- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 18 June 2014
The Design of the Bryston Middle T Speakers
When Bryston set out to design their new line of speakers, they had several goals in mind: (1) High levels of SPL without distortion or compression; (2) Unit to Unit matching; (3) Bryston internal crossovers, designed to integrate perfectly with Bryston Amplifiers; (4) Custom designed drivers with die-cast aluminium baskets, substantial magnet assemblies, and custom motor systems; (5) Wide dispersion design; and (6) Engineered to prevent cabinet resonances.
They also wanted to have them built in North America. SInce Bryston is a Canadian company, they contacted Axiom Audio, which is also Canadian, and who have their own factory.
So, Bryston went through many prototypes, and finally came to the stage where they were satisfied with the results. The Middle T is one of fifteen models that are now available, including larger floor-standers, bookshelf monitors, center channel speakers, and subwoofers, as well as in-wall and on-wall speakers. That's quite an investment, so they were very careful, and the results speak for themselves, literally.
The Middle T has a 1" titanium dome tweeter, one 5.25" midrange driver, and two 8" woofers. The grilles attach using neodymium magnets (very strong), with the magnets on the enclosure being underneath the veneer, so they don't show when you have the grilles off. I love to look at the drivers on a speaker and always use them without grilles (unless they are planar magnetic, in which case, the grilles are not removable, or, in the case of electrostatics, which don't have grilles).
Two large flared ports are on the rear of the speaker, along with a set of five-way speaker binding posts with a bus bar that allows bi-wiring or bi-amping. The ports have creases along the edges to reduce port noise.
"Outrigger"-style feet come with the speakers, but I did not use them because the speakers were sitting on a wall-to-wall carpet.