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Stellar Phono Preamplifier

Redefine Your Record Collection

Built in Boulder

PS Audio’s first product was a phono preamplifier that took the Hi-Fi world by storm in 1975. Its designers, Paul and Stan, labored for years over every circuit detail with one goal in mind—making musical magic. Stellar Phono shares that same ethos.

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.

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Stellar Phono Preamplifier

Product Description

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.

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  • 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

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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Like a new record collection

Dan M

I’d say the addition of this new preamp has really elevated my system and so far I see no downsides. I have not found a record yet that I think, “nope just can’t listen to that.” In fact, the opposite is true - I feel like I have a new record collection waiting to be discovered.

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Sending shivers down my spine

Calord

For me, in my room, this is an amazing new box and I can’t wait to hear it today, especially after the overnight burn in. My Sutherland is for sale.

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Spoiler alert!

HT Haller

The Stellar phono stage is an impressive piece of work. Once you move past the $2,500 price point for these devices, things get crazy pretty quickly. For the vinyl newbie or someone looking for their first high-end separate phono stage, this is pretty much a no-brainer. For anyone who is contemplating a $5k - $10k spend on a phono stage upgrade, this is a must audition product at the very least. Darren’s creation is going to cause some heartburn elsewhere in the industry.

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BLACKEST background I have EVER heard

Tom Allen

I had time to swap out my Gold Note for my Stellar Phono Pre and after all connections were made, I switched inputs from CD to Phono and I heard NOTHING.

I got worried thinking the Stellar had a problem even though I was certain I connected everything correctly.

I started Clapton Unplugged and WOW !!

This wonderful sound came from the BLACKEST background I have EVER heard in a Phono Pre (and I have had MANY)

Don't know HOW you could achieve the kind of QUIET I heard (or NOT heard :)

I only care that you did and it sounds AMAZING !!

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Stellar Phono Preamplifier

 
Unit Weight21.6lbs. (9.8 kg)
Unit Dimensions17”W x 13”D x 3.25”H
(43cm x 33.02cm x 8.255cm)
Shipping Weight25.1lbs (11.4 kg)
Shipping Dimensions22”W x 8”H x 17”D
(55.88cm x 43.18cm x 20.32cm)
Color OptionsBlack
Silver
Voltage Options
(Factory set only)
Japan 100V
North America 120V
Europe/Asia/Australia/New Zealand 230V
Mains Power InputIEC C14
Idle Power Consumption26W
Fuses100V: T250V-2.0AH (2A Slow Blow)
120V: T250V-1.6AH (1.6A Slow Blow)
230V: T250V-1AH (1A Slow Blow)
Accessories IncludedUS (NEMA 5-15P) (100V/120V versions)
Schuko (CEE7/7) (230V version)
UK (BS1363) (230V version)
Remote Control
Audio InputsRCA (Unbalanced) MM,MC
Audio OutputsRCA (Unbalanced) 1 Stereo Pair
XLR (Balanced) 1 Stereo Pair
DC Trigger3.5mm 12VDC (2)

Performance

All measurements are with both channels operating,
gain set to low, and balanced outputs.
Input frequency is 1kHz.
GainMM: 44dB, 50dB, 56dB
MC: 60dB, 66dB, 72dB
Input LoadingMM: 47KΩ (100pF)
MC: 60Ω, 100Ω, 200Ω, 47KΩ, Custom 1-1KΩ
Output Impedance Unbalanced <200Ω
Balanced <200Ω per leg
Frequency Response20Hz - 20KHz +/- 0.25dB
THD0.5V out @ 1kHz: <0.01%
Maximum Output@1%THD: 24VRMS
Overload Margin@1kHz: >22dB
S/N RatioMM: >82dB A-Weighted
MC: >74dB A-Weighted
Interchannel Crosstalk>74dB
Power Consumption26W

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