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Bel Canto DAC3 Digital to Analog Converter and Digital Preamp

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Bel Canto DAC3 Digital to Analog Converter and Digital Preamp

SkyFi 479

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States



Super flexible and compact DAC from Bel Canto made right here in the good old USA. Every type of input you might want plus both RCA and XLR for outputs. Best of all you can set the unit to variable output and use it as a digital preamp.

Brand Background:

Bel Canto Audio Designs is based in Minneapolis, MN and manufactures in the USA.  Products include Hi Fi Home Stereo Components, USB DACs, and Complete Audio System


Single Owner


• RCA and XLR analog outputs
• Optical Digital, AES/EBU, USB, and BNC+RCA Coaxial Digital Outputs
• IEC Power Socket

General Sound:

Accurate to the recording

Cosmetic Condition:

8 - Very Slight Signs of Use

Working Condition:

Working perfectly and tested in our lab.


Just the unit and power cord


Will be packed using our highly developed in-house process and custom packing materials.

Original MSRP:



8.5" (216mm) W by 3" (76mm) H by 12.5" (318mm) D


15 lbs.




Link to Manual:

Recommended Cables:

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Best 

Kimber Kable - BALANCED XLR Connectors - Better

Kimber Kable - BALANCED XLR Connectors - Best

Kimber Kable - Digital AES/EBU (XLR Connector) Interconnect

Kimber Kable - Select Series Reference USB Cable

Kimber Kable - Coaxial Digital Interconnect

Kimber Kable - Optical Digital Interconnect

Kimber Kable - Power Cords - Better

Kimber Kable - Power Cords - Best

Testing Process:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect resistors and other passive components for signs of overheating.

After the visual inspection we connect the DAC’s RCA outputs to our Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which simulates a real world input impedance and allows us to monitor the output on an oscilloscope. We are equipped to test optical, coaxial, and USB inputs at Redbook CD Quality. We start with a test signal to verify signal lock and proper output on both channels. If the DAC has balanced outputs these are also tested at this time. If the DAC has multiple Optical and Coaxial inputs they are all checked for proper lock. USB inputs are tested with a Macbook Pro. 

After proper function is verified, we set the DAC up for a listening test to evaluate general audio reproduction quality and monitor for clicks, pops, or any other audible signs of issues related to dropped signal lock or failing audio output stages. We often connect DACs under evaluation to our long term test rig for a long test stint to verify stability under real world operating conditions.


D/A processor with remote control of digital input and volume. Digital inputs (5): AES/EBU (XLR), S/PDIF (BNC, RCA, TosLink), USB. Sample rates handled: 32–96kHz (S/PDIF, AES/EBU), 32kHz–48kHz (USB). Analog outputs: RCA (1 pair), balanced XLR (1 pair). Maximum output levels: 4.5V RMS balanced, 2.25V RMS unbalanced. Output impedance: 200 ohms balanced, 500 ohms unbalanced. Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz, ±0.5dB (CD data). THD+N: <0.0005%, 1kHz at 0dBFS, balanced output. IMD (CCIF): <0.0005%, 19+20kHz. Output noise: 3µV RMS, A-weighted. Dynamic range: 129dBA. Master clock jitter: 1 picosecond RMS, 5ps p–p. Power consumption: 15W.

SKU: 103845