In the great Bel Canto tradition, this PRE3 preamp provides a strong emotional connection with your music, combined with rich tonality, great detail, superb soundstaging and a huge dynamic envelope. The circuit includes .1% precision audio-grade resistors and a capacitor-free signal path. I use it in combination with a pair of Bel Canto REF1000 monoblocks to drive Avalon Eidolons and this makes a terrific combination. High end equipment reviewer Barry Willis has heard this system many times and has commented on more than one occasion: “This is one of the best sounding systems I have ever heard.”
I am selling the PRE3 because I have been using the Bel Canto DAC3 as a preamp instead. You can have the PRE3 upgraded at the factory to the latest PRE3VB model for a price that will save you at least $700 over buying it new. Contact me for details.
Matching Bel Canto REF1000 amps are available in a separate ad. The combination makes beautiful music together. From the SoundStage review noted below: “All of the strengths I’ve noted above regarding the REF1000s were enhanced using the PRE3”
The PRE3 will have a full 2-year factory warranty from date of your purchase.
FROM 6MOONS REVIEW http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/eone3/prepower.html
The PRE3 excels at revealing the inner game of music. The better the recording gets, the more you hear the interactive stuff - between the performers; between instruments or voices and recording venue and mic position; between fingers and keys or strings. Because there's no spot-lighting or unrealistic outline edging, this level of detail doesn't distract. It simply is extraordinarily precise and telling.
FROM STEREOTIMES REVIEW http://www.stereotimes.com/amp071307.shtml
It’s the essence of how well you can feel the emotions and sentiments from the maestros and what they are trying to propose. No doubt with this preamp you can. But what is so outstanding is the way that the music comes at you with wonderful pace and timing that I likened to the sounds and the experiences that I’ve had at the Green Mill, the quintessential Chicago jazz club. It allows you to hear the music with a lyrical vibe and musical vigor that I found similar to the attack and dynamics associated with the real thing. I recognize it for our publication’s highest accolade, the Most Wanted Component Award!
Bandwidth • DC-200KHz
Volume setting for unity gain • 80.0
Signal to Noise Ratio @ 2 Volt RMS • >105 dB A weighted, 20Hz-20kHz
Distortion @ 2 Volt RMS/1kHz • <0.001%
Dynamic Range • 120 dB
Input overload • 10 V RMS
Output Impedance • 500 Ohms Single Ended, 200 Ohms Balanced
Input Impedance • 10K Ohms Single Ended, 20K Ohms Balanced
Maximum Gain • 20dB/10X
Maximum Output Level • 9.5 V RMS
Idle power draw • 10 Watts
Power Requirements • 100-120 VAC 50-60 Hz or 220-240 VAC 50-60 Hz
Dimensions • 8.5” W x 12.5” D x 3” H (216 mm x 318 mm x 75 mm)
Weight: • 10lbs. (4.5 kg)
Will ship in original box-within-box packaging.
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