BEL CANTO PRE1 preamplifier:
CAVEAT: This preamp was tested again before sale, like I do with all my components. It seems to sound and function fine but there IS an IMPORTANT ISSUE/PROBLEM. When I feed the RCA output from this preamp into my amp, the LEDS on the amp glow red, instead of their normal green. (My other, proper functioning Bel Canto PRE1 makes them glow green, as they should). The fact that they glow red on the amp, means something is amiss with the RCA outputs on this preamp. Even though this preamps seems to sound ok, I don’t think it is. Because of this, I am selling this preamp AS-IS only, with NO RETURNS, and at a very cheap price.
The Bel Canto PRE1 is an absolutely KILLER preamp. It is fully the EQUAL in EVERY WAY to my BAT VK-51SE tube preamp, and my Cary SLP-05 tube preamp...BOTH are STEREOPHILE Class “A” rated components. Yes the tube preamps are a little warmer sounding, I’d give the BAT VK-51SE a 6.5, and the CARY a 6 (with 10 being the most warm one can get, and a 0 the coldest sounding, while 5 would be neutral). The Bel Canto PRE1
I would give a 5.5, as it is very neutral sounding with just a touch of extra warmth...which
I like….VERY much.
The Bel Canto is significantly better in every way when compared to my Proceed PRE, itself
A Stereophile Class “B” rated component, and a great performer in every regard.
This unit is EXTREMELY well built, and fully featured (look at the pics)
-Bel Canto PRE1 preamp
-AC power cord
-Logitech Color screen remote
(I do not have the original box, but I assure you,that it will be VERY well packed (read my feedback...many are stunned at just how well I pack)
SHIPPING: Audiogon shipping estimate is usually low. I charge ACTUAL shipping fees, so if ACTUAL shipping cost is more, I was ask for the extra, if any.
Reason for sale: I now live in a small townhouse, and no longer have room for a dedicated stereo rig...:-(
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PAYPAL & Credit Cards!!!! (paypal/credit card fees (less than paypal) fees, if any, are buyer's responsibility ), BUT will accept personal check from TOP rated Audiogoners, with great feedback (at my discretion)