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PS Audio Stellar Gold DAC


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Warranty length 3 Years
Brand PS Audio

Tech Specs

Sample Rates
- Optical (TOSLink): PCM 16 and 24 bits at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz and 96kHz
- S/PDIF (Coax): PCM 16 and 24 bits at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz; DoP64
- I2S: PCM 16 and 24 bits at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 705.6kHz, and 768kHz; DoP64, DoP128, DoP256, DSD64, DSD128, and DSD256
- USB: PCM 16 and 24 bits at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, and 384kHz; DoP64, DoP128, DSD64, and DSD128


Analog Audio Outputs
- Output Stage: Discrete fully balanced JFET BJT hybrid
- Connector: RCA single ended, XLR balanced
- Output Level High, Maximum: 4 VRMS Balanced
- 2 VRMS Single Ended
- Output Impedance: 100‌Ω / 200Ω
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, +/- 0.1dB; 10Hz-70kHz, -1dB
- Max Output: 4V RMS Balanced, 2V RMS single-ended
- THD+N @ 1KHz (full scale): <0.002% at full output
- IMD: <0.002%, CCIF, at full output
- SNR: >127dB, referenced to 4V RMS


Digital Audio Inputs
- 12S (2), Coax (2), Optical, USB


Data Handling
- Format: PCM or DSD
- Sample Rate (PCM): 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz
- Data Rate (DSD): Up to DSD256 (11.2MHz) via DoP and Native DSD1024
- Digital Volume Control: Yes
- Analog Conversion Method: ES9038PRO DAC


I2S Digital Input
- Connector: HDMI
- Format: PCM or DSD. DoP on all inputs as well as native DSD on 12S inputs


USB Digital Input
- Connector: USB "B" Type
- Format: PCM, DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM), or Native DSD
- Transfer Mode: Asynchronous


Power Requirements
- Input Power: Model specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz
- Power Consumption: 30W


- Unit Weight: 22.5 lbs [10.2 kg]
- Unit Dimensions: 17"W x 3"H x 12" D [43.18 cm x 7.62 cm x 30.48 cm]
- Shipping Weight: 26 lbs [11.8 kg]
- Shipping Dimensions: 22"W x 8"H x 17"D [55.88 cm x 20.32 cm x 43.18 cm]

Product Description

The PS Audio Stellar Gold DAC is a state-of-the-art flagship DAC from the pioneer of DACs. It sets new standards and uses multiple parallel DACs to remove any nonlinearity. Four DACs are used per channel and then the signal is fed to a pure Class A output stage. The result is a stunning sound that outperforms any single IC-based DAC.

Noise and crosstalk are reduced to a minimum and the dynamic range is massive. Lastly, PCM signals up to 768kHz and DSD up to 256 (11.2 MHz) can be played. Connectivity includes coaxial and optical digital inputs as well as I2S. There is also a balanced XLR output.

Parallel DAC technology

High-performance DACs, such as the PS Audio Stellar Gold DAC, gain several sonic benefits from using parallel units. Firstly, it reduces the noise level through averaging. Hence the signal-to-noise ratio is massive, at 127dB below maximum output. Noise is lowered by averaging out any non-linearities.

This increases the dynamic range and gives an audible improvement in distortion levels. Moreover, the combined resolution of four DACs far surpasses that of an individual DAC. The class A output ensures no crossover distortion is possible for smooth and distortion-free output.


Very high-end systems split each part of the audio signal path as much as possible. Hence the PS Audio Stellar Gold DAC just performs the functions of a DAC and needs a preamp to go with it such as the PS Audio Stellar Gold Preamp. Inputs include two coaxial digital inputs as well as an optical input.

These can be used for CD players and the like. There are also two i2S inputs these are used by very high-end sources. You can also connect a PC via USB. Line-level outputs are provided by two gold-plated RCA connectors and there are two balanced XLR outputs.

Perfectionist built quality

The PS Audio Stellar Gold DAC uses only the best components and pushes what is possible with the ESS DAC platform to the limit. Multiple DACs give incredible linearity and the system is powered by multiple-stage linear regulators. This is a hand-crafted device that will from the heart of a top-of-the-range modern audio system. Remote trigger outputs are also provided.

Maximum performance

Modern music systems use a DAC as the core of the system. Music comes from sources such as streaming via a network player or by using a CD transport. You can also play hi-res files from a PC. The DAC is the most important part of the system as it converts the ones and zeros back into music.

Often the built-in DAC in mobile devices can be poor and there are a lot of factors that affect playback quality. These include Jitter, noise, distortion, and quantization errors. Hence. PS Audio focuses on sound quality above all else. The PS Audio Stellar Gold DAC will give you a big step up in performance.

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