Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2016 12:08 PM
Nice review in the Absolute Sound magazine on the Bryston BP26 preamp and 14B Cubed amplifier – just got my copy today
It’s as nice as the magazine could publish given their predilection to love $100K + equipment, crazy cables and “accessories”
Again great review from AS, and a great Stereophile review on the BDA-3 DAC as well.
Quite a year for Bryston with new product introductions and favorable press all around (I don’t think there was one bad review all year.
Seems like a “pivotal year” in the history of the company
Best and Happy Holidays
I read the review in TAS. I don't find the reviewer is doing a serious review. I went from a pair of 7B-SST² to a Hegel H30 2 yrs ago. And in September, after I have sold the H30 this past summer, I bought a pair of 7B Cube.
In his review, he is saying that the 7B are inferior to the H30. Well, after going from the H30 (amp I used for 2 yrs) to the new 7B Cube, I don't think the 7B is left in the dark by the H30, far from it. The high frequencies are way smoother with the Bryston. The strong point of the Hegel H30 is the midrange and maybe a deeper soundstage. I also find the 7B being more details (or better separation of instruments).
Lets put it this way, both amplifiers are great, just happen the 7B are about $5000 less than a stereo H30.
The reason I sold the H30, I had to go to mono bloc if I wanted to keep my speakers cables (Cardas Clear Beyond). I moved to a new house this summer and the listening room is wider.
I wish he would have use the Bryston linestage with the Gamut or the Ayre with the7B.
You need to compare apple with apple. I just find the review is not at the same level than other reviews they do in that magazine. I see a reviewer with a bit of attitude, or call it a bit of audio snobbery from his part.