Bel Canto Dac 3.7 in 2018?

Hi all,

I’ve come across a store demo 3.7 including the VBL for approximately 3000. Mint. Boxed, ready for sell. I know some might consider it dated due to lack of mqa, dsd, pcm, which is not available on this unit. Or perhaps the converter is dated?

Im quite content with 24/192. I’m waiting for the dust to settle on what will become the industry standard.  Mqa still seems questionable. Though promising. 

I currenty own a Bel Canto Reflink which would utilize the fiber connection for optimal SQ.  Add the VBL. It looks like a win for my needs and price. 

At the same time. There are always options, and different viewpoints. Which I would take into account. 

New or used. Would the community agree the 3.7 still holds up for 2018.  Are there similar units for the same price range that will surpass the 3.7 with the VBL. 

I lean towards seperates that has a external power source. Though I am open to a all in one unit. 

I believe Mytek can be hooked up to a separate power supply as well. Though I feel the Mytek  Brooklyn + has way too many features which could potentially impair the SQ. I’m very much into a simple UI. Clean lines. Less is more. Etc..

Thank you for your input. 



Hi All, I know this is an old thread, but wanted to reach out to fellow Bel Canto 3.7 owners.

I was wondering if my 3.7 was getting old and behind the curve.

I reached out to Bel Canto about upgrading my Power supply from VBS to VBL.

They got me in touch with Matt Cramer of Ace Audio Tomato Audio. I believe he was an engineer with Bel Canto. After chatting on the phone with him, I sent my DAC from Toronto to Minny for some upgrades. I chose the "Reference" upgrade apposed to the "Statement " upgrade. There were many more upgrades Kimber wiring etc..., but I had to stick to my budget.

I’ve had the DAC back for about 3 weeks and I’m extremely happy with the results.

I didn’t have enough $$ for the ref umbilical cord, which I hear is also as nice upgrade.

Just wanted to share this recent upgrade with other Bel Canto owners. Not many owners here in Canada. Maybe others can chime in, if they have had upgrades etc... Always great to hear other thoughts about people’s impressions of the Bel Canto DACs


My System:

Bryston 3B Cubed, VTL 2.5,Bel Canto 3.7, Revival Atalante 3, Transporter

Congrats on your 3.7 Ref upgrade!   Matt at Ace Tomato is great.....he does some nice upgrades.

And great speakers!  Love the Atalante3.  

Nice system!  I had the DAC3 on demo in my system, which was very good BTW, and then got to hear the VBS version that took the DAC to another level of performance entirely, which frankly shocked me.  Sounds like you’re experiencing the same type thing albeit at a higher level.  Congrats!


Ya Matt was incredible... 5 stars.

Not many people know about the Revival Audio Atalante speakers.I noticed you are a dealer do you sell them ? is that how you heard them ?

I'm a bit floored as they sound incredible and didn't break the bank. Replaced my Totem Signature One(30th anniversary).