Bryston 4BSST2


Hi All,
If I were to bridge these amps, It is going to give me almost 900 watt's per channel. My question is... Is the quality of the sound about equal to the 28BSST2's
Thanks you your input
mcintosh777
As far as I know, the bridged Brystons are only able to drive an 8 Ohm load. You might wanna check with Bryston on that. The sound just might be close to the 28BSST2s. Hard to say, really.
Generally speaking, most people feel that you take a hit in sound quality when you bridge a stereo amp. There's a few exceptions, like the BEL 1001. The Bryston 4 is a very powerful amp that can drive just about any speaker with no problems. Do you really need all that extra power?
What are you going to use the 900 watts with? Your user name suggests your affinity for another brand of amps ...just adding to this curiosity.
A hit in sound quality? Depends on the amp, really. Again, what he needs to find out is if the bridged amps can drive a 4 Ohm and lower load.
"03-02-15: Dave_72
A hit in sound quality? Depends on the amp, really.

You're right. Which is why I said this.

"Generally speaking, most people feel that you take a hit in sound quality when you bridge a stereo amp. There's a few exceptions, like the BEL 1001."

I said that because the OP said this.

"My question is... Is the quality of the sound about equal to the 28BSST2's"

""Again, what he needs to find out is if the bridged amps can drive a 4 Ohm and lower load."

Actually, he never asked about that. Regardless, it wouldn't make sense for Bryston to offer the bridge option if the amp couldn't at least handle a 4 ohm load. Most speakers drop down into 4 ohm territory. The company prides themselves on the fact that their amps can power just about any speaker.
What speaker are you driving that genuinely requires 900 watts per channel? What is your objective? Quality and quantity can be a tradeoff proposition. You'd likely prefer high quality sound rather than gratuitous power. Best of luck.
Charles,
I look forward to reading the response from Mcintosh777.
As with many bridgeable amps, the 4BSST2 does not have a maximum power rating for a 4 ohm load when operated in bridged mode, it just has a rating for an 8 ohm load in that mode. Typically the reason for that is the fact that in bridged mode each channel of the amp will "see" a load impedance equal to the speaker impedance divided by two. So a 4 ohm load would be seen as 2 ohms. Some amps will not be able to handle that kind of load at all, and others will not sound as good when doing so as when driving 4 ohms in stereo mode. I suspect that the latter applies to the 4BSST2.

And I agree with ZD that the preponderance of credible anecdotal reports is that the majority of amplifiers will not sound as good in bridged mode as in stereo mode. Probably even when driving 8 ohm speakers, which would be seen as 4 ohm loads in bridged mode.

Regards,
-- Al
Extreme high power amps are like owning a 450hp lawn mower. And if they're not, I still enjoyed making up the analogy.
Actually, he never asked about that. Regardless, it wouldn't make sense for Bryston to offer the bridge option if the amp couldn't at least handle a 4 ohm load. Most speakers drop down into 4 ohm territory. The company prides themselves on the fact that their amps can power just about any speaker.

And I agree with ZD that the preponderance of credible anecdotal reports is that the majority of amplifiers will not sound as good in bridged mode as in stereo mode. Probably even when driving 8 ohm speakers, which would be seen as 4 ohm loads in bridged mode.

ZD, I understand he didn't ask about that. I just wanted to let him know that he might want to look into that aspect of bridged amps.

Almarg, there's exceptions to the rule. Accuphase amps come to mind. Thanks for answering my question on which Ohms a bridged amp sees.

As far as power is concerned, I believe he's looking for sound equivalent to the 28BSST2, and hoped the 4BSST2 bridged will provide similar performance. As far as too much power is concerned, imo it's better to have it rather than need it and not have it.