The BDP-2 delivers improved interface speeds and both internal and external drive connectivity for managing larger music libraries
Peterborough, Ontario December 5th, 2012— Bryston LTD (www.bryston.com), builders of the world’s finest audio electronics and celebrating 50 years in 2012, has announced the introduction of the BDP-2 digital music player, an enhanced version of the venerable BDP-1 that accommodates larger music libraries with faster load times.
Both the BDP-1 and BDP-2 were designed to give music aficionados the ability to enjoy their library of high-resolution digital music files (resolutions of up to 24-bit/192kHz are supported) residing on a USB storage device, which in turn is directly connected via standard USB cable or thumb drive to the Bryston digital music player. New to the BDP-2 are six USB 2.0 inputs and upgradability to USB 3.0, future-proofing the device as a long term solution. Additionally, the BDP-2 contains eight times the internal memory and three times the processing speed compared to the BDP-1, which will remain in the Bryston lineup alongside the BDP-2. “The user interface and sonic qualities of the BDP-2 are identical to the BDP-1,” explained Bryston VP James Tanner. “We have given the BDP-2 NAS and eSATA drive connectivity, UPnP/DNLA client/server support and much more speed for those customers with very large libraries of music files,” Tanner added. “The BDP-2 is the logical step-up product in terms of features and functionality based upon the success we have had with the BDP-1,” Tanner concluded.
The BDP-2 features two RS232 ports for control system connectivity and two Gigabit Ethernet connections, all pointing to a new internal motherboard powered by an Intel® Atom™ processor. The 10A peak power supply in the BDP-2 is more robust than the BDP-1’s power supply to accommodate these changes. The BDP-2 also has accommodations for a user-supplied internal drive* that should be installed by an authorized Bryston service facility. The BDP-2 has an MSRP of $2995 and the BDP-1 remains in the Bryston lineup at $1995. The BDP-2 will become available January, 2013.
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- No moving parts
- Six USB 2.0 inputs Future USB 3.0 upgradable… providing two additional USB 3.0 inputs (total 8)
- One eSATA Drive input
- Internal SATA drive compatible (optional)*
- 2X – Gigabit Ethernet Inputs (for network connectivity)
- NAS Connectivity Supported **
- UPnP/DNLA Server ***
- Improved power supply delivers over 5 amps (10 amps peak)
- Custom Intel® Atom™ powered motherboard
- Eight times more system memory (than the BDP-1)
- Two RS-232 Serial Ports (device control)
- Manages much larger libraries
- Improved load times on drives
- Improved load times on all wireless interfaces (MAX, MINI, MPOD, MPAD etc.)
*…There is room in the chassis to install an internal 2.5 inch SATA drive but it must be fitted by authorized personal. The drive must be provided by the customer and Bryston assumes no liability or support for the drive installed.
Bryston (www.bryston.com) first opened for business in 1962 as a manufacturer of blood analysis equipment, and was named (as an acronym) for its three founders, Tony Bauer, Stan Rybb, and John Stonborough. In 1968, NASA engineer John Russell, Sr. relocated himself and his family to Canada from the US and bought the company, where his son Chris set to work designing the first Bryston amplifier. The Pro 3 made its debut in 1973, and since that time, Bryston components have become legendary for their hand-assembled build quality, performance and reliability in both the pro audio and consumer audio market segments. Bryston amplifiers are utilized in some of the world’s most renowned recording studios and owned by many discerning music industry professionals. Bryston applies manufacturing techniques and materials in the everyday assembly of their electronic equipment that are more typically utilized by the military and aerospace industries. Bryston is now based in Peterborough, Ontario Canada, just northeast of Toronto, and sold through over 150 dealers in North America and 60 countries worldwide.
Micah Sheveloff for WIRC Media