STEREOPHILE CLASS “A” RATED unit !!!, and 6moons.com Lunar Eclipse award (VERY rarely given)
Electronically/mechanically working PERFECT, in every way.
SUPERB sound and BUILD quality.
Getting divorced....so liquidating my gear.
These DO NOT, sound like digital amps. These sound like top class class A/B amps. I LOATHE the sound of many digital amps, because of their dryness, lack of organic, palpable warmth. If 5 (scale from 1-10) is a neutral sounding amp, these would be around a 6. They are NOT dry sounding at all.
I used to have Classe CA-M400 monos (and the Classe CA-2200, which was not even in the same league). The Classe CA-M400, had a very slight more resolution, but the Bel Canto Ref1000 is warmer sounding, so I kept the Bel Cantos.
SPECS: 500 watts into 8 ohms (in reality they put out around 620 watts into 8 ohms) 1000 watts into 4 ohms
6moons Conclusion: “ Conclusion Practically speaking, the Bel Canto e.One REF1000s are wonderful amplifiers. Distinctly non-trophy like, they don't take up a lot of real estate, don't suck silly juice from the local utility company and run so cool that they can be hidden away. When left out in the open, they will impress with understated good looks, not ostentatious glare and you can fit two of these power houses side by side on a single shelf.
Yet audiophiles are often anything but practical so these 'uns had better prove themselves in the listening room, too. They do. They easily handle all the basic requirements of a high-end power amplifier. They are smooth and refined. They are transparent to the source in a way that makes them appropriate as listening devices as well as reviewers' tools. They also deliver lots of current and they exude the kind of bold muscularity that you'd expect from amplifiers equipped to deliver 1000 watts into 4 ohms. Additionally, they deliver the tonal saturation you just may have to experience to appreciate.
Though I've owned and reviewed a lot of solid-state amplifiers, I've always considered myself a tube guy. That's because it seems that it's always been tubes that truly lit my fire. While solid-state amplifiers did solidly serve their purpose, it's the tube amplifiers that evoked real passion in me. Until I heard Bel Canto's e.One REF1000s, that is. These are very special amplifiers. They are the first pair of solid-state amplifiers to ever truly excite me.
By the way, I've also got Bel Canto's S300 stereo amplifier here and it's very good. But that story is Srajan's to tell. In the meantime, I'd give Bel Canto's e.One REF1000 monos two Blue Moon awards if I could - one for the right, one for the left channel. That makes them Lunar Eclipse material [and incidentally, the first-ever such award we've given out for an amplifier since we launched four years ago - Ed.] If you're in the hunt, do not miss out on trying these unique minis. I've just found my new high-power solid-state references.”
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