This Colorado-based company was founded in California in 1974 by audio designers Paul McGowan and Stan Warren who were, at the time, designing pre-amps for the vinyl market. Over the years, PS Audio's product line has grown significantly in support of nearly every aspect of the high-end home entertainment market, from AC power sockets right on up to loudspeaker terminals, and everything in between.
At PS Audio, the mission is simple: Deliver the experience of music, film, and video to the home with the highest level of performance, with the greatest value and ease of use possible. The company does so by ensuring that all of its products are engineered in-house, from the ground up. With multiple engineering teams working both in Boulder Colorado and across the pond in Europe, PS Audio’s engineers use the most sophisticated engineering tools and newest technologies available to build state-of-the-art high value products for their customers.
From the PS Audio line, two of the most exciting products are the PS Audio DirectStream Memory Player and Direct stream DAC.
35 years after the introduction of the compact disc, PS Audio engineers have managed to perfect the art of data extraction and delivery so that end users can finally realize what’s been locked away in their CD/SACD collection for years. The DirectStream Memory Player (DMP) is a universal optical disc transport with a twist – An advanced digital lens, invented in 1993 by PS Audio’s founders, which electrically isolates the mechanical transport/laser mechanism of optical disc readers, improves audio quality exponentially, and focuses audio data into a single, bit-perfect, time-perfect DAC stream for unmatched CD reproduction. Discs played through PS Audio DMP come closer than ever to high-resolution PCM and DSD, uncovering new layers of dimensionality, soundstage, depth and musicality that were long-unobtainable in other optical readers or server-based audio systems.
PS Audio’s DMP opens the long-restricted DSD layer of SACD to the PS Audio DAC. Through a unique “code-handshake,” your DMP will deliver the raw DSD layer of copyright protected SACD directly into your PS Audio DAC, uncovering the bounty of audio’s finest digital medium, DSD, and hear exactly what the mastering engineers have enjoyed all along. The PS Audio DMP is the last optical disc player that you will ever need.
The PS Audio Direct Stream DAC will change the way you think about digital to analog converters. When used as a companion to the PS Audio Perfectwave Transport memory player, it produces sound quality typically associated with DACs costing as much as three times the price. With its network bridge, the Direct Stream DAC accesses high-resolution digital audio data from multiple sources, including a computer, network, or the Internet, and converts the data to the most natural sounding analog audio ever produced. It can convert any digital input format, such as PCM or DSD, to a pure DSD stream and produces a near-perfect analog directly to your power amplifier or preamp. Whatever the format or sample rate the PS Audio DirectStream DAC is a pure DSD based solution that fulfills the promise of a high-resolution analog performance standard that compact discs were meant to produce.
The PS Audio DirectStream Junior, also known as the DSJ, is an affordable, state-of-the-art DAC that has been called a “technological wonder,” awarded Product of the Year in Stereophile and TAS, and received a Darko Knock-Out award, as well as Editors’ Choice and Golden Ear awards. The DSJ is an extraordinary performance instrument that manages to uncover all of the missing information long hidden in your audio library, from both PCM and DSD sources. CD’s, high-resolution PCM, or DSD based media, are expertly up-sampled to a 20x DSD rate with pure analog outputs delivered directly into your amplifier or preamp. DSJ is one of the few, true, full-analog DSD devices, setting the industry on its ear and reshaping the landscape of music and high-end audio.
Now, the DSJ is MQA, Tidal (including Masters), Spotify, Qobuz, VTuner, and Roon ready.
Imagine going to a recording studio and listening to a master tape of any recording ever made. This is the experience DSJ affords its owners who enjoy a renewed sense of enjoyment and discovery when listening to everything to their library: CD’s, downloads, DSD.
There isn’t a DAC made that doesn’t benefit from a great analog preamplifier.
The Stellar Gain Cell DAC combines the benefits of both a full-featured DAC, with an exceptional analog preamplifier controlling its output level. Fully balanced circuitry from input to output, the Stellar Gain Cell DAC is built on years of research and innovation in the art of digital audio and Class A analog amplification. Together, or separately, they create an extraordinarily rich, full-bodied musical experience few standalone products can match.
Stellar Gain Cell DAC is the perfect foundation for those unwilling to compromise sound quality. It is rich, lush, and powerful and is a music lover’s answer to spiraling cost-no-object equipment without sacrifice. It is a worthy companion to the amazing Stellar S300 300-watt per channel power amp.
Breathe new life into your loudspeakers with the Stellar S300, one of the most extraordinary stereo power amplifiers ever crafted for the low-end (under $5000) market. The S300 combines the slam, linearity, and toe-tapping pace of a Class D output stage with the warmth, grace, and rich inner detail of the Stellar Class A Analog Cell. The results are nothing short of ground breaking.
This Amp will liberate a wealth of untapped energy trapped in your media library. It delivers sufficient power, control, frequency extension, and dynamics, while maintaining a perfectly layered soundstage under the most complex musical passages.