Inspiration Stereo 1.0 Power Amplifier
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The best possible fidelity
Achieving a perfect balance between the two halves of an audio signal is possible only when the incoming signal is itself perfectly balanced. This is why the Inspiration STEREO 1.0 uses the same Line Stage Gain Module circuit found in all Constellation Audio products. The Line Stage Gain Module's servo circuits assure that both halves of an incoming signal are perfectly balanced, no matter what the source.But if the source is a Constellation Audio preamp -- which of course has its own Line Stage Gain Module -- then so much the better. Because you can then use the Constellation Direct balanced input, which bypasses the Inspiration STEREO 1.0's input stage for the best possible fidelity.
A cool, reliable operation
A custom-wound toroidal transformer, feeding a total of 24 capacitors yielding a combined 240,000 microfarads of storage, assures that the Inspiration STEREO 1.0's output stages always receive the clean, ample voltage and current needed to achieve maximum musicality and sonic transparency. Massive heat sinks, ventilated through hundreds of ventilation ports in Constellation Audio's trademark machined-aluminum side panels, assure cool, reliable operation. The Inspiration STEREO 1.0 is the very essence of the Reference-series Hercules and Performance-series Centaur amplifiers, distilled into a more compact and affordable package.
200 watts per channel into 8 ohms
With power output conservatively rated at 0.2% total harmonic distortion plus noise, doubling to 400 watts into 4 ohms, the Inspiration STEREO 1.0 has enough power to drive practically any speaker to maximum volume without audible distortion.
Balanced bridged design from Hercules and Centaur
The Inspiration STEREO 1.0 uses a modular, fully balanced design with only N-type output transistors, instead of half N-type and half P-type as found in almost all other solid-state amplifiers. Thus, the positive and negative halves of the audio signal are maintained in ideal balance and the subtlest of musical details are preserved.
Line Stage Gain Module
Incoming signals are treated to our Line Stage Gain Module circuitry, which uses servo circuits to achieve essentially perfect balance between the positive and negative haves of the audio signal. If a Constellation Audio preamplifier is used, this input stage may be bypassed through use of the Inspiration STEREO 1.0's Constellation Direct balanced input.
- Fully discrete circuitry
- Ultra-smooth, high-current power supply
- No output filters required
- Shortest possible signal path
- Shielded enclosure for power supply
Mono 1.0 Power Amplifier
Incredible, concert-hall dynamics
The Inspiration MONO 1.0 amplifier easily delivers 400 watts per channel into 8 ohms, doubling to 800 into 4 ohms. This is power enough to produce incredible, concert-hall dynamics with any speaker. Yet it is the size of a standard audio amplifier and weighs just 55 pounds. When you consider that the Centaur Monoblock weighs in at 103 pounds, and the Hercules II Monoblock at 220 pounds, the Inspiration's ability to deliver incredible power from a modestly sized chassis is remarkable indeed.
A perfectly balanced signal
Our Balanced Bridged design can achieve ideal performance only when it is fed a perfectly balanced signal in the first place. To this end, the Inspiration MONO 1.0's input stage uses the same Line Stage Gain Module circuit found in all Constellation Audio products. This module uses servo circuits to ensure that both halves of an incoming signal are perfectly balanced, no matter what the source.
400 watts per channel into 8 ohms
The Inspiration Monoblock not only delivers 400 watts into 8 ohms, it doubles that into 4 ohms -- and at a low 0.2% total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N), not the 0.5% or 1% at which many other amps are rated. No matter what speaker you have or how loudly you want to play it, the Inspiration Monoblock can drive it with ease.
Our exclusive Balanced Bridged design
All of our amplifiers employ our exclusive Balanced Bridged balanced design. Other solid-state amplifiers use half N-type and half P-type output transistors, so they can never achieve a perfect balance between the positive and negative halves of the audio signal. Our amplifiers use only N-type output transistors, so the audio signal is kept in ideal balance and even the subtlest microdynamics and detail are conveyed without alteration.
High-current power supply for maximum dynamics
The Inspiration Monoblock uses a front-mounted, custom-wound toroidal transformer in conjunction with a capacitor bank totalling 240,000 microfarads of storage. This arrangement ensures that the supply can deliver ultra-smooth, completely stable continuous DC voltage as well as exceedingly high peak power for the most demanding musical transients.
Line Stage Gain Module
We use this preamplification circuit in every Constellation Audio product because we think it's the best one ever designed. The Line Stage Gain Module continuously monitors the balance between the positive and negative halves of the audio signal using a servo circuit, so noise, interference and flaws in upstream equipment cannot throw the signal out of balance.
- Fully discrete circuitry
- Thick power supply shielding for cleaner audio performance
- Rear-mounted output stage for low output impedance
- Filter-free output stage