|Rear view of the Bryston B-135 SST2. My only gripe? No balanced or XLR inputs!|
By WL Low
No amplifier manufacturer wants to be caught without a high-end integrated amp in their line-up these days, and Bryston is no different.
With today’s homes being more compact, most urban folks have learned to do more with less. That’s why high-quality integrated amps such as the Bryston B-135 SST2, which is rated at 135 watts @ 8 ohms and 180 watts @ 4 ohms load, seems like a good solution to saving space while offering optimum sound quality of audiophile grade.
I had the opportunity to sample the B-135 SST2 powering a pair of PMC PB1i loudspeakers and came away impressed with the degree of bass control and definition in the sound. Fed by Bryston’s very own BDP-1 digital media player and BDA-1 DAC combo, with all Wywire cabling, the sound was not only well controlled, but possessed a degree of transparency and rhythmic sure-footedness rarely found on lesser integrated amps. Fact is the PMC PB1i loudspeakers are not exactly the easiest to drive, let alone for an integrated to exert control over – credit is due to Bryston for the new SST2 circuitry and new short signal path pre-amp, which is based on the latest SP-3 AV processor”s design.
The system I heard is now on demo at AV Designs showroom, located at Rohas Perkasa in KL.
Please contact James or Tony at 03-21712828 for enquiries or demo appointment.