PS Audio Stellar Analog Cell amp versus...

So how does a 16lb class D amp compare to a 37lb class A/B amp? Specifically, how about the PSA S300 compared to a McCormack DNA-125? Does anyone here have experience with both of these for comparison? TIA for any input.

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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,151
    Have experience with the McCormack only. No real experience with class D amps. I'm skeptical of class D.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,289
    I still haven't heard a class D that won me over, but people keep telling me they're out there.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 278
    @kharp1 ... I guess you see where this is headed based on my other thread B)
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,151
    Check Underwood Hifi, got an email showing some pretty good prices on the Stellar and 300 in their "specials" section. Give him a call as they usually have some pretty good prices not advertised.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,151
    Ok, this has gone too long without an update. You need to buy something from them and give us a review. Don't be selfish...take one for the team :)
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 278
    I was really close to pulling the trigger last week, but have gotten distracted playing with some 'new' vintage gear that made its way into my house :p http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/comment/2359227/#Comment_2359227
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,151
    Yeah, I saw that...those old Marantz Receivers were nice. I've got a 2220b sitting around that needs some updates and I doubt I'll ever get around to it.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 278
    And then there's this Musical Fidelity class D setup: https://nashville.craigslist.org/ele/d/musical-fidelity-stereo/6392995423.html
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,721
    jdjohn wrote: »
    So how does a 16lb class D amp compare to a 37lb class A/B amp? Specifically, how about the PSA S300 compared to a McCormack DNA-125? Does anyone here have experience with both of these for comparison? TIA for any input.

    Everyones experience is a tad different. Personally, I've yet to hear a class D that tells me I gotta have it. Maybe I haven't heard the right one yet, I dunno.

    I'd take the McCormack over any class D I've heard to date, by a long shot.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony BRP
    Tad bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
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