Media Servers

Bryston BDP-1 Music Server and BDA-1 DAC



Media servers usually contain a hard drive on which you store your music (ripped CDs). Bryston's new BDP-1 Music Server utililzes USB thumb drives or external USB hard drive. This way, you can carry your music around with you on a thumb drive and use with multiple devices to play the music. This music server is actually a computer with full operating system, and can be connected wirelessly to your iPod or iPad to choose and play albums. In fact, it really is designed to be used that way, so that the server itself can be a low profile component in your equipment rack. In this review, we test the BDP-1 along with Bryston's BDA-1 DAC, which is capable of handling 24/192 bitstreams. The two units are designed to complement (match) each other in styling and size, as you can see in the photo above. (They also go very nicely together in performance.)


  • BDP-1 Music Server
  • Design: Music Server (Consumer Supplies the Storage Media)
  • Output Sampling Rate: Up tp 24 Bit, 192 kHz
  • Jitter: 20 pico-seconds
  • Connections: RS-232, Ethernet, XLR Balanced Digital Output, BNC Balanced Digital Output, Four USB Ports, Trigger
  • Dimensions: 2.75" H x 17" W x 11" D
  • Weight: 12 Pounds
  • MSRP: $2,195 USA
  • BDA-1 Stereo DAC
  • Design: Stereo DAC
  • DACs: Two Crystal CS-4398
  • Codecs: WAV, FLAC, AIFF
  • Sampling: Up to 24 Bit, 192 kHz
  • MFR: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, - 0.1 dB
  • THD+N: 0.002%
  • Output Voltage: 2.3 Volts RCA, 4.6 Volts XLR
  • Inputs: Coaxial, BNC, Toslink Optical, XLR, RS-232, Trigger
  • Outputs: Fully Balanced Stereo XLR, Unbalanced Stereo RCA
  • Dimensions: 1.75" H x 17" W x 11.25" D
  • Weight: 14 Pounds
  • MSRP: $2,195 USA, $350 for BR-2 Remote Control
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