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Bryston 4B SST or Hypex 400 for IB2S

Did anyone switch from one to the other?
Or from Powerpac (based on 4B SST) to Hypex.

I can get a 2nd hand set of pristine IB2S+bryston powerpacs.

So any info that can give me more insight is highly appreciated!

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I'm a big Hypex / PMC fan. You'll probably be happy either way.

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I'm a big Hypex / PMC fan. You'll probably be happy either way.

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Hey Greg, thanks for replying! Do you have experience with the Bryston amps?
I've read about the PMC/Hypex combo quite a lot. Do you have monoblocks with short leads?

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I've heard many PMC / Bryston systems and they sound great. I haven't done an A/B.

Hypex are not power hogs so building mono blocks vs. a stereo amp with a large power supply is probably not that big of a difference. Just build with headroom in mind. One UcD400 per IB2 should be plenty in a mastering room.

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I'm a big Hypex / PMC fan. You'll probably be happy either way.

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pmc tb2 plus hypex 400hg/hxr, here
I love how it sounds,
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i A/B'd hypex and bryston 4B ST years ago when i built my first hypex 400HG

not with PMCs

i personally liked the hypex at the time.
few years later in a new room, the hypex was not right with the same speakers, so i changed them

everything is a system, try them both out if you can. but if you can't, you'll be happy with either
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Looking at the tech specs it's a no brainer.
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Looking at the tech specs it's a no brainer.
Please enlighten me
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we can still do the test wih my hypex and the bryston (could you still borrow it?)
I'd really go for the hypex though, i know someone that can help you.
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Hypex's new amp modules, Ncore should be on your list.

A quote from the very top of the white paper they released:

"Ncore® is the trade name for the first significant step in power amplifier performance in a decade. Building on the stong heritage of UcD, Ncore takes the things UcD does well and does them ten times better. Literally. Following nearly two years of sporadic unofficial demonstrations Hypex is ready to announce this ground-breaking technology to the world."

Sounds extremely promising. Essentially Ncore is an improved version of the UcD series. Cool!

Currently the Ncore modules and companion power supply's are sold out but they are saying "week 18" they will be back in stock. So early May.

I'm considering building a pair of monoblocks to pair with a speaker upgrade I'm planning. Not much of a DIYer so I'm a bit hesitant. My father knows electronics very well so that should (hopefully) be of some help!
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Hypex's new amp modules, Ncore should be on your list.

A quote from the very top of the white paper they released:

"Ncore® is the trade name for the first significant step in power amplifier performance in a decade. Building on the stong heritage of UcD, Ncore takes the things UcD does well and does them ten times better. Literally. Following nearly two years of sporadic unofficial demonstrations Hypex is ready to announce this ground-breaking technology to the world."
I'm looking forward as well. The tech specs are amazing:
http://www.hypex.nl/docs/papers/ncore%20wp.pdf
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Hypex's new amp modules, Ncore should be on your list.

A quote from the very top of the white paper they released:

"Ncore® is the trade name for the first significant step in power amplifier performance in a decade. Building on the stong heritage of UcD, Ncore takes the things UcD does well and does them ten times better. Literally. Following nearly two years of sporadic unofficial demonstrations Hypex is ready to announce this ground-breaking technology to the world."

Sounds extremely promising. Essentially Ncore is an improved version of the UcD series. Cool!

Currently the Ncore modules and companion power supply's are sold out but they are saying "week 18" they will be back in stock. So early May.

I'm considering building a pair of monoblocks to pair with a speaker upgrade I'm planning. Not much of a DIYer so I'm a bit hesitant. My father knows electronics very well so that should (hopefully) be of some help!
Thanks guys,
for one thing, the Hypex are quite a bit cheaper.
and I did hear very good things :-) but off course I will have to test them with the Powerpac's attached.

I also know someone who's great at DIY,. :-) mr.... Da Goose
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apparently with hypex modules there's not much soldering
it's rather connecting few cables and you done,
check diy forum and contact hypex, those guys customer service is top notch,
I call them every time I have to deal with ORANGE mobiles
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Hey Thanks I was looking for the Bryston manual.

I must admit I am not too good when it comes to technical data.
From what I read here, they are quite similar

thanks,
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Well it depends how you interpret the data and what's important to you.
Let's look at the THD as an example.
Bryston specs the THD @500W to less than 0.007%
The Hypex on the other hand has a THD over 0.5% @400W

The Hypex beats the Bryston @1W but from that on the Bryston performs better according to their claims.
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