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    bel canto ref s500

    • Finally managed to get one of these bel canto s500 , used to have ref 1000 many years ago . also got my second pre 3 vbs as I really like their smooth sound , fine control and soundstaging . been having some really good results with a ghent audio diy asx 50 pair of monoblocks so decided to try the s500
    • this is from a review by someone else :
    • The photo shows the clean inter layout of the S500 with its ICEpower modules and accompanying proprietary input conditioning boards. Bel Canto’s modular design with quick connect twisted wiring harnesses are of optimal lengths and strategically placed to minimize any induced noise, distortion or crosstalk; and it looks good too. The high quality rear panel connectors and switches also lend themselves well to gear in this price range. I was most impressed by the fit and finish of the cabinet. The abundant use of allen head screws and threaded inserts in place of the usual self-tapping screws was a pleasant surprise as was the 0.10″ extra heavy gage (12) metal cabinet. The solid 0.50″ thick face plate and heavy black textured finish gave the unit an elegant look and quality finished feel. The sturdy cabinet construction contributes significantly to the S500 total 15 pound. weight.
    • Bel-Canto-S500-4-tn by , on Flickr
    • Design: Two-Channel Power Amplifier
    • Dual 125ASX2 ICEpower Modules
    • Power Output: 200 Watts x 2 into 8 Ohms
    • Speaker connections: 1-set WBT 5-way Safety Binding Posts
    • Inputs: Both Balanced (XLR) and Un-balanced (RCA)
    • Weight: 15 pounds
    • Dimensions: 3.5″ H x 8.5″ Wx 12″ D

    https://hometheaterhifi.com/reviews/...wer-amplifier/

    so will let it settle in with my horns and will report back , anyone else use one ?

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    Re: bel canto ref s500

    I would absolutely love to hear the Bel Canto Black and model below. It’s supposed to be wonderful. If I’m not mistaken, the one you just bought is awesome too.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: bel canto ref s500

    thanks , yes it has an excellent sweet sound but still lot lots of snap and verve . real toe tapper . these bel canto products tend to last a long time . i am using it with the pre 3 vbs which i prefer to bel canto`s ideas of using a dac . very organic sound , in fact now got 2 pre 3 vbs preamps in use . I was a bit nervous about putting a class d on the impulse horns after last weeks beautiful silbatone , but i need not have worried . its not as good as the silbatone of course but then it cost a great deal less !!

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    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs ice power amps . rotel cd , modright modded jolida dac 2] tannoy eaton legacy 2]bel canto pre 3vbs BC ref 500s black ice modded dac , marantz sa8005, reference fidelity impulse Ta`us horns

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