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Thread: Bel Canto DAC 3 with fitted VBS board (Virtual Battery Supply)

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    I'm away for a week from today so if anyone is interested in this I should be able to reply but not post until the 16th.

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    All inputs on this are galvanically isolated which helps to keep external noise from affecting the system it's attached to.

    I have also used the AES input, 110 ohm usual impedance, with a short lead from a coaxial output (75 ohm) with no problem. A standard coax to XLR lead works well.

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    The other day I decided to put the Bel Canto back into the system in place of the Oppo which made me realise it had qualities that I prefer over the Oppo. I suppose it should given it was twice the price new. However, the Oppo has an analogue input which was the main reason I bought it. Then reading about Oliver's Neurochrome 686 power amp reminded me I had a Neurochrome Differential Pre in the cupboard. Surely adding another component along with accompanying cables would degrade the sound? Shock horror it actually improved it! Somehow everything opened up further with greater depth and pinpoint placements of instruments and voices. The original idea in buying the Bel Canto and Oppo was to reduce the signal path/box count but to my ears adding the Neurochrome pre has improved things.

    In other words, the Bel Canto is no longer for sale

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    All's good that ends well, as they say.
    Good news Ian.

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