Bryston takes steady aim at active-loudspeaker market with new flagship models

The Bryston Middle T system.

Canadian high-fidelity manufacturing stalwart, and 20-year warranty legends Bryston have just showcased their new top-of-the-line active loudspeaker systems, and amplifiers. The new systems include three speaker models – Model T Active, Middle T Active, Mini T Active) and two amplification solutions (21B3 mono blocks, 24B3 six-channel, single chassis). All speakers are equipped with BAX-1 DSP active crossovers which takes the full-range amp signal, and divvies it up into three-way, corrected signals (treble, mids, bass) that can be user-adjusted to tweak bass response. Having heard an active Bryston system built around the Model T Signature loudspeakers, 7B mono blocks, and the B26 preamplifier last summer at HiFi Centre, I look forward to hearing these latest efforts in the near future.

–Rafe Arnott

From the press release:

At the heart of every Bryston Active system is the BAX-1 crossover. The Bryston BAX-1 is a digital crossover containing proprietary software for each active loudspeaker model. The BAX-1 receives a full-range analogue audio signal from the preamplifier and performs the three-way crossover functionality and driver correction for each channel, also applying any user-selected filters for tailoring the bass response of the loudspeakers. The signal is then sent to each amplifier channel. Like all Bryston digital components, the BAX-1 is backed by a 5-year warranty.

The Bryston Active solution utilises full-size, outboard amplifiers. The Bryston 21B³ 3-channel amplifier was crafted to provide amplification for any of the three Active systems. Two 21B3 amplifiers are required to drive a pair of Bryston Active Loudspeakers. The Bryston 24B3 is a single chassis solution offering 6-channels of amplification. Delivering less total system power than two 21B3s but ample power for many listeners, the 24B3 is ideally suited for the Middle T Active and Mini T Active systems. Both amplifiers are easily connected using color-coded wiring, and both models are available with silver or black faceplate, 17-inch (without handles) or 19-inch (with handles). In addition to the 21B3 and 24B3, Bryston Active systems can be built around any combination of amplifiers from the Bryston lineup. All Bryston amplifiers are backed by a 20-year warranty.

Bryston Active Loudspeakers

All Bryston Active Loudspeakers are available in rich veneers such as Black Ash, Natural Cherry and Boston Cherry. Custom veneers are available with an upcharge.The Model T Active is a 52.5-inch tall floor-standing three-way loudspeaker featuring three high-excursion 8-inch woofers, two 5.25-inch midranges and two 1-inch tweeters. The Middle T Active is a 39.5-inch floor-standing three-way loudspeaker featuring two high-excursion 8-inch woofers, a 5.25-inch midrange and a 1-inch tweeter. The Mini T Active is a large 22.5-inch bookshelf speaker that also works wonderfully on a speaker stand. The Mini T Active features a high-excursion 8-inch woofer, a 5.25-inch midrange and a 1-inch tweeter. All Bryston loudspeakers are backed by a 20-year warranty.

Bryston Active Systems Pricing and Availability

The Bryston Model T Active system, comprised of the BAX-1, a pair of 21B3 amplifiers and a pair of Model T Active loudspeakers has an MSRP of $33,770 USD and will be available Q1, 2018. The Bryston Middle T Active system, including the BAX-1, a 24B3 amplifier and a pair of Middle T Active loudspeakers has an MSRP of $20,230 USD and will be available Q2, 2018. The Bryston Mini T Active system, featuring the BAX-1, a 24B3 amplifier and a pair of Mini T Active loudspeakers has an MSRP of $17,690 USD and will also become available Q2, 2018.

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1 Comment

  1. I like the concept but it really isn’t an active speaker system as the exist today. .for example, I was thinking of Meridian and Linn brands. My thought was that this would eliminate the need for separate amplifier(s) and free up living space. If that was your goal. I’m sure that the Bryston system will sound amazing just based on their reputation. But I”m not sure this is what most of us envision as active speaker system. I’m sure I’ll get trolled over this but I’m fine with it. LOL!

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