Bel Canto e.One Stream - Roon Ready?

(Nathan Wilkes) #1

@brian , I recently asked Bel Canto about the new e.One Stream http://www.belcantodesign.com/home/eone/stream/, and they claim it is Roon Ready. Yet, checking the https://kb.roonlabs.com/Partner_Devices_Matrix, it isn’t listed. I assume that the Roon list is correct?

Many thanks.

(Brian Luczkiewicz) #2

Correct, that product is not certified yet. When it is, it will be listed on the page that you linked.

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(Henry) #3

It would be good to see the Teac devices that are Roon Certified on that list then. Or are they not officially certified? (NT-505).

(CJ Eichinger) #4

I’m using the NT-505 with Roon, and it works flawlessly. Teac advertises it as ‘Roon Ready’ and it does indeed perform perfectly well.

Is there a difference between Roon Ready and Officially Certified?

(Kenneth F Krutsch) #5

FWIW, I wrote a lengthy review of the eOne.Stream on Head-Fi.org.

I found it to be a fantastic device with robust Roon compatibility and great sound. I am a fan of Bel Canto’s DACs, so I am biased :smiley:

(Rob Darling) #6

The e.One Stream was released without being first certified as Roon Ready. We have the device in house and it is in testing, but it is not yet certified.

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(Henry) #7

It is now on the list so it was probably an oversight before.

(Nathan Wilkes) #8

I just received an email from Roon, and it looks like the Bel Canto stream is now Roon Ready.

https://kb.roonlabs.com/Partner_Devices_Matrix I assume will be updated soon.

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(davide scarfì) #9

Hi K, since I have bel canto dac 3.5 with vb and bel canto ref link do you recommend trying it? I had read that the pairing with Roon is perfect but otherwise there were several bugs. Have they been accommodated? Has the firmware been updated?

(Kenneth F Krutsch) #10

Not sure about non-Roon usage updates. My unit was a demo for review purposes, only.

It’s on my short list of things to purchase, but I returned the loaner and bought (yet another) set of headphones, instead. I’m a Head-Fi addict.

Right now, I am happy with the Bryston BDP-1 --> REFLink --> DAC 2.5 combo, as I’ve cancelled my TIDAL subscription in favor of Qobuz and, hence, have lost the need for an MQA-enabled DAC/streamer.

(davide scarfì) #11

Thanks for reply and sorry for delay :slight_smile:Davide

#12

Note the E.one Stream does not output greater than 24/192. It is not DSD capable which negates a big feature of Roon being able to upsample to DSD.

I also demoed this unit and I had high hopes for the E.one Stream but at its price it is too close to the Lumin D2 which is far more feature rich and sounds more musical to my ears.

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(Kenneth F Krutsch) #13

30% more expensive is “…too close”? Nice promotional post.

#14

Krutsch, I listened to the same E.One as you did - the exact unit to be clear, and came to different conclusions. As a pure streamer only I liked the E.one. Its DAC - not so much, as it failed to outperform my 15 year old Trivista except on MQA.

But as a Roon ready device, the E.One has two key limitations IMHO: it won’t support DSD upsampling by Roon, and its digital output is limited to 24/196, which negates the benefit of adding a DSD capable DAC and makes the E.One not especially future proof. I really like what Roon does to Redbook with DSD upsampling, not to mention I have a few DSD native high Rez files I purchased and cannot play on the E.One.

For me, but perhaps not others, this makes the value gap much harder. A Marantz NA6006 supports DSD for $700. The $700 difference between the E.one and the D2 nets you DSD, balanced outputs, a digital output not limited to 24/196, and a far superior DAC, so I still stand by my value assertion.

If E.One was $999, or better if it supported DSD, I think I’d be more excited about it even if its current DAC is ultimately not for me. I’d love to see an E.One 2.0 with those features at a compelling price point. That would also make more sense for existing Bel Canto higher Rez DAC owners looking to add a streamer and stay in the family, without losing resolution or features.