Constellation Centaur II Stereo Power Amplifier Review
April 9, 2023 §
The same goes with the lavish remastered set of Queen’s The Miracle [EMI 00602508911330]. Bob Ludwig’s overhaul of the album sounds magnificent, from the drive of ‘Breakthrough’ to the funk of ‘The Invisible Man’, and via Constellation’s amp, Roger Taylor’s drums sounded punchy, big and rich, John Deacon’s bass bubbled away, and Brian May’s celebrated Red Special was unleashed in shards of screaming solo. As I realised having sat through most of the boxset, this is no analytical amplifier, even though it has served that purpose well – it’s also a complete blast when you just want to kick back and play some favourite music.
Does that sound like the ideal amp? I reckon so: not only can it do all the clever hi-fi stuff, it also always remains a consistently enjoyable listen. Even when running hard it stays physically cool and sounds like it’s well within its capabilities. Or to put it another way, the Centaur II is always ready to give even more should you want it!
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