Good job on the review. Informative, concise, and well written.
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yes, I agree about the liquidity. however, I did find that I like to crank it up to about 75 or 80 (from its initial setting of 50) for the speakers to really open up (full size planar speakers need juice). but mine is the s300iu - not the same as yours, and I imagine the power supply for the integrated is one of the space-induced compromises.
I haven't heard the Bel Canto ICE Power series but I did have the EVO 2i integrated for a lengthy audition and it was very good but it didn't do violins like my CJ PV-10AL into a B&K 202+.Srtinged instruments were better with thee CJ/B&K combo.The EVO was however a soundstaging monster & a very good amp that I could live with if I put one of those Musical Fidelity tube boxes on the outputs of my CD player
the bel canto s300(iu) looks like some great stuff. anyone have any impressions on the s300iu's usb dac? the amp section sounds like it combines the best aspects of tubes with the dynamics (and of course, practicality!) that i crave from solid state amps. i'm also a fan of all-in-one solutions. i'm even more interested because the setup i'm building is computer based, and it would be great to have nothing but usb feeding the bel canto unit, which sends the line level to a powered sub (like an hsu unit) and speaker outputs to some mini-monitors, like the atc scm7. less = more.
but yes, great review. i don't know if the regular s300 has a usb dac, but if it does, impressions? impressions on this feature its sister models are appreciated, too.
Great stuff guys, glad to see others are seeing the light about class D amps!!
There green not that I aim a green peace member, but @ 90% effecieceny your electric bill won't buge if you leave them on 24/7.
The size & weight are another huge plus. The class a/b amps are fine but not for me, there extremly heavy & large & @ best 30% effecient.
Class D is were all the major manufactures are going IMO.
I would add only the mono 300 is slightly better as they are able to fit some noise reduction technology into mono & not the stereo due to size restaints as both amps are the same dimensions.(info from Bel Canto tech.)
I aim currently running 3 mono ref. 500 for fronts & center & 4 m 300 for surrounds & all the amps toghter are the size, if not smaller than one class a amp & produce more wattage per channel. nice to have a seperate amp for each speaker & this would be very hard to do with a class a/b amp due to the size of my stand.
I don't know about noise reduction technology but I can tell you one difference between the S300 and M300 is they use different ICE modules. I cracked them open for a look. Both amps use the 200ASC module but they have different current ratings. Look at the review on 6moons.com for pics.
I am currently using the wonderful Bel Canto S500 in my system.