No extreme brightness noticed from my Bryston. I was using a Mjolnir prior to the Bryston and while the Mjolnir was excellent, the Bryston has a noticeably bigger soundstage and clearer separation of instruments. The Bryston treble is slightly more extended but with even less grain.
If there is a lot of treble presence and it feels harsh to me that means for me that it is bright, sound is not supposed to be harsh, it's supposed to be just right.
However the bass was really nice on the Bryston :)
I'm waiting for the Ragnarok and its specs, I would have got the Auralic Taurus but having Ragnarok would allow me to make more decisions for the rest of the chain (That's lacking, like my AudioEngine 5+ speakers).
What adds to the bass feeling is volume/power, it's not just a matter of having bassy woofer/diaphragm.
Edited by XVampireX - 6/6/14 at 5:22am