PS Audio has announced it is shipping the new Stellar M1200 power amplifier. The monoblock M1200 features an all-new hybrid design that combines a tube input stage with a customized ICE Edge output stage and delivers 1200 watts (into 4 ohms, 800 watts into 8 ohms), to reproduce dynamic musical passages as well as the subtlest musical details.
The M1200 was designed by Darren Myers, the engineer who created the Stellar Phono stage and other PS Audio products. The M1200 employs a 12AU7 vacuum tube at its input, chosen for its optimum gain and voltage characteristics in the circuit, and for its ability to preserve the most delicate nuances of the amp’s input signals. The 12AU7 is the identical tube used in PS Audio’s flagship BHK Signature amplifiers.
The ICE Edge output stage is a new type of high-current Class D design, offering low total harmonic and intermodulation distortion with high headroom and linear performance across the frequency range. As Darren Myers explains, “other output modules can exhibit non-linear phase and impedance issues at the frequency extremes. The ICE Edge design eliminates these problems thanks to patented circuitry and feedback techniques. Although it can deliver massive amounts of clean power into even the most demanding loudspeaker loads, the M1200 sounds equally good at lower volumes.”
The PS Audio Stellar M1200 Power Amplifier will be available in June 2020 at a U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $5,998 for a pair. Pre-orders are currently being taken.
For more information, visit www.psaudio.com.