Bryston C Series 6B SST Owner`s manual

BRYSTON
OWNER’S MANUAL
Instructions For Bryston
SST Series Amplifiers
Model 6BSST
6BSST
THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
Table of Contents
General Introduction
Instalation and Ventilation
Page 1
Rear Panel Input Settings/Connections
Setting Input Selector Switch
Balance Input Connector Configuration
Setting Polarity
Setting Input Sensitivity
Page 2
Output Binding Posts and Polarity
Page 3
Front Panel Description
LED Indicators (Power-up Sequence)
LED Indicators (Operating Conditions)
Page 4
Power Control Panel
Master Curcuit -Breaker
AC Power Input
Local/Auto Switch
Local/External Switch
Page 5
Rack Mounting Instructions
Individual Module Removal
Channel Fuse Type/Location
Page 6
5.1 Typical Home Theatre Setup
Page 7
Block Diagram of the 6BSST
Page 8
Typical Performance Graphs
Page 9-12
Technical Specifications
Page 13
Important Warranty Information
Back Cover
6BSST
THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
Introduction
Thank you for choosing the 6BSST Three Channel Power Amplifier.
Bryston welcomes any suggestions you may have, or comments regarding the operation of your amplifier. We consider
you, our customer, to be Bryston’s most important resource, and your opinion is very much appreciated.
Description
The 6BSST is a modular design 3 x 300W per channel audio power amplifier. Each channel selects a balanced or single
ended input. Each channel selects a gain of 29dB(1v), 23dB(2v) or 17dB(4v). Each channel input may be operated inverted or non-inverted operation(0 or -180 degrees). The power up of the 6BSST may be controlled by remote control voltage. The 6BSST includes ‘soft start’ power control circuitry to eliminate high inrush currents when A/C power is applied.
Warranty ( see back page for details )
Shipping Box & Packing Material
Please keep the original shipping box and all packing material. This will ensure the amplifier is protected in future transport. In the unlikely event you have a problem and must return it for service you must use the proper packing material.
Ship the amplifier only in the original packing material, as the unit is not insurable by carriers otherwise.
Installation ( see rack mounting section if applicable )
Ventilation. The most important installation consideration is ventilation. The 6BSST is a convection-cooled amplifier.
Unrestricted air-flow across its heat sinks is a must. For this reason do not install anything directly above it. Allow 3.5’ (2u)
to 5” (3u) inches of space above and to the sides of this amplifier. Do not install directly above other heat generating equipment. Should your instillation conditions be constricted, then additional forced air-cooling may be necessary. Bryston can
provide an optional fan package if required. Any 6BSST channels thermally shutting down during operation indicates insufficient cooling, and a remedy must be found for cooling the amplifier. Provide a minimum 6” space to the rear of the 6BSST
for ventilation and dressing cables to and from the amplifier.
Never operate the 6BSST in a vertical position.
Wiring the 6BSST ( also see rear panel description )
Speaker wires should be as short as practical. Use quality wire, and if runs are more than 3 meters use at least 12 gauge
wire. The speaker binding posts will accept wire up to 3 gage in size. Bryston can custom build cables for your application.
A/C power
Before plugging in the power cord be sure your 6BSST is specified for the correct a/c voltage for your locality. The voltage is listed to the right of the power input connector. The circuit feeding the 6BSST should be sufficient so as not to cause
the circuit breaker to trip. Note: the 6BSST when operated with all channels at maximum power into 4 ohm loads, can consume all the available power in a normal household circuit, therefore a dedicated electrical circuit may be necessary with
this situation. Never lift the safety ground to the amplifier or remove the ground pin from the plug.
Power line conditioners will not improve the 6BSST performance, in fact most of the time they restrict the flow of current in the power line to the amplifier, reducing performance at high output levels.
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6BSST
THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
Rear Panel Input / Output Connections
1. Input Select Switch.
Each 6BSST channel gives the user the option of switching between
either balanced input or single ended input.
2. Balanced Input connector. ( Imp. 20k )
This input connector accepts standard ‘XLR’ or 1/4” TRS .
Use quality, 100% shielded cables with gold plated connectors.
‘XLR’ type
‘TRS’ type
‘RCA’ type
3. Single Ended Input. ( Un-balanced input ) ( Imp. 50k )
This input connector accepts standard ‘RCA’ or ‘Phono’ connectors.
Use quality, 100% shielded cables with gold plated connectors.
Balanced input Vs Single ended input:
Fig 1
The balanced input requires a balanced pre-amp source. Balanced
systems provide noise protection from external electrical interference, so cable length can be very long (50m or longer ).
The single ended or unbalanced input is provided for pre-amps without balanced output. Single-ended cables should be
kept to 20’ (7m) or less. In general never use longer cables than necessary, never coil excess cable length, and run signal wires away from AC power or speaker cables.
4. Polarity Switch ( 0 or -180 degrees)
Each 6BST channel gives the user the option of inverting the polarity of the input signal -180 degrees.
Polarity inversion is application specific. The normal operating position is 0 degrees.
5. Input Sensitivity (Gain) Switch.
The optimum gain setting will depend upon the source pre-amp operating level, and or personal preference.
The 1v setting is used when the source is single-ended, or from a transformer coupled balanced source.
This is the home theatre setting for single ended or un-balanced operation.
The 1v setting provides the most amplifier gain - 29 dB. (1v in = 100w @ 8 ohms.) (noise -112 dB)
A signal level of 1.7v at the input is required to deliver 300W into 8 ohms (rated output).
The 2v setting is used when the sources output is actively Balanced.
This is the home theatre setting for balanced operation Or use this setting with any systems where
the volume control rotation is limited to the bottom half of the control or less.
The 2v setting provides an amplifier gain - 23 dB. ( 2v in = 100w @ 8 ohms.) ( noise -115 dB )
A signal level of 3.4v at the input is required to deliver 300W into 8 ohms (rated output).
The 4v setting is used when the source pre-amp has a high output level, or in ultra sensitive systems where
the volume control rotation range is still limited when using the 2v setting.
Some pre-amps may be unable to deliver enough level to use this setting.
The 4v setting provides an amplifier gain - 17 dB. ( 4v in = 100w @ 8 ohms.) ( noise -118 dB )
A signal level of 6.8v at the input is required to deliver 300W into 8 ohms (rated output).
The noise is referenced in dB below rated output of 300 watts. Different input configurations result in slightly different
noise readings. The above noise ratings represent minimum readings, actual readings may be better.
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6. Output binding posts & polarity.
The RED binding post is connected to the amplifier output. Connect to this post the (+) terminal on the loudspeaker.
The BLACK binding post is connected to signal ground. Connect to this post the (-) terminal on the loudspeaker.
When the polarity switch is set for 0 degrees (normal operation ) the output at the RED binding post is in phase with the
input signal.
When the polarity switch is set for 180 degrees (inverted operation) the the output at the RED binding post is 180 degrees
out of phase with the input signal.
The Output binding posts provide three different interconnect options. Combinations may be used when bi-wiring. See figure 2 below. Cables should be kept as short as practical and should never be terminated with connectors that may become
confused for AC power connectors. Cables should be dressed away from input and power cables.
1. Banana plugs offer a quick disconnect option. Before inserting a banana plug into the binding post be sure to tighten the
post nut to avoid rattling and to provide full insertion of the banana plug. Gold plated locking banana plugs are available
from Bryston.
2. Spade lugs provide high contact area and secure fastening. Lugs should be gold plated. See diagram for details.
Post diameter is 5/16’ ( 8mm ),lug width 5/8” (16 mm). Gold plated spade lugs are available from Bryston.
3. Stripped bare wire up to 3 gauge can be inserted through the hole in the binding post and held in place by tightening
the post knob. Additional tightening pressure can be achieved using a coin in the slots of the knob. Do not over tighten or
the binding post may become damaged. Note that copper wire is malleable and may require further tightening after the initial installation.
Fig 2
2
3
Spade lug dimensions
5/8”
5/16”
1
Coin
7. Rear Handle (Page 2 Fig 1)
The handle on each channel is to protect the connectors and removal of the channel from the chassis.
This handle should never be used to carry the 6BSST. Use only the front panel handles for carrying the 6BSST,
or lift from the sides of the chassis if not equipped with front panel handles.
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THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
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Front Panel
1. 'SST POWER' switch
The front panel label 'SST POWER', is a touch sensitive membrane switch used to apply or remove a/c line power to the
6BSST circuitry. Push firmly the center of the switch until the power-up sequence begins. Push again and the 6BSST will
power-down. ( Note: the rear circuit breaker must be on for the 6BSST to power-up)
2. LED Indicators
Each 6BSST channel has a LED indicator to monitor the following channel conditions:
indicates channel has no power.
UNLIT indicates channel is muted (power-up-down sequence)
RED GREEN indicates channel operation is normal.
FLASHING RED - indicates channel clipping.
indicates channel thermal shutdown.
ORANGE Power up sequence
After pushing the 'SST POWER' switch, each channel led will turn from unlit to red (mute). When the power supplies
have stabilized the channel will come out of mute and the led will change to green (normal operation).
Unlit led ( No power )
The 6BSST channel led when unlit indicates no A/C mains power is present at the channel. If all channel led indicators
are unlit the 6BSST probably needs only to be powered on. A single led not lighting possibly indicates blown channel
fuses. When checking fuses switch off the circuit breaker on the rear panel, or unplug the power cord. Use only the
specified quick-acting 4 amp 250V 5mm x 20mm fuses. See page 6 for the fuse locations.
Clipping ( flashing red )
Clipping occurs when the channel output level no longer can follow the level increase at the input (Over driven outeeput
condition). When a 6BSST channel is driven into clipping the channel led will change from green to red then back to
green when the level is reduced ( Flashing Red ). Momentary clipping can be tolerated, however it indicates that maximum un-distorted power has been surpassed and potential speaker damage may result if overload conditions persist.
Any amplifier that is constantly operated into clipping indicates a more powerful amplifier is needed for that application.
Thermal Shutdown ( orange )
The 6BSST channel has thermal shutdown circuitry to prevent damage due to overheating.
Should thermal shutdown occur, the channel will mute, and the channel led will turn orange indicating this condition.
When the channel has cooled to a safe operating condition the channel will return to normal operation.
Persistent Thermal shutdown indicates steps need to be taken to increase airflow across the channel or channels heat
sink. ( Also see installation section on ventilation ).
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6BSST
THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
Power Control Panel
1. Master circuit - breaker.
The 6BSST uses a magnetic-trip circuit breaker (1) to protect the amplifier.
This switch should be ‘OFF’ when installing the 6BSST. When switched ‘OFF’
all A/C power is removed from the amplifier, including standby power.
The circuit breaker is not the day to day power switch and should be switched
and left ‘ON’ after the installation is complete.Use the ‘SST POWER” switch
or an external control voltage to Power-up or Power-down the amplifier.
Should the breaker trip, lower or remove the amplifier input signals. Switch
the breaker to the ‘ON’ position. Then power the unit up normally. The circuit
breaker must be ‘ON’ at all times for the 6BSST to operate.
2. AC power input.
This is a high current plug for the power cord receptacle. Check that the voltage rating at the right of the connector conforms with your locality. With the
circuit breaker ‘OFF’ insert the power cord into the 6BSST, then plug the other
end to an approprate A/C power outlet.
3. Power-Up ( Local / Auto switch. )
A. In “Local” position either the front panel ‘SST POWER” switch or an
external voltage controls the power-up of the 6BSST.
B. “Auto” is used when the 6BSST is powered from a switched power outlet.
The ‘SST POWER’ switch and / or control voltage will function normally
after the initial power up.
4. External control voltage power up ( Local / external switch.)
A. To power-up the 6BSST using an external control voltage,
Supply a 4v to 12v A/C or DC control voltage to the ‘IN’ terminals of connector ( 5 ).
Use paired wire of 22 gauge to 18 gauge sufficient in length between the source device and the 6BSST. (see ‘W’ )
Select switch (4) to “External”. The amplifier will now power-up only when the control voltage is present (on).
Immediately following power up, the control voltage will appear at the ’OUT’ terminals of connector (5) for the control
of other equipment.The Removal of the control voltage ( 0v) causes the 6BSST to turn ‘off’ and the control voltage at
the ‘OUT’ terminals is interrupted.
B. In the“Local” setting of switch (4) the 6BSST will ignore the control voltage, and power up only by using the
front panel ‘SST POWER’ switch, or as in section 3 above. If a control voltage is present at the ‘IN’ terminals it
will still be available at the ‘OUT’ terminals after the power-up sequence.
Control Voltage equipped source
4 to 12v ac or dc
Control voltage wire preparation
for screw terminals
separate 1”
18 to 22
gage
wire
fig W
to other voltage controlled devices
1/4”
strip
Note:
The ‘OUT’ terminals are connected to the ‘IN’ terminals once the 6BSST has powered-up.
The control current is determined by the source equipment. The carrying current of the ‘OUT’ relay is 2 amps.
The 6BSST itself draws less than 2 ma from the control current when operating.
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6BSST
THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
Rack Mounting Instructions
The 6BSST 19” version may be rack mounted with or without the ability to remove the channels. If removal of the channels is desired then the shipping screws securing the channels need to be removed.
REMOVE 4
6-32 SCREWS
FROM THIS
SIDE
TOP VIEW
FUSES - USE SAME TYPE ONLY
FAST ACTING 4A 250V 5mm X 20mm
DO NOT REMOVE
SCREWS FROM
RACK MOUNT
BRACKET
REMOVE 8 SCREWS 632 X 3/8”
REMOVE 3
3-32 SCREWS
FROM THIS SIDE
Removing the channels makes rack
mounting far easier as the chassis will
be much lighter.
Before removing any screws from the
6BSST be sure the power cord is
removed from the unit.
Remove the screws indicated on the top
and bottom views plus the ones
described on the sides.
Pull gently on the channel handle to
remove the channel. Be prepared to use
both hands to handle the channel.
It should not be necessary to remove
the power input module.
Install 6BSST chassis in rack.
Carefully reinstall the channels.
DO NOT REMOVE SCREWS FROM
RACK MOUNT BRACKET
REMOVE ALL 6-32 SCREWS ON
THE BOTTOM.
BOTTOM VIEW
The removal of the feet should not be
necessary as clearance below the
amplifier MUST be at least 1U
when rack mounting.
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6BSST
THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
Typical 5.1 Home Theatre Setup
Left Front
6BSST 3 x 300w per ch
Powered Subwoofer
Left Rear
Right Front
Center
Home Theatre processor
Right Rear
4BSST 2 x 300w per ch.
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THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
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Typical Band-pass Noise
Power supply artifacts are all below -95 dBu
balanced input with 23dB gain shown
dBu: dB relative to a reference of 0.7746 Volts
Typical THD+N Harmonic Content
The harmonic content of the 6BSST is all even order.
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Typical Frequency Response
8 ohm 300w<.01dB 20Khz.
4 ohm 500w<.1dB 20Khz.
Typical Phase Response
4 ohm 600w
8 ohm 300w
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THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
Typical THD+N Sweep
Graph shows that distortion is
essentially unaffected by load.
4v balanced input shown.
4 ohm 600w
8 ohm 300w
Typical IMD Sweep
4 ohm 600w
8 ohm 300w
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6BSST
THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
Damping Factor
8 ohm reference
Typical Crosstalk
channel 2 reading with
channels 1 & 3 driven to
300w into 8 ohms
channel 2 reading with
channels 1 & 3 driven to
600w into 4 ohms
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THREE CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER
Technical Specifications
Power Output,
Gain Select and Sensitivity
29dB - 1.7Vin = 300W @ 8 Ohms - (1V Position)
23dB - 3.4Vin = 300W @ 8 Ohms - (2V Position)
17dB - 6.8Vin = 300W @ 8 Ohms - (4V Position)
Input Impedance
50 Kohms single ended
20 Kohms balanced
Distortion
IM or THD+noise
< 0.005% 20Hz to 20kHz at 300 watts into 8 ohms,
< 0.007% 20Hz to 20kHz at 500 watts into 4 ohms
Noise
Measured with input shorted - 20Hz to 20kHz.
>112dB below rated output 29dB gain (- 75dBu)
>115dB below rated output 23dB gain (- 78dBu)
>118dB below rated output 17dB gain (- 81dBu)
Slew Rate
>60 volts per microsecond
Power Bandwidth
<1 Hz to over 100 kHz
Damping Factor
Over 500 at 20 Hz, ref. 8 ohms
Dimensions
Rack mount version
17” version
48.3 x 13.3 x 39.4cm - 19” x 7” x 20.5“ with handles mounted rack depth - 46.7cm - 18.375"
43.2 x 13.3 x 39.4cm - 17” x 7” x 19“
Weight:
approx. 36kg - 80 lbs
Power Consumption &Heat Load
single channel 300W @ 8 ohms 3 channels @ 300W @ 8 ohms Max. Heat Dissipation 8 ohms -
625 Watts
2100 Watts
4100 Btu/Hr.
single channel 500W @ 4 ohms 3 channels @ 500W @ 4 ohms Max. Heat Dissipation 4 ohms At Idle -
1075 Watts
3450 Watts
6600 Btu/Hr.
225 Watts
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BRYSTON 20 -YEAR WARRANTY
Bryston products are warranted to be free from
manufacturing defects for a minimum of twenty
years from the original date of manufacture. This
includes parts, labour and return shipping to the
first owner and all subsequent owners. Warranty
coverage is automatic and commences with the
original date of manufacture which is kept on file
at Bryston.
In the event of a defect or malfunction, Bryston
will remedy the problem by repair or replacement,
as we deem necessary, to restore the product to
full performance.
This warranty is considered void if the defect,
malfunction or failure of the product or any component part was caused by damage ( not resulting
from a defect or malfunction ) or abuse while in
the possession of the customer. Tampering by
persons other than factory authorized service
personnel, or failure to fully comply with Bryston
operating instructions, voids the warranty.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and
you may also have other rights which may vary
from province to province and country to country.
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