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Review - PS Audio S300 and M700

PS Audio S300 and M700

PS Audio launch two new power amps - S300 and M700
T he PS Audio Stellar S300 (pictured top)and Stellar M700 (two boxes below) power amps are designed to perfectly partner their new Stellar DAC and take the Stellar range to a complement of three units. The Stellar range is designed to offer a lot of the sound quality of their more upmarket components such as DirectStream DAC and the BHK power amps but be a lot more affordable, i.e. £1,500 for S300 and £3,000 for M700. As the names suggest S300 offers 300 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms (140 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms) from this stereo power amp and the two mono blocks of M700 combine to offer a massive 700 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms (350 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms).



Review - PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC

PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC

PS Audio launch the Stellar Gain Cell DAC
T he PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC retails for £1,700 so is PS Audio’s new entry level DAC. It is a Hi-Res Audio DAC, headphone amp and analogue preamp with both balanced and RCA analogue inputs. PS Audio describe the Stellar Gain Cell DAC as a redefined and improved NuWave DSD DAC, offering Pure DSD, asynchronous USB, Digital Lens technology, I²S and a Gain Cell analogue preamplifier, offering balanced throughout, analogue volume control, all in one chassis. I²S can be used to input an SACD digital stream from a transport with an I²S output.



Review - PS Audio NuWave DAC

PS Audio NuWave DAC

PS Audio Launch The NuWave DSD DAC
T he NuWave DSD DAC (yours for £949) uses trickle down technology from PS Audio’s top of the range DirectStream DAC , and applies these in a smaller-scale, lower-cost DAC. The NuWave DSD is fully asynchronous and can decode PCM up to 192 kHz 24 bit from any digital source, including I2S, coax, TOSLINK and USB. DSD computer audio files (both single and double rate) can be decoded via both USB and I2S.



Review - PS Audio PerfectWave Memory Player

PS Audio PerfectWave Memory Player

PS Audio Launch The PerfectWave Memory Player
T he £2,999 PS Audio PerfectWave Memory Player is a CD transport that can also read re-writable DVDs. You can load in a standard CD or a DVD with burnt on Hi-Res Computer Audio files (up to 24 bit 192 kHz ) and the Perfect Wave Memory player will play them. Unlike conventional CD Transports the Perfect Wave Memory Player Transport or PWT for short reads the disk into its internal memory called a digital lens. When satisfied that the memory contains a bit perfect representation of the digital data on the disk, the data in memory is then sent onto your DAC. The digital lens contains only the immediately playing music so there is no delay at start up or during playback loading data.



Review - PS Audio BSK Signature Power Amp

PS Audio BSK Signature Power Amp

PS Audio BSK Signature 250 Power Amp - More Video Info
A collection of videos from PS Audio on their forthcoming BSK Signature 250 Power Amp. This power amp uses two valves in the input stages and Mosfets to do the power amplification. The first video via the link below looks at the history of the power amp and the designers Bascom H King's 50 year involvement in power amps. THe rest are in links to the right.



Review - PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

PS Audio's DirectStream DAC Gets A New Operating System Called Pikes Peak
T he original £5,250 PS Audio DirectStream DAC has been very well received and reviewed by the HiFi community. PS Audio recently released a firmware update ( 1.2.1 ) which improved the sound quality even further. Their new operating system called Pikes Peak takes the sound quality up another level. Best of all (like 1.2.1) Pikes Peak is a free download installable by existing PS Audio Direct Stream DAC Owners.



Review - PS Audio BSK Signature Power Amp

PS Audio BSK Signature Power Amp

PS Audio Reveal the PerfectWave Power amp
P S Audio's PerfectWave Power amp was seen at the recent RMAF show in Denver. It’s going to be available in March 2015.



Review - PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

PS Audio - Direct Stream DAC new firmware update
N ormally this wouldn't be a great HiFi deal - a new firmware update , but PS Audio see it as being as significant as releasing a brand new version of their Direct Stream DAC.



Review - PS Audio Dectet Power Centre

PS Audio Dectet Power Centre

PS Audio's UK launch of Dectet an entry level power supply
T he £385 PS Audio Dectet is PS Audio’s entry level product into the world of PS Audio Mains improvement. PS Audio have some way more esoteric mains re-conditioning products out there , so the idea of the PS Audio Dectet is to allow the user a taste of what’s possible in this Mains filtering , re-construction field.



Review - PS Audio Sprout

PS Audio Sprout

PS Audio's Sprout - USB DAC , Bluetooth receiver, phono stage and integrated amp - Video with more info by PS Audio
A YouTube video with more info on PS Audio's Sprout which combines a USB DAC a Bluetooth receiver a phono stage and an integrated amplifier all in a small Audio Furniture case , rather than Audio equipment case as they put it.



Review - PS Audio Sprout

PS Audio Sprout

PS Audio's Sprout integrated amp - Kickstarter campaign is successful
8 97 Backers pledged $414,693 which way exceeds the target of $36,000.



Review - PS Audio Sprout

PS Audio Sprout

PS Audio's Sprout - Headphone and integrated amp + USB DAC - More Info
M ore info from PS Audio about PS Audio's Sprout, their $799 headphone and integrated desktop amp and more on how their Kickstarter campaign is going.



Review - PS Audio Sprout

PS Audio Sprout

PS Audio Sprout meets the Infinity IRS V loudspeaker
A video from PS Audio pitting their forthcoming Sprout integrated amp against the massive and legendary Infinity IRS V loudspeaker. Talk about little vs large but PS Audios Sprout drives them.



Review - PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

How to upgrade the PS Audio Perfect Wave DAC to the PS Audio Direct Stream DAC
T he upgrade from the PS Audio Perfect Wave DAC to the PS Audio Direct Stream DAC is via a kit and the YouTube video link explains how to do it.



Review - PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

Video with more info on the PS Audio Direct Stream DAC
A long talk plus questions and answers at the end with Ted Smith the lead designer of the PS Audio Direct Stream DAC in which he explains why the PS Audio Direct Stream DAC is different from any other DAC out there.



Review - PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

PS Audio Announce the Direct Stream DAC
T he PS Audio Direct Stream DAC converts all digital input including PCM (i.e.CD rips , Hires 24bit 96khz etc. , to 1-bit DSD using code written by PS Audio and running in a Spartan VI FPGA. No pre bought in DAC Chips. There are similarities here with Chord electronics in the exclusive use of FPGAs in DACs (FPGA stands for Field Programmable Gate Array) rather than a brought in Wolfson or Burr Brown chip. There are similarities too with Sony’s new HiRes HAP Z1ES player £2000 which also converts all music to 1 bit DSD (but stores it internally on a hard drive). PS Audio claim that this conversion to DSD improves the resultant sound quality of everything that passes through it, especially PCM. According to PS Audio:



Review - PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

PS Audio Direct Stream DAC

PS Audio Press Release for the Direct Stream DAC
B oulder, CO: February 27, 2014– PS Audio, manufacturer of fine audio equipment for over 40 years, is proud to introduce the revolutionary new DirectStream DAC. DirectStream is the result of lead designer Ted Smith’s decade-long obsession with DSD, the first in a field of one: a DAC so radical that it will show how most other DACs on the market are…well, broken. How so?The back-story: In 1981, music was reproduced exclusively on analog-based turntables and tape decks. Although there are inherent limitations in their media, records and tape have benefitted from a century of development. Despite the very listenable music coming through those grooves, the audio world wanted more: greater dynamic range, lower noise, extended frequency response.No wonder that when, in 1982, Sony and Philips announced they had achieved “Perfect Sound Forever”, music lovers around the world waited in eager anticipation of analog’s promise finally fulfilled.The launch of the PCM-based Compact Disc would set in motion a 30-year war amongst Audiophiles, decimate the analogue format, cover up subtle musical details for decades and turn the music and audio industries upside down –and not necessarily in a good way.




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