Sorry can't help much with your question as I myself have the sopra 3s and I am looking at the 7b3 for my setup. Can you tell me how the sopra 2 sound with the 7bsst.
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I have the 7Bst's (model before the sst's - Rated A class in Stereophile). I love detail and the 7Bst's with the Sopra 2's certainly deliver it!. I have a couple of contacts in High End Audio Stores and they tell me (honestly - not trying to sell me) that the 7B3 is worth the $$$ for the improvement they make over my 7Bst's. I got the Sopra 2's just before the 3's came out and I was concerned that the 3's (with the 2-8" woofers) would go significantly lower that the 2's but looking at the specs. it looks like the 3's go only 1Hz lower than the 2's?
So for the difference in cost I felt a Sub would be better spent $$. The Sopra's are Soooo clean! I'm buying the 7B3's even though some Audiogoners suggest something warmer sounding. I'm so happy with my combo now that I just look at it as more of what I'm already happy with. I stated in another forum that "If the Sopra 2's got down to the 25Hz area then they would be my perfect speaker" !
Wadia s7i cd player / Bryston BP26 pre-amp/ XLO bal. cables / OCOS speaker cables. I haven't seen any reviews on the 7B3 but there are some on the 4B3 and it sounds like there is a significant change jumping to the cubed series. I'm gonna order the 7b3's next week will update once I get them.
I am running a 4bsst2 as a centre after a previous 7bsst. The sound is better - slightly cleaner and tighter. The same difference when I moved from 14Bsst2 to 28bsst2 monoblocks (also better at lower volumes). I missed a trick here as I bought the 28bsst2s believing them to be the latest bees knees models, only finding out 6 months later of the sst3s!
The comments I have seen say that there is a sonic improvement moving up from say 28bsst2s to 28bsst3s - but nobody has defined exactly what that is for us listeners. Easy to say, but not easy to define. I presume more of the same type of improvements moving from s to 2s
And is a 4b3 bridged better (and more flexible) than a 7b3? Too many questions.
well, not to be rude here, but i can't stress this enough; you gotta go out and audiion, preferably a home audition. if the dealer gives you static, go to another dealer or call bryston and see if they can help you out...and to add to this is most reviews should be taken with a grain of salt...every component i've bought over the last 30 years based on a stellar review was a dud. this including some very highly regarded stuff.one exception was the b&w 801 matrix 2. great speaker that has stood the test of time, imo.
as a bryston owner...i feel that bryston does not suck. compared to pass labs, accuphase, fm acoustics, sdoulution, burmester, mcintosh, etc...maybe not, but there's really noting that wrong with the equipment per se. i can tell you from a reliability standpoint, it is the best, or 1 of the best, imo! so, im gonna go out on a limb here and say that the b3's are pretty cool, and at least sound noticably better than my sst (not sst2) model, the 4B.
I connected my 7B3's yesterday. Not sure if there's a break-in period but I already love them. Compared to my 7Bst's my initial impression is: sound stage is deeper, the highs are a little sweeter (in a good way) and the detail is amazing because these are dead quiet! Running them with my Sopra 2's and Wadia S7i CDP. I only have about 4hrs on them so I don't know if anything will change much but if it doesn't it won't matter cause I'm a very happy camper now!
I have just put in a 4b3 instead of a 4bsst2
It is almost like a different amp - yes I know it is a different amp but you know what I mean!
Very dry sound (says me talking bollocks) and maybe losing a bit of airyiness or something - but so precise
I have about 50 hours on them so waiting for a (150+??) burn in to see if they warm up a bit
And yes the 4bsst2 is a worthwhile upgrade to the 4bsst