Bel Canto Design REF500s Specifications

REF500S
D U AL M O N O AU D I O P O W E R AM P L I F I E R
T A B L E
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C O N T E N T S
Information
Safety Information
Certifications/Standards
Warranty
Unpacking
Power Connection
Setup and Placement
Design Features
Rear Panel Connections
Tips for Operation
Specifications
Declaration of Conformity
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Copyright © 2012 Bel Canto Design Ltd.
Bel Canto Design Limited
st
221 North 1 Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
United States
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by
any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Bel Canto
Design. The content of this manual is provided for information use only, is subject to change without notice, and should not be
construed as a commitment by Bel Canto Design Limited. Bel Canto Design Limited assumes no responsibility or liability for
any errors or inaccuracies that may appear in this manual. Trademarks used in this publication: Bel Canto and the Bel Canto
logo are registered trademarks of Bel Canto Design Limited. REF500S is a trademark of Bel Canto Design Limited. Bel Canto
Design Limited disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own. Printed in the United
States.
Explanation of symbols used in this manual or on the
rear/underside of the apparatus:
The Lightning Flash with arrowhead symbol
within an equilateral triangle is intended to
alert the user to the presence of uninsulated
"dangerous voltage" within the product
enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude
to constitute a risk of shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral
triangle is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the product.
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Read, keep and follow these instructions.
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Heed all warnings.
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Do not use the apparatus near water, ie near a
bathtub, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet
basement, near a swimming pool etc.
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Clean only with dry cloth.
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Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the Manufacturer’s instructions.
Site the apparatus so that its location or position
does not interfere with its proper ventilation. For
example, the apparatus should not be situated on
a bed, sofa, rug, or similar surface that may block
the ventilation openings, or placed in a built in
installation such as a bookcase or cabinet that
may impede the flow of air through the ventilation
openings.
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Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus that produce heat.
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Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
or grounding type plug. A polarized plug has two
blades with one wider than the other. A
grounding type plug has two blades and a third
grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong is provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit into your outlet; consult an
electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
TO COMPLETELY DISCONNECT THIS APPARATUS
FROM THE AC MAINS, DISCONNECT THE POWER
SUPPLY CORD PLUG FROM THE AC RECEPTACLE.
THE MAINS PLUG OF THE POWER SUPPLY CORD
SHALL REMAIN READILY ACCESSIBLE.
Disconnect supply cord before changing fuse.
Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR
ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
APPARATUS TO RAIN OR MOISTURE AND OBJECTS
FILLED WITH LIQUIDS, SUCH AS VASES, SHOULD
NOT BE PLACED ON THIS APPARATUS.
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Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and at the point where they exit from
the apparatus.
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Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
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Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has
been damaged in any way, such as power-supply
cord or plug has been damaged, liquid has been
spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus,
the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or has been
dropped.
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Mains plug: Use the mains plug to disconnect the
apparatus from the mains supply. The mains plug
must be accessible at all times. Use the mains
switch (if applicable) when the apparatus is not in
use.
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Objects and liquid entry: Do not let objects or
liquids fall into the apparatus. Do not expose the
apparatus to dripping or splashing. Do not place
a vessel containing liquid on top of the apparatus.
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No naked flame sources, such as lighted
candles, should be placed on the apparatus.
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The apparatus has been designed for use in
moderate and tropical climates
Fuse replacement:
This appliance is fitted with a non-rewireable 10 amp
mains plug. The plug contains a 10 amp fuse. If the fuse
has blown it can be replaced as follows:
a) Pull out the black fuse cover/carrier.
b) Remove and dispose of the blown fuse.
c) Fit a new 10 amp BS1362 approved fuse into the carrier
and push the carrier back into the plug.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant
to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
Always ensure the fuse cover is fitted. If the fuse cover is
missing do not use the plug. Contact your Bel Canto
retailer to obtain a replacement fuse cover. Fuses are for
fire protection and do not protect against electric shock.
WARNING: THIS APPLIANCE MUST BE
GROUNDED.
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off
and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and
receiver.
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Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
Bel Canto products are automatically covered by a 90 day factory warranty that covers all internal parts and labor.
Register online (http://www.belcantodesign.com/Belcanto_Warranty.html) within 30 days of purchase from an
authorized dealer to automatically extend your warranty for 2 years starting from the date of purchase. If you do
not have web access, please contact your dealer for assistance. Upon fully completing registration, within 5
business days you will receive an email that officially validates your warranty. Your information will be used for
internal use only and will not be sold or released outside Bel Canto. Your comments and suggestions are
appreciated and help us continually improve our products and services.
The warranty is only valid to the original owner and is non-transferable. Damage caused by unauthorized
modification, abuse, or neglect of product will void your warranty. Any cost associated with return of product is
the sole responsibility of the owner. All returns require a return authorization number issued after completing the
RMA form in the support section of our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us online at
info@belcantodesign.com.
REF500S packaging contains the following:
1 (one) – REF500S Amplifier
1 (one) – REF500S User’s Guide
1 (one) – Power cord [6.6’ – 2 meters long]
Carefully unpack each piece and check for shipping
damage. If there is any damage, or if anything is
missing, please contact your dealer, distributor or
Bel Canto Design.
IM PO RT ANT !
Save all packing materials! They are custom
designed to protect the unit during transportation or
shipping. If the packing becomes lost or damaged,
please contact your dealer or Bel Canto before
attempting to transport your unit.
The power supply on the REF500S is preset for the
proper power voltage. The power cable should have
the correct plug for your local power system. If you
believe this to not be true, please contact your
dealer immediately.
This product, like any electrical component, can be
dangerous and cause injury unless correct handling
procedures are observed and used. Before
powering this product, it is necessary to read and
follow proper setup and procedures.
WARNING!
Do not connect power
to this product yet!
Because the REF500S runs cool, it can be placed in
many system locations without compromise. We do
not recommend placing weights or other objects
directly on the REF500S. This may scratch or mar
the chassis finish. Do not use harsh chemicals
when cleaning the outside of your REF500S.
IMPORT ANT!
Make all connections before
powering your unit!
The e.One REF500S amplifier is a dual-mono audio power amplifier that delivers over 500 watts into 4 ohm loads
per channel. Each amplifier contains its own dedicated regulated power supply for all amplifier stages, including
the output section. This is achieved in a compact and elegant product through our adaptation of the latest analog
switching amplifier and power supply technology from the ICEpower group.
Bel Canto’s new generation of e.One analog switching audio power amplifiers extend our leadership in this
technology. These amplifiers incorporate performance enhancing technologies that bring musicality and
performance to new levels.
REF500S Features:
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A custom input stage is added for increased linearity, common mode rejection and improved input stage drive
to the amplifier. This circuit results in lower noise in real-world operation, lower distortion and better dynamic
performance for the amplifier.
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The input stage uses the latest advanced amplifiers and passive components including: Caddock resistors,
Solid Electrolytic ultra-low ESR decoupling capacitors and low noise regulated power supplies. These devices
ensure that the input section is utterly transparent, enhancing the performance of the core amplifier.
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This technology brings unprecedented performance gains in absolute musical performance. The regulated
power supply and fully balanced analog switching amplifier architecture liberates your loudspeakers to
perform their best. The ultra-low noise operation ensures that the most subtle of musical expressions comes
through with palpable clarity.
The sonic performance of the REF500S will start to stabilize after approximately forty (40) hours of continuous
power up. We recommend that the REF500S remains powered for optimal performance.
Rear Panel Connections
Never Connect Either the Positive or Negative Speaker Output to Any Ground Contact!
Use Class 2 Wiring for all Loudspeaker Connections!
Connecting any Speaker Output on the REF500S to Ground will cause the amplifier to go into protection and
could damage the amplifier and void the warranty.
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Power Switch: Power is on when the switch is
toggled to the I position and off in the O position.
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Input Connections and RCA/XLR switch: When
using RCA cables for the input ensure that the
RCA/XLR switch is pressed in to the RCA
position. When using XLR cables insure that the
switch is out in the XLR position. Do not
connect both XLR and RCA cables to the
inputs!
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Output Connections: Attach your loudspeaker to
the output connectors. Be sure that the polarity
of each speaker is correct and the same for both
channels so that no phase inversion can occur.
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IEC power cord jack: Connect a heavy gauge
power cord from this jack to the wall power
supply. Note the power setting indicated on the
back of the amplifier before connecting the
power.
Double-check all connections to and from the
amplifier. Power on the preamplifier in your system,
activate its Mute setting and then power on the
REF500S.
Front Panel Indicator Lamp
What to do if there is hum or ground noise:
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In case there is hum or ground noise, check that the RCA/XLR switch is in the correct position for the type of
connection being used.
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Ensure that the preamplifier or any source components are not producing hum by setting the preamplifier to a
MUTE or Standby setting.
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The design of the REF500S reduces the chance for ground loop induced hum, but we still recommend
using shorter interconnect cables to the preamplifier. Connect all power cables to a common outlet box or
power conditioner unit to reduce the possibility for ground current noise being induced into the audio signal
path.
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If you choose to power your source and preamplifier components from a different AC supply than used for the
REF500S amplifiers, we recommend that you use a high quality balanced XLR cable driven from a true
balanced XLR preamplifier output.
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We do not recommend that you resort to ‘cheater plugs’ or some other means to disconnect the power
ground from the REF500S as this may lead to dangerous operation and void the warranty.
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The small blue LED lamp indicates that power is connected to the REF500S and that the power switch is in
the ON position. If the amplifier detects a fault or short circuit in the output connections, it will go into a
protection mode and stop playing. If this occurs toggle the power switch to the OFF position and check the
speaker cabling to ensure that no speaker output is either shorted together or connected to a ground. When
you are certain that the loudspeaker cabling is correct, power the unit ON again, check that the blue LED is lit
and that music will play.
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There is an internal fuse protection on the REF500S. If the power switch is in the ON position, the power
cable is connected to a functioning power outlet at the correct voltage and the blue LED is not lit, this
indicates that the internal fuse may have blown. If this occurs contact your dealer, distributor or Bel Canto for
service. There are no user replaceable fuses or other parts. Opening the chassis will void your warranty.
Specifications
Maximum Power Output:
500W 4 ohms, 250W 8 ohms per channel
Power Output 1% THD:
400W 4 ohms, 200W 8 ohms per channel
Minimum Load:
3 ohms per channel
Peak Output Current:
35 amperes per channel
Frequency Response:
+/-3 dB 1.5Hz-70KHz, all loads
THD+N:
0.003% 1W, 1KHz, 4 ohms
IMD (CCIF):
0.0003%, 1W, 14:15KHz, 4 ohms
Output noise:
35uVRMS A-weighted 10Hz-20KHz
Voltage gain:
27dB (single ended or balanced input)
Damping factor:
>1000
Output Impedance at 100Hz:
<8 milliohms
Dynamic Range:
121dB
Input Voltage for Max Output:
2Vrms
Input connections:
Single-ended RCA or balanced XLR
RCA input impedance:
100Kohms
Balanced input impedance:
200Kohms
Output connections:
2-sets WBT nextgen 5-way binding posts
Power On usage:
19W
Power Off usage:
0.0W
Internally Set Operating Voltages:
100-120VAC or 230-240VAC 50/60 Hz
Size:
8.5 x 3.5 x 12[inches], 216 x 88 x 305[mm] (WxHxD)
Weight:
15lbs, 7Kg
Features and specifications are subject to improvements and changes without prior notice.
Application of Council Directive(s):
2004/108/EC and 2006/95/EC, as amended
Standard(s) to Which Conformity Is Declared:
EN 55013:2001 + A1:2003 + A2:2006
EN 55020:2007
EN 61000-3-2:2006
EN 61000-3-3:1995 + A1:2001 + A2:2005
EN 60065:2002/A12:2011
Manufacturer:
Bel Canto Design, Ltd.
st
221 1 Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 USA
The equipment identified here conforms to the Directive(s) and
Standard(s) specified above.
Type of Equipment:
Models:
Date:
Audio Amplifier
REF500S
January, 2012
Bel Canto Design, Ltd.
st
221 1 Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 USA
Tel: 612-317-4550
Fax: 612-359-9358
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