I was fortunate enough to own one of these preamps with the onboard DAC. The way what hifi describes the sound by saying that it combines refinement with transparancy and puch is exactly spot-on. I partnered mine with a 4BSST power amp and PMC IB2 speakers and not surprisingly it sounded awesome.
Occasionally I felt it sounded a little on the neutral and analytical side, but that its purpose i suppose considering the studio heritage of both companies. However on well recorded material it could literally blow you away with power, detail and low distortion especially when you crank it up to asbo levels.
Bryston really is a special company and their philosophy about their business is class leading. You can buy a bryston amp and in 5 years time they will probably still be selling the same component which is testiment to the quality of product in the first place.
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