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  • A visit to bel canto Design

    I had a chance to visit bel canto Design and meet with John Stronczer and Mike McCormick. We spent several hours listening to music on the upcoming integrated amp based on the amazing bel canto Black on a pair of speakers of John's design. After a great day I left with a pair of Ref600 Mono's and a DAC 2,7 for an upcoming HiFi+ review. They pair up incredibly well with the Magnepan .7's for a fabulous under $10k system. Good times with great people!

    L-R John Stronczer, Eric Neff and Mike McCormick at bel canto HQ in Minneapolis


    bel canto gear ready to unpack.


    bel canto Ref600m's with the DAC 2.7 feeding the Magnepan .7's
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    VPI Prime Signature with Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Simaudio Moon 610LP Phono Pre, Luxman CL-38uC, MQ-88uC, DeVore O/93's, Cary DMS-700, Roon, AudioQuest Niagara 5000, Thunder Power cables, CastleRock speaker cables, MacKenzie interconnects and Diamond USB.

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    I wonder if they kept any of the tube gear they started out with. I heard they were very good.

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    • #3
      John said they still have people ask about it. He does have a few pieces around and they will do repairs on older gear. For the last 15+ years they have been strictly solid state.
      VPI Prime Signature with Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Simaudio Moon 610LP Phono Pre, Luxman CL-38uC, MQ-88uC, DeVore O/93's, Cary DMS-700, Roon, AudioQuest Niagara 5000, Thunder Power cables, CastleRock speaker cables, MacKenzie interconnects and Diamond USB.

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      • #4
        A pair of the SET 80 monoblocks passed through my system a few years ago. Great sounding amps, almost didn't give them back to the owner! Enjoyed them throroughly and have been on the look out for a pair ever since.
        Turntable: - 1. Fairchild 750/OMA slate plinth
        2. Analog Engineering AE-2008 MinusK support.
        Tonearm: 1. Schroder Custom
        2. Schick 12"
        3. Abis SA-1
        Cartridge: Miyajima Kansui and Premium BE Mono
        PhonoPre: AprilSound LR, EMIA Strain Gauge, EMIA silver SUT
        CD: Wadia 860x
        Server: Innuos Zen Mini Mk3
        DAC: Computer Audio Design 1543 Mk2
        Preamp: Bent Audio TAP-X w silver autoformers
        Amplifier: AprilSound SET50 monoblocks
        Speaker: Pioneer PAX-30C

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        • #5
          I suspect hen's teeth are easier to acquire than a pair of those SET's! OTOH, the Ref600's are a terrific value. Great body and space with a ton of power for a reasonable price.
          VPI Prime Signature with Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Simaudio Moon 610LP Phono Pre, Luxman CL-38uC, MQ-88uC, DeVore O/93's, Cary DMS-700, Roon, AudioQuest Niagara 5000, Thunder Power cables, CastleRock speaker cables, MacKenzie interconnects and Diamond USB.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by longbowbbs View Post
            I suspect hen's teeth are easier to acquire than a pair of those SET's! OTOH, the Ref600's are a terrific value. Great body and space with a ton of power for a reasonable price.
            When I saw the words "Ref 600," I was thinking ARC amps.
            Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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            • #7
              No tubes here! It is a Twin Cities based firm though.
              VPI Prime Signature with Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Simaudio Moon 610LP Phono Pre, Luxman CL-38uC, MQ-88uC, DeVore O/93's, Cary DMS-700, Roon, AudioQuest Niagara 5000, Thunder Power cables, CastleRock speaker cables, MacKenzie interconnects and Diamond USB.

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