Big or many or different shaped boxes are a BIG “NO NO” in our home either. Stellar enclosures look great and sleek. Reading on any other forum, owners are generally very happy about the Stellar sound quality.
I hope PS Audio will choose to make Stellar sources, phono stage and memory player and hopefully add the “active” option to the upcoming Stellar speakers.
Sure the signature series will sound better, no doubt the materials and concepts are aimed at higher sound quality. But for which price? Buying everything having the same looks from the signature series, you are talking about deciding between a mayor extension to your home, a new car or many, many visits to live concerts or a new Stereo.
Then I question if noise and hiss, regardless how little, should be a natural part of US$ 6k -7k BHK amplifiers. See different threads on this forum. Or if you want to buy a set of tubes, for a couple of hundred US$ each year, forever wondering wether you bought the right ones.
The M700 don’t give you the headaches of justifying the cost, quarrels about space, noise and hiss or tube properties or quality. I like good sound, but prefer it easy and good looking for a healthy balanced budget. The Stellar Gain Cell DAC perfectly matches the M700’s. Same, no fuzz with tubes, still good sound and even better looks than different boxes in the rack.
Count your blessings.