Bel Canto 3.5 mk II

How does the older Bel Canto 3.5 mk II DAC w/ VBS compare to the current DACs available?  Keep the discussion to DACs around $1200 new or used.  I can get the BC for $1100 inc VBS power supply.




Thx soix … I do not currently have a need for USB and this seems the only input lacking on the BC.  One would think digital from 2011 or so may be out of date hence my question.  Most of my listening is still CD based 

I still have the Bel Canto 3.0 that is kept even after moving up the "food chain", because it still sounds good and is so versatile.   I use optical cable input for 24/192 streaming from my tv to balanced (Ayre) amps. Use balanced with this unit if you can, as there is a difference.  Bel Canto build quality, power supplies and the pre-amp also included in your unit are great.

Also,  If you decide it's needed,  BelCanto USB converters  can be found for around $200.  In a previous second system, I used USB digital from desktop to BC Dac 3.0 as pre-amp with a Jeff Rowland power amp, to good effect.  



Thank you sandstone… I do really like BC gear and their philosophy.  Seems digital should have made more progress in 10+ years but sometimes “old is new again”.