PREVIEW: Bryston BDA-2 & BDP-2
Initial impressions of the two new pieces from Bryston are excellent. Anyone who is interested in either digital audio or high-resolution digital masters will want to be aware of these new product releases from Bryston. They are both strong upgrades over their predecessors and outstanding value in the field of digital audio.
Review to come…
BDP-2 Digital Player
The Bryston BDP-2 is a dedicated player for high resolution digital audio files. Employing a modified Linux OS optimized to provide the highest quality audio performance, the BDP-2 will play high resolution audio files (up to 192k/24b) from digital storage devices without compromise. The BDP-2 features an improved power supply, custom Intel Atom powered motherboard, additional input options, and eight times more system memory then the BDP-1.
Inputs: 6x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA, 2x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Outputs: SPDIF (BNC), AES/EBU (XLR)
Control: 2x RS-232 (DB9)
Audio Formats: AIFF, FLAC, WAV, MP3, M4A, OGG
Dedicated high resolution digital audio player
Playback from USB flash drives, as well as USB and eSATA hard disk drives (HDD)
Custom Intel Atom Powered Motherboard
Eight times more system memory then the BDP-1.
Improved power supply delivering over 5 amps.
Multiple control options (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android OS, and PC)
User upgradable firmware
NAS Connectivity supported
UPnP/DNLA Server supported
Requires external DAC (see External DAC in Digital Audio)*
RS-232 serial data port for remote control via Crestron, AMX or similar control systems
*External DAC required for full 192K/24b performance, but the BDP-2 is also compatible (up to 96K) with the optional DAC modules in BP26, BP6 and BP16 preamps, or B60R and B100 integrated amplifiers.
BDA-2 External DAC
The Bryston BDA-2 is a state of the art external Stereo DAC (digital to analog converter) which delivers superb sonic performance through re-sampling and re-clocking of the digital input signal. The BDA-2 incorporates a new asynchronous USB input capable of 192/24bit resolution. It is compatible with CD Drives, Sound Cards, Computers, Music Servers, etc.
Inputs: USB Class 2, 4x SPDIF (2 BNC, 2 RCA), 2x Optical (TOSLINK), AES/EBU
Outputs: RCA Single Ended, XLR Balanced, SPDIF Bypass (RCA)*
Control: RS-232 (DB9)**
- Dual 32Bit AKM DAC’s
- Discrete Class A analog output stage
- Independent analog and digital signal paths
- Independent dual power supplies
- Synchronous upsampling (176.4K/192K)
- 44.1, 48, 88, 96, 176, 192K Sampling
- 16-24Bit, 44K-192K PCM and USB
* SPDIF Bypass output signal unaltered from original input
** Firmware upgrades only