|Bryston Mini A Loudspeaker Review|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Bookshelf/Monitor Loudspeakers|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Monday, 23 February 2015|
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Bryston Ltd, the long-standing Canadian firm, is one of the audio companies I respect most. Their products are produced from a true engineering standpoint, with real world pricing, and backed with standard-setting service and amazingly long warranties.
I have reviewed a good number of Bryston products. The BCD-1 CD player, the BDA-1 DAC (still my current reference), and the superb BDP-1 digital player are among my favorites. The company has gone on to introduce a number of new products over the past year so, including upgrades the to the BDA and BDP series, a headphone amp, a USB to SPDIF converter, a high end disc transport, and even DSD capability.
Most surprising, the company has added loudspeakers to its product portfolio. The comprehensive line includes floorstanders, stand-mount monitors, subwoofers, in-wall speakers, and home theater specific products. Bryston obviously has the challenge of entering a new product category, but they have gone about it in a very meticulous way.
The development history of Bryston's loudspeakers is quite interesting. James Tanner, VP at Bryston, started on a personal mission to develop a no compromise loudspeaker for his own personal reference system. One thing led to another and it became a major R&D project for the company on a commercial level.
Bryston used all the resources at their disposal, including the research and testing facilities of Axiom Audio. Every aspect of loudspeaker design was addressed including crossover refinement, cabinet vibration, and the speaker/listening room relationship. No stone was unturned as extensive listening and anechoic chambers tests were implemented.
The entry-level Mini A stand-mount speakers cost $1200. It is a very interesting design, in that it is a three way. It features a 6.5" aluminum woofer, a custom 3" aluminum midrange driver, and a titanium dome tweeter (the same tweeter that is found in all Bryston speakers). According to Bryston’s James Tanner, "the Mini A uses a 3" mid driver and all other Bryston models use a 5 1/4" driver. In fact there are three different versions of the MIDS we use and five different versions of the woofers in our speakers as we actually build the drivers specific to the speaker model. One of the benefits of being able to design your own drivers from the ground up."