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The natural pairings with the Bel Canto DAC3 are the Bel Canto power amps. If you're looking at a stereo amp instead of monoblocks, the REF150S or REF500S will work very well with the DAC3. The two amps be the same from a quality perspective, just differences in power. The REF150S will give you 60W per channel into 8 ohms and 120W into 4 ohms. The REF500S will give you 200W per channel into 8 ohms and 400W into 4 ohms.
I appreciate the offers to consider. I should note I have a full shelf available and no need for a compact power amp. Not that I rule the siblings out. The current Bel has to share a bunk so it worked great for me that way. I have a Bryston 4B connected to get by. Not a match I'd want to live with long term.
I had a Bryston with my DAC 2.5 and found it to be too bright and "etched," as some might say; so, I popped in the Ref500s which fleshed out the harmonics and has a fuller mid-range presentation. I put a PS Audio AC-12 on the Ref500s and that gave me about as much low end as I was getting out of the Bryston, with none of the brightness up top.
The Ref500s does NOT have the soundstage or sophistication of the Pass X150.5 I once had, but it’s half the cost and a fraction of the size. I agree with the previous poster about an Ayre amp.
Those have been my experiences with the Bryston 4B and 3B in several different setups. However I don't find that to be as true with the later and later models they tend to get progressively more musical and forgiving with each model step up. Their current SST3 amplifiers are pure delights, I would gladly grab one if budget was there. Which by the way maxes out at 1200.
I do like McCormack having previously owned a DNA 0.5 and a line drive pre amp. I would not hesitate on another for sound, It would also fit through the window.
I was admiring an Ayre from a distance, Im quite fond of the looks. I will keep my eyes and ears open.
Do appreciate the light...