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I knew the DirectStream was special when it was able to place the orchestra in the fore and the organ behind and slightly above the stage. It is this continued passion for audio that has brought him once again to the SECRETS team. A timeline also lets you know how much track time has expired as you listen to your music. I did not notice any specific emphasis on certain frequency ranges that might detract musical enjoyment experience. The GCD has a pair of unbalanced and a pair of balanced analog outputs. PS Audio has been around for a while and the company’s reputation among hi-fi stereo connoisseurs is rock solid. As an analog preamp, the GCD behaved as a good preamp should be. The versatility of the Stellar GainCell Preamp/DAC does not stop there; it also includes an analog headphone amplifier with a headphone jack on the front panel. Really, it’s a DSD world out there, but you have to look for it! Hey, I like to multi-task sometimes. Our magazine, which began with the publication of the SECRETS Primer, is available exclusively on-line and offers to our readers an extensive information resource about home theater and high-end audio. For example, the song Those Sweet Words by Norah Jones from her Feels Like Home (2004) CD was presented in such lively rhythm and pace through the GCD, making me toe-tap. There have been several of these offered since the DirectStream’s inception, some five years ago. There are three unbalanced analog line-level inputs as well as one balanced XLR input. Windom replaced its soul and life force by fleshing out the music into a more realistic 3D space and a more supportive low end. That means the PS Audio DSD is upsampling the incoming PCM to 20 times the nominal DSD rate (20 x 64 x 44.1kHz) which is 56.488MHz (as in million). The sound of the musical instruments accompanying the singer seemed to emanate steadily from the stage-space surrounding the singer with believable width and depth. As a digital preamp, the DAC in the GCD locks in and recognizes the bit depth and rate of the incoming signals swiftly. Vol.11 – November 2020, A Collection of New Vinyl for the Audiophile: November 2020, The Smallcombe Home Theater II – Part 1, What We Are Watching Vol. On its website, the company claims that the GCPH phono stage is the best available, at any price. PS Audio isn't short of confidence. 6: November 2020, What We’re Listening To. The panel displays the incoming input signal, sample rate, and bit depth. PS Audio from Boulder/Colorado/US is an established company for Audio and Power components, and digital products not only with the Direct Stream series, but since 2017 it offers the Stellar series of DAC/Pre and power amps, from which the S300 is the "cheapest" device. DoP on all inputs as well as raw DSD on I2S inputs, 14” x 17” x 4” [36cm x 43cm x 10cm], PS Audio, DirectStream DAC, DAC, DSD, DAC Review 2019. Based in Boulder Colorado, Paul McGowan and company have been producing high-end audio equipment for over 40 years. The turntable used for the review was a Michell GyroDec with Gyropower QC supply and SME Series IV tonearm. Everything just sounds alive, like being on stage with them when it was recorded. It’s awesome, and every audiophile cliché you can think of applies. Moreover, with 30 days home-trial offer and generous trade-in policy, this is a must audition product for someone looking for modern affordable preamp/DAC. Designed by Darren Myers, the brains behind the forerunning Stellar phono pre-amplifier, the M1200’s Class D … The San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas playing Ives and Copland – This SACD has an astonishingly good sound quality and the Copland Organ Symphony is made up of devilishly syncopated rhythms and heavy jazz influences. The GCD is supplied with a relatively small infra-red remote control, which can be used to switch on/standby the device, select the input, adjust the volume level or mute the sound, select the filter or phase for the digital playback, and dim/un-dim the LED display. The bass has depth, the brass is rich, and the strings sound natural and never strident. Functionality is controlled by a well-designed remote or via the 4 x 2-inch touch screen panel. The DirectStream is a fully balanced design. The Power Plant 12 is a full $4000 on top of the recently reviewed AQ Niagara 1200. An awful lot has changed since then, including, in recent years, a shift of PS Audio's emphasis from audio amplification to AC-power regeneration. However, such a digital data output format is not yet standardized, and thus it can only be used with the digital source components that output I2S data using HDMI connection. Even my CD collection sounds refreshed. For $1699, you get a product that can serve as an analog preamplifier, a full-featured DAC, and a headphone amplifier. I’m not going to get into the DSD being one bit at very high sample rates, because that has been covered by SECRETS in the past. As mentioned, the DAC can handle both PCM and DSD signals. This point will be contemplated more in this very review. PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC Review; Vinyl Review: Jackie McLean – Lights Out! Model specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz, I2S(2), Coax, XLR Balanced, TOSLINK, USB, Network Bridge slot, I2S, and USB — 44.1kHz to 352.8kHz 16bit, 24bit, DSD 64, DSD 128, 0.282VRMS, Balanced 0.141VRMS Single Ended, maximum: 2.818VRMS Balanced, 1.414VRMS Single Ended, 20-20kHz +/- 0.25dB, THD&IM @ 1kHz (full scale) <0.03%, Passive audio transformer, fed by high current, high-speed analog amps producing double rate DSD, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, Standard (2.8MHz) or Double (5.6MHz) DoP as well as raw DSD on I2S and USB inputs, effectively 100%, residual immeasurable. In fact, I also found that the GCD’s headphone performance even bettered that of my Auralic Altair DAC/preamp/streamer (MSRP $1899 as reviewed 3 years ago). I expect PS Audio components to be well designed, with excellent fit and finish, innovative circuit design, and tangible value for the dollar being asked. With the promise of more free firmware updates in the future, I feel confident that those who own PS Audio’s PerfectWave DirectStream DAC will be glad they invested in it. I connected a Morrow Audio digital interconnect from my OPPO UDP-203 to the digital coaxial input in the DSD, connected my network cable into the Bridge II and a USB from my Mac mini into the USB input. Remember when we used to go to audio shows? Music should transport you from your daily grind and make you just enjoy the sound. The I2S bus separates clock and serial data signals, resulting in simpler receivers than those required for asynchronous communications systems that need to recover the clock from the data stream. "Remember, acquiring good A/V gear takes lots of time...but doesn't necessarily take lots of money.". This design offers the listener extremely low jitter as it uses one master clock for all incoming signals. Find what you like and then purchase and download the albums. My impressions were with the speakers set to full range, sans a sub. I labeled the UMC’s input as Analog In, with direct selected as opposed to stereo, as that would reprocess the analog signal back to digital for processing. The PS Audio DSD has seven digital inputs; two I2S (pronounced eye squared S), and one each of TOSlink, coaxial, USB, AES/EBU, and a network input for the Bridge II module (which costs extra but came installed on my unit). PS Audio came up with a solution to this problem long ago: completely regenerate the incoming AC power in an effort to minimize these issues. The Mcontrol App works well, but it does seem a bit clumsy and not in step with the quality of the DirectStream. Amplifier 2020 ReviewDACFeaturedGainCellPreampPreamplifiers 2020 ReviewPSPS AudioStellarStellar GainCell. For a phono cartridge, it can handle both Moving Coil or Moving Magnet. I was loving my music collection again! This mode should only be used if a separate preamplifier is present in the hi-fi chain. It is a versatile preamplifier that provides both pure analog and digital input switching. A right-click of the mouse gives a user the option to make the NuWave the default recipient of the audio signal. Its shortcomings were not at all obvious or objectionable, and in most cases, the GCD made up more on the other aspects of its performance that was more crucial to the overall musicality of the presentation. With a price tag of $1699, this seems to be a lot of product for the money and its multi-function nature can help reduce the clutter in one’s whole hi-fi system by reducing the number of component boxes in it. Are Expensive outboard DACs a waste of money? That experience got me into pursuing better quality DACs in my continuing quest to reach that mythical sonic Nirvana. The higher sample rate does not create new information from the original signal but allows for better filtering algorithms which allow for more of the detail of the original signal to come through. 10Hz – 100KHz +0.1/-3.0dB, 0-100 (1/2 and 1dB steps, 80dB total range), Assignable to any analog input Adjustable (in setup) to any level, 3 selectable digital filters (PCM digital sources only), Preamplifiers 2020 Review, Amplifier 2020 Review, PS Audio, Stellar GainCell, Stellar, GainCell, Preamp, DAC, PS. 5: October 2020, Setting Up a Bryston BDA-3.14 Streaming DAC and Qobuz Streaming Service – A How-to Series, Part 2, Setting Up an AURALiC ARIES G1 Streamer and Qobuz Streaming Service – A How-to Series, Part 1, DCI-P3 Color – What It Means in Today’s Ultra HD World, AVR-Audio Video Reciever-Build Quality: Part V. Does Your Projector Display Accurate Color, and Why Is That Important? prior to VAT and other country-specific fees CD isn’t really digital: Since 1982 when Philips and Sony introduced the audio CD, much water went down the bridge, not the least of it over the last few years. As the name implies, the PS Audio Stellar GainCell Preamp/DAC is both an analog preamplifier and a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) in one convenient and handsome package. Maybe the blame should fall on Sony. PS Audio says that the Stellar M700 is one of the most extraordinary monoblocks ever sold for less than $5000/pair. It features impeccable playing, and everyone likes the Wizard of Oz music, which is quite interesting in its arrangement… and fun, too. After having reviewed a few McIntosh products, they too use a proprietary interface called MCT. 6: November 2020, What We’re Listening To. Fortunately, I have a few dozen DSD music files on my Mac that I could play to my heart’s content. We learnt a bit more about his motivations and mind set in an interview we conducted with Paul at the eve of introducing their Network Bridge, an add-on to the PS Audio PerfectWave DAC or PWD for short. If you’d like to hear all the lavish praise, click here to read our review of the P20. That was then or what would become the MK1. It is an excellently built versatile preamplifier that can handle both the analog and digital signal switching equally well. PCM (384KHz max), DSD64 (DoP), DSD128 (DoP), (Analog Unbalanced) 1 stereo pair (Analog Balanced) 1 stereo pair The front of the unit has no buttons or knobs. The DirectStream made it sound so perfectly natural, so you just relax, even though you are trying to listen critically. In general, the music seems more organic, and more, for lack of better description, musical. Don't look down your nose at PS Audio's cheapest mains regenerator. The really unique aspect of the PS Audio DSD (DirectStream DAC) is that the core processor is not an off-the-shelf DAC chip from Burr-Brown, Wolfson, or Sabre, but a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). How Much Amplifier Power Does your Home Theater Need? While the PerfectWave DAC II was more superior as expected, nevertheless this comparison showed that the GCD was more than capable to hold its ground and did not give up much to the PerfectWave DAC II, a testament on how well PS Audio did in engineering the GCD within the target price point. The Stellar GainCell Preamp/DAC (GCD) reviewed here is from the PS Audio Stellar line, which represents the company’s affordable-tier products. I set the DAC volume to a Fixed 100, so the volume was controlled by the Emotiva preamp. I knew from the first time I fired up the GCD that I would be in for a treat. I have been using an NPC for some months now, eve As a nuclear medicine technologist, I know there are some inside the gamma camera that I use every day at the hospital. This allows the customers to try out the products for free in their home environment for 30 days, which is the best possible audition scenario. It also displays other information, such as the input name, DAC filter, the type of signal (PCM or DSD), and the DAC sampling rate, but it is in much smaller digits, and thus it is visible only from a close distance. Above is a picture of their room at AXPONA 2019. Obviously, it is not a fair comparison, as the PerfectWave DAC II carried more than twice the price tag of the GCD. PS AUDIO PERFECTWAVE DIRECTSTREAM DAC SPECIFICATIONS, © Copyright 2020 Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity /, Show Reports, Film Festivals and Concerts, MartinLogan Balanced Force 212 Subwoofer Review, Starke Sound A8.350 Multichannel Power Amplifier Review, STAX SR-007A Electrostatic Headphone Review, SR-L700 MKII Earspeaker Review and the SRM-D10 Portable Driver Unit for Earspeakers Review, The Smallcombe Home Theater II – Part 2, What We Are Watching Vol. A community of music and high-end audio lovers. The PS Audio GainCell preamp/DAC is a winner in every respect. Going the DirectStream route, the signal goes PCM>DSD>analog. …and did I mention it’s FREE? Blue Coast records offer free jazz samples, and in spite of OPPO’s withdrawal from audio world, they still offer free samples as well. It is also important to note that the signal transfer capabilities of the various digital inputs of the GCD vary depending on the capability of the connection type. With its unassuming low-height-profile, the GCD offers fully balanced analog circuitry from input to output and a full-featured DAC based on the 32-bit ESS Sabre Hyperstream architecture, which is capable of processing both PCM (through all its digital inputs, up to 24-bit/384-kHz) and DSD signals (through its I2S and USB inputs, up to 128 Mbps). Paul McGowan, the CEO, and founder of the company mentioned that PS Audio has always prided itself on providing high value in products. I am not so much of a headphone guy, but from my brief tryout of the headphone feature of the GCD using my son’s V-Moda Crossfade Wireless 2 in wired mode (which is Hi-Res certified), I was quite impressed by the clarity, details, and natural sound of the music I listened through it. The PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamplifier more than lives up to what I have come to expect from a PS Audio phono stage. Voices also seem a little more focused and forward in the mixes. This bass energy was presented by the PerfectWave DAC II with such a gutsy attack and authority. He rejoined Secrets not too long after he has returned to the US in 2012. Most of the time, this information is not really needed during the operation of the unit, but sometimes I do wish to be able to tell easily the sampling rate of the digital signal fed or which DAC filter is being used without getting up from my seat. To use it to its fullest, I subscribed to Qobuz Sublime, with resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz. As complex as the DirectStream is, it’s very user-friendly and I had it hooked up and ready to go in about 15 minutes. Though the space is close, you hear every detail while the instruments play against each other in left to right, front to back musical tag. it’s there, but not very emotionally engaging. Up NextSchiit Audio Freya+ Preamplifier and Vidar Amplifier Review As the name implies, the PS Audio Stellar GainCell Preamp/DAC is both an analog preamplifier and a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) in one convenient and handsome package. Even my CD collection sounds refreshed. A black finish is also available. The display brightness is adjustable (Bright or Normal) from inside the menu. Try getting a free Dirac upgrade. The GCD is very adept in navigating through a dynamic piece of music like Steps of Maya from Keiko Matsui’s The Ring (2002) album. Norah Jones’ voice sounded natural and full-bodied. The coax can handle up to 192 kHz signals, while the optical can only handle up to 96 kHz signals. This sounds like a bargain if the product can deliver the crux of the matter, which is high-fidelity sonic performance. PS Audio sent me their $4999 DirectStream Power Plant 12, the conditioner (regenerator) of choice for two Audiophilia colleagues. Enter the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC, which is a state-of-the-art-DSD digital-to-analog converter, preamplifier, and media center designed into a large, slick-looking aluminum and polished blackwood designed product with no discernable knobs or buttons on the faceplate. The input/output connectors of the GCD on the rear panel are nicely laid out. For example, even though the bass response of the GCD is in general quite satisfactory, it does not have the same attack and slam as that of the PerfectWave DAC II. PS Audio Stellar GainCell Preamp/DAC SPECIFICATIONS, © Copyright 2020 Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity /, Show Reports, Film Festivals and Concerts, Marantz SACD 30N Network SACD Player Review, MartinLogan Balanced Force 212 Subwoofer Review, Starke Sound A8.350 Multichannel Power Amplifier Review, STAX SR-007A Electrostatic Headphone Review, What We Are Watching Vol. For orchestra, I chose The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (Dir. Are Expensive outboard DACs a waste of money? It surprised me in terms of the high-quality sound it could produce. JBL Synthesis SDP-55 & SDR-35 Q&A Nick Clarke – Senior Director of Global Engineering, Thank You To All of Our SECRETS Fans and Supporters, RIAA Vinyl Sales Q&A with McIntosh Group CEO Jeff Poggi. It took a few months but I was able to procure a BHK 250 for review along with the BHK Pre-amp. How Much Amplifier Power Does your Home Theater Need? Thus, you need a device that can put out I2S, and that is another expense or another product you must buy from PS Audio. My analog outs were balanced out with the unbalanced input into my Emotiva UMC-200. PS Audio has this week announced the imminent availability of two new products. The review sample has a matte silver finish with black side panels, which to me looks particularly classy. Yongki earned his Sc.D in aerospace engineering from MIT in 1999 and pursued a career as a professor in Singapore and later on in the US before deciding to change path to join the aerospace defense industry. DAC can handle both PCM (up to 24-bit/384-kHz) and DSD music signals (through its I, DAC is capable of up to 384 kHz PCM and 5.6 MHz DSD signals. For the review, I used the Musical Fidelity A5 CD player as an analog source, while the Auralic Aries G1 streamer and the Bel Canto CD3t transport served as the digital sources. The organ is treated as part of the orchestra and not just as a solo instrument. This chip is used in many different electronic devices. What other DAC can do that? This is what the Dectet manual says: We strongly recommend the use of a PS Audio PerfectWave Power™ AC cable and a PS Power Port™ AC receptacle to feed the Power Center electricity. The I2S inputs on the DirectStream do not accept regular HDMI signals. DACDAC Review 2019DirectStream DACDSDFeaturedPS Audio, Jim Milton has been interested in high fidelity since his college years in the late 70's. After listening back and forth with these filters for a variety of music, I settled with Filter 1 during most of the listening sessions, which to my ears, gave the best overall results in my system. Although his field of expertise is in aerospace control systems as exemplified by more than 80 technical articles in various aerospace-related journals and conferences, his passion is always in hi-fi audio reproduction. The PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter (NPC) is a fully balanced analog phono preamplifier, but also has a built-in Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) as an optional way of using it. I noticed sonic improvement with the time I spent recently with a powerful Class-D amplifier that really added punch and body to my system. PS Audio PerfectWave DAC II was also used for the comparison. As indicated by its name, at the heart of GCD is the analog GainCell, which is used to eliminate the sonic degradation problem associated with volume control. JBL Synthesis SDP-55 & SDR-35 Q&A Nick Clarke – Senior Director of Global Engineering, Thank You To All of Our SECRETS Fans and Supporters, RIAA Vinyl Sales Q&A with McIntosh Group CEO Jeff Poggi. Now, if you have a few SD cards on hand, and you are really geeky into this, you could load a software from a previous release and re-load it for comparison and keep the one that you feel sounds the best on your system. The sound had more dimensional energy, impact, and just sounded more alive. The Stellar GainCell preamp/DAC, with its full-width (17″) aluminum chassis and low height profile, sports a minimalist appearance (like the other components in the Stellar line) that looks modern and elegant. After PS Audio traded hands, Paul left Genesis to buy back the PS Audio brand. There are differences among the three DAC filters provided in the GCD (Filter 1: slow roll-off linear phase, Filter 2: fast roll-off minimum phase, Filter 3: fast roll-off linear phase), but for most music, I found these differences were subtle. The level of the fixed volume is adjustable and if a unity line-level gain is desired, the manual states that the volume level should be set at 76 (out of 100 scale). A unique feature is the ability to flip the phase of the incoming signal either from the panel of from the comfort of your couch via the remote. With my subscription to Qobuz, I have changed my music listening paradigm. By now, it should be clear that I admire the musicality of the GCD. Currently he is the director of Nuclear Medicine at the North Shore Medical Center, located just outside of Boston. I actually enjoyed reading the manual and found it interesting, even though I can be a Luddite at times. During his leisure time, he enjoys listening to his music collection and an occasional movie with his wife of 30+ years. Review component retail: €3.000/ea. This success is not only garnered by the quality of the products PS Audio produces over the years, but also by the company’s willingness to stand behind its products, offering support for service, repair, and product updates that are above and beyond the industry’s best practices. The intimacy of her voice and small ensemble players is wonderful. I’ll talk about my sonic impressions of Snowmass vs. Windom later in my review. In essence, the Digital Lens technology makes the signal purer with less noise/errors in the effort to generate more accurate digital music reproduction. First, a driver must be downloaded from PS Audio’s website and saved to the computer. The front panel of the GCD is clean and uncluttered. PS Audio’s BHK Signature preamplifier is a statement product that produced beautiful music. PS Audio is not an unfamiliar brand to me and most audiophiles. 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Also, the GCD did not have the last bit of crystal-clear upper midrange and treble presentation of the PerfectWave DAC II. The I2S input keeps the data in their parallel form, which is the native form required by the DAC to process, hence skipping the data combining and separating process used in the other connection methods. The PS Audio DirectStream Junior DAC ($3,999) is a prime example of this phenomenon. Clean power has been the driving force behind PS Audio, leading to a full range of components from critically acclaimed digital sources, to well respected and reviewed amplifiers and preamplifiers. Single rate DSD is DSD64. It is a versatile preamplifier that provides both pure analog and digital input switching. Only these two types of inputs can be used to process the DSD signals, while the others can only process the PCM signals. A master switch on the back places the DSD into ready mode. 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