The Bel Canto REF501S is an outstanding entry point to Bel Canto standalone power amps. It has plenty of power to drive a wide variety of speakers, but has seen a significant upgrade in the quality of power over the former REF500S with Bel Canto’s custom NCore implementation. It’s an ideal match to Bel Canto’s Pre5 preamplifier
, or driven directly by the Bel Canto DAC2.8 DAC control preamp
The sound is hallmark Bel Canto which is well-balanced, detailed and highly musical due to its smooth delivery.
The Bel Canto Impedance Optimized Input Stage is a balanced high Common Mode Rejection, low output impedance driver that is critical to the amplifier's performance, ensuring that the refined dynamic qualities of the recording are preserved.