Money Saving Bryston Digital Package
Here's a great deal on a pair of no-compromise digital components from Bryston. Buy the Bryston BDA-2 Outboard DAC and the Bryston BDP-2 Digital Player together in our special combo package and get a FREE $286-value 0.5M Cardas AES/EBU Cable.
The Bryston BDA-2 is a state-of-the-art stereo D-to-A converter whose performance sets new standards for audiophile DACs. It uses fully discrete 'Class A' proprietary Bryston analog circuits, two independent analog and digital linear power supplies, and dual AKM 32-bit DACs. The BDA-2 also utilizes a new asynchronous USB input with vanishingly low amounts of jitter and the capability of 24-bit/192 kHz resolution.
The BDA-2 follows in the footsteps of its older brother, the BDA-1, which Stereophile honored with a 'Class A' listing in its coveted "Recommended Component" listing for 2010. The BDA-1 was also featured in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide.
"I Can't Imagine Living Without the Bryston"
"I found that the crowning achievement of the Bryston BDA-2 can be described in the simplest of terms: It makes the best of every recording that you play through it," says Karl Schuster in his May 2013 review for The Absolute Sound magazine. "I have never enjoyed the music more, and have never heard more in the recording. I cannot think of higher praise, nor can I imagine living without the Bryston BDA-2."
"More Than A Hint of the Analog World"
"Regardless of the provenance of the sound source, I got an honest presentation of what was already there in a way that I do not typically associate with digital music files," reports Lawrence DeVoe in his April 1, 2013 review for Blu-rayDefinition.com. "Dare I mention that the BDA-2 gave me more than a hint of the analog world that audiophiles worship?"
Inputs Galore, All Types
The BDA-2 provides plenty of digital inputs, including SPDIF coaxial, optical, AES EBU, and USB. The inputs are selected by a front panel switch. A digital signal streams data at over 1 million bits per second and requires a bandwidth of 5 to 10 million hertz (cycles per second). At these high frequencies it is very important to maintain the quality of the signal by having the correct termination at the digital inputs. The BDA-2 provides for this termination in the best possible manner using high quality devices called impedance matching transformers.
Impedance matching transformers provide the optimal interface to the incoming source under all sorts of signal conditions. Lesser quality terminations will degrade the signal and cause increased jitter.
Two Independent DACs
The two independent DAC chips used in the BDA-2 are premium state-of-the-art 32-bit AKM DACs, which operate in one of three oversampling modes based on the input sample rate. Single-speed mode supports input sample rates up to 50 kHz and uses a 128x oversampling ratio. Double-speed mode supports input sample rates up to 100 kHz and uses an oversampling ratio of 64x. Quad-speed mode supports input sample rates up to 200 kHz and uses an oversampling ratio of 32x. This allows for the implementation of filters that are out of the audible range.
Audiophile Power Supply
The quality of power in an audiophile class piece of equipment is imperative for superb performance. The BDA-2 uses two independent power transformers for the initial stages of filtering and regulation. Each stage in the digital chain is also independently regulated to prevent any interactions and to provide rock solid power supplies for any up-sampling/ over-sampling process. The DAC chip also requires a very clean digital power supply if it is to function at its optimum.
The DAC requires a high quality analog power source, too. The analog signal is at its lowest magnitude coming in and going out of the DAC, so any added noise or distortion will be greatly amplified by later stages. Again a separate, heavily regulated and filtered power supply with carefully routed grounds is provided. This sort of care with the power supplies is one of the reasons for the superior sound of the BDA-2.
Discrete 'Class A' Analog Stage
Getting the digital side of the equation correct is only the start. Once the signal leaves the DAC, it is buffered and increased in strength by operational amplifiers. In the Bryston BDA-2, the op-amps are constructed from discrete devices (individual transistors, resistors, and capacitors) instead of the commonly used integrated circuits. The use of discrete devices allows the design of a circuit that exactly matches the needs of the DAC. They also allow for more powerful outputs from the op-amps, since the heat from the output driver transistors is separated from other devices.
Hand-Assembled With Care
Bryston hand assembles and individually tests each and every product we manufacture. Its traditional adherence to the use of proprietary parts, sophisticated construction, and refined testing techniques, guarantees that your Bryston BDA-2 DAC will perform superbly, without any problems, for many, many years.
The final arbiter of this exercise is to provide products that are as transparent and accurate a window on the performance as the current technology allows. The BDA-2 DAC captures this transparency without compromise.
Bryston BDP-2 Digital Player
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.
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).
Cardas AES/EBU Digital Cable
Your digital audio equipment is only as good as the cable that carries the digital signal. Poor quality cables between your CD player and amplifier, or between your home theater receiver and sound processor, can have negative effects on overall sound. Meticulously engineered from 'head to toe' - from conductor topology to XLR connectors - Cardas AES/EBU is an outstanding cable, especially for the transmission of balanced digital cable signals.
This 110-ohm balanced cable uses 21 discrete 20.5 awg twin-axial generation 5C "Golden Section," constant "Q," and Crossfield-enameled litz conductors with Telfon and air suspension insulation. The center core conductor is literally "suspended" between five ultra-thin tube conductors. Custom-machined, premium Cardas AES/EBU connectors terminate the cable, providing superior performance with the most demanding components.
Ultra-Wide Bandwidth and Excellent Shielding
Cardas AES/EBU offers ultra-wide bandwidth and excellent shielding for superb data transmission. Ordinary cables can act as dipole antennas, both radiating and absorbing RFI and EMI interference, causing noisy resonance problems. Lightning incorporates George Cardas' Crossfield Construction in its manufacture. This sophisticated design reverses every other stranding layer to diffuse the dipole effect.
Constant Q Meets Golden Section
The Constant "Q" design of Cardas AES/EBU arranges different diameter conductors in ascending order of strand cross-section from the center toward the cable outer circumference. Conductors are sized according to Cardas' proprietary Golden Section Stranding, which earned the company an award for "The Most Significant Contribution of the Advancement of High End Audio in Cable and Accessory Design" from the Academy for the Advancement of High End Audio. In real world terms, the ground-breaking design reduces cable resonance produced by fluctuating current flow for a clearer, more in-focus sonic signature.
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.
Bryston BDA-2 Stereo DAC
*Bryston has tested the BDP-2 with these NAS units: QNAP, Apple Time Capsule, WD MyBook (NAS), Native Microsoft and shares.
**There is room in the chassis to install an internal 2.5 inch SATA drive but it must be provided by the customer and fitted by authorized personnel.Cardas AES/EBU Digital Cable
Bryston BDA-2 Stereo DAC
"I found that the crowning achievement of the Bryston BDA-2 can be described in the simplest of terms: It makes the best of every recording that you play through it."
"What an unadulterated joy, then, to finally surrender to this cherished album’s unabashedly romantic spell from beginning to end, enraptured by the BDA-2’s magical ability to allow the music to transcend the recording’s limitations. I have never enjoyed the music more, and have never heard more in the recording. I cannot think of higher praise, nor can I imagine living without the Bryston BDA-2."
- Karl Schuster, The Absolute Sound magazine, May 2013
"If you keep up with developments in digital audio, you already know that today’s best will eventually give way to tomorrow’s better. Okay, but this is not just a case of next year’s new Chevy model. Bryston has taken advantage of newer technologies to produce an audibly improved DAC.
"How does it differ sonically from the already highly regarded BDA-1 (which thankfully will remain in the product line)? To my veteran ears, the BDA-2 provides a greater sense of space, better exposure of inner details, and, man, oh man, tighter, more palpable bass. Regardless of the provenance of the sound source, I got an honest presentation of what was already there in a way that I do not typically associate with digital music files. Dare I mention that the BDA-2 gave me more than a hint of the analog world that audiophiles worship?"
- Lawrence DeVoe, Blu-rayDefinition.com, April 1, 2013