upgrade to 14b3 or 7b3?

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amghoon

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upgrade to 14b3 or 7b3?
« on: 13 Feb 2018, 06:31 pm »
Hi all,

I just bought a refurbished 4b3 and am loving it. It's my first Bryston product. I'm running it with a Schiit Freya tube pre and LS50s. Since the LS50s are just temporary, I'm wondering if I should swap it for a pair of 7b3s or a 14b3 as I know I'll always be curious if I should have spent the extra $$ and went with one of the big boys. For those that have heard the 4b3 and one or both of the others, is there a big difference?

Thanks in advance for any input!

amghoon

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Re: upgrade to 14b3 or 7b3?
« Reply #1 on: 13 Feb 2018, 06:35 pm »
Oh and I should add room size is 13X23 and most listened to music types are classic rock and EDM

john1970

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Re: upgrade to 14b3 or 7b3?
« Reply #2 on: 14 Feb 2018, 10:18 am »
I recently traded in a 4B SST2 towards the purchase of a pair of 7B3 amps, but have never done a comparison to the 4B3.  The 7B3 will definitely go louder than the 4B3 and has more current capacity.  If you do decide to upgrade to the 14B3 or a pair of 7B3 I would definitely go for the pair of 7B3s.  The 7B3 has more capacitance per a channel, additional heatsink, and are lighter than a single 14B3 amp. 

Grit

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Re: upgrade to 14b3 or 7b3?
« Reply #3 on: 14 Feb 2018, 10:25 am »
What differences did you hear between the 4BSST2 vs the 7B3's did you hear that you'd attribute to version differences (SST2 vs S3) vs power and capacitance (4 series vs 7 series)?

john1970

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Re: upgrade to 14b3 or 7b3?
« Reply #4 on: 14 Feb 2018, 10:43 am »
What differences did you hear between the 4BSST2 vs the 7B3's did you hear that you'd attribute to version differences (SST2 vs S3) vs power and capacitance (4 series vs 7 series)?

That is difficult for me to say because I changed speakers at the same time and I am quite sure changes to the transducer would be the most significant.   

Grit

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Re: upgrade to 14b3 or 7b3?
« Reply #5 on: 15 Feb 2018, 11:55 am »
Oh yeah, that would be nearly impossible to isolate. Glad you're pleased with the whole package though. That's what counts!