The Bryston BDP-1 Revisited and a Q&A with James Tanner
Home Theater Media Servers Music Servers
Written by Andre Marc
Monday, 24 September 2012
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AVRev: The BDP-1 allows for hard drives to be connected and indexed via USB. Did Bryston ever consider FireWire connections? Do you have a feeling about the new Apple Thunderbolt standard?
JT: We have not really looked at Firewire as we feel it is really disappearing from the landscape and it would not offer any performance improvements relative to the BDP. Thunderbolt is a new IO and is something we may look at going forward. Again it may or may not be applicable to the BDP playing high resolution digital music files.
AVRev: Can you give us your thoughts about the current state of high end digital playback here in late 2012? What do you see happening in the next few years?
JT: We feel traditional optical drives are probably going to be replaced with Digital playback devices like the BDP. Working towards other more powerful and more capable products like the BDP where quality digital music playback is the goal is where we are headed.
AVRev: To what extent do you think developments in the pro audio world (recording, mastering etc) influence high end consumer audio and vice versa?
JT: This is the first time in history where the consumer can in fact get a direct copy of the Master through downloads and digital storage medium – so my hope is that more and more people will discover how much better their digital systems can sound with the much higher quality recordings becoming available. Also the ease of acquiring these higher quality recordings is going to make it accessible to many more consumers from many different and more convenient sources (home computer, downloads, cloud, etc.)
AVRev: Lastly, can you tell us about what is new at Bryston across all your product lines and any hints of what you may be working on?
JT: We have just released a new Integrated Amplifier called the B135 SST2.
We are looking at 192/24 capable asynchronous USB products so you can attach a normal PC or MAC laptop etc. USB out and attain excellent sound by bypassing the computers internal sound card. More powerful versions of products like the BDP-1. New DAC’s with 32 bit capability.
Also we are currently investigating the ability of the BDP to ‘play’ your CD’s through the BDP circuitry by storing the digital data in memory then listening to it accordingly. The Bryston CD Drive would connect to the BDP through the IO and have a visual interface on the iPad or iTouch etc. The other option, using the same Bryston Drive would be to ‘Rip’ your CD’s to one of the BDP attached drives and listen to it later.
Also we are introducing a Bryston Loudspeaker the month!
Bryston BDP-1 Digital File Player: $2195
Available in silver or black, and in 19 inch or 17 inch faceplate:
β 24-bit, 192 kHz dedicated digital music player
β No noise-producing mechanical parts – just a USB input
β Out-of-the-box playability when connected to an external USB drive (no network required) plus an external DAC
β Supports 16 and 24 bit files with sample rates of: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, and 192 kHz
β Linux operating system optimized to provide the highest quality audio performance
β Industrial quality motherboard uses only a small fraction of its computing power to optimize sonic performance
β Utilizes Bryston-modified top quality soundcard
β AES-EBU Balanced and BNC S/PDIF output section for the highest possible performance
β Electronic isolation of audio components from computer components
β Galvanic isolation employed to prevent charge-carrying particles from migrating section to section