply diodes
  • Massive 15,000 mFd low ESR capacitors
  • ESS Hyperstream

Physical

  • Unit Weight: 22.5 lbs [10.2 kg]
  • Unit Dimensions: 17"W x 3"H x 12" D, [43.18 cm x 7.62 cm x 30.48 cm]
  • Shipping Weight: 26 lbs [11.8 kg]
  • Shipping Dimensions: 22"W x 8"H x 17"D, [55.88 cm x 20.32 cm x 43.18 cm]
  • Color Options: Black, Silver
Power Requirements
  • Input Power: Model specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 30W
  • Digital Audio Inputs: I2S (2), Coax (2), Optical, USB
  • Physical: Unit Weight 22.5 lbs [10.2 kg], Unit Dimensions 17"W x 3"H x 12" D, [43.18 cm x 7.62 cm x 30.48 cm]
  • Shipping Weight: 26 lbs [11.8 kg]
  • Shipping Dimensions: 22"W x 8"H x 17"D, [55.88 cm x 20.32 cm x 43.18 cm]
  • Color Options : Black, Silver
Power Requirements
  • Input Power: Model specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 30W
  • Digital Audio Inputs: I2S (2), Coax (2), Optical, USB
  • Sample Rates
  • Optical (TOSLink): PCM 16 and 24 bits at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz and 96kHz
  • S/PDIF (Coax): PCM 16 and 24 bits at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz; DoP64
  • I2S: PCM 16 and 24 bits at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 705.6kHz, and 768kHz; DoP64, DoP128, DoP256, DSD64, DSD128, and DSD256
  • USB: PCM 16 and 24 bits at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, and 384kHz; DoP64, DoP128, DSD64, and DSD128
Analog Audio Output
  • Output Stage: Discrete fully balanced JFET BJT hybrid
  • Connector: RCA single ended, XLR balanced
  • Output Level High, Maximum: 4 VRMS Balanced, 2 VRMS Single Ended
  • Output Impedance: 100‌Ω / 200Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, +/- 0.1dB; 10Hz-70kHz, -1dB
  • Max Output: 4V RMS Balanced, 2V RMS single-ended
  • THD+N @ 1KHz (full scale): <0.002% at full output
  • IMD: <0.002%, CCIF, at full output
  • SNR: >127dB, referenced to 4V RMS
Data Handling
  • Format: PCM or DSD
  • Sample Rate (PCM): 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz
  • Data Rate (DSD): Up to DSD256 (11.2MHz) via DoP and Native DSD1024
  • Digital Volume Control: Yes
  • Analog Conversion Method: ES9038PRO DAC
I2S Digital Input
  • Connector: HDMI
  • Format: PCM or DSD. DoP on all inputs as well as native DSD on 12S inputs
USB Digital Input
  • Connector: USB "B" Type
  • Format: PCM, DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM), or Native DSD
  • Transfer Mode: Asynchronous

UK Delivery

  • FREE delivery via DPD Local By 12pm on orders to value over £300, including one hour delivery window service 'Predict & Follow My Parcel'.
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery By 1pm costs between £5.00 - £10.00 on orders to value under £300, dependent on weight.
  • Saturday or Sunday delivery available upon request for supplemental charge.

EU Delivery

  • £25 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Road service (5-7 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.
  • £50 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Air service  (2-3 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.
    Receiver is responsible for the payment of local Duties and Taxes.

USA & Canada Delivery

  • Services based on your order being shipped to the U.S. and Canada are calculated as follows:
    £100 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL international 'Day Definite' service per parcel.
    Receiver is responsible for the payment of local Duties and Taxes.

Exceptions

  • Not all products are available for order into Europe, USA & Canada

WARRANTY

  • Full manufacturer's warranty on all new purchases. Standard warranty is typically 12 months to 2 years with some goods coming with 6 years manufacturer's warranty.
  • Goods purchased in UK and EU are covered by the Consumer Contracts Regulations.

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