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Why constellation audio?

Our original goal when we founded Constellation Audio was to apply the talents of our dream team of top engineers and designers to creating the finest components the audio world has ever seen. According to many noted experts, we’ve done just that.

What is the best power amplifier for my Constellation system?

Taurus is the ideal way to get Constellation performance and power into systems where, for whatever reason, a foot-high power amplifier won’t quite fit. The Inspiration MONO 1.0 amplifier easily delivers 400 watts per channel into 8 ohms, doubling to 800 into 4 ohms.

What is the constellation Argo?

The Argo combines the Line Stage Gain Module concept of our Altair II and Virgo II preamps; the balanced bridged modular concept used in our Hercules II and Centaur amplifiers; and convenience features found on no other Constellation Audio products (yet).

What is constellation’s output topology?

This topology means that Constellation only uses N-type output devices rather than N and P-type pairs as found in unbridged designs, the purpose being to avoid differences in transistors that can undermine transparency, timing etc.

What is a Hercules II stereo?

Hercules II Stereo. The Hercules II Stereo uses exactly the same circuit as the Hercules II Mono and the original Hercules. The same circuit that inspired a leading reviewer to describe our original Hercules amplifier and Altair preamp as "the most transparent, detailed, and cleanest electronics I’ve heard". READ MORE.

What is Altair II?

With its innovative circuitry and incomparable build quality, Altair II achieves something no other preamp can: the musicality of classic tube preamps with precision and dynamics matched by no other solid-state preamp.

What is Argo preamp?

The Argo combines the Line Stage Gain Module concept of our Altair II and Virgo II preamps; the balanced bridged modular concept used in our Hercules II and Centaur amplifiers; and convenience features found on no other Constellation Audio products (yet).

How many watts does a MONO 1.0 amplifier have?

The Inspiration MONO 1.0 amplifier easily delivers 400 watts per channel into 8 ohms, doubling to 800 into 4 ohms. This is power enough to produce incredible, concert-hall dynamics with any speaker. Yet it is the size of a standard audio amplifier and weighs just 55 pounds.

What is Virgo 3?

Virgo III is a subtle but significant evolution of our Virgo II line stage preamplifier. The new version introduces a unique, passive implementation of a digital volume control created by our "dream team" of world-renowned audio engineers.

How many watts does a Centaur II 500 have?

With 500 watts per channel into 8 ohms, doubling to 1,000 watts per channel into 4 ohms, Centaur II 500 commands complete control of any speaker, allowing every speaker it is used with to achieve its best, most musical performance.

What is an Andromeda?

Andromeda is the ideal solution for those with simpler vinyl playback setups using only couple of tonearms or turntables.

What does transparency on tap mean?

The transparency on tap means that all the nimbleness, solidity and depth of the music is revealed alongside depth of image that’s breathtaking. Inevitably the Inspiration trio produce the most convincing music with the best recordings, and when these are of acoustic instruments all the better. Arvo Pärt’s ‘Fratres for cello and piano’ is a good example, an ECM recording that is extremely quiet as these amps make abundantly clear, the cello is placed well back in the stage to begin with but comes forward when the volume rises, it’s distinctive timbre evoking tragedy in true Pärt style and its reverb sounding totally real and natural. You realise after a while that there is no sense that speakers are producing the sound, it just seems to be there in front of you, unrelated to the actual source. Credit due to the speakers as well of course but they can’t do this so convincingly with most amplifiers. The other instrument in this piece, the piano, is also convincing because it has such a strong sense of gravitas and body, this amplifier has huge power but does not call attention to itself which is difficult trick to pull off.

What is inspiration preamp?

Under the lid the Inspiration Preamp has a lot of similarities to the Altair II and Virgo II in the upper echelons of the company’s catalogue, it is based on the same circuit and shares many of the same parts. It’s interesting and encouraging to note that the circuit boards are isolated with compliant mountings, a technique that you find in the top Naim electronics but which is not common even in the high end. The power supply is heavily shielded to give the audio signal a quiet electrical environment, and uses separate R-core transformers for each channel – this is a fully dual mono line stage after all – plus a third transformer for the control circuits.

How many XLRs are there?

You’ll notice that there are two XLRs, one is simply marked ‘balanced’ while the other is called ‘direct’. This is because the balanced connection takes the signal through an extra stage of gain compared to direct, both deliver the same amount of power but you need to turn the volume up further with the direct input.

Why does Constellation use N-type output devices?

This topology means that Constellation only uses N-type output devices rather than N and P-type pairs as found in unbridged designs, the purpose being to avoid differences in transistors that can undermine transparency, timing etc.

Does the rotary on a preamp work?

It has a touch sensitive LCD display and is supplied with a suitably crafted remote handset to match. This proved to be the best thing to change level with as the rotary on the preamp itself is geared to work slowly, which is nice for fine volume changes but less good if you want big jumps. Each input remains at the volume level it was last used with so there’s not need to compensate for source variations, which is a nice touch.

Do Constellations work with quiet music?

They work extremely well with quiet music too, sensitivity to micro dynamics – the change in level from one note to the next – is very high indeed, the music offering up new layers of subtlety as a result. Listening becomes a deep immersion experience with these Constellations, they open up music that you think you know and expose all the nuances. But it’s also a lot of fun playing heavy tracks, the monster bass of modern German dub (Burnt Friedman and Jaki Liebezeit’s Secret Rhythms) is unusually painless, most amps struggle to control the depth and magnitude of low end on this, these do not. Here it’s clean, clear and more musical than it’s sounded in a long while. I read a review of this album saying that the rhythms were perhaps a little too secret, but in fact they are just too heavy for most systems to deliver in coherent fashion.

What is Argo preamp?

The Argo combines the Line Stage Gain Module concept of our Altair II and Virgo II preamps; the balanced bridged modular concept used in our Hercules II and Centaur amplifiers; and convenience features found on no other Constellation Audio products (yet).

What is a Centaur II?

Think of Centaur II as a state-of-the-art race car with an upgraded engine. The amplification circuits are essentially the same as in the original Centaur, but the power supply is radically improved.

What is Virgo 3?

Virgo III is a subtle but significant evolution of our Virgo II line stage preamplifier. The new version introduces a unique, passive implementation of a digital volume control created by our "dream team" of world-renowned audio engineers.

How many watts does a Centaur II 500 have?

With 500 watts per channel into 8 ohms, doubling to 1,000 watts per channel into 4 ohms, Centaur II 500 commands complete control of any speaker, allowing every speaker it is used with to achieve its best, most musical performance.

What is a Cygnus?

The Cygnus is designed for the way audiophiles listen to music today and the way they will listen to it in the future. It combines an advanced digital-to-analog converter with digital file access and browsing capabilities.