Need input on purchase of Belles 350A amp

dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,435
edited August 2018 in Electronics
Hey guys,
I am in the process of down-sizing and selling of some equipment. I have 3 amps
1. McCormack DNA 0.6 Rev B
2. Belles 150a hot-rodded
3. Rotel RB990

I am considering selling all of them in order to buy one amp that I can be happy with, so I am considering a

Belles 350a (not Reference version). I can buy one for $1250 shipped. From what I've read the 350 a has 250 watts, is more transparent with more bass extension than the 150a.
i like the Belles 150a but it is a little light in the bass for my taste.

My questions are

1. Is $1250 a fair price for non reference version
2. If someone has heard both is it a big upgrade over Belles 150a / Mccormack DNA 0.5

Thanks for any feedback on the 350a
Main Rig:
HTPC (J River) > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a
Harbeth C7 ES3


Second Rig:
HTPC (J.River)> MF V-Link> Adcom GDA 600 > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods)
Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


Comments

  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,260
    I would go for it, belles makes some great gear. I had the 21a preamp for while before upgrading.
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,379
    I wouldn't hesitate on any piece from Belles, solid stuff all around. Other options would be moving up the McCormack line, Butler, Bryston also come to mind if a more powerful lower end is your desire.
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    Polk FX500 surrounds
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    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

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  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,435
    Thanks Marv and Tony, I decided to pull the trigger on the Belles
    Main Rig:
    HTPC (J River) > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a
    Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    HTPC (J.River)> MF V-Link> Adcom GDA 600 > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods)
    Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


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