Bryston announcing new SST3 amps

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« Reply #981 on: 24 Feb 2018, 10:57 am »
HI Folks,

I have an English translation of this review on the BP17 Cubed Preamplifier and 4B Cubed Power amplifier now - email me if you want a copy.

jamestanner@bryston.com




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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #982 on: 27 Feb 2018, 04:30 pm »
MEMO: To All Bryston Customers
SUBJECT: Bryston 28B Mono Amplifiers – Customer Feedback

February, 2018

Good morning, James. 

Got my Bryston 28B amplifiers hooked up this weekend.





In this hobby it’s so easy to make what you realize inside of an hour was an expensive mistake.  It’s nice when an expensive trial works out!

By the end of my listening session last night my mouth was nearly agape that I got this much noticeable improvement from a solid state amp(s). I felt like I had a whole new system, and more to come considering right now I’m using a $500 DAC as a preamp/level control and Monoprice 12ga speaker cable.

Even so, incredible dynamics with sounds emerging from absolute nothingness, voices are so natural, instrument separation to be able to identify and localize secondary and tertiary elements, and an overall unfatiguing, effortless “flow “ of music that felt like it would go 20 dB louder with no complaint if I asked it to. Wow.

I think these are feeling like amps for life that aren’t going anywhere. I used to have a 150 pound pure Class A space heater called an (edit), and I can’t believe it gets any better than this. I’m just blown away!

You are/have been for me an unbelievable wealth of knowledge, patience and energy as a brand ambassador for Bryston, to young and old, first-time prospects like myself to 40-year customers.

Keep up the great work and happy listening, James!


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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #983 on: 12 Mar 2018, 10:44 am »
MEMO: To All Bryston Customers
SUBJECT: Bryston 4B Cubed Amplifier – Customer Feedback

March 2018



Hi James,

Please see below my translation of one of our customers in Sweden regarding his new Bryston 4B Cubed amplifier.



"Hi,

Thank you for letting me try the new Bryston 4B Cubed amplifier.

It is by far the best purchase that I have ever made!

An incredibly fine unit that if everything were fair you should sell tons of! 

Night after night I get stuck and just enjoy it!”

Regards
Jonas, Goteborg"
Sweden


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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #984 on: 14 Mar 2018, 09:42 pm »
I have recently purchased the Bryston 4B cubed amp.  Bryston has hit the mark with the cubed series.  I was running Musician III Mk2 with all available upgrades in mono block.
The 4B3 has a way of control of my Usher be-20 diamond woofers that I only heard with Belles MB-500 mono blocks $15,000.00 USD new.  Being from Texas, those MB-500s were not a option due to the heat generation of that design. 

Called Bryston after purchased and asked if I could do better than the 4B3 sound wise, they reviewed my speaker specs and said no!!! How's that for customer service.  Going up the Bryston chain would only increase power output to the speaker, sound quality would remain the same.  As you see this is a company that puts the best of their technical expertise in all the cubed models, you choose your power requirements for your speakers and system.  This is my first Bryston purchase, but most likely not my last.  Outstanding Job!!!!

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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #985 on: 31 Mar 2018, 02:43 pm »
MEMO: To All Bryston Customers
SUBJECT:  Bryston - Made in Canada – Sold in China !

March, 2018

Hi James

Please see attached the link to the Chinese review on the new Bryston 14B Cubed amplifier



It’s the review of the Bryston 14B3 (Cubed) in traditional Chinese language but you can use Google Translate.

The articles heading is "What's the MAGIC of the 14B3!"

In this review, the editor claims that “for the same price level in power amps , the Bryston 14B3 (Cubed) can't be exceeded!"

https://www.audionet.com.tw/thread-10538-1-1.html


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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #986 on: 31 Mar 2018, 02:59 pm »
I flunked Chinese in undergrad. :roll:

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« Reply #987 on: 1 Apr 2018, 12:09 am »
I nearly flunked undergrad.  :o

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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #988 on: 5 Apr 2018, 12:13 pm »
MEMO: To All Bryston Customers
SUBJECT: Bryston 14B Cubed Review from France

April, 2018

The manufacturer (Bryston) applied their philosophy of “first to last watt” to the Cubed range consisting of seven models of power amplifiers, an approach designed to maintain an ideal power curve where the threshold noise and distortion remain low and constant from first to last watt.



THE BRYSTON WAY

For this purpose, ultrafast bipolar driver transistors are used to eliminate a second type of crossover distortion that adds to the distortion of crossing of the exit stage specific to class AB. The Quad Complementary bipolar output stage reduces the capacitive load seen from the driver. So the response time generated by this capacitive load is removed, which helps eliminate nonlinearities at zero crossing of the current. The behavior of the output stage then gets closer of a class A floor, so without distortion crossover, but remains effective as a circuit in class AB. As indicated by the manufacturer, 14B3 is mounted in an aluminum frame within which are virtually installed two mono blocks 7B3. The interior is thus arranged in pure double mono. On each channel, a huge toroidal transformer of 850 VA followed by six capacitor filtering of 15,000 μF feed after regulation the different balanced circuits distributed between the motherboard and two cards on the back of each heatsink. Eight pairs of channel-protected power transistors temperature deliver more than 600W (670 measured and guaranteed by the measurement sheet provided on our copy) under 8 ohms.

MANUFACTURING AND LISTEN

CONSTRUCTION: We find with the Bryston 14B3 the characteristic look of the high power block with a consistent overall volume and weight. However the aesthetics has been seriously reworked and the massive front face softened by rounded edges largely erases the professional pedigree own to the brand. The front handles are beautiful and the rear handles very useful for stir the beast.

COMPONENTS: The technological choices are nothing extraordinary. On the other hand, they have done for a long time their evidence in terms of performance, quality of restitution and reliability, which enables the manufacturer to guarantee the device for a period 20 years old parts and labor! Moreover, the schema has been the subject of much attention and includes a few house tricks that are causing a phenomenal restitution.

SERIOUS: Among our favorite tests on this criterion, the landing of the helicopter on The Wall of Pink Floyd vinyl takes a special place because it is simply revealing qualities of impact, power felt and firmness of a device. With the Bryston 14B3, the helicopter was literally in the piece! The slapping of the blades, the blast of the thruster and the air around this show of apocalypse were felt on a scale of veracity never reached so far in our auditorium, what that was the price of the amplifier tested. The energy of impacts and the linearity of the descent into the basements are absolutely exceptional. As for the articulation of the register, we have not yet heard better, especially on the tablecloth synths in the extreme low on "Christine" by Christine and The Queens. This is the first time we came to follow a score as well low in frequency.

MEDIUM: The use of bipolar technology brings in our opinion a more incontestable listening, because it develops a harmonic gradient much more coherent and better cut off from the top medium than other transistor technologies. We received the new 14B3 from nine and it was a short half-hour to block gets into the leg and delivers stamps already very structured and very nuanced. Listening to Mars in DSD128 file from Holst's Planets by Karajan challenged us by the flamboyance of the notes and by their very plausible texture. Everything sounds right, without tension, without greenness, without perhaps the thickness ultimate references of the moment, but that's so unexpected for such a powerful monster do not sulk his pleasure.

ACUTE: The Bryston does not change gear when the message goes up in frequency. He does not lose anything this very great spontaneity in the diffusion of the treble which is part of a tonal continuity absolutely perfect with the medium. The flexibility of register is remarkable even in the extinctions. Bryston Quad Complementary technology that duplicates the harmonic distribution of a montage in class A here proves its effectiveness.

DYNAMIC: Whether you are listening very, very loud or muted, the 14B3 offers a dynamic range sensational and unusual readability what that is the complexity of the message. The most spectacular in the good sense of the term remains the energy considerable feeling about a powerful spike, like kick kick on "Animal". The holding the speakers is otherwise absolutely incredible for an electronics that only displays one damping factor of "only" 300. In reality, the depreciation factor does not explain all because we must also consider the capabilities of food to quickly deliver a lot of current. On this point, the 14B3 can already be considered a reference.

NOTE ATTACK: The Bryston 14B3 is a pure block of dynamite. Just send the music to light the wick and then it's a real fireworks sound that starts. The liveliness, the spontaneity of the device releases a huge amount of information all over the place in the development of notes. And these go out in the long term with great delicacy to deep silence.

SOUNDSTAGE: On the introduction of the track "Day in the Life" by Jeff Beck recorded in public at the Montreux Festival in 2001, we were able to visualize with even more conviction than usually every musician on stage, every sound in the space. The width as the depth of camped decor are of a unique realism, as this amp elsewhere.

TRANSPARENCY: Once in, because the 14B3 does not was not when we listened to it, it is very likely that this power block is one of the most transparencies all prices available on the market. Marriage with PMC speakers (Bryston and PMC are longstanding partners) is simply ideal. Value for money:

At the risk of getting angry with the competition, we would still like ask him a question because we probably have not yet all-inclusive. Why electronics as brilliant as the Bryston 14B3, very powerful, incredibly delicate and musical and, which plus is, guaranteed 20 years, costs just over 10,000 euros when you have to pay several tens of thousands to get something from similar in the very high end of others manufacturers? Our advice for Free: By associating it with an excellent DAC with variable output level, you get one of the most simple systems and the more magnetic that are.

VERDICT

It's been a long time since we had took pleasure in discovering and listening to a amplification electronics of this caliber. In this price niche at least we do not see any competitor able to play in the same yard qualitative.

Maximum recommendation
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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #989 on: 5 Apr 2018, 12:20 pm »
I agree: the Floyd track with the chopper is a superb test track.

Another great track is Private Investigations, Dire Straits. All the microdetails and bass slam.

 :thumb: congrats JT.

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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #990 on: 7 Apr 2018, 06:54 pm »

Has anyone changed the face plate on their cubed amp.

I looks like there are 2 screws on the right/left inside of the face plate. They are obstructed by the heat sinks. But you cannot take off the
 heat-sinks as there are multiple pieces of electronics attached to them, inside the case.

Is there a special tool, or am i missing something.

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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #991 on: 7 Apr 2018, 11:29 pm »
Hi James

Nice review of the 14B3. Thanks for posting.

What are your thoughts on this free advice......? "By associating it with an excellent DAC with variable output level, you get one of the most simple systems and the more magnetic that are. "

Any drawbacks of eliminating the preamp from the electronic stream?

TJ

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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #992 on: 8 Apr 2018, 10:04 am »
Hi James

Nice review of the 14B3. Thanks for posting.

What are your thoughts on this free advice......? "By associating it with an excellent DAC with variable output level, you get one of the most simple systems and the more magnetic that are. "

Any drawbacks of eliminating the preamp from the electronic stream?

TJ




I prefer to use a preamp but in a very simple system as long as the output gain stage is of high quality you should be fine with a DAC/preamp combination.  The problem with most of these output sections in a combination product is the output voltage swing is limited. 

For example most of the CD players and DAC's I have looked at with volume out give you a maximum of 2 Volts whereas something like our BP26 has 30 Volts capability.

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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #993 on: 8 Apr 2018, 12:14 pm »
Interesting. Thanks James!

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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #994 on: 9 Apr 2018, 10:33 pm »
Hi James

Ever think of designing a simple preamp/DAC with a high quality output gain stage?
Could call it the Byrston PDAC1. And retail for $3,299. ;)  :thumb:

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« Reply #995 on: 11 Apr 2018, 06:18 pm »
...will the BP26 ever be replaced ??????????? very good preamp and in the meantime more than 10 years in Bryston's lineup :thumb:

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« Reply #996 on: 11 Apr 2018, 09:41 pm »
...will the BP26 ever be replaced ??????????? very good preamp and in the meantime more than 10 years in Bryston's lineup :thumb:

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Hi Al

The BP26 is still my favourite preamp so I plan to keep it in the lineup for as long as it sells.

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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #997 on: 19 Apr 2018, 11:34 pm »
4B3 good combo with ATC passive, like the SCM 12 pro?

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« Reply #998 on: 20 Apr 2018, 12:54 am »
Hi Al

The BP26 is still my favourite preamp so I plan to keep it in the lineup for as long as it sells.

James

Hi James,

Great philosophy and very pragmatic.  The BP26 is an excellent preamp.  I enjoy the simplicity and robustness of the design.

Cheers,

John

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Re: Bryston announcing new SST3 amps
« Reply #999 on: 21 Apr 2018, 10:24 am »
MEMO: To All Bryston Customers
SUBJECT: Bryston 4B Cubed Review - Poland

April 2018

Hi Folks

Please see below a link to a review on the new 4B Cubed amplifier from Poland (English translation).

Also some superb photos!





LINK

https://soundrebels.com/bryston-4b%C2%B3-english-ver/





Favourite Quotes:

“But if you ask me about my individual and very subjective opinion, then the Bryston 4B3 seems to be the summit not only of my audiophile, but also my reviewer’s dreams.”

Marcin Olszewski


“I am not able to predict the final effect of the integration of the 4B³ with your system, but for the money, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to find something similar quality.”

Jacek Pazio


PS - By the way James the 4B³ is staying in my system permanently.
Marcin
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