Have you given any though to an equalizer?
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IF you use only digital sources, and a DAC,then I would suggest getting a Behringer DEQ2496.
They are about $350 or so, (in USA) At AmazonUK the item is L249 (sorry I forget how to make a 'pound' sign for money)
I highly recommend this unit. it is complex to set up. You really MUST read the instructions!! But once set up, it is easy to switch EQ settings.
It would go between the CD player, and the DAC.
(I would not use the DAC in the DEQ2496 as the main DA converter. But for all digital in and out it is good)
I would also recommend Audio Classics. I am a few miles down the road from them (literally) and as mentioned, they are great people to work with.
They are probably the largest Mac dealer in the world and deal with all corners of the globe. It wouldnt hurt to at least see what they have or recommend.
I sold my 800S in the past to a person with the 7B ST. The control was very good, but the Bryston still has his own sound. I think I would go for a Pass Labs X.5 series amp to replace it for the Bryston. Sell the Bryston and use the extra money for the Pass. The Pass is in every aspect a better amp.
The C220 could indeed do the trick. I suggest do some tube rolling to address your brightness issue (and also room mods, but it seems you have that covered). Tone controls are convenient to have, but they will mask, not address, your fundamental issue. Find the right tube/system synergy in front of your SS amps, and my guess is you will rarely use the tone controls. That said, with the McIntosh gear, you often get both options to play with. And, another nod here to AudioClassics.
For $1695.00 you can have it all with true high end sound at a budget price. The magnificent Onkyo P-3000R Preamp. A giant killer for the price. I heard the Pre recently and was floored. Sounds like a Pre in the $4K to $5K range. Has tone controls, a built in DAC and a decent phone stage. Great power supply and dual transformers. Weighs 25 pounds.
A no brainer.
Three of my last four preamps have not had tone controls. The one that did was a McIntosh C15 and I never used them. Although I do need EQ, I have a nasty room mode at 40Hz. This is part of the reason I run stand mounted monitors and a sub. I find my best results are driving the mains full range and using a Velodyne SMS 1 to set the low pass crossover and slope plus EQ the sub to the room.
DISCLAIMER: Am a seller.
The Triode TRX-1 that I am selling right now on audiogon has tone control.
Best part is that this tone control can be bypassed too.
Its a fantastic amp (TAS recommended, if that carries any weight) that I am only selling since am moving abroad.
I resisted a week, since it seemed like a conflict of interest, but a pre-amp with tone control at a great price, and only 3 months old, think OP might do worse than getting this one.