My name is Charles and this is my first post. I’ve been lurking around here a few weeks and have been a subscriber to “Ask Paul” for the past year or so. Excellent information and stories in every video.
Anywho, I’ve been looking for a good preamp to upgrade to from my Parasound Halo P5. It’s been a great little preamp over the past 3 years, but I know I can do better. After about a solid month of researching, I decided on the Stellar GCD and ordered one last night in silver. It should be here either this Thursday or Friday. What a great way to start off the new year!
I chose the Stellar GCD for several reasons. The main reason is for the excellent analog Gain Cell volume control, but also because it’s fully balanced, has a far superior DAC than the Halo P5, and a little odd reason, it displays the volume level. One thing I hate about preamps like the Halo P5, you can not tell where the volume knob is at, during the day or at night unless you walk up to it and look.
But honestly, I decided on the Stellar GCD because of all the excellent reviews it has received, the fact that it performs to a higher price point that what it costs (which is a theme of my system), and because I now have a piece of PS Audio gear to go along with the gray Power Ports that I installed in the wall behind the system several years ago. LOL… And this is in an apartment!
The biggest reason I decided on this preamp is simply because I really like and respect Paul. From watching his various videos, even a couple of his cooking videos, listening to the stories he tells about his past and the jokes he makes, I feel like I know him like an old friend even though I’ve never met the man in my life.
Anyway, I’m very excited to receive this Stellar GCD and install it in my system. And speaking of my system, it’s a very modest one to say the least, but it gets the job done. In fact, it’s good enough that a local musician/friend (Christopher Satterfield) brings his music files over to “proof” them on my system. He’s bringing one more final CD over that he’s been remastering to proof one last time on my system before sending it off to New Jersey to have vinyl copies made. Who knows, maybe some of you have heard of him. He does classic southern rock, very similar to the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet.
As for the system, here’s a quick rundown of it…
Preamp | Amplifiers: Parasound Halo P5 | NuPrime STA-9 x 2
Sources: Bluesound Node 2, Roku Ultra, Oppo 105D, Crosley C10 (Pro-Ject Debut III) w/ Ortofon 2M Bronze
Speakers | Subwoofers: Sonus faber Venere 1.5 | JL Audio e110 x 2
Power Conditioning: Blue Circle Audio, APC
Cables: AudioQuest, Wireworld, Pangea Audio, Mojo Audio
The turntable is my girlfriend’s. I will eventually be upgrading to a Rega P2 in white, and the Oppo is already up for sale. I would like to find a single unit that plays discs and streams Tidal like the Oppo, but also will be able to stream Qobuz and possibly uses the I2S connection, but is also economically priced. There’s no way I can spend $3k to $5k on a disc spinner/streamer. The Bluesound Node2 is a great streamer but only has Toslink or Coax out.
Well, enough rambling. Here’s a few pics since everyone likes pics!