Selling this legendary Bel Canto Evo2i integrated amplifier.
It retailed for $3,000 and is in excellent condition, comes with original remote, box and
The price is fair, please no low-ball offers.
Shipping is $35 in the US.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"An integrated amplifier with few peers."
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.
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.