Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?

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Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?
« on: 20 Apr 2017, 03:24 pm »
I don't need more power than the 4B³ stereo provides. A friend is pushing me to get the 7B³ monos, but I think I want to keep it small/simple. Are you 4B³ owners happy/satisfied with the amp? Do you have 7B³ envy? Can I assume the sound quality will be similar if not the same? Has anyone here moved from the stereo to the monos?

Thank you for your thoughts.

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Re: Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?
« Reply #1 on: 20 Apr 2017, 08:18 pm »
The Bryston 4B-SST² I own with my Magnepan 3.6 is totally all I need.
I have plans to buy Magnepan 20.7 and still use the Bryston 4B-SST² I currently own.
PRevious to the 4B-SST² I had a 50 watt per channel, and really wanted more power so the power hungry Magnepan 3.6 would be totally happy.

As for you.. I would say what you need depends on how you play music.
If you constantly (or even ever) play hard Rock at 110dB plus.. in a really big room.. and it's a party full of people.. you might need the 7's. (or a 14B-SST³)
If you play just for yourself in an average/big room, and usually never at ear splitting levels. The 4B-SST³ (I usually play music at 60dB to 80dB "C" weighted at the listening chair.. apps for dB meter are available for your smartphone and work great. see what you like for dB levels?)

The 'idea' of a pair of mono amps is your friends idea.. I would really skip it and buy the 4B-SST³

One point in favor of a pair of amps is being able to have each amp right at the back of each speaker. Which in some situations makes a lot of sense.

If I had money and wanted a 'pair' of amps, I would buy the 28B-SST³ and just be done with it!
And get the 19" and handles! moving them would be way easier with handles...)

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Re: Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?
« Reply #2 on: 20 Apr 2017, 08:36 pm »
Elizabeth,

Thank you so much for your insightful reply. I was hoping you'd respond because I was looking over some older posts of yours. I love your enthusiasm and contributions.

I am not a head banger. I work second shift and get most of my quality listening in from when I get home until the sun starts coming up if I can not pull myself away. I can play pretty loud, if I want, but rarely do. I am absolutely positive the 4B3 is enough. My main speakers are 92dB at 4 ohms and 94dB at 6 ohms so I am running pretty efficient speakers.

Thanks again!

Joe

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Re: Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?
« Reply #3 on: 21 Apr 2017, 02:19 am »
I have the 4b3 with the Model T and I listen quite loudly at times. Never have I felt I required more power,  previously I had the 14bst. I am very surprised how well the 4b performs in all areas, it even out performed the 14b in the bass.

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Re: Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?
« Reply #4 on: 21 Apr 2017, 02:47 am »
Thank you Bud.

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Re: Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?
« Reply #5 on: 21 Apr 2017, 04:26 pm »
When I bought my Bryston system, I had already purchased speakers and a 4b2 would have been a good match for them. But my wife reminded me of my expensive money-losing habit of upgrading every few years so she suggested I buy the 7b2s instead. I took her advice and have never even considered upgrading my amps. As a general rule, I buy one model up from what I need, which eliminates the upgrade bug. Every Bryston amp is going to sound better than the model below it.

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Re: Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?
« Reply #6 on: 21 Apr 2017, 04:38 pm »
That's what's going through my head. We (I) never stop looking up.

When I bought my Bryston system, I had already purchased speakers and a 4b2 would have been a good match for them. But my wife reminded me of my expensive money-losing habit of upgrading every few years so she suggested I buy the 7b2s instead. I took her advice and have never even considered upgrading my amps. As a general rule, I buy one model up from what I need, which eliminates the upgrade bug. Every Bryston amp is going to sound better than the model below it.

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« Reply #7 on: 21 Apr 2017, 04:52 pm »
That's what's going through my head. We (I) never stop looking up.

If I had the funds at the time....I would have probably went with the 14b3 or 7b3

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Re: Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?
« Reply #8 on: 21 Apr 2017, 07:28 pm »
That's what's going through my head. We (I) never stop looking up.
I know that! I have had the Bryston 7B-ST and 6B-SST, then in 2009 I got the opportunity to buy a used pair of 28B-SST  to a decent price and since then I have not been infected by the upgrade bug  :P

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Re: Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?
« Reply #9 on: 21 Apr 2017, 08:48 pm »

 :thumb:

There's something special about the 28's, no doubt.

I know that! I have had the Bryston 7B-ST and 6B-SST, then in 2009 I got the opportunity to buy a used pair of 28B-SST  to a decent price and since then I have not been infected by the upgrade bug  :P

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« Reply #10 on: 21 Apr 2017, 11:11 pm »
So here has been my experience having owned a variety of Bryston amps since the 80s and as always YMMV.

Moving from pre-NRB to ST to SST  to SST squared has always provided sonic benefits to my ears within the system I had at the time but the biggest "Ah Ha" moment I had was moving from a 4B to 14B amp.  The amount of  detail retrieval or conveyance at low volume levels was an eye or ear opening experience.

Sorry if I've muddied the waters and you'll note I've had no experience with the latest cubed series but that's my story and I'm sticking to it...

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Re: Bryston 4B³ stereo or 7B³ monos for me?
« Reply #11 on: 21 Apr 2017, 11:42 pm »
No muddied waters, I know what to expect. I still, at this moment, am shooting for the 4B3 and am pretty sure that is the right move for me now.
Another friend is getting the 28B3  :banana piano: so I'll have experience with his and if I can't stay put, 28B3 here I come. :)

I absolutely love hearing everyone's opinion and experience so please keep it coming. I sincerely appreciate it.