VIRTUALLY NEW CONSTELLATION ARGO INTEGRATED AMP
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Impeccable build quality and award-winning Constellation sound - seductive mid-range, wide dynamic range, super-low noise floor, and enough power (125 wpc) to drive almost anything. The ARGO integrates an actual Virgo pre-amplifier and an actual Centaur power amp module, both part of Constellation’s Performance Series (one down from its ultimate Reference Series) refined into a gorgeous single-chassis package.
Stellar reviews from around the world, like this one:
"In operation, the Argo is cutting-edge. All manner of settings can be tailored to the listener’s preferences via on-screen menus. Software runs the show, and it’s upgradeable over the Internet. There’s even a built-in headphone amp. (That’s right, the Argo can serve as a $25k can amp!). ...fortunately, all is resolved by using the well-conceived and predictably substantive remote. With it, volume changes are a swift and precise affair. You can even adjust balance from your seat, a detail for which Constellation deserves extra kudos. Once I started listening to the Argo, it didn’t take long to confirm that Robert’s Performance Series impressions applied fully to this new model. I would only add a one-word summary to his observations: seductive. Despite my current reference electronics being blindingly fast, infinitely extended, and exceedingly dynamic CH Precision components, the Argo completely seduced me. The main reason: a midrange overflowing with beautiful tonality and textural details. For instance, on Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” from the classic Mingus Ah Um, the Argo captures the horn’s spit, polish, and mellifluous tone. On another classic, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall, the Argo pours out the singer’s voice as pure honey. And any orchestral or chamber recording will confirm that the Argo has a special way with strings. From upright bass to pizzicato violins, this amp’s string tone is more than a little reminiscent of the real thing. Another of the Argo’s seductive qualities is its forgiving nature. Indeed, the first thing that may strike you about its sound is the lack of rough edges. Lately I’ve been traipsing around audio shows with Beck’s Song Reader compilation, mostly because I’m enthralled with the opening track, “Title of this Song.” This is an exquisite recording, but one that can nonetheless become hard in the second half. Not through the Argo. Even on iffy material, this amp will never pierce your ears...rhythms are as tight as you could want. Prepare to tap your toes—or to start dancing around the room. Similarly, and not coincidentally, the Argo’s bass has no slop whatsoever, and like the rest of the aural spectrum, it’s full of beautifully complex timbres....On that dynamic torture-test chestnut, Flim and the BB’s Tricycle (title cut), the Argo’s sudden dynamic bursts evoke nearly the same sense of surprise and impact as my reference setup. On the live Belafonte, the amp also does an exceptional job of conveying the singer’s considerable dynamic range, which he uses to great expressive effect....prospective Argo buyers will likely be seduced, as I was, by its gorgeous tone and easy presentation that nonetheless passes along important musical details. These are priceless, classic Constellation qualities and, at $25k, the Argo is now by far the least expensive way to gain access to them." The Absolute Sound
Much more info at http://www.constellationaudio.com/ca/performance/argo/index.php
This ARGO has been packed in its original factory carton. Condition is AS NEW!.
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