For those who demand a musical presentation free of concerns about dynamics and distortion, yet with all the delicacy and detail that a single-ended tube amp delivers, we present the Centaur Mono. The Centaur Mono incorporates all of Constellation Audio’s groundbreaking amplifier technologies in a package that is, shall we say, a bit more living-room-friendly than our 275-pound-each Hercules monoblock.Along with the Hercules and the Centaur stereo amplifier, the Centaur Mono is one of the few amplifiers in the world that deliver true, fully balanced performance. Almost all amplifiers use N-type transistors for the positive half of the audio signal, and P-type transistors for the negative half of the signal. Thus, the two halves of the signal are not perfectly matched.
Each Centaur Mono delivers 500 watts per channel continuous power into 8 ohms. This is sufficient to drive any speaker ever made to maximum performance with power left to spare. When you own the Centaur Mono, there can be no doubt that your amplifier is delivering all the dynamics in whatever music you choose to play. Such extraordinary power also essentially eliminates concerns about amplifier distortion.The Centaur Mono delivers everything an audiophile could want: incredible power and incomparable finesse, in a chassis compact enough for easy installation in most listening rooms.
To assure maximum performance, we use no ICs in the Centaur Mono’s audio circuits, only discrete transistors.
The Centaur Mono’s more-than-ample power supply assures lifelike dynamics. The core of the supply is a custom-wound, 1,600-watt toroidal power transformer, which allows the amp to deliver exceptional headroom while minimizing production of stray magnetic fields.
Because we designed the Centaur Mono’s output to be inherently stable, the amp does not require a Zobel filter network at its output as many high-powered amps do.
The Centaur Mono’s extreme output capability demands careful thermal control, which we achieve through extra-large heat sinks and hundreds of large ventilation ports.
The Centaur Mono’s input stage employs the same Line Stage Gain Module circuit used throughout our line. This fully complementary topology uses servo circuits and hand-selected, ultra-low-noise FETs to assure that all incoming signals are perfectly balanced. This is important when preamps of other brands are used.
The Constellation Direct interface bypasses the Centaur Mono’s input stage, thus reducing the number of gain stages in the system and achieving superior sound quality. It is designed for use only with our Altair and Virgo preamps, which output a perfectly balanced signal because they use our Line Stage Gain Module.
Inspiration STEREO 1.0, Inspiration MONO 1.0, Inspiration PREAMP 1.0, Centaur Stereo, Argo, Perseus, Virgo III, Altair II, Hercules II Mono have been awarded the Absolute Sound 2015 Editor’s Choice award.
Virgo II, Perseus, Centaur Stereo & Mono and the Inspiration Series STEREO 1.0, MONO 1.0 and PREAMP 1.0 have been awarded the Absolute Sound 2015 Editor’s Choice award.
Virgo, Perseus and Centaur Stereo have been awarded the Absolute Sound 2013 Editor’s Choice award
Centaur, Perseus and Virgo have been awarded the Absolute Sound 2012 Golden Ear Award
Editors Choice Awards from Issue #271 of TAS
If you want to receive our latest news send directly to your email, please leave your email address bellow. Subscription is free and you can cancel anytime.