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    Constellation Inspiration Series

    It is a shame the Constellation line doesn't get that much love. Call me impressed.
    Marty

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    Re: Constellation Inspiration Series

    Agreed, current Constellation gear is pretty awesome.
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    Re: Constellation Inspiration Series

    Used preamp and dealer demo amp. I am not going to wax poetic about it. Amazing
    Marty

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    Re: Constellation Inspiration Series

    Constellation gear sounds terrific and looks great.
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    Re: Constellation Inspiration Series

    I would love to hear the 1.0 power amp. Anyone dare to describe the Constellation sound or make a comparison to another brand?
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB,
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    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP
    Parasound P6, Coda CSX, Artisan speakers

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    Re: Constellation Inspiration Series

    I've heard the Constellation gear a few months back. Both the Argo integrated and the Virgo preamp and Centaur monos. It's pretty amazing; I've love to own one of their integrateds.

    Speaking of Constellation, a buddy is lending me his Inspiration integrated amp to borrow for a while, so I'll have some impressions to post soon. Really looking forward to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    I would love to hear the 1.0 power amp. Anyone dare to describe the Constellation sound or make a comparison to another brand?
    It is very, very transparent, quiet, and uncolored. It adds virtually no character of its own to the source. The Centaur amps have easy, relaxed power and will drive any speaker load. It also sounds the same from cold or "warmed up."

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    Re: Constellation Inspiration Series

    I'm interested in your impressions after getting some listening in. . Larry Greenhill reviewed the 1.0 for Stereophile, I like reading him as he is a Levinson guy and often used Salons which I'm familiar with,, He loved the mids/highs of the 1.0 but seemed to indicate the bass had less impact than a couple of his Levinson amps. But, one of the Levinson was the 534 at almost twice the price.

    I think the 1.0 will have to be heard for me. I like defined bass but need the visceral. Also, I like transparent but didn't find myself liking the former Boulder amps, they are good but something about the type of transparency I couldn't get into. So with that and ending up not liking the Coda 8 I need to be careful what Transparent sounds like to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    I've heard the Constellation gear a few months back. Both the Argo integrated and the Virgo preamp and Centaur monos. It's pretty amazing; I've love to own one of their integrateds.

    Speaking of Constellation, a buddy is lending me his Inspiration integrated amp to borrow for a while, so I'll have some impressions to post soon. Really looking forward to it.
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB,
    Mark Levinson #526, 532h, JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    All Clarus Crimson cabling, AC to binding post. Surgex
    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP
    Parasound P6, Coda CSX, Artisan speakers

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    Re: Constellation Inspiration Series

    Magnificent amplifier. I've had it for four years until my move to Gryphon. Just one problem, your transformer is very sensitive to offset current and buzzes a lot. I think that this problem in the US is not so pronounced. The only way to avoid the hum was to use an Isotek Syncro cable, but it lost a lot compared to a Shunyata Sigma. In the end I got tired of that problem and bought Gryphon, but the sound was great.
    Francisco

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    Re: Constellation Inspiration Series

    So, the Constellation Inspiration integrated arrived today from the friend that is very kindly loaning it to me. My understanding from him is it's brand new with zero hours on it.

    Here's a quick piccie taken with the iPhone 12. Right now it's sitting on a rock maple board but once I finish up the CJ ART 150 amp review in the next day or so, I'll pull the First Sound preamp out of the main rack, and replace it with the Constellation Inspiration (then I can send the First Sound's dual external power supplies to Emmanuel for their CCI-X update. Woot! 👍 😀...but I digress).



    After reading the manual, I connected my Lampi Baltic 3 DAC as source, fed by the Aurender N20 that's in for review.

    First impression: very, very, very neutral and uncolored. Transparency and timbral resolution are pretty fab, as is the imaging. It's so clean and quiet it's kinda nuts. Zero hours on it, and just off the UPS truck, so it needs to settle and then rack up hours on the clock to open up to it's fullest extent. Stay tuned.

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    Re: Constellation Inspiration Series

    I spent all last evening listening to the Constellation Inspiration One integrated.

    As it is literally brand-new with zero hours of burn-in on the clock, and as it was just off the UPS truck and had virtually no time to settle, for the first hour it was very clean and quiet, but a bit "closed-in" sounding with respect to imaging.

    Right off the bat, noise floor (quietness), transparency, and resolution are really excellent, and I expect will continue to get even better. Neutrality, resolution, and tonal accuracy are amongst the best I've ever heard.

    Over the course of the evening, the Inspiration started to open up and "clear it's voice". The soundstage is larger, more spacious, extended and airy and the ability to render subtlety of timbre and texture will give you goose-pimples. As a result, the presentation is more defined, complex, and most importantly, nuanced.

    As I'm literally finishing up writing the review of the ART150 amp today, this bad boy will be getting some serious hours on it to get it fully "on the cam" as we say in motor racing.

    Go ahead, Constellation Inspiration...twist my arm.

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    Looking very forward to your impressions. I am looking at a top flight integrated as my next purchase and the Constellation just came onto my RADAR screen. Your initial thoughts seem quite positive.
    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4N6 View Post
    Looking very forward to your impressions. I am looking at a top flight integrated as my next purchase and the Constellation just came onto my RADAR screen. Your initial thoughts seem quite positive.
    Hey, Kevin, I don't have extensive experience with integrateds, but its right up there with the best of the other integrated amps I have experience with, and that's DarTZeel and Viva. Both of those are sublime, and the Inspiration is right there with them.

    And, my impressions have only gotten more positive over the last day or so; the Inspiration is continuing to burn in and become more spacious and open-sounding as well as increasingly layered and articulated in the presentation. It's still exceedingly neutral, but it has a naturalness and as Hans Beekhuizen says, "relaxed" quality to it that makes it very engaging to listen to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4N6 View Post
    Looking very forward to your impressions. I am looking at a top flight integrated as my next purchase and the Constellation just came onto my RADAR screen. Your initial thoughts seem quite positive.
    Oh, and my understanding is that the Constellation gear is very stable and consistent when driving pretty much any loudspeaker impedance load.

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    Re: Constellation Inspiration Series

    What speakers are you using? How do you find the bass and how are leading edges?

    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    Oh, and my understanding is that the Constellation gear is very stable and consistent when driving pretty much any loudspeaker impedance load.
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB,
    Mark Levinson #526, 532h, JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    All Clarus Crimson cabling, AC to binding post. Surgex
    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP
    Parasound P6, Coda CSX, Artisan speakers

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