Hello Mr. Tanner,
I have a Bryston 14 sst2 amp and 2 Dayton 1000 sub amps, plus the usual preamp and digital media devices. I am installing a dedicated 20 amp line for audio. Do you recommend a Torus/Bryston BIT for conditioning or a SurgeX for surge suppression and filtration or will these limit the dynamics of the amplifier? i live in a rural area prone to bad weather and occasional brown outs and have a whole house generator for times when I lose power.
Great question and one of the reasons we decided to offer the BIT (Bryston Isolation Transformer).
The 20 amp dedicated line is definitely the way to go so that's an excellent choice.
The concern we had with the power line conditioners we saw in the market was they were restricting dynamics as you mentioned and we found that was because the isolation transformers being used were much too small for the amperage require. So the 20 amp isolation transformer in the BIT is designed for 40 amps and as a result does not impede the transient response of the music.
The BIT also allows for a very low output impedance on the power being delivered to the amplifier which in turn allows for better transient response for the amplifier.
Lastly the BIT is a true Isolation transformer - not just a filter - and your gear is actually working off the magnetic field between the primary and secondary sections of the transformer. So the input side of the system is never seen by the output side. Its like having your own in house power grid. Also the SurgeX is built into the BIT as well.
Sonically Jim I think you will notice a much better transient response in your system and a much more extended sound-stage in both depth and width as well as a dead quiet background.
Hope this helps.