Frequently Asked Questions

  • General Questions

    • Bryston

      • How did Bryston start?
      • Why should buyers come to Bryston instead of the competition?
      • Why does Bryston do most of its manufacturing in-house?
      • Why does Bryston offer such a long warranty?
      • How does Bryston bridge the gap between studio and home equipment?
      • What are Bryston´s plans for the future?

    • James Tanner

      • Who is James Tanner?
      • What does James Tanner do?

    • Technology and Design

      • What class of output stage architecture does Bryston use?
      • Cabinet Resonance, how does it work?
      • How do you suppress mechanical vibrations in your products?
      • What is jitter and how do you cope with it in your products?
      • What is the difference between over-sampling and up-sampling?
      • What is phase inversion?
      • What is damping factor and how is it expressed in Bryston Amplifiers?
      • What are the different bit rates in audio and video and what do they mean?
      • What are the different classes of amplifiers, and what do they mean?
      • What is fully and differential amplifier balancing?
      • What does Quad Complementary mean?
      • How does the length and resistance of your loud-speaker cables effect your audio system?
      • What type of cables do you recommend?
        1. The connection should be of similar metals (preferably gold) and be airtight. If not airtight it will break down molecularly over time and begin to rectify or produce a diode effect on the signal.

        2. With all the RF floating around today the better the 'Shield' on the interconnect the less intrusive the RF will be.

        3. The connection between your analogue Source components (Preamplifier, CD Player, Tuner, DVD Player etc.) is a 'High Impedance' connection and the interface between your power amplifier and your speakers is a 'Low Impedance' connection. So, the requirements are totally different for optimizing these interfaces.

        4. Digital and Video cables are much more susceptible to reflection/phase/cancellation problems because of their short wavelengths relative to cable length.

        As you can see from the above, it's no surprise that people hear differences in cables when connected to the variety of equipment in the market today. Given the differences in input and output impedance's between transistor and tube gear, the lack of understanding of the high impedance and low impedance interfaces, the world of RF, and the digital/video connection issues, its no wonder we have these differences of opinion.


        I highly recommend keeping the speaker wires as short as possible and utilizing XLR balanced lines if available. Given the choice of long interconnects and short speaker leads or short interconnects and long speaker leads - choose long interconnects (preferably Balanced) and short speaker leads. With digital and video cables finding the sending and termination requirements is very important due to the very short wavelengths relative to cable lengths involved. The cables Bryston recommends represent a scientific approach to these issues and are the cables we use in all our professional studio installations. All of these cables are available in "Other Products" and "Cables".

  • Product Questions

    • BDA-1/BDA-2 Digital Analog Converter

      • What DAC (Digital Analog Converter) chip do you use?

    • BDP-2 Digital Player

    • BLP-1 Turntable

      • How do you figure out the Resonant Frequency of a particular cartridge on the Bryston Tonearm?

    • Model T Loudspeakers

      • What is the warranty?
      • What size room do you recommend for these speakers?
      • What is the recommended amplification?
      • Why did you choose to use a base veneer rather than real wood?
      • What is the cost of the optional real wood veneer?
      • Are the outriggers optional?
      • What is your relationship with Axiom?
      • Why did you have Axiom create the driver design and how did the Model T come to be?
      • How is the cabinet constructed?
      • How is the bass driver constructed?
      • How is the midrange driver constructed?
      • How is the tweeter driver constructed?
      • Why use multiple drivers?
      • Tell us about the crossovers.
      • Are the crossovers built in house?
      • Is there anything unique about the porting technology?

    • Model T Subwoofer

      • How do you obtain accurate measurements?
      • Why use a tower over burying the subwoofer?

    • SP3 Surround Processor

      • What is behind the volume control?

    • SST² Amplifiers

      • What is the design philosophy behind the SST² Amplifiers?
      • What is the difference in capacitance between the 7B SST² and the 14B SST²?

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