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Bel Canto Design CD3t Disc Transport Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Article Index
Bel Canto Design CD3t Disc Transport Review 
Set Up and Listening
Conclusion and Specifications

Conclusion:

Bel Canto has distinguished itself in the high end audio industry for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they deliver the total high fidelity experience for those not willing to accept less. I, and many others, find their industrial design stunning. The products are also forward looking in design, and are upgradable via external power supplies.

I highly recommend the CD3t for those looking for a high grade transport to match with a quality DAC. I can also say that the CD3t would ideally be a terrific match with one of the Bel Canto DAC’s. At $1495, the CD3t is an outright steal.  It is refined and elegant in both appearance and sound. As a final note Bel Canto, out of Minnesota, designs and manufacturers it’s products here in the USA. The CD3t is a superb product, and when mated with a great DAC, is an easy recommendation.


Specifications



Bel Canto Design CD3t CD Transport: $1495

Dimensions: 8.5” W x 12.5” D x 3.5” H (216 mm x 318 mm x 88 mm)
Weight: 12lbs. (8.2 kg)
Disc Compatibility: CD, CD-R and CD-RW discs
Maximum Data Rate/Bit Depth:  44.1kHz/16bit
Digital Output types: AES/EBU, XLR, SPDIF


Bel Canto Design, Ltd.
221 North 1st Street
Minneapolis MN 55401
USA
Tel: 612-317-4550


Review System 1


CD Player: Naim CD5 XS
Server: Squeezebox Touch with CIA  VDC-SB power supply
DAC: Bryston BDA-1
Preamp: Audio Research SP16
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55
Integrated Amplifier; McIntosh MA6600
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4
Cables:  Stager Silver Solids, DH Labs Revelation (IC), Kimber KCTG (IC), Transparent  MM2 Super (IC),  Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Element Cable Element Cord, (AC)  Shunyata Venom (AC) Pangea AC-9 (AC) Audience powerChord e.(AC)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Sound Anchors stands,  Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner, Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Salamander rack

Review System 2


CD Player: Marantz 5003
Music Server: Squeezebox 3, Marantz NA7004
DAC: CIA VDA-2 with VAC-1 Power Supply
Computer: Dell netbook running Windows XP
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Preamp: Pro-Ject Pre Box SE
Amplifier: Revox A722
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3
Cables: Kimber/QED/Transparant/Shunyata(AC)/PS Audio, Pangea Audio (AC), RS Cables, Element Cable








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