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PS Audio StellarGold Preamplifier – Class A Pure Analogue Amplification

It is the perfect interface between source devices and the power amplifier, as PS Audio describes the latest solution in the PS Audio Stellar Series, namely the PS Audio StellarGold Preamplifier designed in pure Class A.

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  • The US high-end hi-fi manufacturer PS Audio describes the new PS Audio StellarGold Preamplifier as a remarkable musical instrument.

The US high-end hi-fi manufacturer PS Audio is currently expanding its PS Audio Stellar Series with two new solutions, one of which is the latest preamplifier from Boulder, Colorado, in the form of the new PS Audio StellarGold Preamplifier. PS Audio is convinced that this provides the perfect central interface between source devices and a power amplifier.

What is particularly exciting is that PS Audio is even talking about a music instrument that is fully symmetrical and uses a Class A design developed by Darren Myers when presenting the new PS Audio StellarGold Preamplifier.

PS Audio StellarGold Preamplifier – The perfect interface for high-end hi-fi chains

With the new PS Audio StellarGold Preamplifier, every effort has been made to guarantee the perfect central interface even for high-end hi-fi chains and therefore music enthusiasts with the highest demands.

This is particularly important because a preamplifier is the de facto backbone of a high-quality audio system, as it has to fulfil central tasks such as input selection, volume control and balance. It is obvious that the quality of the preamplifier is decisive for the quality of the entire chain.

The PS Audio StellarGold Preamplifier has two discrete amplifier stages, both of which offer an extremely high slew rate, a high bandwidth and low-distortion signal processing, PS Audio promises.

Based on a combination of JFET and BJT components as well as hand-selected, purist components, the signal is transmitted without interfering capacitors in the signal path.

Each amplification stage is based on a design with minimal global feedback, which achieves its low-distortion signal processing by relying on a high-current design, i.e. Class A.

Incidentally, a deliberately oversized power supply is a decisive factor in this.

Analogue design alone

It is worth noting that the new PS Audio StellarGold preamplifier relies solely on analogue signal processing. In addition to two pairs of inputs designed as RCA sockets, there are also two inputs in the form of XLR connections.

The outputs can also be set to either RCA or XLR, i.e. unbalanced or balanced, with two outputs available for each type.

Not to be forgotten are two 12 V triggers and two so-called PS Links, which ensure centralised control of several PS Audio components.

The new PS Audio StellarGold preamplifier measures 43,18 x 8,38 x 33,02 cm and weighs in at 10,9 kg. The solid housing is available in either silver or black.

Prices and availability

The new PS Audio StellarGold Preamplifier should be available from specialist retailers these days, as described, in either silver or black. The recommended retail price is € 4.799,-.

Getting to the point

The latest addition to the PS Audio Stellar Series, the PS Audio StellarGold Preamplifier, is a purely analogue preamplifier designed in Class A and based on a design conceived by Darren Myers. PS Audio sees this preamplifier as an outstanding interface for high-end hi-fi systems whose owners do not want to compromise on sound quality.

Price€ 4.799,-
ManufacturerPS Audio
Distribution AustriaAudio Tuning Vertriebs GmbH
Distribution GermanyHiFi 2 die 4
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Michael Holzinger

Michael Holzinger, founder and editor-in-chief of HiFi BLOG and, has been working for years as a journalist in the fields of IT, photography, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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