Bel Canto Design C7R D/A receiver Specifications

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Description: Solid-state FM receiver with four S/PDIF digital input (two coaxial, ywo Toslink), two pairs of analog inputs (one phono, one line), one pair of line-level analog outputs, and two pairs of loudspeaker terminals. Maximum output power at 1% THD: 120Wpc into 4 ohms (17.8dBW), 60Wpc into 8 ohms (17.8dBW). Minimum load: 3 ohms per channel. Peak output current: 30 amperes. Frequency response: 1.5Hz–90kHz, ±3dB, into 4 ohms. THD+N: 0.003%, 1W, 1kHz, 4 ohms. Line input impedance: 11k ohms. Phono input impedance: 47k ohms in parallel with 150pF. Phono input sensitivity: 2.5–7mV nominal cartridge output range. RIAA accuracy: ±0.25dB, 50Hz–15kHz. Power consumption with no signal: 14W.
Dimensions: 8.5" (216mm) W by 3.5" (88mm) H by 12" (305mm) D. Weight: 13 lbs (5.9kg).
Serial number of unit reviewed: CTR-049.
Price: $2995. Approximate number of dealers >50.
Manufacturer: Bel Canto Design, Ltd., 221 N. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Tel: (612) 317-4550. Fax: (612) 359-9358. Web:

Bel Canto Design, Ltd.
221 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 317-4550

Et Quelle's picture

Not surprising! Whenever I read the mag, Bel Canto is often one of the 'Associated Equipment. Must be a gem! Maybe, I will learn at T.H.E. Show in Newport!

volvic's picture

I love gear like this, offers great sound, great build quality why would you need anything else?  Linn had their first Linn Majik integrated that was able to accept a "sneaky" module that could also turn it into a receiver, was expensive though.  This though adds all that plus DAC for so much less and it is an American company.  Very nice review of a lovely product.  

otaku's picture

After owning the C7R for a week, I think I have discovered the best feature: There is no Standby switch. This encourages you to leave the unit on, so when you walk into the room, the question is not "Should I turn it on" but "Should I unmute it"? Makes you listen to a lot more music.

ddrakeavi's picture

Does anyone have issues with low output? The built in tuner is fine but the digital inputs seem to have much lower output, i can easily get to the 100 mark on the volume..

otaku's picture

Yes, I am using it in a small (10x12) room with very efficient speakers (93dB/2.83v) and I tend to have the volume cranked up to 65 or 70 most of the time. My friends say that I listen too loudly, but I can easily imagine the unit running out of steam in a larger room or with less efficient speakers.

ddrakeavi's picture

Thanks can you test if the built in tuner has a higher output on yours? with the built in tuner the output is very loud at 80 with the digital inputs i have to go to 90... Thanks

otaku's picture

You appear to be correct. I just tried an FM broadcast station vs. the same station streamed from my Mac. I matched the volumes as closely as I could, and got about 50 on the FM tuner and 57 on USB.