Bel Canto DAC3.7, VBL (Virtual Battery Linear) Power Supply & REFStream Review
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    Bel Canto DAC3.7, VBL (Virtual Battery Linear) Power Supply & REFStream Review

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    Re: Bel Canto DAC3.7, VBL (Virtual Battery Linear) Power Supply & REFStream Review

    Interesting, especially that Bel Canto is still using the old TI/Burr Brown PCM1792 DAC, vs. the latest and greatest from ESS. Sounds like John Stronczer realized the ethernet streaming design of the old Squeezebox (vs USB) is the way to go. I guess the proof is in the listening!

    Thanks for reminding me to upgrade my DAC 3.5 mkII. I might even get the new linear battery supply!
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    Re: Bel Canto DAC3.7, VBL (Virtual Battery Linear) Power Supply & REFStream Review

    Every time I hear a DAC with the ESS DAC chips I prefer the sound qualities of the Burr Brown's! More natural, organic without sacrificing the details.
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    Re: Bel Canto DAC3.7, VBL (Virtual Battery Linear) Power Supply & REFStream Review

    Nice review....the 3.7 is really a fantastic dac!
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    Re: Bel Canto DAC3.7, VBL (Virtual Battery Linear) Power Supply & REFStream Review

    i have the bel canto vbs1 and its been great . in the 10 years since i have had bc stuff i never had a problem but after 6 years the vbs1 died . been quite a game getting it fixed . been back to repairer twice but hopefully will be ok . slightly annoyed it did not last longer than 6 years but i guess its on 24/7
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    Re: Bel Canto DAC3.7, VBL (Virtual Battery Linear) Power Supply & REFStream Review

    Unfortunately, looks like Bel Canto stopped production of the DAC 1.7 and 3.7, as well as the VBS and LNS outboard power supplies. I was actually planning on upgrading my DAC 3.5 to the 3.7. I wonder if they stopped production because the power supplies were failing? My VBS is about 6 years old. Guess I'll keep my fingers crossed!
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    Re: Bel Canto DAC3.7, VBL (Virtual Battery Linear) Power Supply & REFStream Review

    ah i did not know that . well hopefully the electronics engineer has now sorted the vbs1 . i quite enjoyed watching him problem solve it . i would not worry if it breaks down as realtively easy for an engineer to fix.
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs msb s200 . onkyo sacd , bel canto fm1 tuner . tannoy eaton legacy 2]schiit saga pre , firebottle hybrid monoblocks ,bel canto 3.5 vbs , marantz sa8005, reference fidelity impulse Ta`us horns