Media Servers

Bryston BDP-1 Music Server and BDA-1 DAC

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Conclusions

Except for the jitter measurements, it is impossible to evaluate the performance of the BDP-1 by itself. A DAC is required, but suffice it to say that if the BDP-1 were to have significant jitter issues, or perhaps some noise problems, these would have been seen in the spectra taken from the output of the BDA-1. So, my interpretation here is that the BDP-1 is an excellent music server, with some great wireless features that let you use something that you probably already have (iPhone, iPod, or iPad - in my case, it was an iPad) to control all of your music from across the room. Unplug the USB thumb drive with your music on it, and take it with you to your car, plug it into one of the more modern car audio systems, and listen to your albums there. The BDP-1 has four USB ports, so you could have one that stays permanently with the family's favorite albums, one for yourself, one each for a couple of children if you have them. Or, alternately, have a collection of lower capacity thumb drives with seasonal music on various drives, dinner music on one drive for special occasions, etc. The possibilities are endless. The bottom line is that the Bryston BDP-1 is not just another music server. Its focus on external, portable memory storage for the music make it a "Music to Go" system that fits the lifestyle we see all around us as we move into the second decade of the 21st century.