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Bryston SP3 Surround Processor Preview

by September 15, 2010
Bryston SP3 Processor

Bryston SP3 Processor

Bryston LTD announced that their much anticipated SP3 surround processor (audio only version) will be on operational display at CEDIA 2010. The SP3 surround processor has been engineered to deliver ultimate performance surround sound playback. Slated to be available in two versions, the SP3 at CEDIA 2010 will feature audio processing (with all of the latest DTS and Dolby high definition formats); however a modular video processing board will become available next year for those consumers who wish to add video processing capabilities. The SP3 will feature ultimate performance Class A discrete analog circuits and isolated dual power supplies, one each for the digital and analog sections of the device.

Analog inputs will include both balanced and single-ended, and the numerous digital inputs will include 8 for HDMI. 7.1 analog outputs are provided in both balanced and singled-ended formats, and digital outputs include two HDMI. Seriously, the thing looks like the company had a fire sale on all the popular inputs and threw them all in here - it's amazing:

Bryston SP3 back 

The SP3 is expected to have an MSRP between $9,000 and $10,000 and will carry a five year warranty.

Specs & Features

Analogue Inputs

  • Two pairs of Stereo Balanced XLR
  • Single Ended Analog bypass (7.1)
  • Six pairs Single ended Analog
  • One Microphone

Digital Inputs

  • Eight HDMI
  • Two AES-EBU
  • Three Optical
  • Four SPDIF Coax
  • One USB

Analogue Outputs

  • Set of 7.1 Balanced XLR
  • Set of 7.1 Single Ended (RCA)
  • One Zone (stereo)
  • One set VCR and Tape loop
  • One Stereo Headphone Jack

Digital Outputs

  • One Optical SPDIF
  • Two HDMI

Control Inputs

  • One RS-232
  • One Ethernet
  • One IR

The SP3 is expected to ship to authorized Bryston dealers Q4, 2010.  For more information please visit http://www.bryston.com.

About Bryston
Bryston first opened for business in 1962 as a manufacturer of blood analysis equipment, and was named (as an acronym) for its three founders, Tony Bauer, Stan Rybb, and John Stonborough. In 1968, NASA engineer John Russell, Sr. relocated himself and his family to Canada from the US and bought the company, where his son Chris set to work designing the first Bryston amplifier. The Pro 3 made its debut in 1973, and since that time, Bryston components have become legendary for their hand-assembled build quality, performance and reliability in both the pro audio and consumer audio market segments. Bryston amplifiers are utilized in some of the world’s most renowned recording studios and owned by many discerning music industry professionals. Bryston applies manufacturing techniques and materials in the everyday assembly of their electronic equipment that are more typically utilized by the military and aerospace industries. Bryston is now based in Peterborough, Ontario Canada, just northeast of Toronto, and sold through over 150 dealers in North America and 60 countries worldwide.

3db posts on September 16, 2010 13:05
I like the idea that Bryston decided to modularize the video component porcessing as it appears that this technonolgy is still evolving. Not much more can be doen to lossless audio so that part is covered. Based on the SP2 specs below and the 5year warranty, I would say that this gives the Anthem a good run for the money.

A/D Conversion: 24-Bit, 48kHz Delta-Sigma
D/A Conversion: 24-Bit, up to 96kHz Delta-Sigma
DSP Engine: TI Aureus
Power Supply: Dual, Linear, Toroidal
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz +/- 0.25 dB
THD+Noise: Less than 0.006% in DSP modes; Less than 0.0025% in
Bypass mode 20Hz to 20kHz at maximum output level.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 105dB in DSP Modes; 110dB in 2ch Bypass Mode ; 22kHz
bandwidth, Ref. 1kHz at maximum output level
Input Level: 2 Vrms in DSP modes; 4 Vrms in Bypass Mode
Input Impedance: 50kOhms
Output Level: 8 Vrms (16 Vrms Balanced) in DSP Modes; 10 Vrms (20
Vrms Balanced) in Bypass Mode.
Output Impedance: 110 Ohms
Bass Management: 2nd Order HP filter(x5), 4th Order LP filter 40 – 200 Hz Crossover
Power Requirements 100VAC, 115VAC, and 230VAC models. 200 VA. IEC detachable
power cord (included)
Dimensions: 17” W x 13.5” D x 3.8” H; rackmount 19” W x 13.5” D x 3.5” H
Weight: approx 22 lbs (10 kg)
Chassis Temp: 50 deg Celsius max.
Specifications subject to change without notice.
AcuDefTechGuy posts on September 15, 2010 18:56
I'll wait to see how it actually measures out on the bench to pass judgement.

It may be a “must-have” for folks who already own Bryston amps and want a matching set for aesthetics sake. But unless it kills everything else out there on the bench, it's just another “me-too-been-there-done-it” pre-pro.
TRT posts on September 15, 2010 17:51
Gotta Have It!
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