How do you guys like your PS Audio Stellar S300 amps ?

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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,197
    Both models work for me, as I would never pay 10k for a Pass Labs anything, but 2300, for a 10k retail preamp is a bargain all day long, and better than anything else I could get for that money if I were to buy new.

    In your case, the discounted market makes more sense. You don't buy to sell, you buy to keep your secondhand gear.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,385
    edited June 28
    When you buy from Underwood you're basically getting used prices because he doesn't offer returns. There is no trial period. If there is an issue you would have to go directly to PSA for warranty work. Would probably be wise to contact PSA to verify that they will honor warranty from Underwood, though I'd have a hard time believing they wouldn't. PSA is a class act all the way around.

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    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & 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

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,197
    kharp1 wrote: »
    When you buy from Underwood you're basically getting used prices because he doesn't offer returns. There is no trial period. If there is an issue you would have to go directly to PSA for warranty work. Would probably be wise to contact PSA to verify that they will honor warranty from Underwood, though I'd have a hard time believing they wouldn't. PSA is a class act all the way around.

    If I in any way insinuated that either company wasn't, I apologize. It wasn't my intent or even how I view them.
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 242
    edited June 28
    Correct , no returns to Underwood and no trial period ...
    I was told they are PS Audios largest client ....

    I also buy to keep , not resell.... look at my sig tag 😃 .... I never let go of my gear much to my wife’s dismay .....
    Still using 30 year old gear !

    Only thing I have ever gotten rid of was my klipsch kg4’s A couple months ago...

    Btw , still haven’t made a decision yet ..... I’m a master procrastinator...

    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, PS Audio 4.6 , Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,620
    I dunno Skip, demoing gear only works for those local to the dealer. How would a guy in NY demo gear from you ? You gonna ship out a 8k piece of gear to a dude you don't know across the country ?

    Nope.

    I'm with John, I've only bought a few pieces brand new over my whole life. Audio gear loses value too quickly to pay retail. Just my opinion there. Plus it allows me to have better gear for less coin.

    ….AND, eliminating competition is part of the whole idea anyway. It's the Amazon model played out in audio.

    You have valid points Skip, but I think what your looking at is the "end of days" in the near future for independent audio brokers.
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,385
    That's why skip likes to spend time getting to know you, try to reach a consensus on what your "sound" is and then put together the right system for you. That doesn't happen by reading online reviews and ordering the cheapest piece you can find. The used market is great if you know what you're looking for.

    I feel like I have a pretty good knowledge of the internal workings of most components, and, therefore feel like I'm better than the average person in being able to pick and choose good components. However, I've often found that when mentioning a piece to Skip he has offered insight that I hadn't considered, and, thankfully saved me from possibly making a mistake.

    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & 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

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 242
    edited June 28
    See ?
    That right there is what I’m talking about .....
    Skip is offering a service that has VALUE .....
    I have no problem paying additional for that service .....

    Online retailers don’t offer that service and therefore can’t command a premium price , and shouldn’t.

    If you need that service , buy from a full service retailer... if not , buy from a discounter ..
    Remember full service gas stations ? How many of those are left ?

    BTW , just hit 100 posts and wasn’t even trying 😃😃
    BK


    kharp1 wrote: »
    That's why skip likes to spend time getting to know you, try to reach a consensus on what your "sound" is and then put together the right system for you. That doesn't happen by reading online reviews and ordering the cheapest piece you can find. The used market is great if you know what you're looking for.

    I feel like I have a pretty good knowledge of the internal workings of most components, and, therefore feel like I'm better than the average person in being able to pick and choose good components. However, I've often found that when mentioning a piece to Skip he has offered insight that I hadn't considered, and, thankfully saved me from possibly making a mistake.

    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, PS Audio 4.6 , Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,197
    tonyb wrote: »
    I dunno Skip, demoing gear only works for those local to the dealer. How would a guy in NY demo gear from you ? You gonna ship out a 8k piece of gear to a dude you don't know across the country ?

    Nope.

    I'm with John, I've only bought a few pieces brand new over my whole life. Audio gear loses value too quickly to pay retail. Just my opinion there. Plus it allows me to have better gear for less coin.

    ….AND, eliminating competition is part of the whole idea anyway. It's the Amazon model played out in audio.

    You have valid points Skip, but I think what your looking at is the "end of days" in the near future for independent audio brokers.

    I don't think you got my point. Here's an example. I have respect for PS Audio and their products. I don't agree with everything they do but think they do a lot right and have reasonable prices for what they offer. I'd consider being a dealer for them. Except.... I won't. Underwood and the PS Audio trade-in make it a losing effort for any dealer to pick up. Akin to the Marantz story earlier, I couldn't compete and would be lucky to get what I put in to the demo gear. Therefore, consumers are rather stuck with this model unless something drastic changes in the process. It is what it is, but no demos for anyone.

    People complained for how many years about not being able to hear the LSiM line? Same issue. Polk made it so dealers had zero incentive to carry the speakers. In fact, it was almost a losing proposition. Who makes an investment knowing it will result in a loss?

    This isn't about shipping products to someone to demo (though I have done it). This is about having local dealers who provide demos to you. If they can't compete, regardless of liking the product, they won't pick it up. Having been on three of the four sides (consumer, dealer, distributor), these are things I constantly think about from all different sides.

    I'm actually hoping to get into the fourth side soon - manufacturing. I'm sure that will present a whole new set of eyes for the industry.
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,693
    edited June 28
    never mind :^ /
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,385
    I understand the desire to get the most for the least, however, we need to step back and think about things from all angles. If price is out only concern, and we refuse to pay new prices, what's left? You get rock bottom price with no warranty? Most gear is dependable, but, what about that rare occasion you get the best price but arrives DOA? What if there is no one at that company to answer a call or email? Would you be willing to pay even $1k for an amp if you had no possibility to recoup any loss for a defective product?

    What about the cost of new development? Do you want to use a DAC from 10 -15 years ago? The Walmart society wants a store open around the clock with cheap stuff. What will that concept leave us in the audio world?

    If you're the type of person that shops, or use to shop, for an item at a retail store, and, then left with the help and info of an associate only to go buy it on the internet for the cheapest price possible, well, you're part of the reason B&M is a thing of the past. F you very much.
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    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & 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

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 242
    Spoke to an engineer at PSA today ...
    The S300 is a true dual mono design and is NOT a common ground amp.....

    Bk


    Clipdat wrote: »
    gyosa wrote: »
    Is it compatible with SDA’s , I know it’s dual mono , but common ground ? - in case I ever use with my 1c’s ?

    Not sure, but there is this bit from the manual that might be relevant:

    "Black Terminal is not Ground

    Its important to note that the Stellar Amplifier is a fully balanced BTL amplifier. As such the Black terminal is not ground. If connecting the Stellar S300 to a REL Acoustics subwoofer, its important to consult the manufacturer’s service documentation to ensure the S300 is appropriate for the subwoofer."

    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, PS Audio 4.6 , Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,269
    Hang in there Skip! we still need you, I am Glad I know where you live and you will always be there to help me in I had a problem (luckily it been nothing but green pastures as all my gear has been kicking rear)

    Having a reliable dealer/distributor is awesome and I like you ear's!
    it can be rough for buyers and sellers both...crazy world we live in!

    who can we trust to back us up if the worst happens when making a Audio purchase?

    Can you trust the buyer to be honest and not try and find a way to steal you product once you deliver it to them?


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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,197
    gyosa wrote: »
    Spoke to an engineer at PSA today ...
    The S300 is a true dual mono design and is NOT a common ground amp.....

    Bk


    Clipdat wrote: »
    gyosa wrote: »
    Is it compatible with SDA’s , I know it’s dual mono , but common ground ? - in case I ever use with my 1c’s ?

    Not sure, but there is this bit from the manual that might be relevant:

    "Black Terminal is not Ground

    Its important to note that the Stellar Amplifier is a fully balanced BTL amplifier. As such the Black terminal is not ground. If connecting the Stellar S300 to a REL Acoustics subwoofer, its important to consult the manufacturer’s service documentation to ensure the S300 is appropriate for the subwoofer."

    Can your speakers use an AI-1 or dreadnought?
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 242
    Hi skip ,
    I’m going to use this amp , if I get it , on my Salks ...
    I’m using an A21 on my polks ...
    Was just curious about the common ground in case I ever decide to swap things around .....just for grins ...

    By the way , I spoke to you on the phone a year ago or so ...
    Just want to say you struck me as a true gentleman who was genuinely interested in our discussion .... I live in Dallas ...

    Bk
    DSkip wrote: »
    gyosa wrote: »
    Spoke to an engineer at PSA today ...
    The S300 is a true dual mono design and is NOT a common ground amp.....

    Bk


    Clipdat wrote: »
    gyosa wrote: »
    Is it compatible with SDA’s , I know it’s dual mono , but common ground ? - in case I ever use with my 1c’s ?

    Not sure, but there is this bit from the manual that might be relevant:

    "Black Terminal is not Ground

    Its important to note that the Stellar Amplifier is a fully balanced BTL amplifier. As such the Black terminal is not ground. If connecting the Stellar S300 to a REL Acoustics subwoofer, its important to consult the manufacturer’s service documentation to ensure the S300 is appropriate for the subwoofer."

    Can your speakers use an AI-1 or dreadnought?

    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, PS Audio 4.6 , Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,197
    Thanks!

    If you ever want to swing by, my house is (almost) always open!
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 242
    edited June 28
    Here’s the deal as I see it ...

    It’s a no-brainer for someone to be an internet seller of hi fi gear ....
    No skin in the game , no stock to warehouse , no storefront , no overhead ....
    Customer orders , selller make a few bucks for doing nothing and drop ships the item to buyer from manufacturer ....
    Everyone’s happy ....

    Here’s an example ....
    We recently re-did our den ....

    Wanted a console for tv and stereo gear ....
    Found one .
    It’s MSRP was $7,500 ...

    Almost every high end furniture store in Dallas was a “rep” for this manufacturer, but no one actually had one in stock for us to look at - cuz they just “rep” the manufacturer ( meaning they don’t actually stock ANY of their stuff , but they’re more than happy to sell it to you ).... you look through a catalog , find what you like , they’ll sell it , sight unseen , for full msrp , and take their tidy profit and have it drop shipped from the manufacturer to our house for doing , literally, almost nothing - no skin in the game .... nice gig , if you ask me ....but not my cup of tea....

    Finally found a store , same deal , who actually did some legwork and found a sample of this piece at the design center in Dallas ... they arranged a visit for us to see it in person .... I mean , I’m not dropping that kind of money on something sight unseen - no matter how bad the wife wants it 😊......

    She even OFFERED a substantial discount because , in her words , “this is easy for us” - which no one else would ....
    Guess who we bought from ?

    My point is - why would I pay full price for something that the seller has no investment in ?
    I would have been willing to pay full price for the seller that actually spent some time and effort to help us by arranging a viewing - because there was some value for their service....
    The others , not so much .....

    Bk



    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, PS Audio 4.6 , Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,197
    Drop-shipping is the easiest way to cut out the most expensive overhead - inventory. In audio each brand has a minimum opening order to become a dealer. You must represent what you sell and you sell what you represent. With Cambridge, I am not an Edge dealer currently but I can sell anything else. I'd like to get the Edge units in but right now its not a top priority and since I don't represent that line, I can't get it for clients or be listed as a dealer for that line.

    In these instances drop-shipping is fine because the dealer is invested in representing the brand the way the distributor/manufacturer dictates. Furniture is an odd-ball situation where you do want to see the exact piece - seeing a chair doesn't mean you'll invest in the couch for instance. I'm the same as you are - I refuse to buy furniture until I know it is exactly what I'm expecting/wanting.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,385
    I still think this whole thing is a Fonzi scheme!
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & 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

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 447
    gyosa wrote: »
    Here’s the deal as I see it ...

    It’s a no-brainer for someone to be an internet seller of hi fi gear ....
    No skin in the game , no stock to warehouse , no storefront , no overhead ....
    Customer orders , selller make a few bucks for doing nothing and drop ships the item to buyer from manufacturer ....
    Everyone’s happy ....

    Here’s an example ....
    We recently re-did our den ....

    Wanted a console for tv and stereo gear ....
    Found one .
    It’s MSRP was $7,500 ...

    Almost every high end furniture store in Dallas was a “rep” for this manufacturer, but no one actually had one in stock for us to look at - cuz they just “rep” the manufacturer .... you look through a catalog , find what you like , they’ll sell it , sight unseen , for full msrp , and take their tidy profit and have it drop shipped from the manufacturer to our house for doing , literally, almost nothing - no skin in the game .... nice gig , if you ask me ....but not my cup of tea....

    Finally found a store , same deal , who actually did some legwork and found a sample of this piece at the design center in Dallas ... they arranged a visit for us to see it in person .... I mean , I’m not dropping that kind of money on something sight unseen - no matter how bad the wife wants it 😊......

    She even OFFERED a substantial discount because , in her words , “this is easy for us” - which no one else would ....
    Guess who we bought from ?

    My point is - why would I pay full price for something that the seller has no investment in ?
    I would have been willing to pay full price for the seller that actually spent some time and effort to help us by arranging a viewing - because there was some value for their service....
    The others , not so much .....

    Bk


    I totally agree with this. At a certain price point, I want to see/ hear things first. It's purely a comfort thing. Not everyone feels that way, but that's where I see a lot of value in a dealer.

    Not to mention in audio where so many things come down to a preference, or a synergy with existing gear. That's where a good dealer like Skip comes in really handy.

    I bring this up because I was looking VERY closely at the Stellar line. Pretty much drooling over the idea of the Stellar stereo stack, with longer term plans to move up to the mono amps.

    I found a local "dealer" that only sold the Sprout, and called PS Audio to be informed that the trial was the best bet. Don't get me wrong, the trial is awesome, but I've had times where glowing reviews didn't do much for me in person so I wasn't rushing to do it.

    Fast forward to now, I have a Mastersound amp and Cambridge streamer. Both purchased from Skip, with confidence. Because we talked it out... a lot. He had a good sense for what I liked, and I had gained trust in him by watching him equipment match based on my feedback.

    I ended up spending more out the door between those two purchases, but I have ZERO buyer's remorse. To me, that's the real value of a good dealer. Without that, I might have the Stellar stack, but I might also still be wondering what else is out there.

    I'd still gladly give the Stellar gear a shot if it came up, because I love trying stuff. But I'm certainly not on the hunt for it.
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  • gyosagyosa Posts: 242
    I agree ....
    People like Skip certainly deserve to be compensated for their work ....

    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, PS Audio 4.6 , Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,197
    Stoooop. If you don’t I’m gonna catch diabetes!

    All the love today did help me through a rough day of defeat but I can’t handle any more sweetness.

    I do appreciate the kind words from everyone. I kind of turned this thread into something completely different and I apologize.
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 242
    edited June 28
    Hey ,
    No problem!
    That’s what makes this place interesting ...
    Seeing everyone’s perspective....

    And it all remained civil ....
    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, PS Audio 4.6 , Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,566
    He can’t take it. I bought him dinner and breakfast twice at axpona and apparently annoyed beyond reproach....















    J/k skipper ;)
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,461
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I still think this whole thing is a Fonzi scheme!

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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,176
    I don’t mind buying new gear since I will be keeping it, and I know how it has been treated. However, I do buy from vendors that don’t charge retail, and my Pass gear was vendor demos that came with a full warranty at a discount price. Fortunately, there isn’t any more gear I need since I just retired. All I can do now is listen to it. :)

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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,385
    DSkip wrote: »
    Stoooop. If you don’t I’m gonna catch diabetes!

    All the love today did help me through a rough day of defeat but I can’t handle any more sweetness.

    I do appreciate the kind words from everyone. I kind of turned this thread into something completely different and I apologize.

    Why don't you just butt out and mind your own beeswax! This thread is for PS Audio lovers!!! Hater.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & 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

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,385
    kharp1 wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    Stoooop. If you don’t I’m gonna catch diabetes!

    All the love today did help me through a rough day of defeat but I can’t handle any more sweetness.

    I do appreciate the kind words from everyone. I kind of turned this thread into something completely different and I apologize.

    Why don't you just butt out and mind your own beeswax! This thread is for PS Audio lovers!!! Hater.

    Thar was said in a total childish way as a joke. Don't go away mad, Skip :)

    I still want to hear one as I am skeptical of class D. Have yet to hear a class D that made my ears perk up.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & 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

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,566
    Sorry but you should know better. The s300 and m700’s are STELLAR!!
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,385
    If this question has been asked and answered then forgive me, but, what have you compared these Stellar amps against? What did they replace and why did they beat that previous amp for the starting lineup?
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & 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

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,006
    kharp1 wrote: »
    If this question has been asked and answered then forgive me, but, what have you compared these Stellar amps against? What did they replace and why did they beat that previous amp for the starting lineup?
    Well...I answered that question in the second post of this thread.
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator

    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
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