• While the bass control on the Bryston
9B-SST is very, very good, the high-frequency performance is just a little too bright for my tastes. You need to match this amp carefully with just the right speakers or the sound may be overly harsh on the high end for many listeners. Other five- and seven-channel amps from the audiophile brands such as Classe, Theta, Mark Levinson
offer a more even sound over more channels for comparable money.
• While built like a tank, the look of the Bryston 9B-SST is very utilitarian overall. The front faceplate is nice and, if the amp is going in a rack, this may be no issue for you, but if you want to show off your amp like some audiophiles do, other products in the price category are built to look much better.Conclusion
The Bryston 9B-SST is the definition of a robust amp that can be worked and worked and worked and always perform. The amp does have a specific sound that puts an emphasis on the high end, so you will want to audition it before making a purchase. Overall, this amp has what it takes to be the last multi-channel amp you ever buy, from a company willing to put their reputation where your money is.