We are proud and excited to present to you the BLACK system by
Bel Canto. This system is the result of our passion for the ultimate
realism in audio playback. It represents over 20 years of research
and development. BLACK is a highly-tuned, highly-optimized audio
system with more than a dozen proprietary designs and circuits
that ensure near perfect signal transfer. Bel Canto BLACK is a
promise to deliver a compelling musical experience from any
source. We wish you many years of musical enjoyment.
Sincerely,
John Stronczer
CEO and Chief of Design
Bel Canto Design, Ltd.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Safety Information
Certifications/Standards
Warranty
Unpacking
Power Connection
Setup and Placement
The System
System Connections
Controlling the ASC1
ASC1 Display and Control Functions
ASC1 Display Modes
ASC1 Programming
Programming Options
Controlling the MPS1
Specifications
Declaration of Conformity
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Copyright © 2014 Bel Canto Design Ltd.
Bel Canto Design Limited
221 North 1st Street Suite 300
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. Bel Canto Design Limited
disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own. Printed in the
United States.
Important Safety Instructions
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.
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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Read, keep and follow these instructions.
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Heed all warnings.
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Do not use the apparatus near water, e.g. near a bathtub, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet
basement, near a swimming pool etc.
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Clean only with a 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.
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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
In the U.K.
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.
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
FCC Notice
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 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.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Warranty Information
Bel Canto products are automatically covered by a 90 day factory warranty that covers all internal
parts and labor. Register online (http://www.belcantoblack.com/Bel-Canto-Black-Support.html)
within 30 days of purchase from an authorized dealer to automatically extend your warranty for 5
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 contacting us at info@belcantodesign.com. If you have
any questions, please feel free to contact us online at info@belcantodesign.com.
Unpacking the System
Carefully unpack each unit and check for shipping damage. If there is any damage, or if anything
missing, please contact your dealer, distributor of Bel Canto Design.
The following are shipped with your system:
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(one) – ASC1 Asynchronous Stream Controller
(two) – MPS1 PowerStream MonoBlocks
(one) – BLACK User’s Guide
(one) – Remote Control
(three) – IEC Power Cables
(one) – 2 meter StreamLink ST Fiber Cables
(one) – Pair of Gloves
The User’s Guide, StreamLink cable, Remote, and Gloves are all packed with the ASC1. The Power
Cables are located underneath each unit in a cutout of the base layer foam.
IMPORTANT: Save all packing materials as they are specially designed to protect the units during
transportation or shipping. If the packing becomes lost or damaged, please contact your dealer,
distributor, or Bel Canto before attempting to transport your system.
Power Connection
The power supplies for the ASC1 and MPS1
are 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.
Setup & Placement
The BLACK system can be placed in many locations without compromise. We do not recommend
placing weights or other objects directly on the ASC1 or MPS1s. This may scratch or mar the
chassis finish. Do not use harsh chemicals when cleaning the outside of your ASC1 or MPS1s. We
have found that a damp microfiber cloth works well to remove fingerprints from the chassis.
Single Ended RCA and Balanced XLR connectors are available. XLR jacks allow balanced hookup
using the standard North American pin configuration:
Pin 1 Ground
Pin 2 Signal +
Pin 3 Signal We recommend placing the ASC1 in an easily accessible location near your source components.
Because you will be connecting the ASC1 to the two MPS1s via ST Fiber cabling, you are not
required to place the MPS1s near the ASC1. We do not recommend stacking the units directly on
top of each other.
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The System
Bel Canto BLACK consists of one ASC1 Asynchronous Stream Controller and two MPS1 Mono
PowerStreams. The ASC1 controls the input from all of your sources and sends the digital signal to
each MPS1. The signal is decoded by each MPS1 and is then sent to your speakers. This creates
the purest path to the loudspeaker, maintaining true high dynamic range and breathtaking musical
performance.
ASC1
Asynchronous Stream Controller
MPS1
Mono PowerStream
Power up the ASC1 and MPS1 using the rear main power switches. The ASC1 will go through a
power up routine visible on the display. The MPS1 starts in low power Standby mode and the 6
LEDs on the lighted front panel switch are lit at a very low level. A brief press on the lighted front
panel switch will place the MPS1 in Operate mode with the LEDs brightly lit. The MPS1 will be
ready to play in about 10 seconds. While in Operate mode - a brief press on the MPS1 front panel
switch will toggle the LED indicator ON-OFF as desired. A long press (3 seconds) will return the
MPS1 to Standby mode. Note that all of the audio circuitry is OFF in standby mode. For best sonic
performance, it is recommended to leave the MPS1 in Operate mode.
System Connections
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Ethernet Input: Adheres to the UPnP/DLNA Media Renderer standard. Can be connected to
any Ethernet network for streaming audio. Compatible with FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, DSD,
MP3 files and Internet Radio sources. Can stream up to 24/192 and uses true Asynchronous
operation mode to eliminate any source jitter.
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USB 2.0 Audio Input: Uses Bel Canto Asynchronous technology for direct computer
streaming from MAC computers using OSX 6.x.x or later. PC computers using Windows XP,
7 and 8 require installation of Bel Canto’s Windows USB driver download from
www.belcantodesign.com or www.belcantoblack.com.
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AES, SP1, SP2, ST1, ST2, TOS: Standard digital audio inputs for use with CD/DVD players,
Apple TV or other legacy digital audio sources. Benefits from BLACK’s unique Asynchronous
interface capabilities to remove jitter from these sources.
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Analog: Standard Line level compatible analog RCA inputs go directly to a 24/192 ADC
located within 2cm of the input. Benefits from the Ultra-Low Phase noise Master Clock that
retimes all of the digital signals in the ASC1 for transparent playback of your analog
sources.
System Connections
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The BLACK NextGen loudspeaker connectors are optimized for sound quality with any good
spade or NextGen banana connector. Note that the NextGen connector is clutched to insure
optimum pressure on the contact. - Do not over tighten- The NextGen connector creates a
tight and damped contact preventing chatter and contact noise at the connection to the
loudspeaker.
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The MPS1 Stream input is used for connection to the ASC1 for optimum system dynamic
range and performance. Note that the channel must be set correctly for Left or Right
operation and the Channel indicator and Lock indicator LEDs will both be lit when in Stream
input mode and connected to the ASC1.
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The MPS1 Analog input is for use with a balanced XLR outputs from an analog preamplifier.
This results in reduced dynamic range capability and requires up to 5Vrms for full output
level. Note that no rear panel LEDs will be lit when the MPS1 is set in Analog input mode.
System Connections
The BLACK System uses low loss StreamLink ST Fiber to connect the ASC1 Controller front end to
the MPS1 Monoblocks. This allows the MPS1s to reside near the loudspeakers while the ASC1 can
be located near the source components or listening chair as desired. The system ships with a set of
2 meter StreamLink cables that will work well if the 3 components are located within the same
rack. Contact your Bel Canto dealer for custom length StreamLink cables as needed for your
system.
Controlling the ASC1
The ASC1 can be operated by using the control wheel on top of the unit, the IR remote, or by using
the iOS or Android Application.
ASC1 Display and Control Functions
ASC1 Display Modes
ASC1 Programming
Menu Options
Menu Options
Controlling the MPS1
Specifications
ASC1
Asynchronous Stream Controller
Maximum Data Input Rates:
24bits at 192KS/s:
AES XLR, SPDIF1/2, ST Fiber, TOSLINK
24bits at 192KS/s and DSD64:
UPnP/DLNA Ethernet
ULN Master Clock Phase Noise:
<40femtoSeconds RMS, 100Hz-1Mhz
FIR Filter Options:
Filter OFF:
Standard Linear Phase
Filter 1:
Minimum Phase Apodizing Flat to 20Khz
Filter 2:
Minimum Phase Apodizing -3dB at 20Khz
Filter 3:
Minimum Phase Apodizing -9dB at 20Khz
Analog Input:
Maximum Input:
2.5 Vrms RCA
Input Impedance:
12K ohms RCA
THD+N:
0.003%, 2.5Vrms in, 1KHz
Dynamic Range:
106dB, A-weighted 20Hz-20KHz
General:
Control Interfaces:
IR, Rotary Encoder, Ethernet, iOS/Android App
Power Usage On:
8W
Power Usage Off:
0.0W
Power Requirement:
100-120VAC or 230-240VAC 50/60 Hz Internally Set
Dimensions:
19Wx12Dx3.8H[inches] – 483 x 305 x 97[mm]
Weight:
40lbs-18.2Kg
Specifications
MPS1
Mono PowerStream
Power Output:
1200W-2ohm, 600W-4ohm, 300W-8ohm
Minimum Load:
2 ohms
Peak Output Current:
40 amperes
Frequency Response:
-3 dB 0Hz-50KHz, all loads
THD+N:
<0.001% 1W, 1KHz, 4 ohms
IMD (CCIF):
<0.001%, 1W, 18.5:19.5KHz 1:1, 4 ohms
Analog Input Voltage gain:
21dB
Damping factor:
>1000
Output Impedance at 100Hz:
<8 milliohms
Dynamic Range Stream Input:
128dB
Dynamic Range Analog Input:
108dB
ULN Master Clock Phase Noise:
<40femtoSeconds RMS, 100Hz-1Mhz
Analog Input Voltage for Max Output: 5Vrms
Input connections:
StreamLink ST Fiber or Analog balanced XLR
Balanced input impedance:
20Kohms
Output connections:
1-pair WBT Nextgen 5-way binding posts
Power On usage:
37W
Standby usage:
0.4W
Internally Set Operating Voltages:
100-120VAC or 230-240VAC 50/60 Hz
Size:
19Wx14Dx3.8H[inches] - 483x356x 97[mm]
Weight:
45lbs - 20.5Kg
Declaration of Conformity
We, the offerer,
Bel Canto Design, Ltd., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401 USA
acknowledge our sole responsibility, that the product:
Kind of equipment:
Type designation:
Black Series
MPS1, ASC1
in accordance with EMC Directive 2004/108/EC,
is in compliance with the following norm(s) or documents(s):
Technical regulations:
EN 55013:2001 + A1:2003 + A2:2006
EN 55020:2007 + A11:2011
EN 61000-3-2:2006 + A2:2009
EN 61000-3-3:2008
in accordance with Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC,
is in compliance with the following norm(s) or documents(s):
Technical regulations:
EN 60065
IEC 60065
in accordance with Ecodesign Requirements for Energy Related Products Directive 2009/125/EC,
is in compliance with the following norm(s) or documents(s):
Technical regulations:
EC No. 1275/2008, EN 62301
is in conformity with Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on
the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, and it has
been demonstrated that the requirements specified in Article 4 of such Directive have been met.
August 26, 2013
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Bel Canto Design
John Stronczer
221 1st Street North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN USA
CEO
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