Bryston has announced a trio of active loudspeaker systems, each of which includes a pair of speakers, a DSP-enabled active crossover, and either a three- or six-channel Bryston Cubed Series amplifier. The top-shelf Model T Active System features a pair of Model T Active tower speakers, the BAX-1 crossover, and a pair of three-channel 21B³ amplifiers. The step-down Middle T Active System mates the Middle T Active towers with the crossover and the six-channel 24B³ amplifier. Finally, the Mini T Active System combines Mini T Active bookshelf speakers with the BAX-1 and 24B³. Prices range from $17,690 to $33,770.
Bryston has announced the introduction of their Active Loudspeaker lineup, featuring three speaker models of different sizes (Model T Active, Middle T Active and Mini T Active) mated to a sophisticated DSP-enabled active crossover (BAX-1) and Cubed Series Bryston amplifiers. Two new amplifier models, the 3-channel 21B3 and 6-channel 24B3, have been created especially for the Bryston Active systems.
The Bryston Active Loudspeaker System leverages decades of research into the science of acoustics and the fine art of audio component design in order to re-create each recording with stunning realism. Each system has been optimized using an anechoic chamber, generating over 300 measurements that reside within the system's software. Bryston Active represents a highly refined audiophile listening experience unlike anything available on the market today.
The Bryston Active system features both loudspeakers and electronic components. At the heart of every Bryston Active system is the BAX-1 crossover. The Bryston BAX-1 is a state-of-the-art digital crossover containing proprietary software for each active loudspeaker model. The BAX-1 receives a full-range analog audio signal from the preamplifier and performs the three-way crossover functionality and driver correction for each channel, also applying any user-selected filters for tailoring the bass response of the loudspeakers. The signal is then sent to each amplifier channel. Like all Bryston digital components, the BAX-1 is backed by a 5-year warranty.
Most active speakers utilize an amplifier built into the speaker enclosure; however, the Bryston Active solution utilizes full-size, zero-compromise outboard amplifiers engineered to deliver best performance. The Bryston 21B³ three-channel amplifier was crafted to provide ideal amplification for any of the three Active systems, providing earth-moving power and flawless precision for music enthusiasts. Two 21B³ amplifiers are required to drive a pair of Bryston Active Loudspeakers. The Bryston 24B³ is a single-chassis solution offering six channels of amplification. Delivering less total system power than two 21B³s but ample power for many listeners, the 24B³ is ideally suited for the Middle T Active and Mini T Active systems. Both amplifiers are easily connected using color-coded wiring, and both models are available with silver or black faceplate, 17-inch (without handles) or 19-inch (with handles).
In addition to the 21B³ and 24B³, Bryston Active systems can be built around any combination of amplifiers from the Bryston lineup. All Bryston amplifiers are backed by a 20-year warranty.
Bryston Active Loudspeakers
All Bryston Active Loudspeakers are available in rich veneers such as Black Ash, Natural Cherry and Boston Cherry. Custom veneers are available with an upcharge. The Model T Active is a 52.5-inch-tall floorstanding three-way loudspeaker featuring three high-excursion 8-inch woofers, two 5.25-inch midranges and two 1-inch tweeters. The Middle T Active is a 39.5-inch floorstanding three-way loudspeaker featuring two high-excursion 8-inch woofers, a 5.25-inch midrange and a 1-inch tweeter. The Mini T Active is a large 22.5-inch bookshelf speaker that also works wonderfully on a speaker stand. The Mini T Active features a high-excursion 8-inch woofer, a 5.25-inch midrange and a 1-inch tweeter. All Bryston loudspeakers are backed by a 20-year warranty.
Bryston Active Systems Availability
The Bryston Model T Active system--comprised of the BAX-1, a pair of 21B³ amplifiers and a pair of Model T Active loudspeakers--has an MSRP of $33,770 U.S. and will be available Q1 2018. The Bryston Middle T Active system--including the BAX-1, a 24B³ amplifier and a pair of Middle T Active loudspeakers--has an MSRP of $20,230 U.S. and will be available Q2 2018. The Bryston Mini T Active system--featuring the BAX-1, a 24B³ amplifier and a pair of Mini T Active loudspeakers--has an MSRP of $17,690 and will also become available Q2 2018.