Not a review going on here,just a satisfied customer and I haven't seen many other posts from owners.
Previous listening was through Bryston BDA 1 dac and Electrocompaniet PD 1.
The Bel Canto can dance with these higher up partners.
I scored a good deal on this piece,below the list of $1,395 and would recommend picking one up if the price is right for you.
When I first installed this via spdif,I was immediately at attention with a smile and oddly,was sorry to hear the surgical precision sound smooth out over time.
Deep down I knew it was for the best,as that type of sound can grate on the ears over a whole day of music in the background.
If you take "highly resolving" to mean being able to retrieve all the info written on the medium,then this converter doesn't miss much,especially on good recordings,the Bel Canto is equally transparent.
XLR out/AES/EBU in lets it run with the big dogs,more dynamic than RCA outputs/spdif input.
USB input and RCA out is average but better than your typical streamer/converter.
Coaxial is where the Bel Canto can kick up some dust on more expensive dac's with certain recording styles,providing good rhythm and openness.
When the recordings are laden with dynamic range the Bel Canto will be somewhat sharper than the more expensive dacs.
The heavy steel case,size and form appeal to me.
Can be upgraded to a battery power supply to further enhance the sound,preamplifier capable,remote-what's not to like?
May get a little flat on certain genres but for the most part,one of the best dac's out there for the money.
I'm not really going to nurse this thread along in terms of further description or comparisions,just strictly based on the signal leaving the analog outputs-it works for me in the system it was purchased for.
Thanks Bel Canto!
Edited by 5aces - 7/13/11 at 8:45pm