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    Quote Originally Posted by analog brother View Post
    maybe that's the 2nd system?

    those germans sure have built a lot of aps racks already. they must be flatout working over there!
    They are on the same speaker. He also has the NAT pre (Magnetostat) in there

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    Having been spoiled by an afternoon listening to XLF's with Constellation Audio Hercules monos + Altair - by a considerable margin the more realistic sound reproduction I have ever listened of a symphonic orchestra - I always looked at the colder sounding Centaur + Virgo II as the poor parent of the family. However a good friend with who has some experience of the brand told me that the new Centaur II stereo is a much improved amplifier, approaching the more rich sound balance of the Hercules.

    Does any one have experience with these new models, preferably having compared both versions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by microstrip View Post
    Having been spoiled by an afternoon listening to XLF's with Constellation Audio Hercules monos + Altair - by a considerable margin the more realistic sound reproduction I have ever listened of a symphonic orchestra - I always looked at the colder sounding Centaur + Virgo II as the poor parent of the family. However a good friend with who has some experience of the brand told me that the new Centaur II stereo is a much improved amplifier, approaching the more rich sound balance of the Hercules.

    Does any one have experience with these new models, preferably having compared both versions?
    There was a change to the power supply in the version 2
    This was because of criticisms of the bass

    I have heard version 2 centaur and Hercules in Japan, and was struck by natural timbre of string
    This was with a speaker with accuton drivers which I normally consider towards the cool end

    I found the sound actually arrestingly good, I didn’t known what was playing, and asked what amplifiers were they
    That was with Accuphase 3800 which I owned at the time which is very vibrant dynamic amplifier if on the correct gain setting which make a big difference

    Having said that a knowledgeable dealer told me that constellation had big delivery issues, and he was worried they might be short on cash ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by awsmone View Post

    Having said that a knowledgeable dealer told me that constellation had big delivery issues, and he was worried they might be short on cash ?
    I would find that hard to believe frankly --as the gentlemen behind Constellation are very well off in their own lives

    One lives in Sydney Aust--and the other with the hands on the Purse strings

    is in Melbourne.

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    Yes agreed, I was surprised by this comment

    But 6 week delays in delivery of base models suggests there are either production or cash flow issues
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    Quote Originally Posted by awsmone View Post
    Yes agreed, I was surprised by this comment

    But 6 week delays in delivery of base models suggests there are either production or cash flow issues
    Hmmm--I'd like to think the former--I'm not sure whom replaced Peter Madnick at the US helm--and Irving Gross (ex Magico) was recruited.

    I've worked in Board assembly for a US based Audio company --and well aware of Parts/supply issues /etc that can arise.

    Ah well from some of the delays I hear/read of-- 6 weeks not out of the question

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    Quote Originally Posted by awsmone View Post
    Yes agreed, I was surprised by this comment

    But 6 week delays in delivery of base models suggests there are either production or cash flow issues
    That can be simple delivery issue. Lead time on some electronic components can be 8 weeks, and if something goes wrong on the supply side - it can easily double. So a small error on the logistics end or some other unexpected problems and your production can halt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elberoth View Post
    That can be simple delivery issue. Lead time on some electronic components can be 8 weeks, and if something goes wrong on the supply side - it can easily double. So a small error on the logistics end or some other unexpected problems and your production can halt.
    Yes good point .... but doesn’t instill confidence, but can see that one thing eg caps not delivered buggers everything....
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