Author Topic: Troubleshooting help required - New Bryston B135 cubed integrated amplifier buzz  (Read 1596 times)

Online micktal

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Hi

Since u bought new u can demand a replacement or repair foc under the new lemon law.

https://www.gov.sg/factually/content/what-is-the-lemon-law

Should not let retailers get away with defective products.

Offline AndrewC

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Hi Andrew, yes I have tested the amp in a standalone test (See Test 1 in opening post):
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Oops, sorry, missed reading that!  ;D

That said, do try another AC line elsewhere in the house if you haven't already; a buddy of mine had a similar problem with his Amp-speaker buzzing... turned out one of his kids had plugged in some cheapo China phone charger into another AC socket elsewhere in the house but on the same line. Once the charger was unplugged, the buzzing disappeared!
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Offline ivanlyf_2011

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Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay but I think I should describe my problem as a buzz, not any of the 60 / 120 hum as described in the link below.

https://www.psaudio.com/ps_how/how-to-find-and-fix-hum/

I also managed to find the fuse rating of my Bryston B135-cubed (it's pasted on the chassis itself) so I'm going to get the correct fuse this evening and see how it goes.

Also an update: AFA says I can send in the unit for a check-up if I want, so I'll do that next weekend and will also see what Bryston says directly.
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If got time, use your phone to record audio clip & post leh. Getting curious.

Is it like microphone with poor connection to PA system type buzz?


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actually I think choosing Bryston B135 to drive 702s2 is an excellent decision. Just so unfortunate that you encounter the buzz issue.End up it turn a dream (sort of) into a nightmare (exaggerated i know).

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If got time, use your phone to record audio clip & post leh. Getting curious.

Is it like microphone with poor connection to PA system type buzz?


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Sorry, can't figure a way to post an audio clip into my reply but it is likely as you said "microphone with poor connection to PA system type buzz", a bit like a sssst sound.

Okay to summarize thus far:

i. Now inserted the correct fuse rating into the B135, the hiss is still present.
ii. Decided not to connect all the components in the same conditioner as I felt that it reduces the dynamic range of the B135-cubed. Risk vs Benefit analysis -> Benefit of dynamic range outweighs the hiss since the hiss is not loud.
iii. Previous standalone testing with headphone & also disconnecting the pre-amp to the amp have determined the source of the hiss to be from the amplifier stage, not the pre-amplifier stage.

Still awaiting Bryston's reply since it's still the weekend over there. Will likely bring back to AFA audio soon as well, see Bryston's advice first
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Offline andylovesaudio

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Mine also got slight buzz/Hummish sound from tweeter...but I using tube Int amp. Let’s do some snooping. On system ... no music... who kena slight hiss/buzz/hum? Who has dead silence? Tube or SS also can. How far can hear? Ears on tweeter only ... 6 inch ...1 ft ... 2ft?
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Point being ... slight noise is not uncommon and not necessarily a malfunction but it’s just the way it is due to design. Still could be something wrong ... but what if after check ...nothing found ?
« Last Edit: November 05, 2018, 23:56 by andylovesaudio »

Offline stereoman2

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Dear all,

....  a new Bryston B135 cubed integrated amplifier. The B135 was bought and installed into my setup on wednesday but I only noticed the buzz

Let the agents earn their commission.

If it is so new, you can get them to rectify the issue. If they insists it's yr equipment use back the original amp or get another - no buzzing, they need to provide warranty.

Bryston has great pride in providing warranty - U can report the agent to Bryston main office & let them remind their agents of the Bryston commitment to customers @ http://bryston.com/pages/warranty.html

or, an except ...

"Warranty Details
Bryston analog audio products and loud speakers are warranted to be free from manufacturing defects for twenty (20) years from the original date of manufacture. The warranty includes parts and labour. Speaker warranty is limited to the first time buyer and is non-transferable.
Bryston Digital products and cables are warranted for five (5) years from the original date of manufacture. The warranty includes parts and labour.

Bryston products having motorized moving parts, excluding motorized volume controls, are warranted for three years from the original date of manufacture. The warranty includes parts and labour.

Bryston will remedy the problem by repair or replacement, as we deem necessary, to restore the product to full performance. Bryston will pay return shipping costs for the full length of the specific product’s warranty.

In the event of a defect or malfunction, contact Bryston repair centers for return authorization. Products must be returned using original packaging material only. Packing material may be purchased from Bryston if necessary. 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.

As of 2006-02-22 Bryston will only warranty Bryston products purchased through authorized Bryston dealers. Bryston products with a date code of 0608 or higher (date code format is “yyww”, where “yy” is the two least significant digits of the year and “ww” is the week of the year) must be accompanied by a copy of the bill-of-sale from a Bryston authorized dealer to qualify for warranty service. The warranty is transferable from the original owner to a subsequent owner as long as a copy of the bill-of-sale from the original authorized Bryston dealer accompanies the re-sale. The copy of the bill of sale to any subsequent owner need ONLY include the Name of the Bryston Authorized Dealer and the Model and Serial number of the Bryston product. The warranty will only be honoured in the country of the original purchase unless otherwise pre-authorized by Bryston.

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No reply from Bryston yet...decided to email Brian Russel directly as a follow up from a previous query. See what Bryston advises, worst case, have AFA send back to Canada.

Just a thought, will it help if I use a twin core cable instead of a single core cable? But the termination will still be in rca though...
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No reply from Bryston yet...decided to email Brian Russel directly as a follow up from a previous query. See what Bryston advises, worst case, have AFA send back to Canada.

Just a thought, will it help if I use a twin core cable instead of a single core cable? But the termination will still be in rca though...

If u used a diff amp & no buzzing, then Bryston should do the right thing for U. Now it could be a different story if other amp(s) utilise produce the bussing sound as well....

Offline ivanlyf_2011

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Final update:

I've managed to talk to Brian Russell about the hissing sound of the B135 cubed. In addition, I've also informed him all the tests I've done, and he has also asked for further details on how audible is the hiss (must I stand near the speaker, do I hear it at my normal listening position, etc.).

Bryston: How close are you to the speaker when you hear a hiss?  Can you hear it when you are in a normal listening position?

Myself: I have to be pretty close like within 15cm to hear it.

At my normal listening position, I won’t hear it unless I really strain my ears. And when the music plays, the sound easily drowns the hiss.

Bryston: What you have described is simple transformer noise. The sound of electricity passing through the transformer.  If it was louder, then there may have been an issue.

From a risk-benefit analysis, I've decided to leave the issue be for now. The B135 cubed sounds way better than the Roksan K3 and the hiss cannot be heard from the normal listening position and is further drowned out once the music plays  Furthermore, it sounds like the hiss is a design limitation for which it's resolution may not be worth the effort and money paid.

I guess down the road, I may just buy a separate power amp and use the B135-cubed solely as a pre-amplifier when I move up the speaker lineup
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In old school ,

To test a pre-amp is listening at different input while playing music at other input.  E.g if you are playing music on CD input and Tape input is empty,  select tape.  Then turn up the volume about to 11 o'clock ,  and put ear near to speaker.

You should hear the song in very low volume nothing else.
Trying very hard to reproduce the music and sound that creative mixing-artists composed in the studios, at home with limited knowledge and resources.

Offline wusplay

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Transformer hum from a big amp is not unusual , but it is not accetable if it send the noise through the speakers. (not talking about ground loop noise.)

Naim also puts this in their user manuals. But highlighted that Transformer hum is not transmitted through the speakers.


"A hi-fi system usually shares a mains circuit with other household equipment some of which can cause distortion of the mains waveform. This distortion can in turn lead to mechanical hum from mains transformers. Some Naim transformers are large in size, making them relatively sensitive to such distortion, and it may be necessary to take account of transformer hum when siting your equipment. Transformer hum is not transmitted through the speakers and has no effect on the performance of the system; however, a separate mains circuit may reduce it."

Offline ivanlyf_2011

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Talk about suay. My B135 Integrated Amplifier has spoilt again.

Plugged into the AC wall socket, turned on the switch and no light. I checked the fuse, it does not look blown.

Will send to AFA this saturday.
« Last Edit: November 07, 2018, 06:53 by ivanlyf_2011 »
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