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post #61 of 1456

BHA-1 $1,295

MPS-2 $1,695

 

Here's some pics

 

BHA-1

 

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MPS-2

 

MPS2-top.jpg

 

I think BHA-1 internal power is good enough, the MPS-2 option could be for customer has MPS-2 already.

post #62 of 1456

This is shipping in April. I wonder how it will compare to the Lehmann Linear.

post #63 of 1456

Can any of you circuit gurus look at the pictures above and come up with any conclusions regarding component quality/build quality, ect? I noticed this looks very different from the inside of the Lehmann, which has a very "colorful" circuit board. I know nothing about circuits. What do you guys think of this based on the photos?

post #64 of 1456


 

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Originally Posted by BlackstoneJD View Post

Can any of you circuit gurus look at the pictures above and come up with any conclusions regarding component quality/build quality, ect? I noticed this looks very different from the inside of the Lehmann, which has a very "colorful" circuit board. I know nothing about circuits. What do you guys think of this based on the photos?


Bryston's build quality is first rate.

Quality control, warranty and after sales support are second to none.

I have an SP1.7, there have been ongoing problems with the remote, but the sound of the pre-amp is first rate. 

 

 

post #65 of 1456
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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post


 


Bryston's build quality is first rate.

Quality control, warranty and after sales support are second to none.

I have an SP1.7, there have been ongoing problems with the remote, but the sound of the pre-amp is first rate. 

 

 


There should be no dispute of the Bryston's build quality and CSR. Simply first class with the support from your local dealer. 

 

post #66 of 1456

Plus that 20 Year Bryston warranty!

 

I also have two Bryston Power Amps, good workmanship, good sounding.

 

Bryston tends to go for the neutral sound. 

post #67 of 1456

I saw TTVJ and Moon Audio put BHA-1 on their web, the external power option cost $1,500.

post #68 of 1456

Oh god ..... Leave it to me to stir the pot !

 

I have been involved as a member of the trade for almost 28 years ..... And I am in NO way an elitist. But guys .... Bryston is simply not that great. It is OK gear that is well made. Bryston has a definitive house sound that is somewhat dry, analytical, and cold sounding. I have both owned and sold Bryston equipment, so I am VERY knowledgable about Bryston's sound. In no way is it bad sounding ..... but there is a LOT, LOT, LOT of less expensive equipment that sounds much better. 

 

Now I am NOT here on this thread to simply bash Bryston, I will say this :   I would MUCH rather buy a Blue Circle SBH or Hat Peed Thingie for the same $1300 asking price of the Bryston.

 

JMO

post #69 of 1456

I have no idea how this headphone amplifier will sound but in general I agree with you assesment of the brand based on listening to their speaker amplifiers. In a point of time I was thinking in buying a pair of ther 7B series monoblocks but I decided not to becuase the exact description of the house sound you just did.

post #70 of 1456
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Originally Posted by downsize View Post

Oh god ..... Leave it to me to stir the pot !

 

I have been involved as a member of the trade for almost 28 years ..... And I am in NO way an elitist. But guys .... Bryston is simply not that great. It is OK gear that is well made. Bryston has a definitive house sound that is somewhat dry, analytical, and cold sounding. I have both owned and sold Bryston equipment, so I am VERY knowledgable about Bryston's sound. In no way is it bad sounding ..... but there is a LOT, LOT, LOT of less expensive equipment that sounds much better. 

 

Now I am NOT here on this thread to simply bash Bryston, I will say this :   I would MUCH rather buy a Blue Circle SBH or Hat Peed Thingie for the same $1300 asking price of the Bryston.

 

JMO



Nice choice, Blue Circle is Canadian too!

 

post #71 of 1456

does anyone know why they show male XLR connections on the front?

i would expect to see female XLR connectors if they want any of us with balanced 'phones to use their amp.  tongue_smile.gif

post #72 of 1456
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Originally Posted by TheWuss View Post

does anyone know why they show male XLR connections on the front?

i would expect to see female XLR connectors if they want any of us with balanced 'phones to use their amp.  tongue_smile.gif


I think this was answered fully earlier in this thread.  Short answer is that the pro audio standard is to use a male XLR for output.  Bryston now understands that the headphone community has adopted female XLR as the "standard" for balanced headphone output and will offer this as an option.
 

 

post #73 of 1456
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Originally Posted by downsize View Post

Oh god ..... Leave it to me to stir the pot !

 

I have been involved as a member of the trade for almost 28 years ..... And I am in NO way an elitist. But guys .... Bryston is simply not that great. It is OK gear that is well made. Bryston has a definitive house sound that is somewhat dry, analytical, and cold sounding. I have both owned and sold Bryston equipment, so I am VERY knowledgable about Bryston's sound. In no way is it bad sounding ..... but there is a LOT, LOT, LOT of less expensive equipment that sounds much better. 

 

Now I am NOT here on this thread to simply bash Bryston, I will say this :   I would MUCH rather buy a Blue Circle SBH or Hat Peed Thingie for the same $1300 asking price of the Bryston.

 

JMO


I 100% respect what you are saying, but this is my take on it:

 

- I staggered into this hobby a mere 3 years ago - at the time, 'traditional audio' had almost zero interest in the headphone user bar the odd 'half-decent headphone out' on some integrated amps and receivers.

 

- this changed when computer audio/portable players began to take off in a big way while the high-end felt the full impact of the GFC. Now many of these companies seem to have something for the computer audio/headphone market. Common sense tells me that they wont all be instant successes. 

 

- I don't expect the big boys to get it right straight up, just as some of the established Head-Fi amp gurus don't hit the sweet spot with every amp they release. 

 

Personally, I'd love to see Marantz build a headphone amp, but there is no guarantee that it would embody their house sound simply because of the badge on the front. Still, if Focal can build 250K+ speakers at one end of their factory and the $995 Bird 2.1 'gateway drug' at the other, anything is possible  biggrin.gif

 

 

 

post #74 of 1456

 

Sorry for the double post. I should have post i this thread first.

 

Here is a copy of my post I made on another forum. Just want headfiers know about my experience with the not even in production BHA-1.

 

I brought my Audeze LCD-2 at the Montreal show in hope to find a suitable amp for these. I currently have a Perreaux SXH-2 and it's sound really good but I have to push the amp at least at 3 o'clock position on the volume knob to feel my music (I listen really loud). As I was on a mission, I intentionnaly skipped all the speakers demos (much more present than headphone as you can imagine).

At the show, I tried Centrance Dac-mini, Yulong D-100, Grace 902 (all dac + amp) and Woo Audio WA6-SE. They all sound good but not better than my Perreaux (the Woo Audio was the best of the group).

Then, just out of curiosity, I have decided to stop by Bryston room. As a Canadian, Bryston have always been a proud and mythic brand for me. I have Considered some of their products when I was younger but never been able to afford any Bryston products.

I didn't expect to find any headphone related products. But at the end of the room, past all the speakers set-ups, there was this table with two headphone amplifiers prototype (one black and one silver) along with Grado headphones. The silver one was set-up for balanced headphones in balanced configuration from the source. Even if my Audeze LCD-2 have a SE plug, I tried the balanced set-up.

Listening to all genre of music but mostly to electronica, trance, psytrance, I am looking for a strong, accurate and fast bass but not at the price of masking low midrange details and with good high frequency extension.

How was the Bryston sound? in one word AMAZING! this is exactly the sound I was searching for. Smooth, detailed, ample and with extraordinary deep, tight and accurate bass. Listening to some of Deadmau5 tracks with the Bryston, was litteraly sublime. I immediatly felt in love with this beast. I never past the 12 o'clock position on the volume knob (with high gain).

But my budget was between $500 to a thousand. I listened to the Bryston before asking the price. I expect it to be around $2000 or something. No, in fact it had a retail of $1295! Wow! There is no way I am turning back to this unit for about $300 over my budget.

I tried my best to convinced James Tanner (a really kind man that seems down to earth) to sell me the prototype at the end of the show. He told me he can't because the prototype have not yet been approved. I told him it was approved by me! But James was really comprehensive about my enthousiasm and he brought me to a Bryston reseller who had a room near Bryston and facilitate the contact with the manager. In a minute, we had an agreement and I will be a futur owner of a Bryston BHA-1. i will link it to my incoming Wyred4sound DAC-2 in balanced configuration. I can't wait 

I would like to sincerely thanks James Tanner for his patience (I think I shooked his hand about ten time!) and kindness.

Kudo to Bryston.

Steve Lapierre

post #75 of 1456
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Kudos, lappy! And let us know all the juicy details when the bha-1 is in your grubby paws.
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Edited by TheWuss - 3/25/12 at 6:44pm
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