BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS

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Re: BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS
« Reply #180 on: 9 Feb 2018, 11:54 pm »
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SUBJECT: Bryston Mini T Active – Customer Feedback

Hi James,

I've now had my Active Mini-T's running for about 5 days and am very happy with their superb sound!  I also changed from a BP26 to a BP17cubed at the same time because I didn't have the patience to stage them in separately, so can't definitively attribute specific improvements to one change or the other... but there are definitely many improvements.

My previous setup was BP26 - 7B3 - Mini-T Passive.

The new setup is BP17C - BAX1 - 7B3/2.5B3 - Mini-T-Active

I was quite pleased with my passive Mini-T's but knew from experience that the move to active would be a major change and it was:

•   Soundstage is more 3D, more depth and layers
•   Attacks and percussion are crisper
•   Articulation of individual notes is clearer 
•   The music overall is clearer, a veil has been lifted!

Late night/very low volume listening has been good since moving to Mini-T's a year ago but it is now even better. At my normal volumes (still comparatively low due to small apartment constraints) the bass seems to have about the same low extension but is clearer and, for example, I heard a very clear bass line in an old recording that I'd never noticed before.  Every instrument seems more clearly defined on the soundstage and sounds more distinct compared to my passive system.  Marimbas and xylophones seem to have more "glow" as do tablas.  Orchestral works sound richer and more "full-bodied" even though the passive Mini-T's sounded great too.

Although I'm sure the BP17C should be getting some of the credit, there is one very welcome improvement that it clearly offers:  the slower response on the motorized volume control - important to me in adjusting levels in my limited volume range.

Overall, I'm very pleased.  Thank you to you and the team for deciding to offer an active version of the already-great Mini-T's!

Norm


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Re: BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS
« Reply #181 on: 22 Feb 2018, 01:47 am »
MEMO: To All Bryston Customers
SUBJECT: Bryston Middle T ‘ACTIVE’ – Dealer Feedback



February, 2018

Hi James,

Just hooked up the new Bryston Middle T active speakers. 

So far, excellent.

Will play with the parametric EQ to see if I can clean the room up a little.

My first impression is what my suspicion was:

“Once you go active, you can never go back.”

I will follow up with you after more time with them.

Thanks for your passion and "end to end" product!!!

Thanks,
Dave


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Re: BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS
« Reply #182 on: 9 Mar 2018, 11:55 am »
Hello Gentlemen,

Just a quick thank you note (detailed impressions later).

I received my 21B Cubed 3 channel amplifiers for my Active Model T's today.

An hour out of the box, these amps are ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!

I’m impressed how far above the six 7B mix I was using (4x 7B SST2 and 2x cubed for mids). Well done.

Thanks!
Marc   
   
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Re: BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS
« Reply #183 on: 13 Mar 2018, 11:00 pm »
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SUBJECT: Bryston Model T Active – Distributor Feedback - Norway
 

 
Dear, Brian & everybody @ BRYSTON !

Attached please find Håvards picture of our BRYSTON rig with 21B3 amplifiers and the BIG Model-T speakers with BAX-1 Electronic crossover etc... .
 


Håvard hadn't time to wait a minute more, when I unloaded the shipment yesterday.  He connected the BIG Bryston 21B3 amplifiers and we listened yesterday to different music and we concluded early on but which we felt  stronger and stronger about as we continued to listen and can confirm:
 
The Bryston 21B3 Cubed amplifiers lifted the experience of the Model-T Active sound above everything we have heard earlier.  They played with authority and control and with details in the high frequencies we have never experienced before.   

We were astonished by the extreme control of the lowest of the low frequencies. You Brystoners have made an extremely good match with the 21B3, BAX-1 and Model-T Active
speakers.  Now it's more than a pleasure to come to work and listen to this setup.  Thank You, Bryston!
 
Brian, say hello to your employees from us, we are very thankful for what you have done for us and soon for the Audiophiles in Little Norway.  The future is very bright.
 
Best regards from
Håvard &, björn

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« Reply #184 on: 28 Mar 2018, 02:44 pm »
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SUBJECT: Bryston Middle T Active – Customer Feedback

March 2018

Hi James

Model T Active vs Middle T Active



So far my initial impression with the new Middle T Actives is a very similar clean, neutral and refined presentation!

The Middle T speakers are brand new...and I must crank up the volume a bit more to get a similar same scale of the Signatures...but I am sure they will run in slowly in the next weeks...

The highs seem to have more sparkle and resolution, and  I am very happy that the bass is still very impressive and fast.

You remember I was a bit scared because the Signatures spoils us with such a magnificent bass punch... maybe someday we add a middle “sub” to get the ultimate bass weight.

I just played “Mean to Me” from Rita Coolildge...one of my personal reference tracks...and the double bass is well defined, fast, and airy, just like on the Signatures.

Overall, a speaker with fantastic value...and definitely “signature” sound quality...plus, great for the wife factor, due to the compact dimensions!

Cheers to you !
Tom from Singapore


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Re: BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS
« Reply #185 on: 31 Mar 2018, 01:53 pm »
DEALER FEEDBACK

James,

The four Mini T ACTIVE speakers are installed. Along with single Mini T sub.

Running with Bryston 4B on woofers and 3Bs on mid-range and tweeters.

Client is ecstatic. I will be sending pictures hopefully next week when I revisit the job site to tie up Loose Ends.

Thanks,

Dave

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Re: BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS
« Reply #186 on: 3 Apr 2018, 12:51 am »
James

Congratulations on the launch of the new 24Bcubed amplifier.   What is the suggested list for an active Middle T system using the 24B amp and a BP17 preamp.   Thinking this might be a very wife / daughter friendly system with excellent sound. 

Cheers
Drew

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« Reply #187 on: 4 Apr 2018, 06:45 pm »
James

Congratulations on the launch of the new 24Bcubed amplifier.   What is the suggested list for an active Middle T system using the 24B amp and a BP17 preamp.   Thinking this might be a very wife / daughter friendly system with excellent sound. 

Cheers
Drew

Hi Drew

The speakers are the same price as normal but you need the BAX 1 which is an additional $3495 list.

James

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« Reply #188 on: 19 Apr 2018, 08:07 am »
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SUBJECT: Bryston Demo – Absolute Audio/Video - Calgary

April 19th 2018

Hi Folks

Please drop by our dealer for 2 straight days of Bryston audio system demos in Calgary on Thursday and Friday.



Room one will feature a fully ACTIVE Bryston Middle T System.



System consists of the the new Bryston BAX-1 dedicated digital 3-way electronic crossover and the new 3-channel 21B amplifiers.


Room two will feature the passive Bryston Mini T system





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Re: BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS
« Reply #189 on: 19 Apr 2018, 10:35 pm »
Those Mini T's look gorgeous!  :thumb:

james - are these a special run - or is this finish luck of the draw ..?

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« Reply #190 on: 29 Apr 2018, 01:48 pm »
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SUBJECT: Bryston Active Demo – Mark Jones Audio

April 2018

Bryston Active event at Audio by Mark Jones

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Mark Jones to attend the Bryston Active event at his place. James Tanner of Bryston was presenting the new active loudspeaker system featuring Model T Signature loudspeakers and BAX-1 electronic crossover.



I am familiar with "active" loudspeakers, such as those produced by Meridian Audio. They have amplifiers built right in and all you need is a source, like a CD player or a network streamer.

Bryston's Model T active loudspeaker system is different. The loudspeakers' drivers (woofer, mid-range and tweeter) are directly connected to an amplifier's output. This is known as active bi-amping or tri-amping, since there are no passive components, i.e. crossovers, are present in the signal path between the amplifier and the drivers. Not to be confused by "passive" bi-amping or tri-amping, where a separate amplifier is assigned to each driver, but internal crossovers are still used to control which frequencies are handled by which driver, as well as roll-off characteristics.

But in a truly active system this is handled by an "electronic crossover" placed between the preamplifier and individual amplifier(s), basically in a small signal level stage. The electronic crossover used in this presentation was Bryston BAX-1 dedicated Digital crossover.
The other components in the system were:

•   BP17³ preamplifier (bottom box in the photo above)
•   2 x 28B³ power amplifiers to drive the woofers
•   2 x 4B³ power amplifiers to driver mid-range and tweeters
•   BDA-3 DAC
•   BDP-3 Digital Player

The BAX-1 electronic crossover is controlled through a Bryston developed app from an iPad.

Although it is more costly to properly develop a truly active system, it has a number of advantages:

more efficient use of power superior direct coupling of drivers to the amplifiers provides better control of drive units and damps unwanted resonances in drivers splitting frequency bands before amplification results in easier design of crossover filters simplified control of amplitude and phase (delay) and driver anomalies higher SPL's are achieved in larger systems (you get 4dB improvement in level with the same power) it can be used to tune the system to any room with any acoustic deficiencies

As James Tanner remarked, music reproduction is a transient condition, where stop and start signals are transmitted to the drivers. With the amplifier being connected directly to the speaker driver this condition is improved and better controlled, which results in a much more accurate reproduction of the music. True active system can bring a much higher resolution and dynamic control to an audio system.

And this is exactly what I experienced with the system that was being presented that night. James first played some of his own selections. But then one of the guests brought his own musical selections on a USB stick. As they were played, the gentleman remarked that this is the best reproduction of these tracks that he has ever heard.

•   Besame Mama by Poncho Sanchez and Mongo Santamaria
•   The Black Messiah (Part Two) by George Duke
•   Good Bye Pork Pie Hat by Uzeb

Each musical selection showcased the system's full potential. The clarity, the level of detail, the instrument separation and air around each instrument were simply superb.

The bass was tight and powerful even without any subwoofers. The imaging was precise. Soundstage was truly three-dimensional with depth, width and height clearly defined.

I have only heard this level of reproduction in systems that cost tens of thousands more than Bryston.


That is not to say that the electronic crossover does not have its weaknesses. The main one being that you cannot currently use BAX-1 in any other system. Current design only works with Model T speakers and Bryston amplifiers (ED: For very good technical and performance reasons).

But all in all it was very enjoyable experience and I am grateful to Mark and James for the presentation.

Alex G.

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Re: BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS
« Reply #191 on: 7 May 2018, 03:57 pm »
Hi Folks,

The sales of the Bryston Active system has been better than we expected so we have decided to do a dedicated Bryston Active Speaker Brochure:

http://www.bryston.com/PDF/brochures/Active_BROCHURE.pdf

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« Reply #192 on: 7 May 2018, 08:02 pm »
Great to see you  can now buy any of the speakers in a passive configuration and upgrade them to active configuration if you want to go that route. Future proof. That will help move even more of your products.  Nice brochure.

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« Reply #194 on: 10 May 2018, 07:49 pm »
Hi Folks,

The sales of the Bryston Active system has been better than we expected so we have decided to do a dedicated Bryston Active Speaker Brochure:

http://www.bryston.com/PDF/brochures/Active_BROCHURE.pdf

Hi James,
How does the conversion of model year 2018+ speakers from passive to active take place with the future purchase of a BAX as stated in the brochure?
Thanks.

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« Reply #195 on: 10 May 2018, 08:43 pm »
Hi James,
How does the conversion of model year 2018+ speakers from passive to active take place with the future purchase of a BAX as stated in the brochure?
Thanks.

You will have to remove the back plate on the speaker and replace it with the 3 connector active backplate and reattached the wiring.

james

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« Reply #197 on: 2 Jun 2018, 11:35 am »
Hi Folks,

First 'professional review' of the Bryston Mini T ACTIVE loudspeaker:

http://innerearmag.com/reviews/speakers/Audio_Observer_Bryston_Active_System.shtml

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Re: BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS
« Reply #198 on: 2 Jun 2018, 05:36 pm »
Nice review! Working towards an active system; have my six channels of Bryston amplification, just have to sell my current Mini T's to replace with active version and add the BAX. May be lots of pb and j n my diet!

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