In addition to Roon Ready, new Bel Canto products with streaming capability now also include TIDAL Connect and Spotify Connect.
The Ultimate Integrated Amplifier
The Black ACI 600 refines the elements of the three chassis Black system into one beautifully constructed component. The ACI 600, with its modern look and feel, optimizes signal path in a revolutionary way, recreating the recorded event with incredible musicality and accuracy. The ACI 600 Integrated has the versatility to connect to any source with simplicity and ease, including Roon Ready, TIDAL Connect, Spotify Connect or DLNA control with Bel Canto SEEK (iOS) or Mconnect Control (Android) apps to stream TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify, Deezer or your personal library. It also includes an internal programmable phono stage and headphone amplifier.
The ACI 600’s advanced integrated platform expands the way you live with your audio. The ACI 600 suite of options focuses on the core technologies of our high dynamic range DAC, precision volume and system control, Ethernet Streaming, phono stage and headphone technologies, powered by ultra-low noise amplification rated at 300/600 watts for the ultimate in high performance integration.
The ACI 600 is designed to manage the complexity of all audio source and control functions with ease and efficiency. The volume and system functions are controlled by manually pressing and rotating the control dial on the top of the unit, or by using the IR custom remote control, or with the phone/tablet app. The fully programmable display is easy to read and illuminates system status indicating source and volume. It also displays all programming functions and serves as the streaming display for meta data.
All source inputs are asynchronously re-clocked into the fully balanced advanced segment DAC measuring below 0.0005% distortion and 127dB of dynamic range. By stripping away the source clock and using Bel Canto’s custom ULN master clock circuitry we significantly reduces both jitter and distortion preserving the delicate audio signals from all sources.
Asynchronous Ethernet streaming connects you to the most compelling musical source control environment and streaming audio experience with the highest sonic performance. Bel Canto’s proprietary asynchronous Ethernet supports high resolution files up to 24bits at 192KS/s and DSD64 in a NAS (networked attached storage) environment or subscription streaming service, delivering the most accurate and detailed signal transfer making it the highest performance digital source option.
Asynchronous Digital AES, RCA and TOS link inputs all operate at 24/192Ks. Asynchronous USB2.0 Audio is compatible with any PCM source up to 24/348 and DSD 256. Windows-based computers require our custom driver. USB2.0 works natively in OSX. RS232 is designed to support easy integration with sophisticated whole house control systems.
The MM/MC phono section is a low noise, low distortion circuit that is fully programmable for optimum application with wide range of quality cartridges from high output MM 2.5mV to 5mV to low output MC 0.25mV to 0.5mV to optimized performance. The line level analogue input also can be programmed to gain match your analogue sources and achieve the best performance from all analogue sources. The line output is designed to be connected to a powered subwoofer.
The rear mounted headphone jack opens up high quality sound for your favourite headphones. Plug in your headphones and the ACI600 configures itself into a superb headphone amplifier with a high performance buffer stage. Control the output level using the main control, allowing you to select the headphone or main speaker output while leaving the headphones in place.
The ACI 600 uses a unique ST glass fiber StreamLink digital output to allow you to expand your integrated into monoblocks using the MSP1 unique power and performance. This high-speed, no-loss, no-noise signal transfer is non-interactive and completely eliminates ground loops and noise artifacts that can occur in cables. This provides maximum flexibility for component placement. Whether the cable is 1 meter or 1000 meters, there is no signal degradation.
The ACI 600 has WBT vibration isolated NextGen speaker connectors delivering the purest audio signal to the speaker. The fully insulated design is made from a hybrid of functional materials. The tightening nut acts as a vibration damper against impact sound as well as a pressure indicator. Made from pure fine silver each post accepts 4mm2 bananas and ¼ inch spades.
SEEK App (iOS)
Mconnect Control (Android)
provides the exact same functionality as SEEK
The above apps allow you to stream music to your networked Bel Canto system, playlist management over servers, create playlists, play MQA, DSD, PCM formats and gives you system volume control all from your smart phone or tablet.
Bel Canto’s Asynchronous Multi input Platform (AMiP) connects Ethernet and USB-A (via USB Wifi adapter…ask us how) to your home Network to stream music from your personal music library or subscription accounts TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify and Deezer or cloud services Dropbox and OneDrive. You also get access to vTuner Internet Radio.
Discover and manage your music easily, something we see as the ultimate pleasure in musical playback. Making the connection to your home network is straight forward and requires only a connection to your router and downloading the appropriate app to your iOS or Android device. SEEK works with an iOS device and Mconnect Control works with an Android device.
After downloading either app, you can use this guide (PDF)
Here’s a quick glance of the app features:
1) Network interface device setup and firmware update for renderer
2) Device information
3) Timeline and repeat, shuffle options
6) Master volume
7) Micro-volume toggle
8) Main menu options
9) Refresh network connection
10) Available network devices
11) Connected device
12) Access and control files connected to USB-A
NOTE: with either app, occasionally go into the Device Setup menu to see if there is software-based renderer update available (see below). If an update is available, please proceed to have the latest features. Once the update is complete, if you are no longer able to access the internet via your Bel Canto, power it down and power it up again and it will regain the connection.