From everything I’ve read about the Bel Canto/BC Ref600 monos, they sound like a great product with the NCOREs, which seem to be supporting the higher end Class D amps, and trickle down tech from the BC Black series.
Im just a BC DAC owner and like their products (I plan to buy a BC Ref 500s amp myself.) . But of course, it all depends on speaker synergy....
That’s a great idea Erik, I was just on their website last week looking at the Monoblocks.
The moons are so easy to “build”, Just plug in some wires, solder a couple things, and screw the amp case shut. I watched the DIY video. And they have the NCORE modules that I wrote about above that are the latest and greatest affordable Class D tech.
Digital Amplifier Company (DAC) I just had a Stereo Maraschino (STM) on demo and love what it did. Clean and tuneful through the full spectrum of sound with loads of detail that sounded just right on my 100db Charney Audio Maestro's. Will be purchasing a pair of mono blocks and his preamp when released.
I have the Bel Canto REF 600. They sound really amazing with my Dynaudio Confidence C4's. The review stated it very well. I really like the sound. This is my first Class D AMP and I cannot believe how good they sound.
Why not buy a new amp the day after your tube gear fails? Are you far from an urban area or hifi stores? You can also buy all of these items on A'Gon from online dealers. I was considering the Mola and Theta and found a few dealers and private sellers here on A'Gon that sold them online.
I just bought the Benchmark AHB2 amp and a DAC3L online. BTW - I went with the AHB2 over the Theta and Mola based only on reviews.
I suspect much of the issue with the Mola Mola Kalugas is that many reviewers and owners don't give them a chance for break-in. They are superbly engineered amps but the break-in is supposed to be really severe on some class-D....I have heard to expect changes up to 1500 hours.