BRYSTON UNVEILS ‘ACTIVE’ SPEAKERS
Canadian manufacturer Bryston is trying to re-define the definition of active speakers with its new ‘Active Loudspeaker’ line-up, because all the speakers in its new ‘Active Loudspeaker’ line are passive, with no electronics built into the speaker cabinets at all… not even a crossover network. Instead, all amplification and the (electronic) crossovers are external to the cabinets. The external crossover is Bryston’s DSP-enabled BAX-1 active crossover and the external amplifier can be either Bryston’s three-channel 21B³ or its six-channel 24B³.
Bryston appears to both agree and disagree the accepted meaning of the words ‘active loudspeaker system’. Its press release says: ‘ Most active speakers utilise an amplifier built into the speaker enclosure, however the Bryston Active solution utilises full-size, zero-compromise outboard amplifiers engineered to deliver best performance and a Bryston BAX-1 stateof-the-art digital crossover, which contains 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.’
Bryston says the 21B³ and 24B³ amplifiers were designed specifically for its ‘Active Speaker’ line-up (Model T Active, Middle T Active and Mini T Active). ‘ The Bryston 21B³ three-channel amplifier was crafted to provide ideal amplification for any of the three speaker systems, providing earth-moving power and flawless precision for music enthusiasts,’ said a company spokesman. ‘ Two 21B³ amplifiers are required to drive a pair of Bryston Active Loudspeakers. The Bryston 24B³ is a single chassis solution offering 6-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.’
The Bryston Model T Active is a 1.3m tall floor-standing three-way design with three 203mm bass drivers, two 133mm midrange drivers and two 25mm tweeters. The Middle T Active is a 1m tall floor-standing three-way loudspeaker with two 203mm bass drivers, a 133mm midrange driver and a 25mm tweeter. The Mini T Active is a bookshelf design with a 203mm bass driver, 133mm midrange driver and 25mm tweeter. All three have a 20-year warranty. Bryston Model T Active system - $43,997. (BAX-1, 2×21B3 amplifiers, one pair of Model T Active loudspeakers). Bryston Middle T Active system – $26,998 (BAX-1, 24B3 amplifier and one pair of Middle T Active loudspeakers). Bryston Mini T Active system – $23,998 (BAX-1, 24B3 amplifier and one pair Mini T Active loudspeakers).
For more information contact Bryston’s Australian distributor, BusiSo AV on 1300 888 602 or www.busiso .com.au.