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Constellation Audio
Constellation Audio was founded on the premise that one cannot create something extraordinary through slavish adherence to established methods. When tradition is the best path. When new technology is necessary to achieve the performance they wanted, they invented it. When they found a radical circuit topology that delivered a substantial advance in sound quality, they used itConstellation Audio sought out the greatest names in audio engineering and industrial design, the creative minds behind many of history's greatest audio products. Audiophiles will recognize the names of audio engineers such as John Curl, Bascom King, Peter Madnick, and Demian Martin. They will also recognize the work of industrial designer Neal Feay, who is responsible for the look and feel of many of the highend audio industry's most distinctive products.
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Constellation Audio Performance Series - Centaur II 500 Stereo
Constellation Audio Performance Series - Centaur II 500 Stereo
Centaur II 500 Stereo

Centaur II 500 is an unexpected but very happy result of our upgrade from the original Centaur to Centaur II. When they designed the upgrade, our “dream team” of the world’s finest audio engineers ended up with an amplifier they knew could deliver far more than its rated power, if only the power transformer could provide enough voltage. As an experiment, they installed one of the transformers from our Reference Series Hercules II into a Centaur II Stereo chassis. The experiment worked even better than they imagined, producing Centaur II 500: a stereo amplifier with the same power rating as two Centaur II monoblocks.


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Constellation Audio Revelation Series - Pictor
Constellation Audio Revelation Series - Pictor
PICTOR

Separate dual mono + control power supply
Dual mono, fully balanced preamp circuitry
Circuit boards suspended to guard against vibration
Line Stage Gain Module circuit for ideal positive/negative signal balance
Dense, machined aluminum chassis panels joined with steel buttresses

Simplicity and sound quality.
Pictor is an elemental version of our acclaimed Performance Series Virgo III line stage. It uses the same core circuit topology as Virgo III, and a few minor changes aside, the same separate power supply. The main difference is that Pictor has fewer inputs. For simpler systems, Pictor is the perfect choice: simplicity and sound quality distilled into a single product.


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Constellation Audio Revelation Series - Andromeda
Constellation Audio Revelation Series - Andromeda
Andromeda

John Curl-designed phono circuitry
MC loading adjustable with 1-ohm precision
Dual-chassis design with separate power supply
Suspended circuit boards for maximum vibration reduction
Thick aluminum chassis panels to block EM and RF interference

Accessibility for a larger audience
The “dream team” of the world’s finest audio engineers was thrilled with the results they heard from their Reference Series Orion and Performance Series Perseus phono preamps. They loved the incomparable clarity and detail, as well as the flexibility these preamps gave them to get the best possible sound from their favorite cartridges. They did, however, express the wish that more people could hear the results of their work. So when they talked about creating the Revelation line, they knew they should include a phono preamp. The result is Andromeda, a phono pre that distils the circuits, construction techniques and features they pioneered with Orion and Perseus into a model that is somewhat more accessible to a larger audience.


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Constellation Audio Performance Series Centaur II Mono Power Amplifier
Constellation Audio Performance Series Centaur II Mono Power Amplifier
New power supply with 3 times the capacitance. Higher bias current for extended Class A operation. 250 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 800 into 2 ohms. Fully discrete balanced bridged circuitry for extraordinary fidelity. Larger, deep-fin heat sink for efficient cooling and outstanding reliability

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. Supply capacitance is now tripled, with 18 10,000-microfarad capacitors replacing the original six. With three times as much stored energy on tap, Centaur II now achieves even stronger deep bass response and more dramatic dynamics.


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Constellation Audio Reference Series - Hercules II Mono
Constellation Audio Reference Series - Hercules II Mono
1,000 watts of power into 8 ohms:
With 1 kilowatt of rated power into 8 ohms (and even that is a conservative number), the Hercules II monoblock has more than enough power for any speaker, any space and any listening taste. It handles low-impedance speakers with ease, delivering 1.5 kW into 4 ohms and an incredible 2 kW into 2 ohms.

Balanced drive design for superior musicality:
By using only N-type output transistors, instead of half N-type and half P-type as in other amplifiers, Hercules II achieves an essentially perfect balance between the positive and halves of the audio signal. As in a single-ended amplifier, the entirety of the audio signal passes through exactly the same type of output device.


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Constellation Audio Reference Series - Altair II Preamplifier
Constellation Audio Reference Series - Altair II Preamplifier
Line Stage Gain Module:
We build the Line Stage Gain Module’s balanced circuit from two mirror-imaged amplifiers, one for the positive half of the signal and the other for the negative half. Through the use of hand-matched, ultra-low-noise FETs and servo circuits, our engineers have achieved an essentially perfect balance between the positive and negative halves of the audio signal.

Fully balanced circuitry:


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Constellation Audio Performance Series - Cygnus Dac
Constellation Audio Performance Series - Cygnus Dac
USB input for digital file playback:
The Cygnus plays digital music files stored on any USB hard drive or thumb drive. FLAC, WAV and AIFF files are supported.

Legacy digital inputs:
Five inputs are provided to connect digital source devices such as CD players and satellite radios.

Optional USB computer input:
Interfaces the Cygnus directly with a computer for playback of files stored on the computer’s hard drive.


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Constellation Audio Performance Series - Perseus Phono Preamplifier
Constellation Audio Performance Series - Perseus Phono Preamplifier
Fully complementary circuitry:
The Perseus's balanced audio circuitry is essentially two mirror-imaged preamp circuits, one to amplify the positive half of the audio signal, the other to amplify the negative half. The fully balanced design cancels the effects of interference-an important capability considering the low level of the signals inside a phono preamp-and also increases slew rate and frequency response.


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Constellation Audio Performance Series - Argo Integrated Amplifier
Constellation Audio Performance Series - Argo Integrated Amplifier
Line Stage Gain Module:
The Argo employs the same core preamplification circuit found in all other Constellation Audio products: our Line Stage Gain Module, which employs servo circuits and hand-selected field-effect transistors (FETs) to achieve an essentially perfect balance between the positive and negative halves of the audio signal. In the Argo, this signal travels directly into the power amplifier circuitry with no additional gain stage needed, just as in a system employing our separate amps and preamps. The result is musicality that is truly incredible not only for an integrated amplifier, but for any audio component.


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Constellation Audio - Inspiration Series - Stereo 1.0 Power Amplifier
Constellation Audio - Inspiration Series - Stereo 1.0 Power Amplifier
200 watts per channel into 8 ohms:
With power output conservatively rated at 0.2% total harmonic distortion plus noise, doubling to 400 watts into 4 ohms, the Inspiration STEREO 1.0 has enough power to drive practically any speaker to maximum volume without audible distortion.

Balanced bridged design from Hercules and Centaur:
The Inspiration STEREO 1.0 uses a modular, fully balanced design with only N-type output transistors, instead of half N-type and half P-type as found in almost all other solid-state amplifiers. Thus, the positive and negative halves of the audio signal are maintained in ideal balance and the subtlest of musical details are preserved.


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