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Bryston 6B-SST vs. 875HT

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by jradley, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. jradley

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    Hi,

    This is a real long shot - has anyone compared the sound quality of the Bryston 6BSST against the new 875HT ?

    I'm thinking of getting a 6BSST to drive my front channels of soon to be purchased PMC IB1s but was also considering using an 875HT bridged for the fronts leaving 2 75W channels for the rears.

    I can't find a review anywhere. Any thoughts ?

    Cheers,

    John
     
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    Hi John

    I doubt anyone on the forum has heard the 875HT yet as it is so new.

    If you are anyway serious about music then the 6B SST is your best bet. Bridging isn't a good idea for driving difficult loads.

    I use a 6B SST to drive B&W Nautilus 800s, HTM1 and a 4B SST for Nautilus 803 rears.

    I'm upgrading to 7B SSTs as The Beekeeper and others recommended this. I have now heard the difference for myself. More power definitely makes music more exciting, you can just hear so much more detail especially midrange/bass.

    I used to think 600w per channel was way too much for me as I don't listen at high volume much. With bigger amps you get more control and less distortion.

    Check out The Beekeepers and Alex2 threads for more informed info.
     
  3. Nic Rhodes

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    Bryston make power amps of the ‘same’ basic quality, certainly all the SST range are. You don’t get better sound for 600w over 120w per se if you are using the amp within their spec. However most amps, in my view, are under powered and many of the peaks cannot be met adequately by power reserves. This is especially true of difficult load speakers, at low frequencies, played at high volumes, in large rooms and with low sensitivities (or some of the above). Then there are real sonic benefits with the larger amps. This just means that these bigger amps are working within their ‘envelope’ where the small amps are not.

    I think I might order a pair of 7B SST this week :) The negociations with her in doors are coming to a close
     
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    John,
    I'm driving my IB1's with a 4B-ST and I wouldn't think of driving them with a smaller amp. The IB1's are 4 ohm and I doubt that the 875 is recommended for driving 4 ohm speakers when bridged. Stick with a 4B-ST/SST,6B-ST/SST, or 7B-ST/SST and you won't be sorry. You can post to the Bryston/PMC Owner's Circle on www.audiocircle.com if you want to double-check the suitability of the 875 for the IB1s and/or how they compare to the other models sound-wise. James Tanner of Bryston participates this newsgroup and also answers questions regarding PMC gear.
     
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    Hi,

    Thank you to everyone who has posted advice.

    Following your links and references I have been able to research further and am now convinced the 6B-SST is the way to go (James Tanner of Bryston even says so !)

    Cheers,

    John
     
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    Anyone know the retail for the 7B SST's
     
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    £2500 each you could knock off around 10% of this price for discount.
     
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    Hey codling

    Just noticed your sig thats pretty close to the set up i'm going for although have just ordered a DD-12 as the 18 far to big for my room
     
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    nice one!i am also using kimber 8tc's.the m&k's sound sweet as a nut with the 7b's.certainly recomend them.
    just fully auralexed my room a couple of months ago.well pleased with it.

    carlos
     
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    Carlos
    Also impressed by your setup. I'm thinking about Bryston SP1.7/9BSST as a amp option, how do you find your rig?
    BTW I upgraded from the Panasonic AE100 to an Infocus 5700, and the improvement was stunning, no screendoor, much more vibrant colours, truly cinematic.
    Best wishes
    Peter
     
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    7b SST are £3000 now, look towards about 17% discount so you will pay £2500
     
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    Where can you get discount's like that from beekeeper
     

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