Constellation Audio Altair II Linestage and Hercules II Monoblock Power Amplifiers

No other electronics manufacturer in recent memory has risen from start-up to major global brand as quickly or as decisively as Constellation Audio. The company appeared on the scene in late 2010 with the ultra-tweaky (and ultra-expensive) Altair linestage and Hercules monoblock power amplifiers. In my review of those electronics in Issue 215 (September, 2011), I concluded “the Altair and Hercules set new standards in transparency, resolution, absence of grain, and sheer realism, in my experience.” Constellation leveraged this early success by creating a full line of components based on the same circuits found in the Reference Series Altair and …