OK amp time again...Anthem MCA II (new) vs Bryston 3BST (used) both $600 canadian???

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  1. Ryan Peddle

    Ryan Peddle Second Unit

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    Ok, due to lower price options I have narrowed my amp choices down to these two amps to run my Paradigm Monitor 7v2s. As I have stated in other posts I am mainly interested in the amps musical performance. Especially loud hard hitting rock music.
    Here are the specs for each:
    Anthem MCA II series 2 (NEW)
    Features:
    - 2 x 200/350 watts (8/4 ohms)
    - Balanced and RCA inputs
    - Patented "auto on" circuit
    - Anthem industrial design
    Input Facilities:
    - 2 x XLR (Balanced)
    - 2 x RCA (Unbalanced)
    - Patented auto on circuit for ease of use
    - 2 x custom dual binding posts
    Bryston 3BST (USED)
    Features:
    120 watts per channel into 8 ohms
    200 watts per channel into 4 ohms
    400 watts, bridged into 8 ohms
    Over 3,200 cm/square of heatsinking
    Regulated power supplies to all voltage gain stages
    Gold plated input and output connectors
    Switchable balanced XLR-1/4 inch and RCA unbalanced inputs
    Remote power turn-on 4-12V, AC/DC (optional)
    Silver Faceplate Available
    Also, what are the advantages in using Balanced XLR over unbalanced RCA
    Here is all the info I can give you:
    Room = 10ft(W) X 18ft(L) X 8ft(H)
    Yamaha RXV 800 (100w RMS X 5)
    Mains Paradigm Monitor 7v2s
    Subwoofer Paradigm PW2200
    Music Preference: ROCK (Kid Rock, Black Sabbath, ACDC, GnR)
    Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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  2. JohanK

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    I have a Bryston 3B-ST and think it is a great amp if you want detail but, for me, it is a little underpowered (my room is 11W x 27L x 8H and I sometimes listen very loud) and a little bright. Great warranty though.
    Never listened to the Anthem so I can't comment.
    BTW, those are great prices.
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  3. Brian Fellmeth

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    I'm the opposite of Johan- I have the Anthem but never heard the Bryston. The MCA series II is one of my favorite pieces of equipment- highly recommended. Plenty of power. Rock solid build. Dead quiet. Nice auto-on feature like sub amps have. If you have to deal with low impedance loads, its designed to handle them. I have the 3 channel version and plan on using the third channel for a 4Ohm sub (DIY).
     
  4. DavidY

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    Ryan,
    CDN$600 is an awesome deal on the Anthem MCA2 Series 2. I think that list is CDN$1049. Jump on that one, especially if you like listening to loud rock music. The MCA5 Series 1 was measured by one well known mag at 170WPC into 8 ohms, 250WPC into 4, all channels driven. The Bryston 3BST is also a great deal (MSRP CDN$2140) plus that great 20 year warranty. Tough decision IMO....is it possible to demo either one in YOUR system and room?
    If I had any money available, I wouldn't mind taking the "loser". [​IMG]
    Dave
     
  5. Jon_B

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    I also have been looking into the Bryston 3bst. All the reviews(magazine and consumer)I have read have been good. If you can find it for the price you state. Take it now. How can you go wrong with a 20 year warranty??? If not pass along your source so I can buy it. [​IMG]
    Jon
     
  6. Stephen Dodds

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    Balanced connections cut down on noise, assuming your preamp is balanced too, and especially if you have long interconnect runs.
    Personally, I'd get the Bryston.
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  7. Miles_W

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    Ryan,
    The MCA 2 is a MK I...
    Miles
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  8. Herb Kane

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    Ryan.... I spent the last month looking for a new amp for my mains (wanted Bryston since I already had a 9B-ST). I wound up going with the 4B-ST only because of the Martin Logans (since they tend to be gluttonous). Started the search for a 3B-ST though and didn't find anything close for $600 CAN. Canadian Sound in Brampton has GREAT prices for Bryston stuff and it was going to be 2K there (new - taxes in).
    Sorry, I have no info on the Anthem, just offering my .02 on the Bryston price.
    Good luck.
    Herb.
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