New Bryston DAC Offers Asynchronous USB Inputs

Bryston has updated its popular BDA-1 outboard DAC with the newly introduced BDA-2, and according to the Peterborough, Ontario-based manufacturer, the device utilizes the industry's latest 32-bit processing technologies and the high-performance asynchronous USB format.

New Bryston DAC Offers Asynchronous USB Inputs
Bryston says it is shipping its new outboard BDA-2 DAC, and the Canadian company says the new DAC carries an MSRP of $2,395.
Robert Archer · December 4, 2012

Unlike many of the manufacturers that dot the consumer audio landscape, the Canadian company Bryston doesn’t pour money into exotic marketing campaigns to build a reputation that may not worthy of receiving. Instead, the Peterborough, Ontario-based manufacturer takes an old-school route by focusing its resources on the research and development (R&D) of its products and the results of the company’s efforts can be seen through products like its new BDA-2 outboard digital-to-analog converter (DAC).

Following up the success of the company’s first-generation BDA-1, Bryston has introduced the BDA-2 and it explains the new-generation product incorporates a proprietary, fully discrete Class-A analog circuit, independent linear power supplies for the unit’s analog and digital circuit boards and dual 32-bit AKM DAC chips. Bryston also points out the new DAC also utilizes the Asynchronous USB standard and its own anti-jitter technologies that re-clock and re-samples the input signal to reduce timing and other digital errors.

“With more consumers relying on their computers as a source of entertainment in the home we felt it [was] imperative to offer a DAC with high-performance USB inputs,” explains James Tanner, vice president of sales and marketing, Bryston. “Additionally, the new 32-bit DAC chips deliver stunning resolution and detail. The BDA-2 was built upon the award-winning BDA-1 architecture, which emphasized isolation, low noise and imperceptibly low levels of distortion and jitter.”

The BDA-2 offers electronics professionals a solution that features USB, Coax, optical AES-EBU and BNC input options, and RCA and balanced (XLR) outputs. Bryston also says the unit is upgradeable through its RS-232 serial port, and the company adds to further support its dealers, it will continue to offer the original BDA-1 DAC as an alternative to the flagship BDA-2.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at [email protected]

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