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Constellation Centaur II 500

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Stereo power amplifier. Rated at 500W/8ohm

Made by: Constellation Audio, Newbury Park, CA, USA

Supplied by: Absolute Sounds Ltd

Telephone: 0208 971 3909

Web: www.constellationaudio.com; www.absolutesounds.com

Price: £64,998

At first glance, one might be forgiven for wondering what’s going on here – after all, California-based Constellation Audio already has a Centaur II stereo power amplifier on its books, selling for a not inconsiderable £48,000. So the $64,000 question must surely be ‘what is this second version, dubbed the Centaur II 500 Stereo, bringing to the party?’.

Or rather it’s the £64,998 question, for that’s what this latest stereo power amp in the company’s Performance range will set you back. If you want even more of the same, you could opt for the Centaur II Mono amps, at a cool £47,998 apiece – clearly £998 is the new £0.99 when it comes to pricing in the higher-end – or even move on to Constellation’s Reference line. These power amps, the Hercules II Mono and Stereo, are listed by UK distributor Absolute Sounds

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