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
Available with silver or black faceplate
17” or 19” faceplate available (non-rack mountable)
BR2 remote control available
*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.
Testimony from a Bryston BDA-2 user!
It was nice speaking to you on the phone this morning. Thanks again for helping me setup MPAD. I received my Bryston BDP-2 yesterday and I'm absolutely amazed at the sound quality. Through the BDP-2, digital music in my system has never sounded so good. The organic nature of the music is so enjoyable. For reference, my system includes a PS Audio PWD MKII and PWT, Ray Samuels A-10 Thunderbolt fully balanced vacuum tube 2 chassis electrostatic headphone amp/preamp, McIntosh MC452 quad balance power amp, Harbeth M40.1 speakers, and a Linn LP12 turntable with Radikal PS, Ekos SE arm, and Akiva MC cartridge.
What really surprises me is that I find the BDP-2 playing 16/44.1 FLAC files preferrable to my PS Audio PWT spinning CDs connected to the same PS Audio PWD MKII via an I2S cable. Previously, I played those same FLAC files either through a laptop PC connected to the same DAC via a Halide Bridge USB/SPDIF converter or through a SONOS system feeding the coax digital input of the PWD MKII. The BDP-2 plays at a completely higher level than any digital system that I've heard in my home. I'm using a 2TB Western Digital self powered USB HDD connected to the BDP-2 and an AES/EBU 110 ohm Blue Jean cable to connect to the PWD MKII.
What improvements am I hearing? Images seem more real and are clearly defined in space. There appears to be more space between the images and the soundstage extends wider and deeper. Piano, horns etc.; all sound more natural than ever before. The noise level seems non-existant. Noise never seemed to be a problem before but with the BDP-2 in the system the noise floor seems to have dropped even lower. I'm very happy that I can play my nearly 19,000 FLAC files at a level that exceeds my expectations.