Bel CantoEvo2iBel Canto Evo2i integrated amplifier, MSPR $3,000Selling this legendary Bel Canto Evo2i integrated amplifier. It retailed for $3,000 and is in excellent condition, comes with original remote, box and manual. The price is fair, please no low-ball ...995.00

Bel Canto Evo2i integrated amplifier, MSPR $3,000 [Expired]


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Selling this legendary Bel Canto Evo2i integrated amplifier. It retailed for $3,000 and is in excellent condition, comes with original remote, box and manual.

The price is fair, please no low-ball offers.

Shipping is $35 in the US.

 Sound

 "Acrobatically grooves along, both bouncy and sprightly, simply full of energy"; "adept at capturing both delicate and highly rhythmic playing"; can be "visceral, moving," "yet very natural recordings suffer nothing at the hands of the eVo2i."


Features      

 "The basic technology behind the highly regarded eVo2 amplifier has been combined with Bel Canto's PRE6 preamplifier to create the eVo2i integrated amplifier, which comes standard with remote control"; "120Wpc into 8 ohms and 200Wpc into 4 ohms" via Tripath's digital-amplification module; "a smart [interface] design that's more Mac than PC."

 Use   

 "A rear power rocker switch is intended to remain in the on position at all times -- the unit can be placed in standby mode from the front panel or remote control. It draws just 29 watts at idle."

 Value

"An integrated amplifier with few peers."

 Conclusion

 In the context of my particular system, I could hear no compromises with the eVo2i. From its deep, authoritative bass to its delicate highs, airy openness, supernaturally three-dimensional soundstage, and confident poise to its classy and highly usable design, this integrated has it all.

 And this is exactly why an audio reviewer might feel cautious when a product like the Bel Canto eVo2i enters his life. One can become star-struck and wonder about his sense of objectivity. I’ve listened to this integrated amplifier for two stretches of time -- once in an earlier iteration a year ago, and more recently in its up-to-date Generation II version. Quite simply, it demands an audition. Nothing I’ve heard through these months of trials has contradicted the conclusion that the eVo2i II is an integrated amplifier with few peers -- and a Reviewers' Choice to boot.


 ...Aaron Weiss

 The rest:

 The eVo2i is said to deliver 120Wpc into 8 ohms and 200Wpc into 4 ohms. The eVo, or "eVolutionary" design as Bel Canto puts it, is based around the Tripath class-T digital-amplification module. This relies on two N-channel MOSFET switches between power-supply rails, which is what gives digital amplifiers their commonly known tag: switching amplifiers. Unlike traditional switching amplifiers, however, the Tripath module is said to avoid typical drawbacks of class-D designs such as high switching noise and frequency-response changes across loads. The module's noise-shaping algorithms are said to eliminate these compromises. With greater than 90% operating efficiency, Bel Canto's eVo design generates very little of the excess heat one expects from a high-powered amplifier.

Preamplification inside the eVo2i  is designed to minimize noise. Rather than utilize a traditional potentiometer for volume control, Bel Canto has combined an analog stepped attenuator with a digital micro-controller. As a result, volume ranges across 100dB in 0.5dB increments with the shortest signal path possible.

The eVo2i has five inputs, including one set of balanced XLR connections, one set of tape inputs, and three RCA inputs. There are single sets of tape outputs and line-level outputs as well, the latter of which can be used to extend the signal to a subwoofer, a second amplifier, or a signal processor. There is no phono stage. A rear power rocker switch is intended to remain in the on position at all times -- the unit can be placed in standby mode from the front panel or remote control. It draws just 29 watts at idle.


The rear connections are laid out in a categorical fashion, with the removable IEC power cord on the right side (a two-meter power cord is included), the inputs across the center, and both sets of speaker outputs at the left side. Some may prefer the alternative layout seen in other integrated amps, where the speaker outputs are on the left and right sides respectively, but this did not prove to be a significant issue. The five-way binding posts are slightly on the small side and feature clear plastic nuts that are not as easy to grip as some other designs. A center pin can be removed for use with banana plugs. Despite the plastic nuts, it was easy to achieve a tight clamp down over thick spades with manual pressure.


The eVo2i  is handsomely housed in a sturdy black chassis with a brushed-steel faceplate. Buttons are kept to a minimum, with only Mute and Enter on the left side of the display, and a four-way selector on the right (which doubles as volume control), plus the standby button. All of the buttons are small, steely and click confidently. A large, cool-blue LED display fills the center of the face. It is unusually detailed for audiophile gear, but also tasteful and not at all similar to the crowded and garish displays one often finds on mass-market stereo equipment. The display can be disabled via the controls. The sculptural remote is a thick hunk of aluminum that has a very high fondle factor. What’s more, it duplicates all of the face controls, including discrete input selections.

The eVo2i  measures 17 1/2" x 14 1/2" x 4 1/2" and weighs 36 pounds in its shipping box.

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