Main ShowStoppers! Constellation Audio Altair Preamplifier, Hercules and Pegasus Amplifiers, and Music Server
Constellation Audio Altair Preamplifier, Hercules and Pegasus Amplifiers, and Music Server

It's refreshing to see products that are decidedly different and highly attractive. Enter Constellation Audio, a brand-new company from California that's making uniquely styled products aimed at the extreme high end. Their appearance nearly made our jaws drop.

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Just as impressive as the look of these products is the fact that Constellation launched not one or two products, but an entire line. Pictured above is the Altair line-stage preamplifier (the main unit is on the top shelf; the power supply is the top component on the second shelf), and their yet-to-be-named music server (on the bottom of the second shelf). There's also a CD player/DAC as well as mono and stereo power amplifiers. Just add speakers and cables.

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The massive Hercules mono power amplifiers will reportedly output 1000W into 8 ohms. A single-chassis model, the Pegasus stereo amplifier is specified for half that power output and comes in a single, identical-looking chassis. And as you can see below, that chassis work is simply amazing. The venting you see in the close-up conceals the heatsinks located underneath.

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Since we couldn't see inside the Constellation components, and since the system wasn't playing, we can only hope that the design detail and manufacturing expertise that's obvious from the outside is also present on the inside. If it is, then there's a new player in the ultra-high-end solid-state electronics marketplace. Keep an eye on these guys -- at first glance, their products seem very special.

 
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