Have been contemplating a better amp for my Revel C208 centerchannel; after reading all the reviews I could find, I decided that the Stellar monoamp is just what I needed. Received it today; unpacked, opened, fotografed, connected it. Worked instantly but had a groundloop hum/buzz; lifting the earth pin on the cheap, temporary powercable solved that.
Very light weight; I guess that’s what having no big transformers inside does.
Nicely built; stong and sturdy but not too expensive. (Every time I see a Boulder or D’Agastino amp, I shudder to think what those cases cost.)
The top plate rings like a proverbial bell; a layer of Soundcoat-the-Thicker on the inside should solve that. And some on the open spaces of the bottom plate won’t hurt, either. http://www.soniccraft.com/product_info.php/soundcoat-gp-p-4620 . Currently not in stock.
Sounds quite nice, brand-new. It’ll be playing music full-time for three weeks or so. Using temporary RCA cable; my new balanced cables should arrive early next week.
More pics below that do not, for some reason, appear here.
Darren and/or Paul, what’s the function of the Rel 1/200 PPT** caps on the Voltage-gain board? Couplers to the output module?
- Oh how I do NOT like the term ‘monoblock’. Are 2-channel amps ‘stereoblocks’?
** FWIW, that’s short for PolyPropylene Tubular, even tho they’re cylindrical.