Older Bryston vs newer Rotel amps?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by RonW, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. RonW

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    I am looking for a two channel amp to use with my Denon 3803. The 3803 will power the center and surrounds while the two channel will do the mains which are B&W Matrix 803's. I can buy a used Bryston 3BST for around $600 or a Rotel 981 or 991 or even a 1080 for about the same amount. I am not concerned with volume, I am more concerned with clarity, soundstage, openess etc. Any thoughts?

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    Ron
     
  2. Kevin C Brown

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    Bryston. Easy. [​IMG]

    Go check out some of the old reviews. Stereophile has a few, and actually, both Bryston's and Rotel's web sites have reviews. Make sure to find reviews with measurements. I have never ever read a bad review of a Bryston. I *have* read less than 100% positive reviews of Rotel amps. Rotel makes great amps. But Bryston is in an entirely different league.
     

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