When I was equipping my legendary studio in Wood Green, I learnt a valuable lesson about monitoring.
To my eternal shame, I had always studied loudspeaker design but had taken power amplifiers pretty much for granted. After all, they are all much of a muchness, are they not?
No. They are not.
I took the opportunity of trying more than a dozen different power amps with my Tannoy DMT215’s and the results were a revelation. I found some amps unlistenable, whereas others opened up the sound and gave a degree of detail combine with an ease of delivery that was almost disarming.
Ultimately I chose a Phase Linear amp, and these remain amongst my all time favourites. I might well have chosen a Bryston instead had my resources been sufficient, and I was also sorely tempted by the classic Amcron range (DC150 and DC300Mk2 series). What was clear to me was the difference between so many modern force cooled mossfet designs (loads of power in a small space but tough to live with) and classic, transformer balanced models.
Bryston are one of the very few amplifier manufacturers who build traditional style amps with modern facilities and reliability (they even offer a user lifetime warranty). Although expensive, the cost is justified for those who care. Transients are fast (allowing amazing detail) and large output transformers give a full, precise and musical sound.
Ultimately, if your monitoring isn’t good, you might as well close your studio today. If you can’t hear what you’re doing, what’s the point? So please, PLEASE, put monitoring TOP of your priority list and build your remaining budget around your monitors. You’ll be forever glad you did. And if monitoring matters, then Bryston amps are unrivalled for quality. It may be a costly investment, but it could be the best you ever make.