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Old 07-31-2014, 01:34 PM
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In audio terms that we hear, nope not at all at least there was never anything that just jumped out, if there is something it's subtle, at least to my ears. I'm not sure how much the upgrade in componets between the SST and SST2 series was intended to make audible differences. They were probably more about just using newer, more efficient components giving the amps perhaps lower distortion characteristics, etc. things of that nature.

James Tanner would be able give a good break down I suspect of the chages between generations. Ivan I believe has been a Bryston dealer for a really long time so he could probably give his impressions as well of the amps over the past few generations.
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Rod$S,

Thanks for the response.
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It looks like I'll get the opportunity to listen to a Parasound A21, Bryston 4bsst2, and Modwright KWA 150.

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Post back after you had the opportunity to check them all out. It will be interesting to get your impressions. Another forum member was recently choosing between JC-1's, MC-601's and 7B-SST2's for his setup and ended up going the JC-1 direction.
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:09 AM
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That seems to be quite a common misconception that has been around for many many years. Perhaps there was a time in the past but having owned Bryston amps from the last 3 generations (SST, SST C Series and SST2) I have never found that to be the case. I own B&W 800 series speakers which are often described as bright due to the diamond tweeter so an amp that was bright would most likely induce listener fatigue in my setup but for me that's not the case. I don't find either the B&W's or Brystons bright, edgy, forward, etc.

Another couple amps to think about would be Classe, Anthem and Parasound.
We recently acquired the 6T's - easier to drive than the 7T's, but Michael Kelly, founder/owner of Aerial, mentioned Anthems when I was comparing the 7T's vs 6T's at a local event. Classe has some newer high-efficiency (i.e switch-mode) amps available, these might be worth considering.

Currently drive the 6T's using an older Copland Integrated amp, looking at SimAudio (340i w/DAC) and some Naim electronics shortly. SimAudio was tested over the weekend, and did quite well. More punch than the Copland, of course it has a higher output rating. May look at Anthem's as well.

The 6T's/7T's are very efficient, so you don't need huge power reserves.
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I used to own an Anthem MCA-50 back in the day, very good amp indeed. Bryston's ended up replacing it back in 2006, it was purchased in 2003. I kept the amp in storage thinking one day I might make use of it in the event I moved beyond 7 channels but once I decided to replace a Bryston 4B-SST with a pair of 28B-SST2's I had to free up some cash in a hurry to help pay for the beasties.

Over on AVS there is a guy powering 7T's with 5 Theta Prometheus mono blocks. It's a pretty cool looking setup.
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It looks like I'll get the opportunity to listen to a Parasound A21, Bryston 4bsst2, and Modwright KWA 150.
Did you get a chance to compare these? I'd be interested to read what you found.
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Did you get a chance to compare these? I'd be interested to read what you found.
No, I've been too busy with work. Hopefully I will get an opportunity before the end of the month.
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the sweet glow of tubes (MC275 in this instance) makes the 7T's sound really smooth, warm, and sumptuous ....
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the sweet glow of tubes (MC275 in this instance) makes the 7T's sound really smooth, warm, and sumptuous ....
I don't want the maintenance of tubes!
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