PREAMP - Thoughts on PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell


Anybody have one and/or heard one lately?  If so:
  • What are your thoughts?
  • How would you rate it?
  • How did it compare to what it replaced?
geeqner
I have one (and the matching stereo amp).  I also have a Parasound Halo P3 (and matching A23 amp) in anoter system going into a cambridge audio DAC/Streamer) and an NAD M12 Preamp/DAC and matching M22 amp in a 3rd system.  

I find the PS Audio Stellar gear to be an outstanding value.  To my ears, it is clearly superior to the Parasound gear.  It’s clearer, more detailed and just easier to listen to than the Parasound - which I also consider to be pretty good value.  

Is the PS Audio gear better than the NAD Masters gear I have?  No.  Is it a better value?  Yes as it’s almost as good but half the price.

So, I like the gear on an absolute basis, and I think it’s fantastic on a value basis.  It replaced an older Marantz high end A/V receiver (don’t remember the model but it was $$$).  The PS Audio gear is much, much better sounding than that particular piece. 
Hope that helps.
Thanks!

That is really good - I am currently using the Pre-Amp stage of a "classic" (1980's) NAD 7220 Receiver as my Pre.

It still seems pretty decent to my ears, but I am nearly certain that there has probably been some degradation (old Electrolytic caps / other grunge) that has happened, little by little, over the years.

Current budget limits prevent me from going SERIOUSLY high-end - but if the PS Audio compares favorably with relatively new NAD Masters gear, then in my less-than-optimal room, it should still be a noticeable upgrade (and I found a source where I can get one for a little over a Thou-US, so the Value could actually be even BETTER)

But before I "take the plunge" - I am still obsessing about other options such as the Emotiva XSP-1 and maybe geeking-out on building a VTA SP14 tube preamp kit...