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Performance-Packed Player with More Inputs, Larger Library Capacity, and Faster Loading Times
Bryston's new BDP-2 Digital Player adds more features and upgraded performance to the critically acclaimed BDP-1 – including more inputs for drives and network connections, larger library capability, eSATA internal hard drive capability, and increased speed with faster load times. Best of all, the BDP-2 retains the design philosophy and sonic purity that made its predecessor a "Product of the Year" Award Winner for 2011 in The Absolute Sound magazine.
Lawrence Devoe praised the BDP-2 in his April 25, 2013 review for Blu-RayDefinition.com. "The BDP-2 has all of the sonic virtues of its predecessor with the additional ability to handle more external devices, including high capacity eSATAs, with faster loading/retrieval speeds. The BDP-2 offers listeners with ginormous digital libraries much faster loading of their music files."
Many digital playback systems incorporate an all-in-one approach to digital playback. These systems are burdened with performing all of the identified tasks of playing digital audio, including ripping content and managing storage in the same box that is struggling to play the audio files faithfully. Instead of opting for the usual 'Swiss army knife' multi-functional approach, Bryston broke the different tasks apart with the BDP-2 digital player and dedicated its efforts to the stages where it could bring the most value and performance.
All-in-one music servers have serious issues with noise and distortion, so Bryston totally separated the 'digital processing' side (playing music files) from the 'data management' (storage, handling, ripping) side of the equation. The Bryston BDP-1 Digital Player's single function is to play high-resolution digital music files without compromise. It does not contain a hard drive, CD player, ripper, or noisy fans and switching power supplies. Thus there are essentially no mechanical moving parts to the BDP-2 that could compromise sound quality.
Eight Times More System Memory
To do this most efficiently, the BDP-2 uses a Linux operating system to provide the highest quality audio performance. Its custom-designed Intel Atom-powered motherboard uses only a small amount of its computing power to maximize sonic performance and offers eight times more system memory than the BDP-1. The built-in soundcard is one of the finest available, and the AES-EBU Balanced and BNC S/PDIF output section offers unparalleled performance when connected to the AES-EBU, BNC, or coaxial input on the Bryston BDA-1 external DAC or other no-compromise external DAC.
Bryston also electronically isolated the audio components from the computer components and used galvanic isolation to isolate and avoid charge-carrying particles moving from one section to another. The BDP-2's improved power supply delivers over 5 amps, with 10 amps peak.
Six USB Inputs, Upgradeable to Eight
The Bryston BDP-2 Digital Player focuses 'only' on playing high-resolution files, and playing them with a level of uncompromising musicality. It will support 16-bit and 24-bit files with the following sample rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, and 192 kHz. It accesses these digital files from USB devices – either a thumb-drive or a hard-drive. Six USB 2.0 inputs give you lots of connectivity, and a future upgrade will add two additional USB 3.0 inputs.
The BDP-2 also offers one input for an external eSATA drive. Although it does not come with an internal drive, as an option you may add an internal 2.5-inch eSATA hard drive installed inside the BDP-2. Please refer this installation to authorized personnel.
The BDP-2 reproduces the digital content in its native sample rate and bit depth and outputs the data stream through a high performance dedicated AES-EBU balanced XLR output or BNC/coaxial (SPDIF) connector. It processes digital music files at a performance level unattainable with other approaches.
A Player for the 21st Century
The easiest way to understand the Bryston BDP-2 is to think of it as a 21st century updated CD player. Instead of using CDs as the music source, though, it utilizes USB thumb drives or USB hard-drives as the music storage source. For example you can use a large 1TB USB hard-drive which is permanently connected or mass storage of your music and then use a number of smaller 8-16GB USB thumb-drives to create specific play lists – one for Jazz, one for Classical, one for Rock, etc, and insert them into the BDP-1 as you wish. Also your friends can come over with their favorite songs loaded on their personal thumb-drives and listen as well.
If you like, you can use the BDP-2 with your home network. It incorporates state-of-the-art electronics which link up to your home network and may be controlled by a variety of graphic interface devices, such as laptop, netbook, iPhone, or web browser.
The home network is only utilized to allow you to view, manage and control your playlist. The other interface option is utilizing the front panel controls and two-line graphic display on the Bryston BDP-2 digital player. You do not have to be connected to the home network in order to use the front panel controls. The BDP-2's graphic interface operates under 'open source' software protocols, ensuring long term future proofing and compatibility with the widest possible range of other digital devices as they are developed. Bryston will also be developing its own Bryston web based MPD client.
The BDP-2 connects to your network via two Gigabit Ethernet inputs and two RS-232 serial ports for device control (compared to one Ethernet and one RS-232 connection with the BDP-1). The NAS feature offers connectivity with many of the more popular NAS drives via SMB (Windows File Sharing) and UPnP/DLNA. It lets you play your digital music files from a remotely located NAS drive over your wired home network as well as via your currently attached USB drives. The BDP-2 still retains its ability to function as a NAS as well.
Compared to the BDP-1, the BDP-2 manages much larger libraries and boasts improved load times on drives plus improved load times on all wireless interfaces (such as MAX, MINI, MPOD, and MPAD).
ARCHOS 7o Internet Tablet is an Android based interface that works well with BDP-2 Digital Player using MPDROID music player.
Gnome Music Player Client is a free client for MPD that you can use with the Bryston BDP-2 Digital Player and Windows, Macintosh, Linux, or Unix operating systems.