Bel Canto C7R (all-in-one DAC/integrated/phono/receiver)

Price: 1450
Currency: USD
Ships to: CONUS

Hey folks! Lots of pre-holiday action in the marketplace I see, so let me toss my gear on the barbie, as it were.

The Bel Canto C7R has served me incredibly well since late 2013, but probably has less than 5 years of actual use. It drove my main system in a parttime residence (w/NOLA Contender speakers), and eventually became the core of my desktop system last year. It does everything: A very good DAC with a headphone out; 60 (8)/120 (4) watt Class D amp; MM phono; a receiver that I never tried; also a line out and theater bypass mode, so it can work as a pre-amp. I recently picked up a PS Audio Stellar Gain DAC to try, and while I don’t think the DAC is as good as the C7R’s, it’s a very close call. There are some ergonomic reasons for hanging onto the PS Audio unit for now (I also have a PS Audio memory player, so, synergy I guess).

The C7R sold for $3k, and pops up on the used market for around $1500. For $1450, I’ll pick up the shipping (about $27 I think via Fed Ex Ground). It comes with the original box, the remote, the printed manual (it’s a bit ragged though), and probably the stock power cord which you aren’t likely to use. I’ve never had a second’s trouble with it, and I would be content to keep it, but I also just got my DNA Stratus so I need to replenish the account after so many audio cash outlays this year.

Oh, cosmetics are 10/10, I would say … call it 9/10 for its vintage.

Here is the rave review from Stereophile: C7R

I guess the only drawbacks are it only does 96/24 via the USB and TOSlink inputs, but goes to 192 on the S/PDIF inputs. And it’s not a streamer. But I found it worked perfectly on the desktop (it has half the footprint of the usual amp) with a MacMini stacked on top if it. Lightweight but not insubstantial at 13 pounds.

If interested, please hit me up. I have 10+ years of trading and good feedback on Audiogon. Listed there as steve_dollar.


Price drop: $1400, incl. Fed Ex ground to CONUS.

Have you tried listing on Usaudiomart? No fees as long as you deal with people via email and dont send an invoice tgrough their website


No, didn’t know it was a no-fee site. Audiogon kind of sucks.

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I’ve had good experiences with US Audio Mart. It’s often sparse on headphone-only gear, but excellent for speakers, cables, and higher-end DACs and amps. Probably a great place for this item.


Thanks … I’ve looked on there a lot lately. I’ll give it a shot!!

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I posted here because this piece is a very headphone friendly item. I don’t think there would be anything better at the price (I may even decide to keep it and sell the PS Audio Stellar Gain DAC/pre I just bought, if it doesn’t sell by end of year).

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oooOOOoohhhh! I don’t have a need for it quite yet, but I’ve been intrigued by that PS Audio Stellar Gain DAC/Pre for my hypothetical future speaker setup. You’re not a fan?

@andris … I am a fan, I like it a lot – I just think that it’s not significantly better (or worse) than what I was using (Bel Canto C7R). It’s fun and easy to use, I just am realizing that I probably really wanted to go all the way to something a level or two higher but didn’t have the cash for it right now. Let me know when you are looking for one … I got it (barely) used for 1100$ so they are very affordable on the resale market. I’m playing around with some different gear in my desktop/headphone system, and the DNA Stratus, and will probably be selling off various items by or before mid-2021 as I dial things in, or maybe all the headphone action shifts to other rooms/systems. It’s gonna be a very experimental phase before they start handing out the vaccines, and I can hit the road again.

Price Drop … $1350 shipped (CONUS). Special for forum folks.