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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:01 pm 
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Hi,
Considering buying either the Bryston 7B SST^2 monoblocks or the Mark Levinson 532H.
To be used with B&W 802 D2.

Thoughts?
The Brystons are used but refurbished, the 532H is a demo unit with full warranty.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:27 pm 
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I'd choose the ML without any hesitation.

The internal is simple and is a beauty.
Good external looking too.

The ML is musical and with a good flat bandwidth.
The 7B is brigther and lacks musicality.

But it's just me.
Your question is subjective.

My wife had the BW 802 D2.
They don't need brightness...

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:32 pm 
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With 802 D2's it would be best to stay away from the 7B SST2's.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:40 pm 
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I am a huge Bryston fan, but I have to agree that Bryston and B&W is a bad combination.
I hated my system when I tried it ... but I kept my 4B-SST and broomed the B&Ws.

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+1 for Levinson.

Ever since I got the 431, my search for a good power amp is over. I use a Asthetix Calypso preamp, and Acoustic Energy AE2 , very happy to have these.
If I were you I would go for 532H.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:19 pm 
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also vote for ML....but what about McIntosh for your B&W?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:58 pm 
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ML all the way the bryston to bright no comparison differende lig only my opinion no offence for the bryston on


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I once saw a video tour of the B&W factory. They had multiple sound rooms set up and in the rooms with the higher end 800 series speakers they were using either Classe or, yep you guessed it, Mark Levinson electronics.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:33 am 
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Wow, is that ever a quorum of ML!

I currently have the Bryston 3B, and knew it was underpowered when buying the 802 D2, knew I would upgrade.

The McIntosh 302 I listened to on 802 D3 brought out the bass, but I was not impressed with the overall sound.

All the reviews of the ML gear are amazing, while the Bryston reviews are, uninspiring. Words like solid, neutral, gets out the way, etc etc are Bryston, while reviews of ML gear are amazing.

Thank you for sharing your experiences with me.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:41 am 
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While I would certainly agree in principal with the comparisons I think it's important to keep some perspective here. Most Levinson pieces are close to double the price compared to their respective Bryston counterpart. This one fact should not be under valued when comparing the two brands. Personal preferences aside Bryston has built a hard earned, long running reputation producing solid, reliable, excellent sounding gear backed by superb customer service.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:50 am 
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Nakamichel wrote:
I'd choose the ML without any hesitation.

The internal is simple and is a beauty.
Good external looking too.

The ML is musical and with a good flat bandwidth.
The 7B is brigther and lacks musicality.

But it's just me.
Your question is subjective.

My wife had the BW 802 D2.
They don't need brightness...


Are you saying that the 7B does not have a flat bandwidth?

-- 26 Apr 2018 11:54 --

Try to audition your speakers with the Parasound Halo JC1 monos.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:34 am 
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Can we broaden the options here?

What other brands of gear would you suggest I look at? I would like to keep the price under $7000, and will do used, within reasonable age.

Parasound JC1, but, living in Canada, no support.

I have heard that running a set of Cambridge Audio amps in bridged mode might work. Azur 851W

McIntosh 302 did not impress

Classe seems to have gone under.

Audio Research DWM 450

I am sure there are others..

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good sound wrote:
While I would certainly agree in principal with the comparisons I think it's important to keep some perspective here. Most Levinson pieces are close to double the price compared to their respective Bryston counterpart. This one fact should not be under valued when comparing the two brands. Personal preferences aside Bryston has built a hard earned, long running reputation producing solid, reliable, excellent sounding gear backed by superb customer service.


I certainly agree. Bryston makes very solid gear.

I currently have a 3B ( upgraded by factory to include toroidal transformers - no charge ), a BDA1 ( purchased new ), a .5B preamp ( still working perfectly and in use while I wait for my ARC LS15 to be repaired - and no word on when that will happen.. ).

Great story about the .5B preamp. I noticed the power cord was disintegrating, due to old age. I happened to be in Peterborough, walked in off the street and told them I want to buy a power cord. Met with the service manager and James Tanner. Chatted. Was handed a power cord and told no charge, as I insisted I could install it myself.

I really like Bryston..


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Quadzilla wrote:
I am a huge Bryston fan, but I have to agree that Bryston and B&W is a bad combination.
I hated my system when I tried it ... but I kept my 4B-SST and broomed the B&Ws.


I concur, Bryston and B&W are not the best combos. I also swept away the B&W speakers and kept the Bryston gear. My B&W speakers really came to life with Tube amps, solid bottom end and that famous B&W smoothness and definition they are known for. I would also concur with ML amps, very musical with B&W. Maybe give some consideration to those amps with big blue meters! :wink:

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The 802's are very popular in mastering studios often paired with Classe or Pass amps.
Don't overlook a stereo biwire/biamp setup.

The Levinson might just be a rebadged/built ATI.

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I would look at tube amplification with lots of power for the B&Ws.. Maybe Vac or VTL or Macintosh.


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