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commsysman
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Potayto...Potahhto...Bryston...

For some time now I have been raving about the truly excellent sound of my new Bryston 3B-SST2 amplifier.

Certain other people have said "oh, I've heard that Bryston stuff and I don't think that it sounds quite THAT good...".

Well, maybe we are both right.

In talking to various people, including some at Bryston, it develops that...

a) The ST and SST iterations of the Bryston amplifiers are supposed to be substantially improved in sound quality compared to earlier versions, and also...

b) the 3B-SST may be better-sounding than the 4B-SST or some of the higher-powered models.

So...I guess maybe a discussion has been going on where the sound I am hearing and the sound someone else is hearing ARE significantly different from each other, because we ARE talking about two significantly different amplifiers from the same company.

I guess we had better get the vintage straight before comparing our cabernets...even if they come from the same vineyard...lol.

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Re: Potayto...Potahhto...Bryston...

I never said that...it didnt "sound good". I said that it wasnt a fun sound. it was a laboratory/OR/precision sort of sound (or lack of) and as such was not my choice for extended listening. Ive owned 5 Bryston products, how many have you?

relax, mr. bryston shill. the amp's feelings arent hurt.

it is only a piece of metal, for goodness sake. a cold, unforgiving, stoic, surgical room bland piece of metal.


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For some time now I have been raving about the truly excellent sound of my new Bryston 3B-SST2 amplifier.

Certain other people have said "oh, I've heard that Bryston stuff and I don't think that it sounds quite THAT good...".

Well, maybe we are both right.

In talking to various people, including some at Bryston, it develops that...

a) The ST and SST iterations of the Bryston amplifiers are supposed to be substantially improved in sound quality compared to earlier versions, and also...

b) the 3B-SST may be better-sounding than the 4B-SST or some of the higher-powered models.

So...I guess maybe a discussion has been going on where the sound I am hearing and the sound someone else is hearing ARE significantly different from each other, because we ARE talking about two significantly different amplifiers from the same company.

I guess we had better get the vintage straight before comparing our cabernets...even if they come from the same vineyard...lol.

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Re: Potayto...Potahhto...Bryston...

There is no such thing as a perfect sound for everyone.

You can state that Bryston amps are a well made well supported product, after that its all taste !!

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Re: Potayto...Potahhto...Bryston...

I understand what you are saying, I think.

While my new amplifier unquestionably makes all instruments and voices sound FAR closer to their live, warm, natural sound, the desirability of that degree of accuracy is sometimes questionable.

For example, I have a CD of the Blue Sky Boys that was recorded at the University of Illinois in the 1960s. It was basically an amateur tape recording that Rounder dug up, and it is a pretty shitty recording. With my old amp it was fairly good listening, but with the new one the poor quality of the recording is clear as fingernails on a chalkboard at times; thumps against the mike stand and crowd noises are much more prominent and distracting. I haven't found many recordings that would sound better on the less accurate amp, but I DO have a couple of them.

(More Accurate...Less Filling........More Accurate...LESS FILLING!...available in pop-top cans OR handy long-neck bottles.......)

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