Greetings The Belles 250 amp is from the mid-80s Sankin Bi Poler output devices and should still pull its weight in any decent system. Just hook it up with a decent preamp and speakers like Vandersteens and report back. Best JohnnyR
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I Purchased the A100 amplifier and it’s complementary preamp in 1983, new. I sold the amplifier about a year ago. It was still operational. I recently gave the preamp to my daughter after having the caps replaced. At the time it was a wonderful sounding preamp but I don’t think it would cut it now. I think the amp will be fine. Completely solid state! Think about having the caps replaced right away. It’s not very expensive.
David (Belles) makes wonderful sounding gear. Flies under the radar for some reason.
I was never a Belles dealer, but I’ve owned the 20A, 21A Auricap, 22A preamps and the 150A Hot Rod, 150A Reference and 350A Reference amps. I still have a 150A amp.
Have always lusted after either a pair of MB200 Monos or the MB500 Mono or Stereo amps.
IMHO, the 150A is a much better amp than the older 250.
The 150 came in an "A" version and a HOT ROD version in addition to just the regular 150 original issue. Try to find the "Hot Rod" version if possible. It’s a killer amp.
The 150A, (and 350A) REFERENCE amps had a version 1 and 2. The REFERENCE series amps had about twice the voltage output than the regular versions.
Anyone here know the real measure power output of the Belles SA-30 ?
Belles rates it at 30 watts into 8 ohms and 32 amps of current. So it is probably closer to 45-50 watts and doubles down each time. 45/8, 90/4, 180/2. Just my guess.
I've heard one on some pretty hard to drive speakers, (Magnepan 1.7i) and although I didn't think it would work well, it did a fine job.
Got my SA-30 this week, at this moment listening to Idle Moments ( Grant Green )
Sounds wonderful and I am using the pre out on my old solid state intergraded amp! Very happy also that it is sounding great on low volume.
Looking forward getting a Supratek pre to give the Belles some quality.
The amp oases quality, but it does get quite warm, so good ventilation is paramount.
Very happy with it so far.
Thanks, hopefully I will get the Supratek later this year, I don’t change system often, the one I have is from early 2000, newest addition the Primare Dac 30 that I think came out in 2013!
After the Supratek I plan to get a better dac, maybe a Audio Mirror Tubadour III SE.
Using mostly Roon now, so maybe a dedicated server will be on the cards later, but for now the Mac Mini is doing fine.
The plan was to go intergrated, but I have come to realize that I want tubes somewhere in my setup and the pre looks most logical place to have them.
Maybe when I am a pensioner I can look for that intergrated Class D amp ;-)