Brys­ton Mid­dle T Loud­speak­ers

NOVO - - PRODUCT REVIEW -

If you aren’t al­ready proud to know, Canada pro­duces some of the finest audio com­po­nents on the planet. Brys­ton is one such Cana­dian company who sold their first amp to a stu­dio over 40 years ago, and has since built their rep­u­ta­tion by cre­at­ing ex­cel­lent sound­ing gear with bul­let­proof re­li­a­bil­ity and a 20 year war­ranty. And yes, the 20 year war­ranty ap­plies to their speak­ers too.

Brys­ton made their de­but into the speaker world in 2013. As a company that pre­vi­ously only made elec­tronic com­po­nents, their first speaker was ob­vi­ously met with a bit of skep­ti­cism, and a lot of cu­rios­ity. Brys­ton is well re­spected partly be­cause of a guy named James Tan­ner – a face of Brys­ton and their VP. For fun, he de­cided to build him­self a speaker a lit­tle while back. This speaker was to be used in his home to as­sess Brys­ton’s elec­tronic com­po­nents. It wasn’t in­tended to be a new di­rec­tion for the company, but as James let peo­ple lis­ten to them, they asked, “How much?”

James sought out the help of Ax­iom Audio to turn his acous­tic vi­sion into re­al­ity. As a fel­low Cana­dian company, and ba­si­cally lo­cal to James, he was able to ac­cess a wealth of knowl­edge from Ax­iom’s speaker de­sign­ers, and their ex­pan­sive test­ing fa­cil­ity in­clud­ing an ane­choic cham­ber. The orig­i­nal cre­ation was not in­tended to be for sale, and would have been too ex­pen­sive if it had. So again, Brys­ton teamed up with Ax­iom to pro­duce a con­sumer line of speak­ers. This is in­tended to be a com­pletely trans­par­ent re­la­tion­ship. I see it as a win for both com­pa­nies: Ax­iom gets to build more speak­ers, and Brys­ton is able to of­fer a speaker that’s in line with their sonic character and value propo­si­tion.

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The flag­ship Model T’s tech­nol­ogy has trick­led down into a full range of speak­ers – 15 in to­tal. Only one step down from the top, the Mid­dle T has taken a sim­pler ap­proach. Com­pared to the Model T’s many driv­ers, the Mid­dle T’s have a more tra­di­tional 3-range de­sign. At the rear there are two fluted ports, and bi-wire con­nect­ing posts.

All of the speak­ers in the Model T range have a 1 ½” thick MDF front baf­fle for max­i­mum rigid­ity, and strate­gi­cally placed brac­ing for sonic neu­tral­ity. The speaker cab­i­net is mostly com­prised of ¾” thick MDF which helps in keep­ing the price down. There is a fin­ish­ing wrap of vinyl ($4,700), real wood ($5,300), Rosewood ($6,200), or cus­tom fin­ishes. From un-box­ing to fi­nally rest­ing on their op­tional ex­tra-wide spiked feet called “out­rig­gers” ($600), I was im­pressed with their qual­ity feel and fin­ish.

In terms of aes­thet­ics, I think the Mid­dle T is a good look­ing speaker, es­pe­cially in the wood fin­ishes – mine came in a Nat­u­ral Cherry. The cab­i­net it­self nar­rows as you move back­wards from the face­plate, dif­fus­ing the sound waves within the speaker. I am pri­mar­ily in­ter­ested in a speak­ers driv­ers, and I wouldn’t spend ex­tra money on a fancy cab­i­net un­less it was stun­ningly gor­geous. I think Brys­ton has hit the cab­i­net price ver­sus per­for­mance ver­sus beauty ra­tio right on the head.

The Mid­dle T’s came with mod­u­lar mag­netic speaker cov­ers with op­pos­ing mag­nets un­der­neath the fin­ish­ing layer, so there’s no un­sightly holes when not in use. The grills were never a con­sid­er­a­tion for me be­cause I think th­ese speak­ers look sexy naked.

The Mid­dle T sports a three-way de­sign, in a ported en­clo­sure, which houses

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