"A Must Audition" CD Player
Who says CD playback is dead? You certainly never heard that from Bryston. Although high resolution digital downloads dominate the attention of audiophiles, many music lovers have hundreds or thousands of CDs that require the finest playback equipment to sound their best.
You may think you've got your CDs taken care of if you've got a Blu-ray player or DVD player. But that's not the case. Though universal disc players can indeed play back CDs, they certainly won't resolve the full dynamic range and nuance that the medium is capable of. Owing to their design, universal disc players inherently compromise CD playback to support additional AV formats.
The BCD-3 doesn't try to be universal. Like other Bryston premium quality audio components, the BCD-3 was engineered for one purpose, and one purpose only. It's been designed explicitly for the purpose of making your redbook CDs sound amazing. And it succeeds by exceeding your expectations about how great this format can sound.
"A must audition," proclaims Andre Marc in his Audio Video Revolution (avrev.com) review for January 10, 2017. "The Bryston BCD-3 is the most natural, unmechanical, distortion-free CD player I have encountered. If the format is in decline, it is not because of sound quality. Properly mastered discs produced with care sound sensational on the Bryston."
Zero Jitter, Superb Linearity, and the Best Sound Quality CDs Have to Offer
Digital audio information that's read from your compact disc 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. The DACs and the disc transport system slave to a single master clock for jitter free performance. The AKM digital-to-analog converters are based on the acclaimed design of Bryston's BDA-3 stand-alone DAC.
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 using a Bryston BR-2 or universal remote control (optional, sold separately).
Outputs and Control Connections
The BCD-3 boasts a comprehensive set of analog and digital outputs. On the analog side, it offers a pair of unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR outs. On the digital side, it provides S/PDIF RCA and AES/EBU XLR. For control it includes Ethernet, USB-A, IR, DC, and RS-232 connections.
The BCD-3 is available with a silver or black faceplate and you can choose either a 17 or 19 faceplate. A rack mountable option (2U) is available, too.
"I was at once impressed by the BCD-3s ability to communicate both detail and a genuinely good sense of physicality that kind of sonic presence Herb Reichert and I often refer to as flesh and blood... a high-end CD player without apparent flaw."
- Art Dudley, Stereophile
""A must audition The Bryston BCD-3 is the most natural, unmechanical, distortion-free CD player I have encountered. If the format is in decline, it is not because of sound quality. Properly mastered discs produced with care sound sensational on the Bryston.""
- Andre Marc, Audio Video Revolution, January 10, 2017
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|Unmatched For The Price Point|
This is a stunning unit that will beat any CD player near the price point. I say this because I've bought and sold more 'high-end' CD players than anyone I know. My growing CD collection is over 5,000 and I listen a couple hours every day. Three things I love about the Bryston: sonic integrity. Accurately reproduced the sound of the CD to its limits. IF you have masterfully recorded JVC XRCDs in your collection as I do you will hear how great they sound. Construction quality is superb. The CD3 is heavier than any of the other CD players I've tried and is built like a brick. The thing just oozes stability and solidity. Bryston is famous for having the best warranty in the business and backs it with amazing service. CD3 is no excpetion and has a five-year warranty which is unheard of for a digital product. Lastly, it has a plethora of inputs and outputs - from single-ended RCA to balanced XLR - plus USB, ethernet and even RS-232 for control. All this is simply unmatched at the price point.
|- Marvin F, TX|
I bought the BCD to replace my Meridian which is on its last legs. The BCD3 sounds great with more clarity and openness than either of my other CD players. It has a very neutral and natural sonic presentation. On my reference bass recording, the Bryston has more solid bass that's faster and more accurate than my two other players. The biggest difference I notice is the amount of detail I'm hearing. The BCD3 just oozes details I have never noticed before. Its distracting and captivating. Last, but not least, the build quality of the Bryston is leagues ahead of my Meridian and Sony players. I am confident it will last twice as long as either.
|- Robin D, NV|
Amazingly detailed sound without sounding overly analytical or edgy. Extremely accurate to the source CD with zero colorations. Neutral - from the lowest lows to the ethereal highs there is balance. This is the last CD player I will every need. Kudos, Bryston!
|- A.P., ND|
After owning the Bryston CD1 for three years I recently sold it to get the new CD3. The CD3 is superior in every way to the older model with the latest AKM4490 dual dacs, improved power supply, improved lower noise analog output stage, a shorter signal path, new Sony-based transport and new OLED display. The CD3 sounds better in every way to the old CD1 and, in fact, better than any other CD player I have owned or auditioned. Improved imaging and detail was what I first noticed. Over time I noticed that images were more solid in three-dimensional space - as in more present in my listening room. The best way of describing it is "more palpable." I love the improvement this player has brought to my system and can strong recommend it to anyone who loves music and is willing to spend the price of entry. A winner.
|- Ralph T, ON|
I replaced my tube amp with the Bryston 4B SST last year and was shocked by the improvement in depth, detail, dynamics AND mid-band warmth. When my Marantz SACD player failed to read two CDs on the same day I ordered up the new BDC3. Fresh from the box the CD3 was able to read every disc and gives me layers more information than any previous CD player. The best way to describe it is it sounds very 'analog-like'. It reminds me of the sound of my VPI turntable which is the best thing I can say about any CD player.
|- Clark Potter, CA|