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    I had a Bryston 2B (older model) for quite a while and liked it a lot!
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    ---I used to have the 4B (a pair of them for biamping) and it was fine for my demanding loudspeakers of that time. ...3 Ohms load, and current hungry.

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    Interesting...went to the site to get a closer look at the pictures...is that an all-Bryston system? Have you heard it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydelee21 View Post
    Interesting...went to the site to get a closer look at the pictures...is that an all-Bryston system? Have you heard it?
    No, I have not. I saw it and thought it was interesting.
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    I have owned a number of Bryston products and can say a few things that apply to all experiences, they always sound good and keep getting better with each improvement, they have never broken, they provide great value for the money and are incredibly easy to sell. I currently own their BDA-1 DAC and a 4BSST2, but have owned several earlier 4b's and sets of 7b's. I also have heard the 28's in a number of installations and can offer the following without hesitation.

    1)Unless you have heard the most recent offerings from this company, your opinions based on older versions are not really valid. The newer equipment is much less analytical sounding than the old stuff. The top end is truly smooth, a former weak spot and they are fast and very powerful.

    2) Bryston equipment does not sound like tube equipment, although it is probably the closest to tube of any SS equipment with the exception of Spectral. Bryston mid bass and low bass is probably the best out their with the possible exception of a pair of JL Gothams $25k.

    3) While the whole line is amazing, the 28's are in a class by themselves probably because of their filtration and the gobbs of power they provide. There is a reason that Magnepan always designs and demo's with them.

    4) Spectral 400's might sound better, but then you need a Spectral preamp and thousands in MIT wire and thus the flexibility and cost propositions go out the window.

    5) For me it is not about tubes versus SS, because both have their strengths and weaknesses. It is about getting what I like and not spending my retirement in the process so that I will be able to listen and retire. I like tube front ends and Bryston power amps because they make for the best of both worlds. A sleeper in the tube preamp market is BAT, especially if you get the se versions of the 30 or 50 series preamps. For some reason they do not hold their initial value, but then become very stable. A used VK 32 se can be had with a phono section and remote for $4k or slightly more, which when linked with a 4B SST2, you have a hell of an electronics chain.

    6) The BDA-1 DAC is incredible and reasonable, but probably due for an upgrade at CES.
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    Sounds great Mobiusman...thanks for that...another confirmation from an experienced Bryston owner about the latest generation of Brystons and in particular the 28SST2 Monos...in a class by themselves among the Bryston family is precisely what i hear EVERY time from people...something magic if you will. and a 20-yr warranty and while expensive...not in the 5-star price range compared to what we are seeing a la Constellation, FMA, which literally cost as much as 3-5x the price, etc.

    Would really love to hear.

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    Thanks Mobiusman for your thoughtful reply. I agree totally with your points. I confess I did not like the Bryston of old. I'm talking about the 80's-90's vintage. It was not my cup of tea. I heard a 4BSST2 a few months ago and was floored. You are right, the new gear is absolutely amazing and an amazing value for the money. I've been thinking about Bryston ever since and plan on getting a pair of 28's. I also like a little tube flavor in the mix and am eager to hear the combo. There is no other company offering anywhere near the warranty of Bryston (or faith in their product), outstanding. I also like the fact that James Tanner of Bryston frequents several forums and is easily accessible always. Who else does that? No one.


    There's a BDA-2 coming

    Bryston BDA-2 DAC



    BDA-2 FEATURES:
    • Dual 32Bit AKM DAC’s
    • Independent Dual Power Supplies
    • Discrete Class A analog output stage
    • Oversampling
    • Synchronous upsampling (176.4K/192K)
    • Selectable upsampling feature
    • Independent Analog and Digital signal paths
    • USB (1), COAX (2), OPTICAL (2), AES-EBU (1) BNC (2) inputs
    • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176, 192K sampling
    • 16-24Bit, 44K-192K PCM and USB
    • Fully Differential Balanced XLR and Unbalanced RCA Stereo outputs.
    • Transformer coupled SPDIF and AES EBU

    Digital inputs.
    • SPDIF COAX Bypass Loop Output
    • RS-232 software upgrade
    • Optional Remote Control
    • Remote 12 Volt Trigger
    • Compatible with CD Drives, Sound Cards, Computers, Music Servers.
    • Cosmetically matches C-Series

    New asynchronous USB input capable of 192/24bit resolution.
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    ---Yes, thanx Russ for your post just above.

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    I still have a 4B ST in my hoard of stuff, but to be perfectly truthful, I don't love it. It's just there as insurance policy...

    Bryston has had so many changes in the last few years that I'm confused. Can someone please describe the sonic difference between the the SST2 and SST2^2?

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    I think the SST2 and SST squared are the same. It seems to be a matter of how it comes out on the keyboard. From a review ...

    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superio...on_7b_sst2.htm

    A Redesigned Product
    Let us now however look to the product on hand for today’s review. Until just recently Bryston made 7B SST amplifiers but has now switch to the designation Squared ( 2 ) to attach at the end after the "SST". So what is the difference between these new 7B SST2 amplifiers and the original 7B SST's? Below is an impressive list stating these differences:
    New power supple transformer design
    New push on/off power switch
    New chassis design
    New Soft-Start circuit
    New Balanced input stage
    New Power Supply board
    Bridging mode performance improvement
    Reduced point to point wiring
    Reduced circuit board count
    Redesigned output chokes

    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superio...on_7b_sst2.htm
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