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Wow... Another great podcast.

 

First thing first...


I think @The Computer Audiophile needs to try a Bryston 4B3 amplifier as I suspect you may replace your Constellation amp with the Bryston as it is really that good. Phenomenal transparency, fantastic microdynamics and macrodynamics and extremely musical for something with so much power.

 

I also appreciate your comment that the biggest challenge to audio manufacturing is private equity trying to lower quality of products and squeezing out as much profit from well-known brands. And of course, James Tanner has also seen the other problem where some manufacturers would try to drive costs down by outsourcing to China for manufacturing and lowering the quality and quality control of products. Obviously, fundamentally, there is no issue with Chinese manufacturing as you can have high quality products like iPhones being manufactured in China with great quality control. As a Chinese Canadian, I'm aware of lots of Asian audiophiles, Chinese audiophiles who live in China and Chinese Canadian/American customers who want high quality manufacturing and high quality products regardless of where it is manufactured (which is currently mostly in the USA and in Europe for high-end audiophile products and less so in China).

 

On the other hand, while I do think Bryston DAC/CD players are really great for their price and the preamps are very transparent, I have in the past been underwhelmed by some of their other products. BDP is not the most user-friendly product. The Bryston speakers have great dynamic range without distortion but were not particularly musical to me. And Bryston's older amps pre-cubed series are actually all slightly bright and I don't know the engineering reason behind it but I suspect it is poor high frequency performance due to excessive open loop distortion or insufficient high frequency feedback or maybe it's insufficient RF filtering but really not sure. I understand James Tanner is going to try to sell products his company makes and think that all products are great.

 

That said, I also think Bryston's new cubed amplifier series is the most underpriced treasures out there. It no longer has the brightness of the older amplifiers. And it is phenomenal in sound. I was surprised when I saw @The Computer Audiophile review the BDA-3.14 without reviewing the 4B3 amp.

 

Roon (convolution filter using Acourate) > ultraRendu > Peachtree X1 (Toslink) > Chord Hugo M-Scaler > Chord DAVE > Chord Etude > Dynaudio Confidence C1 Signature + Sunfire TS-EQ10 subwoofers

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1 hour ago, steve21 said:

Not heard the podcast yet, still on the older ones, but I would like to ask ecwl if he was able to listen to the 4B or 4B2 to compare his 4B3.  Specifically I have found the previous versos of the 4 series to be "dry" in sound flavour, thanks in advance. 

Yes. I really don't like the sound of 4B or 4B2. Bright or dry is a common way to describe the old Bryston amps and I do think it's 100% true. When the 4B3 came out, I walked into a dealer shop and heard some music and was surprised by the sound as the dealer also had Simaudio (Moon) which usually is a little more mellow and warm with less detail and I heard this incredibly detailed, transparent sound that is neutral but not dry or bright. And then I noticed it was the Bryston 4B3. I wasn't sure if it was a fluke (because of the speakers or other electronics). But since the Bryston 4B3 came out, I have heard it on a number of occasions and have been extremely impressed by it. For people who like a high-end neutral amp with lots of power that is not harsh, Bryston 4B3 is the way to go. I even recommended it to a good friend who purchased one and he has been extremely pleased with it. He considers it one of the best audio purchases he's ever made (and he owns Chord Qutest and Wilson Sophia 3).

Roon (convolution filter using Acourate) > ultraRendu > Peachtree X1 (Toslink) > Chord Hugo M-Scaler > Chord DAVE > Chord Etude > Dynaudio Confidence C1 Signature + Sunfire TS-EQ10 subwoofers

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