BRYSTON ACTIVE SPEAKERS

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« Reply #260 on: 12 Jul 2019, 04:38 am »
Hi Folks,

Never figured on this but got an order for Mini T-REX  :thumb:

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How does a mini T Rex differ from the TC-1 other than the crossover, or lack thereof?  Same cabinet and drivers?  Just curious.

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« Reply #261 on: 13 Jul 2019, 10:53 am »
How does a mini T Rex differ from the TC-1 other than the crossover, or lack thereof?  Same cabinet and drivers?  Just curious.

Hi servingko

The TC1 is a Center channel so the spectral dispersion is adjusted differently (horizontal) rather than a vertical speaker dispersion like the Bryston Mini T. 

Also the T-REX is a stacked Active speaker whereas the TC1 is a single Passive speaker.

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« Reply #262 on: 13 Jul 2019, 10:54 am »
MEMO: To All Bryston Customers
SUBJECT: Bryston Model T ‘ACTIVE’ – Customer Feedback

 July, 2019

Hi James,

I picked up the Bryston BAX-1 Active Crossover today from Ron at Altronics. 

Ron said he spoke to Bryston and advised Bryston of my setup and that the BAX-1 was already programmed for me.  Basically plug and play.   



So that’s what I did and I remembered to reverse the cables for the one amplifier.  I powered up everything and the lights on the BAX started in red and then went to yellow and then turned green.   I put a CD into the player and listened to a few songs that I use to gage the quality of speakers and I have only one word.

WOW !!!!   

It is simply more of everything with much greater detail, imaging and presentation than I ever imagined. 

It is not just an incremental increase but a whole new ball game. 


The speakers now coax out detailed sounds in the music that I never heard before.  Bass, midrange and highs are all more pronounced and present.

Well done guys you deserve a resounding pat on the back.  I am officially addicted. 

I will put the speakers through their paces this weekend in more arduous testing.

Sincerely,
Dave

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« Reply #263 on: 13 Jul 2019, 10:56 am »
James, have you tried hooking up your active speakers to an SP4 yet? If so what configuration?

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« Reply #264 on: 13 Jul 2019, 12:24 pm »
James, have you tried hooking up your active speakers to an SP4 yet? If so what configuration?

Yes at a show recently we setup the Active Crossover feature in the SP-4 to replicate a Bryston  BAX-1 Active crossover and it worked great!

james


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« Reply #265 on: 13 Jul 2019, 02:21 pm »
Yes at a show recently we setup the Active Crossover feature in the SP-4 to replicate a Bryston  BAX-1 Active crossover and it worked great!

james

It is a stunning combination, IDK if it is your taste but EDM (like Pet Shop Boys) with active speakers in an immersive setup just doesn't get any better. The entire room starts dancing, and it takes you right into a "club" type atmosphere. There is something that an active speakers does with bass that I can't describe. You can just push and push the volume and the bass is just tight and in your face. Yes action movies are great but I don't experience the type of nuance you get with bass heavy music. I know THX recommends crossing over all channels at 80 HZ but I found 40 HZ works best in my room. Where do you find the SP4 typically sets the crossover with Bryston Active speakers?

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« Reply #266 on: 13 Jul 2019, 04:00 pm »
Hi

We tend to recommend the lowest frequency point possible on the Subs assuming the Mains are going down low enough to support the frequencies around the crossover point chosen.

THX recommends 80Hz because their systems tend to be built around smaller Mains.

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« Reply #267 on: 26 Aug 2019, 06:15 pm »


MEMO: To All Bryston Customers
SUBJECT: Customer Report – Active Middle T-REX

August 2019

Hi James,

Eventually the Middle T Rex tops arrived a month ago so I had the opportunity to pair them with my current Middle Ts in Active configuration.

The difference is really audible, all parameters are on steroids now.

The really good news is they integrate perfectly and the system sounds like a mini monitor but with impact of a huge system, as it is visually.

Actually they do not sound like mini monitors nor as electro-stats or horns or any other loudspeaker type.

They sound as close as possible to the real event. (I had the opportunity to test some musical pieces, mainly jazz and blues recorded unplugged I previously heard live).

Conclusions:
Imaging, dynamics (micro and macro) timbre, detail, reproduction of low, low to upper frequencies is as natural as it should be, and the instruments sound rich and full bodied, with a lush of its own.

Spatial three dimensionality is also outstanding.

Dario,
In Italy



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« Reply #268 on: 13 Nov 2019, 06:55 pm »


MEMO: To All Bryston Customers
SUBJECT: Bryston MODEL T-REX Speakers Gets A New Home

Hi Folks,

My thanks to James Kliewer of Performance Home Theater for his commitment to install a complete Bryston Home Theater system in his facility. 

His current setup is with a single (Front Left & Right) pair of Model T passive speakers.

The new setup will include a ‘FULLY ACTIVE Model T-REX system’!

James

Here are a few pic’s of our current demo theater. The Bryston T-Rex will fit in with a little remodeling. 

When we have the T-REX speakers installed we will rebuild our website with photos and info on the new Bryston system.

We will meet with clients by appointment only.

Thanks for all your help,
James Kliewer
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« Reply #269 on: 6 Jan 2020, 08:11 pm »



MEMO: To All Bryston Customers
SUBJECT: Bryston Middle TREX – Customer Feedback

January 2020

“I had the good fortune to hear an absolutely remarkable Active Bryston system a week or so before Christmas – “hear” isn’t an adequate descriptor – “experience” is much better I think.  It moved me, and changed my entire attitude toward Active systems.

I was purchasing a Bryston turntable for my passive Bryston system, which I always thought sounded very good.  While picking it up I met James tanner and he invited me to listen to the Active system he had assembled.  It was composed of the BDP-3.14 Digital Player/Streamer, BP-26 Preamp/MPS-1 Power Supply, BAX-1 Electronic Crossover, Middle T-REX speakers, driven by two 21B3 amplifiers and all connected with Bryston cables. 

I asked James how loud he normally listened to that system. To my surprise (given my own listening habits), he indicated that he listened at a rather lower volume than I expected.   I own a pair of Middle T’s and they are well driven by my 4B3 power amp, so to see the Middle T-Rex’s assembled, hovering over me, well I was expecting to be blown away by the sheer power and volume of the system.  And I wasn’t disappointed. 

Importantly, however, it wasn’t the power or volume of the listening experience that so moved me – though the system doubtless was capable of massive volume and power if that is your preference.  It was the sonic clarity, texture and dimensional composition of the music that was playing. Volume didn’t need to be massive at all to hear sonic details of music that, as well as I knew most of the music, hadn’t heard like that before.  Regardless of the kind of track, from classic rock, to jazz, to classical, the sound stage was absolutely massive – much wider than the speakers themselves were apart from one another.  Guitar finger role-offs, the feeling and images of movement of drums from one side of the kit to the other – the subtlety of vocals at once close to the recording mic, and then backing away – absolutely breathtaking, all without massive volume to find those sounds I’d not heard on those recordings previously.  The Active system seemed to clarify well-known parts of the music, but simultaneously lift more subtle aspects of the music from sonic darkness to light.

I’m a convert!  I love my own passive system – but not like I like James’ Active System.  Time to become more Active I think.” 

David           

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« Reply #270 on: 21 Feb 2020, 10:21 pm »
My New Active Mini T setup in room 3.





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« Reply #271 on: 22 Feb 2020, 04:42 pm »
Elegant 8)

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« Reply #272 on: 21 Mar 2020, 11:52 pm »
Hi James,

Hope you are keeping well.   I retired a month ago just before all insanity broke loose.... so lots of idle time on my hands.

I had a few "engineers" over to my home to listen to the Middle T-Rex setup.  The were very suitably impressed with the sound, but one complained that "if only it could sound like a night club".

After careful consideration I have managed to create that sound by combining a SP2 ( in Stereo5 mode) and four Middle T's running at four corners of the room along with the Middle T-Rex in a traditional 2 channel position slightly louder than the surround.  Add in two 15" Vellodyne 1250W RMS subs for the chest shaking rumble and well I have a night club in my living room.  All I need now is a well stocked bar! 

If only this social distancing was not making me live like a hermit. 

Love the active crossovers.  Any new features coming?

Stay safe.
Drew

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« Reply #273 on: 22 Mar 2020, 01:41 pm »
Hi Drew

Yes the hermit idea is affecting us all.  I am hard at work though on my OMNI project so its given me tme to play around a lot more.

I am glad you are enjoying the Middle TREX - I have mine setup in room 1 and have done many demos for a number of people and some are surprised at how refined it sounds for such a big system

Anyway enjoy your retirement sir!

james

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« Reply #274 on: 22 Mar 2020, 02:41 pm »
Hi James,

Omni or Dipole?  I have always loved the sound of a Dipole with reduced SPL ( or via acoustic treatment) rear firing drivers. Creates a bigger ambience in the room.  Get closer to planner speakers but with the advantage of more punch. 

I have never seriously listened side firing woofers.  Could be interesting if they were configured as subs, as you always need a minimum of two subs to reduce  room modes.  Build it right into the speaker as a music sub.  Sadly almost all subs today are home theatre variety.

All active of course.

Enjoy
Drew

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« Reply #275 on: 22 Mar 2020, 04:14 pm »
Here's the link to what I am playing with now.

https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=167306.0

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« Reply #276 on: 23 Mar 2020, 01:52 am »
Drew, check out mixcloud to get the "night club" experience going full tilt. AWESOME mixes, you just hit play and it is like DJ in your own space.

https://www.mixcloud.com/djmitsuru/soulful-house-mix-05032020/

https://www.mixcloud.com/dashboard/new-uploads/

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« Reply #277 on: 23 Mar 2020, 12:22 pm »
Question: Would a Bryston 875H work well for a Mini T based active system in a smaller room?

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« Reply #278 on: 23 Mar 2020, 12:34 pm »
Question: Would a Bryston 875H work well for a Mini T based active system in a smaller room?

Hi veloceleste

I Have used a lot of combinations of amps with the Mini T Active and depending on room size and levels any combination will work. 

I think you are better off though with amps other than the 875.  I would recommend in most setups a 3B with two 2.5B's as a good combination.

Plus in the future with the multiple amps any resale would be much easier.

james

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« Reply #279 on: 24 Mar 2020, 12:18 am »
Hi veloceleste

I Have used a lot of combinations of amps with the Mini T Active and depending on room size and levels any combination will work. 

I think you are better off though with amps other than the 875.  I would recommend in most setups a 3B with two 2.5B's as a good combination.

Plus in the future with the multiple amps any resale would be much easier.

Hi. James,
Thanks for your thoughts and quick reply.