Power Amplifiers

Bryston 9B SST2 Multi-channel Amplifier



After unpacking this 75 pound beast, I connected it via the single-ended inputs to my Denon 4308 receiver's pre-outs. From there I connected five MartinLogan electrostatic loudspeakers with 12 gauge wire, terminated with banana plugs. Before flipping the magnetic-circuit breaker switch, I set the gain switches to the 1 volt setting as recommended in the thorough user manual, and ensured all polarity switches were at 00.

After that I re-calibrated the Denon and got down to business. Sources used were an OPPO 981-HD universal player sending SACD and DVD over HDMI to the Denon, an Onix XCD-88 HDCD player via co-axial digital connection for Redbook and HDCD playback, and a PS3-slim for Blu-ray. And this is where things really get fun.