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any love for Belles Aria - this side of the pond ?

Discussion in 'audio' started by wpm, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. pjdowns

    pjdowns Living the Hifi dream

    Hi wpm,

    I heard a Belles Aria in my system last week and have ordered one as it was that good.

    The Exposure amps I currently use, are no slouch and have a good reputation, but don’t hold a candle to the Belles.

    The sound is so much more natural, controlled and really opened up the soundstage of my Focal loudspeakers.

    I’d certainly recommended one.
  2. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    must agree there , the vt-o1 had wonderful texture and the monoblocks were a real step up from my bel canto ref 1000 . they are extremely rare though .

    i have recently had the supernait 2 running with a harbeth shl5plus and it was extremely good , really musical . i am actually selling mine becuase i am getting some valve monoblocks but its highly recommended
  3. wpm

    wpm pfm Member


    the belles aria integrated ?

    how do they compare in speed to the naim or exposure ?

    am auditioning the pre power this week

  4. wpm

    wpm pfm Member

    about 3 days ago i heard the SN2 fronted by an NDX but the demo room was no good but once can feel the SN2 though...

    The Belles Aria integrated almost has the same power of the SN2 but i wonder how would the Aria Integrated stack up against the SN2 ( if price were not a consideration )

    The belles pre power hardware ( except Aria pre + stereo power amp ) are simply out of budget for me

  5. pjdowns

    pjdowns Living the Hifi dream

    The Belles Aria would wipe the floor with the Naim full stop.

    My Exposure’s are quite a bit better than the SN2 and the Belles bettered them.
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  6. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    its brilliant to see more exposure of belles amps , tony at coherant who i have dealt with for a good number of years has been selling them for years . i am very pleased to hear you are so impressed with it . i am wondering what the retail is on them ?

    i bought my sn2 to see what it was like and because it has av bypass , i also found it has a brilliant remote . the remote is extremely important to me, i find many of them are too fast and hard to control . that is the primary reason i did not get the belles vt-01

    the sn2 remote is precise , extremely easy to control . one review in hifi critic vol 7 /no 4 2013 says "frankly it sounded rather more powerful and of higher quality than many other substantially more expensive amps and happily drove my wilson sophia `s as if made for the job . ..where integrated amps have generally scored a an average of 25 marks ....however a run in supernait 2 slammed in at 77 , which in my view is genuine audiophile territory ..."

    sn2 are plentiful , well known and decent ones start at below 2k s/h .
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  7. pjdowns

    pjdowns Living the Hifi dream

    I believe the retail is £2400 for the Belles Aria, and it is Tony of Coherent who brought it over for the demo. His knowledge of system setup is immense and he suggested so many tweeks that cost me nothing but made a huge difference, it was amazing, I’d highly rate him.

    I have compared my Exposure's to both the Naim SN2 and Naim 202/203 combo and the Exposure’s were better. The Belles was even better than the Exposure’s so a win win as far as I’m concerned:)
  8. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    oh yes indeed , tony is first class , i used to go to both his place in malvern and ripple and he has been here to my house a few times . 2.4k is much lower than i would have thought , are you sure about that ? sounds rather too good to be true
  9. pjdowns

    pjdowns Living the Hifi dream

    I believe so yes, I can double check with Tony when I speak to him next.
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  10. mikemusic

    mikemusic pfm Member

    Twas Tony who introduced me to Belles as well as a lot of other kit, most of which I bought,
    He's like an encyclopedia
    hifinutt likes this.
  11. ArtK

    ArtK Wine & Music

    I recently bought a Belles Aria. What a delightful amp. Great sound at a reasonable price. Best amp I've owned.
    pjdowns and hifinutt like this.
  12. PerF

    PerF Member

    I would look at the CD source too
  13. wpm

    wpm pfm Member

    I will look at the source as well - when the opportunity and funds are available.

    I bought an ex demo ( 50 hours ) Naim SN2 since i got a very nice deal on it.

    Thank you

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