As a faithful 14B SST owner I could not of been more upset with MF for his unflattering review of the 7B SST2 in the January 2010 issue. He tried to be flattering but in the end it only ended up being insulting.
MF: has it occured to you in your analog world that most likely the LP you are listening to was mastered and/or recorded on a Bryston amp? Did the "colourations" you alude to pop up from the recording at any other time? I didn't think so. It seems that neutrality and "honesty to the signal" are not what the high end is about; rather, it is making sure your sound correlates to the sound of the reviewer. Strange that the reviews of other Bryston products from Stereophile and other high renown publications all have given Bryston glowing reviews. For their amps, preamps, CD player and DAC. I wonder if MF thought sticking out would be noticed.
This of course does not include the fact Bryston has the INDUSTRY LEADING 20 year warranty. My 14B will for sure be handed down. I wonder if in that time the companies MF uses will actually be around in that time. History is not so kind. Many have come and gone...
I am not so sure but from my point of view the pair of 7B SST2's that MF so slammed are in fact probably a pair of amps most real world users would die for, and here MF treats them like a poor release, even suggesting the power transformer (made by Plitron, no slouch in power devices) was substandard. But perhaps it is MF who is substandard in his review. Anyone feeling the need for high end power boxes and power cord ends in their system (Oiyeda) must gleen some inner detail the rest of us miss.
But I rest easy knowing that in the next 19 years my amp is with me through thick and thin and should anything arise Bryston will help me out. Not only did I work for the money for my amp but it was an actual purchase, not extended loan or "long term review". I can be forward in my review because I earned it. If MF actually had to earn the 7B SST2 I wonder if his point of view would of been more kind, or at least, more real world.