December 07, 2010 — Article
The Bryston BDP-1 digital music player has just arrived in the UK.
The player has no moving parts and is designed to play back high-definition music files directly from a USB storage device, without the need for networked storage.
There’s no internal DAC, hard drive, streamer or CD player/ripper, though it can connect to an external DAC such as the Bryston BDA-1 DAC for playback through AES-EBU or BNC digital outputs.
It’s operated via the front panel or remote with controls similar to a CD player, and for greater flexibility it can also be connected via its Ethernet port to a home network. Once hooked up, it can be controlled using the Bryston-Mini and Bryston-MAX web apps, which allow you to create personalised playlists. There’s also an optional iPad/iPhone/iPod app available.
It doesn’t support streaming of music from computers or other devices however – only music held on a directly connected USB storage device. Bryston says this is to “eliminate the challenges associated with streaming large, high-resolution audio files over a home network”.
It can connect up to four USB devices simultaneously with two USB ports on the rear and two on the front and can handle up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution files in FLAC, AIFF, WAV, MP3, M4A, WMA and WMV formats.
Bryston says the device offers outstanding audio performance thanks to its “industrial grade” motherboards and Bryston-modified soundcard.
The Bryston BDP-1 is available now for £2,300 and is distributed by speaker company PMC.