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  • Fremer Gives New PS Audio Phonostage High Marks

    Reasonably priced too.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 440 mono amps
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, Phasemation PP-500 cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Kubala-Sosna, Audience FrontRow; Audience FrontRow, Genesis Advanced Technologies , Goldmund and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.3+ platforms.

  • #2
    Pretty glowing review. Reviews such as this sometimes makes me wonder about changing out my Allnic H1201. But then I wonder would a comparable I priced unit really be any better or just a little different.
    Last edited by Kingrex; 01-08-2020, 11:17 AM.
    PAP Trio 15 Coax speakers, Dartzeel NHB108, First Sound Audio Mark 3SI Paramount preamp, Mojo Audio Deja Vu server, Mojo Audio Mystique V3 DAC, STST Motus II TT, Vertere SG1 arm, Aidas Durawood cartridge, Allnic H1201 Phono pre, The Linear Solution Ethernet Switch, LPS to Modem Router and Switch, Blue Jeans Ethernet cabling throughout network, Torus WM45BAL isolation transformer with Benjamin custom 120 volt single phase panel distributing to branch circuits. Custom power strip direct wired to panel with OFC copper wire.10 awg dedicated branch circuits to amps bolted to power cords. Significant upgrades to 120 volt main power panel such as all copper grounds and neutrals. Inakustik Ref Air 2404 Speaker cable. Genesis and Inakustik NF2404 Air speaker and Interconnect.

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    • #3
      At RMAF 2019 Michael put on an education and record session showing how albums will sound good over the years that are taken care of, as well as played reference quality sides at all price points highlighting bargains are still out there but you need to know the native format, engineers, pressing plant ,year etc

      This was all at the PS Audio booth, and he was very impressed with their redesigned phono.

      When he played Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven on 45 and The Who Baba O’Reilly it did sound very, very good, a consensus between my friends and the room. Was it the Nordost YG or Boulder room? No, but it was something special and clearly seem on Paul’s face.

      PSA does deliver good gear at reasonable price points, it’s when you vacate from there searching for better is when the ride continues.
      Source Analog: Kuzma Stabi R with 4point 9 arm & Kuzma 40 Cartridge
      Source Digital: Aurender N10 | Brinkmann Nyquist MK II
      Amplification: Dan D’Agostino Momentum Pre Amp and Monos | Boulder Phono 508
      Speakers: Wilson Alexias
      Cabling: Nordost Valhalla 2/Odin: power, interconnects & speaker | Ansuz: C2 power & interconnect | Audioquest Diamond RJ45’s
      Power: Nordost QRT series | Furutech FP55SN cable from 20 Amp Breakers on grounded sub panel to Furutech GTX D NSF receptacle packages | Surge Guard at Main Panel | Keces P3 & P8 | ADD POWR series
      Other: HRS M3X | Stillpoints Ultra 6, SS & Mini | Nordost Sort Cones TC & BC | AQ Vox SE switch | Gigafoil v4 | Vicoustics | Audio Desk Systeme - Gläss

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      • #4
        So happy for PS Audio. They don't get the respect they deserve. A well run company by good guys and serious audiophiles.

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        • #5
          Having represented PS Audio in Sweden for a couple of years now, the new Stellar Phono does stand out as something very special indeed. Fact is that I wouldn't have raised an eyebrow if it had been released as part of the BHK reference line at double the price. Big words perhaps, but this is certainly a unit worth considering and seeking out imo.

          / Marcus, www.perfect-sense.se

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
            Reasonably priced too.
            I'm considering this, along with the Sutherland 20/20, for a new phono stage.

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            • #7
              i like PS Audio alot, partly because my local Seattle area friend Ted Smith does their digital designs, but also because they offer good sound at real world prices.

              happy that this phono pre is a winner.
              https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/615

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              • #8
                If you run a low output cartridge with low impedance then you should also look at the Chennel D - Lino C phono pre. He seemed to like this one even more.

                Install a new component in your system and there's usually a period of adjustment as you get used to the difference in sound—especially if the new product costs much less than your reference. Channel D's new Lino C 2.0 balanced phono preamplifier costs $2499, yet my ears instantly accepted its combination of drop-dead, noise-free backgrounds and lack of obvious colorations or sonic personality. I didn't hear it—I heard only my Ortofon A95 cartridge, with which I'm well familiar, as amplified by far more costly phono preamps.


                "I'm...a rather simple person with a limited talent and perhaps a limited perspective"...Bill Evans

                LP playback: Ariston RD 11 Superieur, Audiomods Series 6 Tonearm, Dynavector DV DRT XV-1s, Valab LCR MkIII, Target wall-mounted turntable shelf

                Amplification: Luxman L-550A II

                Speakers: B&W Nautilus 805 on sand-filled Atacama stands, B&W ASW600 subs (stacked 2x2)

                Cabling: inexpensive knockoff interconnects, Audio Sensibility Testaments (spkr)

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                • #9
                  I bought a Channel C Lino C last month. I'm quite happy with it and am considering selling my Aurorasound ViDA as a result.
                  Analog: Holbo Turntable, VdH Crimson Strad XGW; Forsell Air Reference, Transfiguration Proteus; Rega RP-8, VAS Nova Mono
                  Digital: Mac mini 6,2 with YFS PS-12M LPS; Exogal Comet Plus, Exogal Ion PowerDAC
                  Electronics: Aurorasound Vida, Channel D Lino C; Merrill Cara, Gryphon M-100 Mkii (pair)
                  Cables: Morrow, Gryphon interconnects; YFS USB cable; Morrow, XLO, Channel D phono cables; Morrow, Gryphon, Goertz speaker cables

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                  • #10
                    I'm on my third day with the PS Audio Stellar phono preamp. I'm VERY encouraged so far.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JennMartin View Post
                      I'm on my third day with the PS Audio Stellar phono preamp. I'm VERY encouraged so far.
                      Great news! Keep us apprised as it continues to burn in. Are you using a MM or MC cartridge with it?
                      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                      ________________________________________

                      -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                      -Goldmund Telos 440 mono amps
                      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                      -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, Phasemation PP-500 cartridges
                      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Kubala-Sosna, Audience FrontRow; Audience FrontRow, Genesis Advanced Technologies , Goldmund and Ensemble Power Cords
                      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.3+ platforms.

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                      • #12
                        I had the Stellar at home for a month could not get it quiet enough, they siad nothing was wrong with it after I sent it back, but it had too much hum in my system even compared to a Bobs into the Modwright PH9.0 and the Sutherland Little Loco was dead quiet in my system, all about synergy, it did sound very good though

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                        • Rob
                          Rob commented
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                          was it hum (as in grounding issues) or hiss?

                        • PSAF
                          PSAF commented
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                          It was hum I still think it was damaged in shipping, it was really noisy, I put in the new iFi phono 3 black label without any issues also have the new Kitsune LCR-1 MKV phono pre w/o any issues also own the Modwright PH9.0X without hum or noise

                      • #13
                        Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                        Great news! Keep us apprised as it continues to burn in. Are you using a MM or MC cartridge with it?
                        Hey Myles,
                        It's still sounding just great. Very dimensional, great instrumental and vocal timbres. It replaced a good piece, the Fosgate Signature. But the Fosgate paired with the PrimaLuna and my cartridge (Kiseki Blue) was just a bit too "polite". I thought that I'd try a solid state phono stage, and based on a couple of reviews, I gave the PS Audio a try. So far, VERY pleased!
                        Cheers!
                        Jenn

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by JennMartin View Post

                          Hey Myles,
                          It's still sounding just great. Very dimensional, great instrumental and vocal timbres. It replaced a good piece, the Fosgate Signature. But the Fosgate paired with the PrimaLuna and my cartridge (Kiseki Blue) was just a bit too "polite". I thought that I'd try a solid state phono stage, and based on a couple of reviews, I gave the PS Audio a try. So far, VERY pleased!
                          Cheers!
                          Jenn
                          Hi Jenn - hows the stellar Phono sounding these days? I also have a Fosgate Signature and I just ordered a stellar Phono. I also run a tube integrated.
                          Magnepan 1.7i, VMPS Large Sub, Belden 5000 Speaker Cable, Synthesis 510 AC Integrated Amplifier, Celtic Dragon & Grover EX+ Interconnects, Crown SX 722 R/R, Nakamichi RX 202 Cassette Deck, PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamplifier, Clearaudio Solution Turntable, Clearaudio Satisfy Tone Arm, Clearaudio Concerto V2 Cartridge, Clearaudio Smart Syncro, Belkin AP41300 Power Conditioner/Surge Protector, Transparent Power Cables

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