The problems faced when crafting a new power amplifier are many—delivering sufficient power, control, frequency extension, and dynamics while maintaining a perfectly layered soundstage under the most complex musical passages.
All amplifiers sound different. What determines sound quality are the components and topologies of the amp’s input voltage stage and output current stage. Each section should complement the other. Between them, the amp develops its sound.
Stellar’s design imperatives—affordable pricing, and uncompromised sonics—were major challenges solved by the invention of a unique new circuit christened the Analog Cell.
Stellar engineer Darren Myers had planned from the outset to take advantage of Class D’s high current, low distortion, ruler flat linearity for the output stage—knowing full well it is the input stage that determines sonic character. This critical interface between preamplifier and power amplifier is where Stellar’s magic would be unveiled; where Myers could lavish upon the music the sweet, tube-like quality of Class A biased MOSFETs. His challenge was to synergistically marry both input and output topologies, for which he invented Stellar’s Analog Cell.
The Analog Cell is the heart of the S300’s musicality, where richly overlayed layers of music’s inner details are preserved even in the most complex orchestral crescendos. The Analog Cell is a proprietary, fully differential, zero feedback, discrete, Class A MOSFET circuit, hand-tuned to capture the smallest micro dynamics without sacrificing the loudest macro dynamics music has to offer.
Stereo power amplifier
Dual mono, each with their own power supply
Zero-loss Analog Cell input stage
Powerful MOSFET output stage
RCA Single ended input
XLR “true” balanced input
140 watts per channel 8Ω
300 watts per channel 4Ω
Less than 0.1% thd 20Hz to 20kHz at rated power
Damping factor greater than 550 for excellent loudspeaker control
Front panel standby button
Efficient operation with very little heat
Dual, solid copper, plated, output binding posts
Input 12 volt trigger
13 lbs [5.9 kg]
17” x 3” x 12” Chassis only. 13" deep including connectors.
16.5 lbs [7.5 kg]
22”x 8” x 17”
Mains Power Inputs
UK (BS 1363) (230V version)
Copper base nickel plated binding posts (2 pair per channel)
DC Trigger Input
3 years parts and labor
Sensitivity for rated output power
1kHz@300 Watts <-100dB
Frequency Response @2.8VRMS
10Hz – 20KHz +/- 0.5dB
10Hz – 50KHz +0.1/-3.0dB
1KHz, 1W/4Ω: <0.02%
10-20KHz, 1W/4Ω: <0.02%
10-50KHz, 1W/4Ω: < 0.05% (90kHz BW)
1KHz, 37.5W/4Ω: < 0.01%
Both channels driven 120vac mains, 1kHz, 1% THD
8Ω: 140W minimum
4Ω: 300W minimum
2Ω: Stable for musical transients