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PS Audio Stellar S300 Stereo Amplifier

SKU: PSaudio-S300

The Stellar S300 stereo power amplifier is a dual mono power amplifier capable of effortlessly driving demanding loudspeaker loads to concert levels. The perfect choice for just about any loudspeaker, the S300 slips into any system, surprising and delighting even the most discriminating Audiophile


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Breathe new life into your loudspeakers with the Stellar S300, one of the most extraordinary under $5,000 stereo power amplifiers ever crafted. The S300 combines the slam, linearity, and toe-tapping pacing of a Class D output stage with the warmth, grace, and rich inner detail of Stellar’s Class A Analog Cell. The results are nothing short of ground breaking. Liberate a wealth of untapped energy trapped in your media library. Plumb music’s subterranean depths and finally hear the bass your speakers were capable of. Revel in rich layers of fine, full detail. Marvel at the deep, extraordinary, wall-to-wall soundstage. Effortless. Lush. Stellar.

The Stellar S300 stereo power amplifier is a dual mono power amplifier capable of effortlessly driving demanding loudspeaker loads to concert levels. The perfect choice for just about any loudspeaker, the S300 slips into any system, surprising and delighting even the most discriminating Audiophile. The S300 opens up your musical library in ways you might not have thought possible, revealing nuance and detail covered up by traditional amplifiers. One listen to the S300 and you’ll know you made the right choice. Effortless, rich, spacious—never a hint of glare or aggression—a joy to hear. An amplifier worthy of the PS Audio name.

Rated at 140 Watts per channel into 8Ω and 300 Watts per channel into 4Ω, the S300 combines the best of two worlds: ultra linear, high-current, Class D technology for the output stage; a discrete, Class A MOSFET based Analog Cell for the all-important input stage. The S300’s rich, warm, and engaging sonic character comes from the Analog Cell. Its powerful, authoritative control over the loudspeaker stems from its high current, ultra-low impedance Class D output stage.

Stellar’s design imperative was to produce a truly musical sounding power amplifier that proudly competed with any amplifier under $5,000.  Its designer, PS Audio engineer Darren Myers, took the challenge and set to work on a new concept—a hybrid that would combine the best of today’s technology with time-honored techniques leveraging PS Audio’s forty plus years of experience.

The results are extraordinarily musical. Even from the earliest prototype we knew the Stellar power amplifier series was going to be something special. Stellar amplifiers never draw attention to themselves, a rare quality in amplifiers of any price. After hundreds of hours of tuning, voicing, and perfectionist tweaking, we were confident the ends justified the means.

The hybrid approach used in Stellar’s power amplifiers takes advantage of the best traits technology has to offer. Its all important input stage relies upon the Analog Cell to provide a zero-loss interface between the preamplifier or DAC, as well as imprint the amp’s sonic character. It is then time to convert the perfected analog voltage into the all important high current output needed to drive loudspeakers.

A power amplifier connects a reservoir of energy to the loudspeaker through a type of valve (solid state or vacuum tube) controlled by the input stage. If the input stage has done a good job of preserving music’s subtle details, textures, timing and phase information, transferring it without loss to the loudspeaker can be accomplished in a few ways: the most efficient is Class D.

The history of Class D amplifiers stretches back to the 1950s, though those early designs—even those into the late 1990s—had much to be desired, sonically. Modern designs capable of high linearity and neutral sound quality weren’t available until the early 2000s, and into late 2015.

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding class D amplifiers. Perhaps the most common is they are digital, which is incorrect. A Class D amplification stage is an analog process, known as Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). Class D amplifiers do switch in on/off fashion, which is likely the reason they wrongly acquired the “digital” moniker.

The Stellar S300 is a dual mono design. This means that each channel has its own, separate power supply. Each of the two channels is a complete and independent power supply and power amplification stage, based on a modern Class D ICE module, designed in Denmark.

All power amplification stages have strengths and weakness. Class D output stages are no different. Their strengths are many: near-perfect linearity, low distortion, high efficiency. Areas where they do not excel, are most notable in high-frequency extremes. Because Class D amplifiers require an output filter to remove their switching noise, they do not have frequency extremes into the many hundreds of thousands of Hertz. Depending on their design modern Class D amplifiers, like the type used in Stellar, extend high frequencies to about 50kHz. Human hearing limitations are 20kHz, though most listeners rarely have hearing exceeding half that.

The Stellar S300 provides excellent frequency extremes, low distortion, high efficiency, high damping factor, and a powerful output of 300 Watts per channel into the most common loudspeaker loads of 4Ω. Plenty of horsepower for even the most demanding loudspeakers

Specifications

Stellar S300 Stereo and M700 Mono

Unit Weight 13 lbs
Unit Dimensions 17” x 3” x 12” Chassis only. 13" deep including connectors.
Shipping Weight 16.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions 22”x 8” x 17”
Color Options Black
Silver
Voltage Options
Factory set only
Japan 100V
North America 120V
Europe/Asia/Australia/New Zealand 230V
Mains Power Inputs IEC C14
Accessories Included US (NEMA 5-15P) (all versions)
Schuko (CEE7/7) (230V version)
UK (BS 1363) (230V version)
Audio Inputs RCA (Unbalanced)
XLR (Balanced)
Speaker Outputs S300 Copper base nickel plated binding posts (2 pair per channel)
Speaker Outputs M700 Copper base nickel plated binding posts (2 pair)
Other DC Trigger Input 
3.5mm 5-15VDC
Warranty 3 years parts and labor

Signal

Gain 30.5dB +/-0.5dB
Sensitivity for rated output power 1.01V
Noise 1kHz@300 Watts <-100dB
Input impedance S300 Unbalanced 50KΩ
Balanced 100KΩ
Input impedance M700 Unbalanced 50KΩ
Balanced 100KΩ
Output Impedance 50Hz, 2.8VRMS <0.007Ω
Damping factor 50Hz. 2.8VRMS
8Ω >1100
4Ω >550
Frequency Response @2.8VRMS
10Hz – 20KHz +/- 0.5dB
10Hz – 50KHz +0.1/-3.0dB

THD&IM

1KHz, 1W/4Ω <0.02%
10-20KHz, 1W/4Ω <0.02%
10-50KHz, 1W/4Ω < 0.05% (90kHz BW)
1KHz, 37.5W/4Ω < 0.01%

S300 Stereo Amplifier

Output Power

Both channels driven 120vac mains, 1kHz, 1% THD
8Ω 140W minimum
4Ω 300W minimum
2Ω Stable for musical transients

M700 Mono Amplifier

Output Power

120vac mains, 1kHz, 1% THD
8Ω 350W minimum
4Ω 700W minimum
2Ω Stable for musical transients

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