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post #76 of 1480

I hope this amplifier does really well, I mean as has already been said, it's a mainstream manufacturer acknowledging that there are A LOT of serious headphones users out there, and perhaps this might lead to a bit more competition both in price and quality-which can only be a good thing beerchug.gif

 

 

Of course there are some awesome amplifiers available, but where I live you can't get to audition these and so have to go on other peoples experience.  Then take a gamble and hope you haven't wasted a load of cash!

 

 

The Bryston is going to be stocked by a dealer about 30 miles from me so I will defo be borrowing one for a listen.

post #77 of 1480

Thank you Lappy!

Nice review, keep us posted!

post #78 of 1480
Any thoughts on if the external psu is worth it? $1500 psu for a $1300 amp is a little out of balance compared to the other Bryston gear that psu is normally connected to.

Also, does this amp take balanced input, convert to single ended, and re-convert to balanced?
Edited by Maxvla - 3/27/12 at 10:10pm
post #79 of 1480

There are no benefits to the External Power Supply unless you plan to get other Bryston pieces that also offer the option of using the external power supply. You get the same quality either way. We just got in the first demo unit and it is fantastic. We are taking it to the CanFest III in Charlotte this wknd. So look for feedback from folks after the meet. I have been burning it in all week. So I have not experimented with phones yet. But it has plenty of power for just about anything out there.
 

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Any thoughts on if the external psu is worth it? $1500 psu for a $1300 amp is a little out of balance compared to the other Bryston gear that psu is normally connected to.
Also, does this amp take balanced input, convert to single ended, and re-convert to balanced?


 

Thank You. Drew Baird, P.E. Moon Audio 308 Chrismill Lane Holly Springs, NC 27540 919-649-5018 drew@moon-audio.com http://www.moon-audio.com Moon...

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Originally Posted by drubrew View Post

There are no benefits to the External Power Supply unless you plan to get other Bryston pieces that also offer the option of using the external power supply. You get the same quality either way. We just got in the first demo unit and it is fantastic. We are taking it to the CanFest III in Charlotte this wknd. So look for feedback from folks after the meet. I have been burning it in all week. So I have not experimented with phones yet. But it has plenty of power for just about anything out there.
 



 


Cool! Quick question Drew, are the XLR outputs male of female on your demo unit? And a quick follow up question...enough power for the HE-6s?

 

Thanks!

 

post #81 of 1480
Drew told me they are properly female.
post #82 of 1480

The unit I have are proper female XLRs. I am pretty confident it will drive HE-6 but will know this wknd at CanFest. I will run it through the paces. I have been letting it burn in before I make judgement's. But based on preliminary listening, it is a hell of a bang for the buck:)
 

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Cool! Quick question Drew, are the XLR outputs male of female on your demo unit? And a quick follow up question...enough power for the HE-6s?

 

Thanks!

 



 

Thank You. Drew Baird, P.E. Moon Audio 308 Chrismill Lane Holly Springs, NC 27540 919-649-5018 drew@moon-audio.com http://www.moon-audio.com Moon...

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post #83 of 1480
The Bryston rep said it swings 30V. Not sure what that translates to for HE-6. This was as of November 2011, though and the design has undergone several changes since then.
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The unit I have are proper female XLRs. I am pretty confident it will drive HE-6 but will know this wknd at CanFest. I will run it through the paces. I have been letting it burn in before I make judgement's. But based on preliminary listening, it is a hell of a bang for the buck:)
 



 


Excellent. Thanks Drew. Looking forward to your further impressions.

 

post #85 of 1480
Subscribed.

Looking to buy this amp and sell of everything else. I almost bought apache but am holding back for this amp. Keep the impression coming..
post #86 of 1480

Dru,

 

Any idea of this amp compares to say, a Lehmann Linear?

post #87 of 1480

I have never heard the Linear. So cant honestly comment. However based on circuit design I would have a tough time thinking the Linear would be as good.
 

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Dru,

 

Any idea of this amp compares to say, a Lehmann Linear?



 

Thank You. Drew Baird, P.E. Moon Audio 308 Chrismill Lane Holly Springs, NC 27540 919-649-5018 drew@moon-audio.com http://www.moon-audio.com Moon...

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post #88 of 1480
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1) Regarding the optional power supply, I would imagine it needs to be ordered together with the BHA-1, not something that can be simply added later? Are there any provisions for someone ordering a BHA-1 and deciding to upgrade the power supply later? Also I've seen one place list the power supply upgrade at $1500 in addition to the cost of the base amp, is this accurate?

2) Can you elaborate on the gain settings? From the pictures it appears there is a middle setting with 20 being up and 14 being down. What is the middle setting?

3) Can you list the output impedances of the output ports? I'd be using high sensitivity, very low impedance in ear monitors as well as HD800s, which as you know are high impedance and lower sensitivity. My main concern is with the sensitive headphones having buzzing or hum. These headphones tend to do their best with very close to 0 output impedance.

Thanks for your time,

Chris
Hi Chris,

1. The BHA can be used with the outboard power supply called the MPS-2 - that is the $1500. The internal supply can be added later and would run around $200. The power supply options are not a quality issue - it is strickly an application choice.

2. No middle setting - 14 or 20 are the options.

3. Output impedance is very low but I will ask engineering - I have tried the 800 phones though as one of my test subjects and they sound excellent.

Hope this helps.

james (Bryston Rep)

So definitely not worth it to get the MPS-2 unless you have other Bryston stuff.
Edited by Maxvla - 3/30/12 at 9:31am
post #89 of 1480
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Any thoughts on if the external psu is worth it? $1500 psu for a $1300 amp is a little out of balance compared to the other Bryston gear that psu is normally connected to.
Also, does this amp take balanced input, convert to single ended, and re-convert to balanced?


Yes, the amp takes a balanced input, converts to single ended and re-converts to balanced output.



Source:   preliminary Owner's Manual.

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Cool! Quick question Drew, are the XLR outputs male of female on your demo unit? And a quick follow up question...enough power for the HE-6s?

 

Thanks!

 



Maximum output is 6 Watts per channel into 32 ohms.

 

Source: preliminary Owner's Manual

 


Edited by Chris J - 3/31/12 at 2:27pm
post #90 of 1480
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Maximum output is 6 per channel into 32 ohms.

 

Source: preliminary Owner's Manual

 

 

Thanks. (I'm assuming 6W into 32 ohms).
 

 

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