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Bryston Amplifiers, Loudspeakers & Hi-Fi Electronics: Complete Guide


Bryston Audio: Music for a Generation

Bryston BR-20 and remote control on table

Bryston has been designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art electronics for consumer and professional markets for more than 50 years. Since the debut of its first amplifier in 1973, Bryston has grown its product line to encompass a range of world-renowned amplifiers, loudspeakers, and digital audio components. Each of Bryston's hand-assembled products is extensively tested before shipment. Plus, Bryston offers an incredible 20-year warranty on its analog audio products and loudspeakers (five years on digital products and cables). Based in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Bryston products are sold through over 150 dealers in North America and 60 countries worldwide. Discover why Bryston is one of the most venerated high-end audio brands in the world and learn more about the products.

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Who is Bryston?


Bryston was founded in 1963 by Tony Bower, Stan Rybb, and John Stoneborough the three men combined the starting letters of their surnames to make "Bryston." But Bryston did not start out making audio equipment. Back then, Bryston manufactured high-tech blood analyzers and precision medical equipment. In 1968, ex-NASA engineer John W. Russell purchased the company. His son Chris, who had an interest in music and audio equipment, joined fresh out of college soon after.

In 1976, a man named James Tanner found that his Dynaco amplifier couldn't drive his new Dayton Wright electrostatic speakers. Tanner, who was a partner in Whitby Audio in Toronto. Word of mouth brought him to Bryston, where Chris modified Tanner's amplifier. From there, Chris decided to build an amplifier from scratch using medical-grade parts. This amplifier became the Pro 3 amplifier (later renamed 3B). It won a sound quality competition at a local major recording studio. The studio ordered several Pro 3's from Bryston and that began the company's transition to an audio engineering firm, with Chris Russell serving as vice president of engineering (later CEO). In 1978, Brian Russell hired James Tanner to manage Canadian sales for Bryston. It was the 4B amplifier that year that really put the company on the consumer hi-fi map.

Bryston hand assembles and individually tests every product it manufactures. Bryston employs techniques and custom materials in its everyday construction of electronic equipment that are more typically utilized by military and aerospace industries. The company's traditional adherence to the use of proprietary parts, sophisticated construction, and refined testing techniques, guarantees that your Bryston component will perform superbly, without any problems, for many, many years.

By the mid-1980s, Tanner’s responsibilities at Bryston expanded significantly and he was granted partner status, taking over the VP of marketing role while helping to drive new product development. Sadly, Brian Russell died unexpectedly in 2020, and Chris Russell decided to step down later that year (he remains as a consultant). James Tanner succeeded him as CEO. In 2021, Tanner purchased Bryston in partnership Colquhoun Audio (parent company of Axiom Audio), also based in Canada.  

Bryston engineers are never constrained by design costs for functionality. On the contrary, Bryston challenges their engineers to create the finest products they can; to source and use the best components; to move Bryston equipment ever-closer to perfection, while maximizing performance and reliability. Following in the fine tradition of artisan craftsmanship worldwide, every audio component is handcrafted by people who take tremendous pride in building the very best. Each component is hand selected and installed, every wire is cut and bent by hand, and every connection is hand soldered.

FUN FACT: The name Bryston was formed by melding the first letters of the last names of the company's original three owners: Bower, RYbb, and STONeborough.


Bryston engineer

Bryston employs techniques and custom materials in its everyday construction of electronic equipment that are more typically utilized by military and aerospace industries. The company's traditional adherence to the use of proprietary parts, sophisticated construction, and refined testing techniques, guarantees that your Bryston component will perform superbly, without any problems, for many, many years. It also prevents any unit-to-unit variance, which inevitably is the result of any mass-produced product.

Each of Bryston's fully assembled products is extensively tested before shipment. During 100 hours of continuous testing, Bryston amplifiers are monitored through a range of input cycles and thermal stress levels to duplicate a broad spectrum of operational loads. If any failures occur, Bryston will catch them during the manufacturing process, before you begin using the product. Bryston's dedication to creating the most reliable products is clearly evident in their 20-year analog and 5-year digital warranty. Bryston has looked into shifting manufacturing to other countries (countries that offer cheaper manufacturing) but decided against it. Given their hands-on approach and commitment to old world craftsmanship, Bryston chooses to maintain all production and design in-house.

Bryston offers a best-in-the-business 20-year analog warranty that covers replacement parts, labor, and return shipping to the owner. The warranty was originally three years, but then they realized that their products were still performing well within specifications after many years. So, in 1990, they decided to extend the analog warranty to 20 years. As it was, from 1976 to 1990, they never charged for a repair even though the equipment was well outside the then stated three-year warranty. The 20-year warranty was retroactive to all previous customers as well. The warranty on digital products is five years, the rationale being that Bryston does not yet have a long history with the technology.

The Bryston Sound: Clean. Honest. Natural. Neutral.  



Cubed Series Amplifiers

Bryston amplifiers are admired by both audio professionals and music enthusiasts around the world. Since the release of the Pro 3 power amplifier, Bryston engineers have never stopped innovating. Bryston's tradition of excellence is highlighted by lower distortion, increased bandwidth, and reduced noise, giving listeners a crystal-clear window into their favorite recordings. The Cubed amplifier series made its debut in 2016, replacing the SST Squared Series. The main different between the SST and the Cubed Series lies in the input stage, and the result is lower distortion and more three-dimensional soundstage in the Cubed amplifiers. The 4B Cubed is not only Bryston's best seller, but is one of the most well-regarded amplifiers in the world. Each amp channel is fully independent including its own power supply and transformer regardless of how many channels are in a package. Even the integrated amplifiers use identical amplifier channels to their equally rated separate equivalents. Bryston amplifiers are entirely convection cooled. That means even at full power, they can dissipate heat passively with our computer optimized heat sinks. Fans get noisy, collect dust, and can eventually fail. Bryston wants you enjoying their products for a lifetime. Bryston's patented Salomie Circuit, in all Cubed Series amplifiers, features a unique method of trapping distortion components in the main signal path that pass through other amplifiers only to be amplified and played by your loudspeakers. This innovative distortion reduction method results in a much more natural and nuanced rendition of your recordings — playback more true to the original recordings and more enjoyable to your ears.

Stereo


$4,295.00

Bryston 3B Cubed Amplifier Front

Sold out

Sold out

Sold out

Monaural

Bryston 7B Cubed Monoblock Amplifier white 17

$6,795.00

Bryston 28B Cubed Amplifier in Silver

$12,195.00

Multichannel

$10,995.00

$12,195.00

Integrated

$6,695.00


Bryston 4B Cubed Amplifier: A Bryston Legend

When the Bryston 4B amplifier was introduced in 1978, there was no way of knowing that it would become one of Bryston's most well-known and enduring products. Though continuously refined over the years, the basic concept has been maintained: dual mono construction (including two transformers), high class A operation, and balanced amplifier circuitry. Currently this venerated amplifier is in its sixth generation as part of the Cubed Series of amps. Now rated at 300 watts per channel into 8 ohms, (and upwards of 500 into 4 ohms), this true dual-mono amplifier is powerful enough for practically any speaker, yet it's priced to remain within reach. The degree of clarity, power, nuance, and outright truthfulness of this amp is stunning.

$6,795.00


EVOLUTION OF THE BRYSTON 4B AMPLIFIER

4B (1978)  >>

4Be   >>

4B NRB >>

4B ST >>

4B SST Squared   >>

4B Cubed (2016)


Cubed Series Amplifier Specs Comparison

2.5B 3B 4B 7B 9B 14B 21B 28B B135

Channels

2

2

2

1

3, 4, or 5

2

3

1

2

Height x Depth (in)

4.5 x 14.3

6.3 x 11.5

6.3 x 16.2

6.3 x 16.2

6.3 x 17.5

8.1 x 18.4

8.1 x 18.4

8.1 x 18.4

17 or 19 W x 4.5 H x 15 D

Weight (lb)

28

35

42

53

76

91

91

110

27

Noise (full bandwidth)

≤-115 dB

≤-112 dB

≤-119 dB

≤-119dB

≤-119 dB

≤-122dB

≤-119 dB

≤-117dB

<-109dB

THD + N (full bandwidth)

≤0.005%

≤0.005%

≤0.005%

≤0.005%

≤0.005%

≤0.005%

≤0.005%

≤0.005%

<0.005%

Watts per Channel

(8Ω): 135

(4Ω): 180

Watts Bridged Mono (8Ω): 270

(8Ω): 200

(4Ω): 300

(8Ω): 500

(8Ω): 300

(4Ω): 500

Watts Bridged Mono (8Ω): 900

(8Ω): 600

(4Ω): 900

(8Ω): 200

(4Ω): 300

(8Ω): 600

(4Ω): 900

(8Ω): 1x600

2x300

(8Ω): 1000

(4Ω): 1800

(8Ω): 150

(4Ω): 180



BHA-1 Headphone Amplifier

The BHA-1 Balanced Headphone Amplifier is Bryston's solution to delivering the finest listening experience from your headphones. Essentially a miniature power amplifier, Bryston applied the same robust design elements to the BHA-1 amplifier that they used to develop their full-size amps. Six class A fully discrete operational amplifiers generate your headphone output, delivering up to 2 watts of power for more than adequate dynamic range. The BHA-1 provides a true balanced mode via balanced outputs, or you can use the single-ended outputs for more traditional headphones. The BHA-1 also has a pair of XLR outputs that allow you to use the unit as a high-quality analog preamplifier.

 

$2,295.00


Loudspeakers: History and Overview

Speakers weren't part of Bryston's original plans. What began as an experiment between James Tanner and loudspeaker engineer friend Ian Colquhoun of Axiom Audio has developed into a collection of superbly accurate loudspeakers. Originally, the Model T was going to be a showcase loudspeaker that could demonstrate the clarity and dynamic range of Bryston's award-winning electronics. Tanner had set out to design a fully active, no-holds-barred speaker system that he could use to test Bryston electronics at home. This is how the T Series was born T stands for Tanner! Since then, Bryston has produced a full line building on the engineering effort that went into the flagship model. Today, Bryston sells a range of A Series and T Series passive loudspeakers, as well as three T Series active loudspeakers. Bryston's loudspeaker engineers are fortunate to have an onsite anechoic chamber. Stocked with state-of-the-art lab equipment, they are able to innovate based on scientific data. By optimizing power response, they can achieve superb in-room neutrality and accuracy. Bryston speakers’ lack of dynamic compression breathes a sense of realism and life into recorded sounds.

"In 2010, I began a personal quest to develop the ultimate loudspeaker a model that would reproduce the full dynamic capability of music while remaining tonally neutral, crystal clear, and capable of capturing the subtle nuances of any recording. After collaborating with highly respected loudspeaker engineers for two years, the Model T was born. Initially, it was a personal R&D project resulting in a single pair of speakers for my reference system. But upon hearing them, my associates convinced me that I should offer them for sale under the Bryston banner since they so clearly embody the values we hold dear."

James Tanner, CEO of Bryston

The ABCs of Bryston Loudspakers

A Extraordinary dynamic range and lack of compression has been achieved by developing drivers that are efficient, capable of high power handling and extraordinarily low levels of distortion. We also use multiple drive units in parallel so that the system can play louder with less effort than a single driver solution.


B Essential to the clarity and neutrality of our speakers are well engineered crossover networks. Whether internal (standard) or external (Signature Edition), these not only divide the full spectrum of sound across different drivers, but also are used to correct even small non-linearities found in our driver elements.


C Thick walls, up to a 1½-inch thick front baffle, and a precisely designed network of internal braces ensure that the cabinet is all but perfectly inert and contributes virtually no sonic signature of its own. With no cabinet resonances, you only hear the beautiful sound of your recordings.


D Thorough understanding of fluid dynamics led us to develop a fluted port profile which eliminates vent noise even at extreme pressures. This mastery of engineering enabled us to utilize the advantages of a vented system without the turbulent distortion frequently associated with ports.


E Bryston carefully engineered drivers to achieve excellent performance and reliability parameters using advanced modeling and finite element analysis tools. Once initially developed, we verified performance and durability in our anechoic chamber and accelerated life test facility.

Wood Veneer Finish Options

Black Ash

Boston Cherry

Walnut

Maple

Espresso Walnut

Natural Rosewood

Red Rosewood

Santos Rosewood



Passive vs. Active Crossovers


The terms "active" and "passive" refer to the type of crossover network the speaker uses. A crossover network directs frequencies to the appropriate driver. A passive crossover has components such as inductors, capacitors, and resistors to create the filters for the frequency responses for each driver inside the speaker. You simply connect your speaker amplifier to the speaker and the crossover in the speaker does the work dividing up the frequencies. An active crossover is an external electronic device that has a power supply and will connect between your preamplifier and your amplifiers for the speakers. It will divide the frequency responses required for each driver set, and it will require you to have an amplifier channel for each grouping of drivers that cover a set of frequency responses. Bryston Active speakers are 3-way speakers, so each speaker requires three channels of amplification. Without going into too much technical depth, an electronic crossover does a better job of recreating the presentation without the dimension effects of passive crossovers.

Active Crossover:

More components

Has a power supply, more complicated, can do much more

Better sound quality than passive

Passive Crossover:

Fewer components

No power supply; no need to plug into wall.

All passive components: capacitors, inductors, and resistors create the network that tell which frequencies go to which driver  



Passive Loudspeakers

Most Bryston loudspeakers utilize a passive crossover. Moon Audio carries several A Series and T Series passive loudspeaker models.

A Series: A1, A2, A3, Mini A, AC1 Center, AC1 Mini, AC1 Micro, Model A Sub.

T Series: Model T, Middle T, Mini T, Mini T Sub, T-12 Sub, T-8 Sub, Model T Sub, TC-1 Center, TC-1 Mini Center, T-8 Sub, Model T Sub, TIW In-Wall.

A Series

Bryston Mini A Left Side Three Quarter

  • Dynamic Range: 100 dB (2.38V, 1m, anechoic)    
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms (nominal)      
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz to 20Khz (+/- 3dB)

$1,655.00

Bryston AC-1 Mini in Black Ash

  • Dynamic Range: 111 dB @ 1m anechoic
  • Impedance: 6 ohms
    Sensitivity: 86 dB
    Frequency Response: 45Hz-20kHz ±3dB

$1,720.00

T Series

Bryston TC-1 Mini in Walnut

  • Dynamic Range: 112 dB @ 1m anechoic
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms
    Sensitivity: 88dB
    Frequency Response: 40Hz-20kHz ±3dB

$3,460.00

Bryston Mini T Subwoofer in Natural Cherry

  • Dynamic Range: 108 dB (2.38V, 1m, anechoic)
  • Frequency Response: 25Hz to 150Hz (+/- 3dB)

$4,590.00

Bryson T-12 Subwoofer in Espresso Walnut

  • Dynamic Range: 108 dB
  • Frequency Response: 18Hz-150kHz ±3dB

$6,125.00

Bryston Mini T Bookshelf Speaker Quarter

  • Dynamic Range: 86 dB SPL @ 1 meter with 1 watt (anechoic)
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms (nominal)
  • Sensitivity: 112 dB
  • Frequency Response: 33Hz to 20Khz (+/- 3dB)

$4,075.00

Bryston Model T Speaker Pair in Walnut

  • Dynamic Range: 89 dB SPL @ 1 meter with 1 watt (anechoic)
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms (nominal)
  • Sensitivity: 118 dB
  • Frequency Response: 25Hz to 20Khz (+/- 3dB)

$9,555.00

Bryston Middle T Loudspeaker pair in Natural Cherry

  • Dynamic Range: 88 dB SPL @ 1 meter @ 1 watt (anechoic)
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms (nominal)
  • Sensitivity: 112dB
  • Frequency Response: 33Hz to 22Khz (+/- 3dB)

$6,870.00


Active Loudspeakers




Moon Audio carries three T Series Active Loudspeaker models: Mini T Active, Middle T Active, Model T Active Note that these are available as either active or passive.

The Bryston Active Loudspeaker System takes performance to the next level. Most fully active systems restrict your choice of preamplifier and amplifiers by building in often inferior models into the loudspeakers. Bryston’s system includes a high-resolution external digital crossover, the BAX-1, that accepts input from your favorite stereo analog preamplifier and outputs analog signal to your choice of amplifiers. The BAX-1 makes it easy to choose the amplifiers that work best for your listening preferences. The Mini T, Middle T, and Model T Active Loudspeakers require you to use the BAX-1 digital crossover and three amplifier channels per speaker. For example, you could use two 21B Cubed amplifiers (three channels each) or three 2.5B Cubed Amplifier (two channels each). The 21B Cubed Monoblock Amplifier provides two channels at 300 watts for the high and middle frequencies and a whopping 600 watts for the bass frequencies. One important aspect of the Bryston Active System that is critical to its performance is that each loudspeaker model and BAX-1 Digital Crossover combination is optimized using the factory anechoic chamber, utilizing over 300 measurements. This ensures that the software controlling the active digital crossover maintains the optimal "sound power response" for each Bryston Active Speaker Model.

$3,495.00


Bryston Middle T Loudspeaker pair in Natural Cherry

  • Dynamic Range: 86 dB SPL @ 1 meter with 1 watt (anechoic)
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms (nominal)
  • Sensitivity: 112 dB
  • Frequency Response: 33Hz to 20Khz (+/- 3dB)

$4,075.00

Bryston Mini T Bookshelf Speaker Quarter

  • Dynamic Range: 88 dB SPL @ 1 meter @ 1 watt (anechoic)
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms (nominal)
  • Sensitivity: 112dB
  • Frequency Response: 33Hz to 22Khz (+/- 3dB)

$6,870.00

Bryston Model T Speaker Pair in Walnut

  • Dynamic Range: 89 dB SPL @ 1 meter with 1 watt (anechoic)
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms (nominal)
  • Sensitivity: 118 dB
  • Frequency Response: 25Hz to 20Khz (+/- 3dB)

$9,555.00



Bryston Digital Components

Bryston digital audio components give you the chance to hear a bit-perfect replica of what your favorite musicians intended. The approach starts with clean power. All Bryston digital equipment gets independent power supplies for digital and analog sections. They convert digital data to the analog domain with absolute accuracy using custom implementations of the finest converters available. Then they are passed to Bryston discrete operational amplifiers to drive downstream components.

Bryston BDA-3.14 Streaming DAC

The BDA-3.14 is a full digital front end, all-in-one unit. It offers streaming capability via a built-in music player that delivers access to network-connected storage and USB drives as well as streaming services such as Qobuz, TIDAL, Roon, and Internet radio. Digital connectivity between the internal music player and the DAC is managed using the I2S protocol, a premium interface standard used for connecting digital audio devices together that preserves audio and clock data with virtually zero error. The BDA-3.14 also features a digital volume control, enabling users to drive an amplifier directly. An updated version of Bryston’s Manic Moose user interface for phones, tablets and computers provides users with intuitive control overall functionality.

$4,195.00


Bryston BDA-3 External DAC

The Bryston BDA-3 is a world-class DAC (digital to analog converter) that is packed with the perfect mix of features making it an essential part of your digital audio chain. The BDA-3 is the highest resolution DAC by Bryston to date and it adds DSD playback to its repertoire. Use diverse audio sources such as Bryston's BDP digital music players, computers, music servers, and CD players to get the most accurate and superb sounding digital playback currently available. The BDA-3 is a magnificent DAC best suited for systems where high performance is desired.

$3,795.00


The BDP-3 is a bit-perfect dedicated player for your high-resolution audio files - up to PCM 384kHz / 32 bit and DSD128. The BDP-3 features a high current linear power supply, custom Intel Celeron powered motherboard, and eight gigabytes of RAM for incredible responsiveness, ultra-fast performance, and horsepower to spare for future feature additions. Digital audio outputs are built upon Bryston's proprietary IAD Integrated Audio Device. The AES/EBU and S/PDIF outputs are fully impedance matched and transformer coupled for the best possible digital audio transmission to the DAC of your choice. Jitter is reduced to virtually undetectable levels.

$,4095.00

 


Bryston BCD-3 CD Player

Many audiophiles have turned to digital downloads, but CDs are alive and well! The BCD-3 was designed solely for the purpose of making your redbook CDs sound incredible. Digital audio read from the CD is sent to a dual-balanced DAC chipset where it is converted to analog. The output stage is built with Bryston's proprietary fully balanced class-A discrete operational amplifiers. A professional grade optical disc transport reads the discs, and an ultra precise master clock synchronizes both. Zero jitter, superb linearity, and the best sound quality CDs have to offer are hallmarks of the new Bryston BCD-3. Connect the BCD-3 to your home network to control it with Bryston's web-based user interface, or with a home automation system. You can also control it via IR with a Bryston BR-2 or universal remote control.

$3,995.00



Bryston Preamplifiers

A preamplifier is an integral part of your system. All signals pass through the preamp from the source to your speakers. The quality and integrity of your preamp is key to your enjoyment of good sound. Bryston engineers each of its preamps to have the highest fidelity possible regardless of channel count. Every Bryston preamplifier is designed to have as little distortion as possible. Sources are buffered using Bryston's discrete operational amplifiers, pass through tightly channel matched volume controls, and pass to the output through the finest quality components. Each preamp has a variety of inputs and outputs available ranging from basic analog RCA and XLR to HDMI and digital S/PDIF and USB.

The BR-20 is the "kitchen sink," as we like to say. Or as Bryston calls it, the ultimate audiophile hub. An analog preamp, DAC, headphone amp, and streamer, the BR-20 combines the BDA-3 DAC with an updated BDP streaming platform into the system so you can get the best possible digital performance from our built-in player, or the digital source of your choosing. Bryston even updated the internal headphone amplifier to have more power and lower output impedance to effortlessly power even difficult loads. Finally, the BR-20 features Bryston's best phono preamp and an all-new HDMI card as options for even greater flexibility in your system. The BR-20 comes with the BR-4 remote plus RS232 and network connectivity for limitless control options.

$5,995.00


Bryston BP-17 Cubed Preamplifier

The Bryston BP-17 Cubed analog stereo preamplifier provides excellent sonic performance while still keeping traditional, fully discrete, analog circuits throughout. New to the BP-17 Cubed are two pairs of balanced (XLR) inputs as well as a pair of balanced outputs that can be configured as either variable or fixed. This allows for compatibility with the BHA-1 Headphone Amplifier (or other balanced input headphone amplifier). Software control provides numerous features and functions to this state-of-the-art preamplifier. You have the option for adding an internal DAC and/or internal phono stage.

$4,695.00



Phono

$1,000.00

$1,100.00



Power Isolation

Clean power is crucial for distortion-free audio playback without clean power. Bryston's analog equipment has exceptionally good power supplies that filter incoming AC effectively, but the performance improvement gained from providing your whole system with unimpeded clean power is remarkable. Choose the BIT15 if you have small amplifiers (100W or less) or simply want to give your source components and preamplifier the cleanest power possible. The BIT20 adds extra power output handling and mechanical isolation of the transformer for even further reduced in-room noise.

$2,999.00

Bryston BIT20 Power Conditioner

$4,299.00



Dragon Cables

Cables are the connection to your music, so having good audio cables is key to improving sound quality.

Don't let your cables be the weakest link in your audio chain. Dragon Audio Cables are designed with the highest-quality materials to complete your high-end audio setup. Cables are the connection to your music, so having good audio cables is especially important to improve sound quality. Better materials mean better performance and longer life. The higher quality materials used in premium cables are irrefutably better quality than the materials used in OEM cables. This can translate to a number of improvements including better shielding, lower noise floor, natural dB boost, and overall improvement in clarity, soundstage, and definition of audio. Poor-quality cables and poor connections can lead to noise, static, audio cutout, and much more, negatively affecting the quality of your music.

For Bryston products, we recommend our Black Dragon Cable line. The Black Dragon has a warm, smooth, musical presentation. Copper strands enhance the body, shape, and immediacy of the music. The detail and expansiveness of the Black Dragon make it a flexible fit where a broad range of musical genres are played. Despite its warmth, the Black Dragon does not have a laid back, lush sound. It is much closer to a neutral sound signature, making it a natural- sounding cable. For an interconnect option, you could also go with the Bronze Dragon Interconnect, our top-of-the-line copper interconnect.

Black Dragon Speaker Cable

$420.00

Black Dragon Interconnect

$250.00

Black Dragon Power Cable

$440.00

Bronze Dragon Interconnect

$450.00


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