Baetis Audio Reference 3B
The Reference 3B is the new top of the Baetis Audio line. It sounds every bit as good as the Reference 2B, but offers a lot more. It’s not just a (very pretty) facelift on the Reference 2B. The Reference 3 features newer, faster processors, faster RAM, new motherboard and new options for audiophile outputs in coaxial SPDIF, I2S, DLNA Network. That means it can handle any DAC out there. Finally, it will offer discrete graphics cards as an option, providing the best possible video output in beautiful 4K HDR with built-in image processing to rival, and even exceed, stand-alone devices like those of Lumagen. The chassis is completely fanless, except in the case of some of the more powerful video options.
You can play native DSD via the optional SOtM USB output, as well as DoP or PCM through our AES-EBU connection. MQA is easily handled via Roon or Tidal, and any other streaming service such as Qobuz is a breeze to install. You can control the playback on the Baetis in a number of ways: tablet, phone, from another computer of any flavour, or even via a keyboard and trackpad transmitting directly to the Reference 3B.
The sound quality is exceptional. Our technology is used by some of the best companies in the business to show off their wares. The Reference 3 is the ultimate digital audio device, and now it gives you the option of having the ultimate video playback quality too.
Baetis Audio Reference 3B Specs
- Reference SPDIF (BNC or RCA/Coaxial) and AES-EBU daughterboard with Revelation Audio Labs CryoSilver cabling.
- Runs Roon, Tidal, JRiver Media Center 26 and any other streaming service available on Windows or the internet.
- Internal 4K capable CD/DVD/BluRay drive available as standard, with dBpoweramp CD ripper included
- HDMI 2.0 and Display Ports with video option; HDMI 1.4 and DVI port without graphics option
- 8x USB 3.x ports, including one Type-C
- Intel 6-core i7 or higher
- 32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz RAM
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet (audiophile grade network card optional)
- 250 Gb OS drive SSD
- 2x 4TB External USB 3.1 gen1 drive for media storage/backup, or custom storage options
- Neutrik DC power inlet: Note some graphics options require a second power inlet (barrel connector)
- Windows 10 Pro, stripped down to remove “bloatware”
- 300W HD-Plex Linear PSU (Some graphics options require the 500W LPSU)
- Custom-made Analysis Plus DC cable
These systems have our award-winning AES-EBU output powered by the Baetis Audio Reference daughterboard with an EM shield. The daughterboard also provides a SPDIF output, now available as either BNC or RCA. system. HDMI for high resolution multi-channel output is also included. The SOtM USB and clock cards are included as standard, with custom made cabling that is better than the stock card’s own. The USB option can be removed for a rebate if not needed. Additional modular outputs can be added, including an audiophile network card and I2S output. Only one of the USB, I2S or network cards can be included if your system has a discrete graphics solution, because of the space the video card takes up in this case.
Yes, you can run Roon, JRiver Media Center, Audirvana, Tidal, Qobuz (if available) and much more. In fact, any music app that runs on Windows 10 can be run on this unit. All Baetis Audio models can serve as a Roon core, endpoint or both. Your Tidal streaming never sounded so good! Tell us what you want and we can set it up for you.
All Reference 3 models certainly can! If you have a discrete graphics solution built into your Reference 3 model, then you can enjoy the best 4K HDR picture, with professional grade image processing and upscaling available.
Yes, you can use an iOS or Android device to control playback. You can even use another computer, or control the system directly with a wireless keyboard and trackpad from your listening position.
The Reference 3 chassis is a new design for Baetis Audio. It allows a fully passively-cooled system, tons of customisation and upgradability options, including some of the best video outputs available in the industry. The SOtM Ultra USB package, with a clock card and cryo-silver cabling comes as standard. The USB solution can optionally be removed, added to or replaced with I2S or audiophile network options. Both product lines include a linear power supply unit and audiophile grade DC cable, both of which improve the sound considerably over the Revolution series. The Reference 3 might come with a second power supply depending on whether a graphics solution is chosen.
In addition to the AES-EBU, SPDIF and HDMI outputs, you can opt to replace the SOtM USB solution with an I2S or network output for your DAC. Other custom combinations are available in pretty much any combination in the Reference 3 Series.
The Reference 3 -series is available with or without an internally-housed, tray-loading optical drive from June 2020 onwards. These will handle all common media reading, including 4K UHD. You can even play video discs directly.
There is a two year parts and labour warranty on these. However, as usual, we always listen to each case on its own merits and do the reasonable thing if you need service outside the warranty period, depending on the circumstances.