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Bryston BDP-2 Digital Music Player, BDA-2 DAC, and BP17 Preamp Preview

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Bryston Debutes BDP-2, BDA-2, and BP17

Bryston Debutes BDP-2, BDA-2, and BP17

Summary

  • Product Name: BDP-2, BDA-2, and BP17
  • Manufacturer: Bryston
  • Review Date: January 14, 2013 11:30
  • MSRP: $2395 - $3550
  • First Impression: Mildly Interesting
  • Buy Now

BDP-2 FEATURES:

  • No moving parts
  • Six USB 2.0 inputs
  • Future USB 3.0 upgradable… providing two additional USB 3.0 inputs (total 8)
  • One eSATA Drive input
  • Internal SATA drive compatible (optional)*
  • 2X - Gigabit Ethernet Inputs (for network connectivity)
  • NAS Connectivity Supported **
  • UPnP/DNLA Server ***
  • Improved power supply delivers over 5 amps (10 amps peak)
  • Custom Intel® Atom™ powered motherboard
  • Eight times more system memory (than the BDP-1)
  • Two RS-232 Serial Ports (device control)
  • Manages much larger libraries
  • Improved load times on drives
  • Improved load times on all wireless interfaces (MAX, MINI, MPOD, MPAD etc.)

 BDA-2 Features:

  • Dual 192K/32Bit AKM DAC’s
  • Independent dual power Supplies
  • Discrete Class A analog output stage
  • Selectable synchronous upsampling (176.4K/192K)
  • Independent analog and digital signal paths
  • Inputs: 192/24 USB (1), COAX (2), OPTICAL (2), AES-EBU (1) BNC (2)
  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192K sampling
  • Fully differential balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA stereo outputs
  • Transformer coupled SPDIF and AES EBU digital inputs
  • SPDIF COAX bypass loop output
  • RS-232 software upgrade capable
  • Optional remote control
  • Remote 12 Volt Trigger
  • Compatible with CD drives, sound cards, computers, music servers
  • Cosmetically matches Bryston C-Series Products
  • 5 year warranty

Bryston BP17 Features:

  • Independent power supplies and ground paths for analog and digital circuits
  • Balanced and unbalanced outputs
  • Two quick-connect 12 Volt output triggers – (one programmable)
  • New digitally controlled balanced action analog volume dial
  • Works with full featured BR2 remote (optional)
  • 4 assignable digital inputs
  • 6 stereo RCA inputs
  • R232 control and software upgradable
  • IR control
  • Headphone output jack (front panel)
  • Two optical and two SPDIF inputs
  • Optional Internal phono stage (moving magnet)
  • Optional Internal DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)
  • Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- .05dB
  • IM or THD Less than 0.003%
  • 20 Year Warranty

 

Executive Overview

Bryston had a huge array of products on display at CES this year, including the BHA-1 headphone amp, the BDP-2 digital music player, the BDA-2 DAC, BP17 Preamplifier, B135 integrated amp, and Model T loudspeakers. Of particular interest to us were the new BDP-2, BDA-2, and BP17 because CES was the first time they were on display. Bryston claims that each of these products is designed for the most demanding consumer, and after seeing them we would have to say they should satisfy.

BDP-2 Digital Music Player

We noticed a huge push this year towards high-end digital music servers, but the BDP-2 probably had the most connectivity of any units we saw.The BDP-2 allows consumers to enjoy their digital music library without sacrificing quality. It does not have any built-in storage but has an open bay for an internal SATA drive and one eSATA input for an external drive. It also features six USB 2.0 inputs and upgradability to USB 3.0. When compared to the Bryston's current BDP-1, it has eight times the internal memory and three times the processing speed. This allows the BDP-2 to index large music libraries more quickly and have an overall snappier operation. However, the actual user interface and sonic qualities are identical between the two units. The BDP-2 features two RS232 ports for control and two Gigabit Ethernet ports for connection. Outputs are limited to digital, because the BDP-2 lacks a DAC, but includes SPDIF (BNC) and AES/EBU (XLR) outputs. The BDP-2 has an MSRP of $2995 and the BPD-1 will remain in the lineup at $2195.

BDA-2 Outboard DAC

The BDA-2 was designed as the perfect companion for the BDP-2. The BDA-2 features the latest 32-Bit DAC technology and uses fully discrete Class-A proprietary Bryston analog circuits, two independent (analog and digital) linear power supplies and dual 32-bit AKM DAC chips. It also utilizes a new asynchronous USB input capable of 192/24bit resolution. There is a host of inputs, including USB, coax, optical, AES-EBU and BNC. It also has both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA outputs. The BDA-2 is currently available for purchase and retails for $2395.

Bryston BDP-2 and BDA-2

Bryston BDP-2 Digital Music Player and BDA-2 DAC

BP17 Analog/Digital Stereo Preamplifier

The BP17 is essentially the preamp portion of Bryston’s B-135 integrated amplifier taken out and placed in a separate chassis. This allows Bryston to cut down on R&D costs for the BP17 and consequently offer it at a more "affordable" price than would otherwise be possible. The BP17 features a brand new software controlled motorized analog volume control and integrated balance control, providing perfect channel balance and extremely low distortion levels. The BP17 has 6 stereo inputs (no balanced inputs), RCA and XLR outputs, 1 stereo tape loop and a headphone output.  It can be ordered in four configurations, in its standard form, with a moving magnet phono stage, with an internal DAC, or with both a DAC and phono stage. The remote is also not included and as such is considered an add-on.We do not know how much each add-on costs, but the base price is $3550. The one feature we could find that almost none of the competition has is the 20 year warranty of the BP17. The BP17 is currently available for purchase and immediate shipping.

Conclusion

The BDP-2, BDA-2, and BP17 are designed for the hardcore two-channel enthusiast demanding the ultimate in performance. There are certainly less expensive products on the market that are as, or more feature rich, but there are also some much more expensive product as well. If you are on the search for no-compromise, audiophile components, but aren’t quite able to reach into the stratosphere of pricing (but these are still reaching pretty high), then these offerings from Bryston might be worth a look.

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About the author:

Cliff, like many of us, has always loved home theater equipment. In high school he landed a job at Best Buy that started his path towards actual high quality audio. His first surround sound was a Klipsch 5.1 system. After that he was hooked, moving from Klipsch to Polk to Definitive Technology, and so on. Eventually, Cliff ended up doing custom installation work for Best Buy and then for a "Ma & Pa" shop in Mankato, MN.

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