Ordered a PS Audio S300 today ....

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  • gyosagyosa Posts: 357
    Gracias ...
    Don’t have anything that uses balanced outputs ...

    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,725
    gyosa wrote: »
    Gracias ...
    Don’t have anything that uses balanced outputs ...

    Bk

    We can fix that: https://www.psaudio.com/products/stellar-gain-cell/
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,174
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  • Looks great, super jealous. Are those buttons a different colour of blue?
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  • gyosagyosa Posts: 357
    edited July 2019
    So , I’m reading a couple hundred hours burn in time ...some say sounds crummy right outta the box , but after a good burn in , fantastic ...
    Sound about right ?

    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,289
    Looks great, super jealous. Are those buttons a different colour of blue?
    Thanks. Nah, not different colors...but the preamp button is a little brighter.

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  • verbverb Posts: 9,737
    Clipdat wrote: »
    It appears you selected the wrong color, I am terribly sorry for your grave mistake.
    Love the silver! Congrats! :smile:
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,725
    gyosa wrote: »
    So , I’m reading a couple hundred hours burn in time ...some say sounds crummy right outta the box , but after a good burn in , fantastic ...
    Sound about right ?

    Bk

    Mine sounded great right out of the box.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463
    Think the reference to burn in is that it will "develop" over an extended amount of time. Example, the grain that some have noticed tends to smooth out after several hours of playing. It may sound good, but, after many hours of play it will, according to many, develop its subtle sound improvements.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,725
    Yes, spot on. Great way to put it, Kerry!
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 357
    edited July 2019
    Think I'll hook it up to pool system , in place of the B&K , tomorrow. ..
    Let it run 24/7 for a few days ... Then into it's intended place ....

    Y'all put them in standby or leave them full on all the time - notice any sonic differences ?

    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,725
    I think the most important thing is to leave it connected to power and utilize the standby mode when you're not using it, not the power switch on the back. Leave that main switch on the back always on, and then just toggle it in and out of standby with the front button. That way it stays ready to play versus it losing power.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463
    I leave my amps on all the time, except for the tube amps.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,725
    edited July 2019
    Yeah, that's always a good strategy I think.

    It looks like PS Audio implemented their standby mode a little differently than some other companies. From the user manual:

    "We recommend leaving the rear panel power switch active at all times, and placing the unit in Output Disable Mode when finished listening. Output Disable Mode can be activated by pressing the front panel PS Audio logo button, located on the upper left hand corner of the Stellar Amplifier’s front panel. When the logo button is not lit, the amplifier is in Output Disable Mode. This mode keeps the amplifier in a reduced power mode, maintaining excellent performance benefits while consuming little power."
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,386
    Pass Labs recommends leaving their preamps powered up as well.
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463
    Pass Labs recommends leaving their preamps powered up as well.

    Fortunately, the Joule has a standby mode that keeps low power on so it's not a cold start every time.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,843
    edited July 2019
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    O and I
    out and in.

    oy...

  • gyosagyosa Posts: 357
    Hooked up to pool system for a few days 24/7 break-in and listening...
    Running WXC-50 straight into it using its preamp mode ....

    First impression is that it has plenty of “oomph” - after 5 mins of listening.. LOL !

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    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • gyosagyosa Posts: 357
    edited July 2019
    Way more volume output than my B&K 200 watter at same settings .... dunno why - B&K was serviced last spring and got a clean bill of health ...

    May need another S300 for the pool and retire the B&K ...😊

    Bk

    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,546
    Different input sensitivity.
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 357
    That’s true ....
    Didn’t think of that ...
    B&K is 1.65 vs 1.0 for S300 .....

    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,174
    How is it bro? You’ve had a cpl days with it now.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,843
    Now, I am just trollin' here...

    B)

    Any of youse guyses paid any attention to this thing?

    Speaking of... not inexpensive, "audiophile" class D hifi amplifiers...

    https://www.cherryamp.com/stereo-maraschino-stm

    https://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/digital-amplifier-company-stereomaraschino-amp.874462/

    I am genuinely curious (well... kinda...)

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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,174
    $1700. Wow.
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  • gyosagyosa Posts: 357
    After @125 hours of continuous break-in play , i hooked it up to the Salks today ...
    Fantastic !
    2 thumbs up 👍 👍

    Found a solution for running all AV equipment and dedicated 2 channel on same speakers .... Russound source selector .... we’ll see how it works out , have the option of using the onkyo’s zone 2 / pre outs as well ......ja8n3vcu6lu9.jpg
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    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,289
    Good to hear B)

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,725
    gyosa wrote: »
    Fantastic !

    Told ya so.
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,717
    One for sale on US Audio Mart for $850 shipped if anyone else is interested. That's the lowest price I have seen on the used market so far.
    https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649540509-ps-audio-s300-power-amp/
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,174
    Bump for a killer deal!!
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