PS Audio Stellar M1200 Monoblocks

We’re big fans of the PS Audio Stellar line–Marc Phillips just reviewed the PS Audio Stellar phono stage, and Dave McNair owns the Stellar line stage as part of his reference system. That’s why we’re excited about this press release that just arrived concerning the new M1200 monoblocks. (Yes, we know this is a photo of the M700s, but this is the image we received and we’re assuming the M1200s look pretty much the same:

Boulder, Colorado, May 7, 2020 – PS Audio today announced it will begin shipping its new PS Audio Stellar M1200 Power Amplifier in June 2020. Designed to deliver extraordinarily clear, detailed and musically accurate performance, the monoblock M1200 features an all-new hybrid design that combines a tube input stage with a customized ICE Edge output stage and delivers 1200 watts (into 4 ohms, 800 watts into 8 ohms), to effortlessly reproduce the most dynamic musical passages as well as the subtlest musical details.

The PS Audio Stellar M1200 was designed by Darren Myers, the engineer who created the acclaimed Stellar Phono stage and other PS Audio products. The M1200 employs a 12AU7 vacuum tube at its input, chosen for its optimum gain and voltage characteristics in the circuit, and for its ability to preserve the most delicate nuances of the amp’s input signals. The 12AU7 is the identical tube used in PS Audio’s flagship BHK Signature amplifiers, chosen after extensive listening and performance tests.

The ICE Edge output stage is a new type of high-current Class D design, offering extremely low total harmonic and intermodulation distortion with high headroom and linear performance across the frequency range. As Darren Myers explained, “other output modules can exhibit non-linear phase and impedance issues at the frequency extremes. The ICE Edge design eliminates these problems thanks to patented circuitry and feedback techniques.” Myers continued, “Although it can deliver massive amounts of clean power into even the most demanding loudspeaker loads, the PS Audio Stellar M1200 sounds equally good at lower volumes.”

Like every PS Audio product, meticulous attention has been paid to parts quality and construction. The M1200 has a sleek, elegant appearance that matches other Stellar Series components and is available in silver or black.

The PS Audio Stellar M1200 Power Amplifier will be available in June 2020 at a US manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $5,998 per pair. Pre-orders are currently being taken.

PS AUDIO STELLAR M1200 Features at a Glance:

  • Zero-loss vacuum tube input stage and custom ICE Edge output stage
  • Fully balanced circuitry
  • RCA single-ended and XLR balanced inputs
  • 1200 watts RMS into 8 ohms, 600 watts into 4 ohms, stable to 2 ohms
  • Greater than >1100 damping factor for exceptional loudspeaker control
  • High-efficiency operation
  • Dual, solid copper, plated output binding posts facilitate bi-wiring
  • 12-volt input trigger
  • 27 lbs. each; 17″ wide by 3.75″ high by 12″ deep (13″ with connectors)