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#391519 - 03/29/13 08:53 AM Bryston 4BSST2 or similarly priced amp
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Registered: 08/20/09
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Anyone using a bryston 4BSST2 amp with there M80's. I am thinking of purchasing this amp as the first step in upgrading my home theater. Just wondering if anyone had any experience in pairing this with the M80's.

Also if there are any 2 channel amps in the 5k range i should be considering. I'd like to stick with canadian made but it is not a deal breaker, I also thought about Classe but it is slightly above my price range. I am looking for an A or AB type amp so axiom amps and class D are out.

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#391524 - 03/29/13 12:10 PM Re: Bryston 4BSST2 or similarly priced amp [Re: osborne]
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Registered: 07/03/08
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Loc: Toronto
Originally Posted By: osborne
Anyone using a bryston 4BSST2 amp with there M80's. I am thinking of purchasing this amp as the first step in upgrading my home theater. Just wondering if anyone had any experience in pairing this with the M80's.

Also if there are any 2 channel amps in the 5k range i should be considering. I'd like to stick with canadian made but it is not a deal breaker, I also thought about Classe but it is slightly above my price range. I am looking for an A or AB type amp so axiom amps and class D are out.

Osborne


I am not sure what the specific model options are but if you want to stick with a Canadian product then probably "Anthem" or possibly "NAD" could be possible considerations. In either case, for 2 channel usage, they would be well within your price range.

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#391532 - 03/29/13 04:21 PM Re: Bryston 4BSST2 or similarly priced amp [Re: osborne]
chesseroo Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
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Loc: western canada
Axiom uses Bryston amps in their test room.
See thread here.
http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthreads.php/topics/34543/2
That being said, there are many good quality amps out there for decent prices. I personally own an Anthem MCA 30 which powers our Tannoy D700s.
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#391541 - 03/29/13 07:18 PM Re: Bryston 4BSST2 or similarly priced amp [Re: osborne]
dakkon Offline
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Originally Posted By: osborne


Also if there are any 2 channel amps in the 5k range i should be considering.
Osborne



Osborne, i got a Krell FPB 300CX for right around 4k. It's a 2 channel amp. It's a considerably bigger amp than the 4BSST2.. I got mine used though, new it's about 10k$... i got mine from the dealer who sold it to the original owner, and took it back as trade in on new amps, as the owner wanted the new monoblocks...


Are you looking at only new, or is pre-owned an option?

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#391609 - 04/01/13 09:45 AM Re: Bryston 4BSST2 or similarly priced amp [Re: osborne]
cohesion Offline
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If used is an option for you then you'll want to look around for used Bryston amps too. The ST models of 10-15 years ago generally come up for sale quite often. In my opinion they're excellent value as their design and sound quality is substantially the same as the current models and there should be enough of the transferable Bryston warranty left to cover any minor issues that may arise. If you're looking at a 4BSST2 then I suggest also looking at the 6B model. It's actually 1.5 4B's - in other words, 3 channels of amplification. That would drive all 3 of your front channels which is important for HT.

Another option would be used or new Parasound amps. Not Canadian but made in USA so at least from North America!

Good luck!

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#391624 - 04/02/13 07:44 AM Re: Bryston 4BSST2 or similarly priced amp [Re: osborne]
osborne Offline
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I would much rather buy a new product rather then used. The reason for this i mormally buy the best i can afford and keep it forever! I know there are great deals on the used market but I haven't really considered it.

As for the other amps mentioned i have looked at NAD and Anthem and have settled on the Bryston above them.

I also did look a 6BSST2 however it is out of my price range. if the 4BSST2 is good the 6B had to be better since it had the extra channel! MSRP's are the following

3BSST2 $4295 2 channel 150 watts into 8 ohm
4BSST2 $4995 2 channel 300 watts into 8 ohm
6BSST2 $7995 3 channel 300 watts into 8 ohm

So the 6B is way above my price point. I do have a good price on a 4B from a dealer so i would say by the end of the week i will be placing my order.

osborne
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#393856 - 06/08/13 07:41 PM Re: Bryston 4BSST2 or similarly priced amp [Re: osborne]
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Check out Moon by Simaudio, a Canadian company.

They make some of the best equipment around.
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#393866 - 06/09/13 02:33 AM Re: Bryston 4BSST2 or similarly priced amp [Re: BBIBH]
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Originally Posted By: BBIBH
Check out Moon by Simaudio, a Canadian company.

They make some of the best equipment around.

Yah decent but stupid expensive.
Not that Bryston is any less so.
But Anthem is a good used buy.
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#393869 - 06/09/13 02:54 AM Re: Bryston 4BSST2 or similarly priced amp [Re: osborne]
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Forgive my ignorance but ifthey all sound the same, provide the same end result (assuming output is equal) they why spend more then needed?


Edited by brwsaw (06/09/13 02:55 AM)
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#393870 - 06/09/13 03:11 AM Re: Bryston 4BSST2 or similarly priced amp [Re: brwsaw]
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Some manufacturers have learned that it's highly profitable to never underestimate the gullibility of some audiophiles.
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