The Centaur Mono is an extraordinary creation indeed, a monoblock amplifier that delivers 500 watts per channel yet has the musical sound quality of a small, single-ended triode tube amp. This is no empty claim—our “dream team” of engineers and designers actually created a revolutionary modular circuit topology with exactly this goal in mind.
Every centimeter of the Centaur Mono presents evidence of Constellation’s radical—and radically good-sounding—approach. The front, top and sides show the refined industrial design of Alex Rasmussen of Neal Feay Corporation. The ventilated side panels and visually integrated top and bottom vents reveal our careful approach to cooling. The back panel includes our proprietary Constellation Direct input, for the best possible sound quality when fed by our Altair or Virgo preamps.
For those who do not have the space or budget for the Reference series Hercules amplifier, the Centaur Mono is a more practical way to get the same sound quality, with lower but still beyond-impressive power output.
|Inputs||1 Constellation Direct XLR1 standard balanced XLR1 unbalanced RCA|
|Outputs||dual metal binding posts|
|Power output, 8Ω (1 kHz @ 1% THD+N)||500 watts|
|Power output, 4Ω (1 kHz @ 1% THD+N)||800 watts|
|Power output, 2Ω (1 kHz @ 1% THD+N)||1000 watts|
|Frequency response||10 Hz to 100 kHz+1/-0.5 dB|
|Gain||14 dB Constellation Direct26 dB Balanced & RCA|
|THD+N (1 kHz @ up to 90% of rated power)||<0.05%|
|Damping factor (8Ω load)||80|
|Input impedance||20KΩ Constellation Direct20KΩ XLR balanced10KΩ RCA unbalanced|
|Output noise||<70 µV, 500 kHz BW-116 dB @ 250 watts|
|Weight||103 lbs/46.7 kg|
|Dimensions (hwd)||11.00 x 17.00 x 20.00 in280 x 432 x 508 mm|
Centaur Monoblock Power Amplifier Features:
500 watts of power into 8 ohms
Small-amp musicality thanks to modular design
Exclusive Balanced Bridged topology for superior sound quality
1,600-watt toroidal transformer delivers maximum headroom
Huge heat sinks and engineered ventilation enhance reliability