Constellation Revelation Series Pictor Linestage, Andromeda Phonostage, and Taurus Monoblock Power Amplifier

Genuine Stars

Equipment report
Categories:
Solid-state power amplifiers,
Solid-state preamplifiers,
Phonostages
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Products:
Constellation Revelation Andromeda,
Constellation Revelation Pictor,
Constellation Revelation Taurus
Constellation Revelation Series Pictor Linestage, Andromeda Phonostage, and Taurus Monoblock Power Amplifier

Conclusion
The sheer sonic purity of the Revelation Series trio, especially in the upper frequencies where excessive noise would have been more readily apparent, allowed a wealth of details to come forth without the usual attendant grit or edge we so often hear with so-called “revealing” electronics. The result was high levels of fidelity to sources in a way that also served musical involvement. 

With the Revelations, you don’t have to compromise accuracy for musicality or vice versa. Could there be even higher resolution of fine detail, deeper textures, more saturated tone colors, a larger and more layered soundscape, and crisper transients? Yes, but moving up in Constellation’s own line or going to another manufacturer to get better performance will cost more.

Constellation Audio has developed some very effective technology in the service of musical playback. Fewer inputs and trickle-down circuit implementation taken from the higher-level Performance Series, married with the chassis casework from the lower Inspiration Series, have made a substantial helping of Constellation’s sonic magic available at more reasonable prices in the Revelation Series. The trio’s form factor and weight are decidedly not in the sleek and chic set, and these components are not inexpensive. If you have the space and the means, however, I wholeheartedly recommend the Pictor, Andromeda, and Taurus. My audio life was certainly brightened by these stars.

Specs & Pricing

Pictor Linestage 
Inputs: Three balanced, three unbalanced (USB input for control)
Outputs: Two balanced, two unbalanced, 12V trigger
Input impedance: 20k ohms balanced, 10k ohms unbalanced
Output impedance: <50 ohms
Dimensions: 17" x 5.25" x 15" (main), 17" x 2.75" x 14.5" (power supply), 17" x 2.75" x 14.5" (DC Filter)
Weight: 45 lbs. (main), 22 lbs. (power supply), 22 lbs. (DC Filter)
Price: $18,000 (optional DC Filter $5000)

Andromeda Phonostage 
Gain: 65dB max (balanced & unbalanced)
Cartridge loading: MC inputs 5–1000 ohms, mm inputs 10–47k ohms, 0, 100 or 200pF 
Inputs: Two balanced, two unbalanced 
Type of outputs: One balanced, one unbalanced 
Dimensions: 17" x 5.25" x 15" (main), 17" x 2.75" x 14.5" (power supply), 17" x 2.75" x 14.5" (DC Filter)
Weight: 45 lbs. (main), 22 lbs. (power supply), 22 lbs. (DC Filter)
Price: $18,000 (optional DC Filter $5000)

Taurus Monoblock Power Amplifier
Power output: 500Wpc into 8 ohms, 1000Wpc into 4 ohms (1kHz, 0.05% THD) 
Inputs: Balanced, Constellation Direct (balanced), unbalanced
Input impedance: 20k ohms (balanced, Constellation Direct), 10k ohms (unbalanced)
Output impedance: 0.05 ohms
Gain: 14dB unbalanced and balanced Constellation Direct, 32dB normal balanced
Weight: 120 lbs. each
Dimensions: 17" x 8.5" x 23"
Price: $39,000/pr.

CONSTELLATION AUDIO 
Corporate Headquarters
Suite 1, Level 6
580 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, Vic 3004
Australia Factory

Factory 
3533 Old Conejo Road, Suite 107
Newberry Park, CA 91320
constellationaudio.com 
sales@constellationaudio.com

ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
Analog source: Basis Debut V turntable and Vector 4 tonearm, Benz-Micro LP-S MR cartridge
Digital sources: Hegel Mohican CDP, HP Envy 15t running JRiver MC-20, Hegel HD30 DAC
Phonostage: Moon by Simaudio 610LP
Linestages: Ayre K-1xe, Hegel P30, Constellation Audio Virgo III
Integrated amplifier: Hegel H360
Power amplifiers: Gamut M250i, Hegel H30
Speakers: YG Acoustics Sonja 2.2, Dynaudio Confidence C1 Signature
Cables: Shunyata Sigma signal cables, Nordost Heimdall 2 USB, Shunyata Alpha S/PDIF and AES/EBU, Shunyata Sigma NR power cords
A/C Power: Two 20-amp dedicated lines, Shunyata SR-Z1 receptacles, Shunyata Triton v3, and Typhon power conditioners
Accessories: PrimeAcoustic Z-foam panels and DIY panels, Stillpoints Ultra SS

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