Belles 250i Integrated amplifier (w/ tubed preamp section / ss power)

I am an audio hobbyist in the truest sense… bought this amp and wanted to see how it compared to Belles separates. I have other Belles products and love them all. Belles amps are known for their musicality. The Belles 250i integrated amp is no different, it is musical and rhythmic while keeping great pace. This integrated has the best of both worlds in that it has a tubed pre section and solid state power. This unit is rare and they hardly ever appear on the re-sale market. Wide soundstage, excellent macro and micro dynamics, and great imaging. There is also a separate outboard power supply.



It is in near mint condition & Comes in original packaging.
Asking $1395 shipped (paypal friend)
Main Rig:
Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


Second Rig:
PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,031
    Nice piece here gents, good luck with the sale.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    Thanks Tony
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,982
    Interesting piece,, I suppose it’s like a 21a pre and a 150,, how could you go wrong!
    Some lucky buyer is gonna be pleased,,good luck!
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    Interesting piece,, I suppose it’s like a 21a pre and a 150,, how could you go wrong!
    Some lucky buyer is gonna be pleased,,good luck!

    George you are spot on. A great product. I would keep it but I have too much stuff! lol
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • verbverb Posts: 6,608
    Nice piece! Lot's of raves about the Belles from folks here and other places!

    Does this guy have remote? Look's like it may be capable. If this is the same unit that was posted on US Audiomart a while back, the volume pot has a motor on it, IIRC. Thanks!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    PRICE DROPPED.....asking $1095 plus shipping/Paypal
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,982
    This coupled with some smaller SDA,s is a match made in heaven
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)
  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,667
    Bump for an active sale...
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    FINAL PRICE DROP asking $1125 + ship (paypal F/F preferred)
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,199
    Confused here...did you drop the price from $1095 to $1125?
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,839
    You know what Kerry, for you it's $1,500 how about that?
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,199
    Well I'm out for sure, oh well.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,031
    hmmm...1095 to 1125, I don't think "dropping the price" means what you think it means. :)
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,250
    It's the metric system. 90 actually means 60 or something like that.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    kharp1 wrote: »
    Confused here...did you drop the price from $1095 to $1125?

    LOL...Price drop to $1025!!!
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    At least this ad getting some attention :)
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,199
    That's very tempting.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,613
    kharp1 wrote: »
    That's very tempting.
    Just buy it....everyone is doing it.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,816
    tonyb wrote: »
    hmmm...1095 to 1125, I don't think "dropping the price" means what you think it means. :)

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    sure, it dropped by negative $130 . I can duz teh maths.

  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,199
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    kharp1 wrote: »
    That's very tempting.
    Just buy it....everyone is doing it.

    I'm trying to quit...
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,613
    In all seriousness.....I have a Belles 150a amp with Cary tubed pre. I am guessing this integrated sounds stellar and a huge bang for your buck at this price. GLWTS
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,031
    A decent pre alone would set you back the asking price. This is like getting an excellent amp with it for free.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    tonyb wrote: »
    A decent pre alone would set you back the asking price. This is like getting an excellent amp with it for free.

    You guys may be a little hesitant because there are not many reviews available for this piece. This was hand-made and extremely limited edition. They are rare, but have every bit the build quality and great houses sound that Dave Belles is know for. TonyB is right, at this price this baby is a steal! Would love for a fellow Polkie to snag this and give a review or at least some feedback about how great of an addition this piece has been to your room. You guys are sleeping on a great deal here......that is all!
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,199
    I'm trying hard to justify it, but, I just can't find a place for it. Otherwise, it's a great buy on a great piece. Whoever gets this will be very happy.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I'm trying hard to justify it, but, I just can't find a place for it. Otherwise, it's a great buy on a great piece. Whoever gets this will be very happy.

    Yeah kharp1 you have about as many pieces of equipment as I do. :)
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,199
    dhart86 wrote: »
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I'm trying hard to justify it, but, I just can't find a place for it. Otherwise, it's a great buy on a great piece. Whoever gets this will be very happy.

    Yeah kharp1 you have about as many pieces of equipment as I do. :)

    I'm a prodigy of @lightman1...I have equipment in other states that has never been in my home!
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,029
    If the Vincent I just bought from Al doesn't do it for me, I may come a knockin'.

    So many great integrated for sale right now. I need to list mine, but the market is a bit flooded.
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,982
    Does the 250i have a remote volume control?
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,515
    Does the 250i have a remote volume control?

    Hey George..great to hear from you. You were one of my mentors when I was first getting started in audio. You shared your expertise via many posts and I appreciate your knowledge along with several others...

    Anyway this amp has a remote, however I misplaced it and have not located it as of yet.
    Main Rig:
    Antipodes DX > Roon > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a >Harbeth C7 ES3


    Second Rig:
    PS Audio Directstream Jr Bridge II > Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods) >Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,982
    Keep looking :)
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)
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