Companion piece to the Belles VT01 tube preamplifier I have listed is David Belles magnum opus, his 350 A Reference solid state amplifier. Artisans like David Belles have no armies of PR agents to fill audio magazines with glossy advertisements. Rather, they work to perfect their products over many years, even decades, as is the case with the 350 A Reference, which has been continuously improved over many years.
David Blackburn, writing in Soundstage, noted about this amplifier in his review. It describes the chameleon like character. It has no solid state hardness that I could detect, nor any tube warmth or mushiness in the bass. It's rated at 250 watts / channel, but as the measurements in Soundstage show, it is capable of far higher output, reaching nearly 400 watts / channel into 8 ohms, and more at lower impedances. Bridged, it can produce 1000 Watts / channel. It is not brute, however. It has a delicacy and tonal purity that are surprising at this price range. Couple it with the VT-01 I am selling, and for 3 grand, you have tube preamplification and solid state amplification that can drive any loudspeaker, and will last you for many years. Your hifi dollars here are buying you what counts: engineering and quality on the inside, not advertisements.
"There is no easily identifiable character to the sound of this amp. Every recording sounds distinct -- more distinct than they sound with other amplifiers…. The 350A Reference doesn’t add, subtract, or alter anything."
"The 350A V2 was indeed a great pairing with the VT-01 linestage and added no significant signature of its own; meaning that overall balance, imaging, and definition remained true to the companion "