(Editorial Note: Earlier this week the AVguide news desk received a press release from the Canadian firm Bryston LTD, announcing the release of its new BDP-1 High Resolution Digital Music Player. The BDP-1 could be viewed as a “gateway” device whose primary purpose is receive high resolution digital audio files (up to 192kHz/24-bit) either from a USB storage device and then to route those files to a high performance outboard DAC such as Bryston’s critically acclaimed BDA-1 DAC. Additionally, Bryston has made provisions for connecting the BDP-1 to Ethernet-based home networks. We present the text of Bryston’s press release along with an image of the BDP-1, below.).
Peterborough, Ontario June 14th, 2010— Bryston LTD (www.bryston.com), builders of the world’s finest audio electronics has announced the introduction of the BDP-1 digital music player, a companion to the company's award-winning BDA-1 DAC (digital-to-analog converter). The Bryston BDP-1’s sole function is 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 BDP-1 digital music player. “The BDP-1’s feature set is unique and we have found that it is most easily defined by clarifying what it does not do,” stated Bryston’s James Tanner. “The Bryston BDP-1 does not contain an internal DAC, a hard-drive, a streamer, a CD player/ripper, noisy fans or switching power supplies. The BDP-1 connects to an external DAC for playback through AES-EBU or BNC digital outputs. Quite simply, the BDP-1 is an ultra high-performance digital music player when connected to an external drive and DAC,” said Tanner.
The face of the ultra-stable Linux-based BDP-1 is adorned with control buttons and a two-line display, making it a fully-functioning digital music player “right out of the box.” Optionally, the BDP-1 can be connected to a home network using a router and Ethernet connection solely to enhance operability via network-enabled devices such as a computer, Apple® iPhone™ or iPad™, which can then provide access to playlists, album artwork, etc. In this scenario, the network is only used to interface with your music library—Bryston’s design philosophy for the BDP-1 eliminates all of the challenges associated with streaming large high-resolution digital files over the home network.
"The BDP-1 is a technically sophisticated digital music player incorporating the finest solid-state electronics,” Tanner explained. “The BDP-1 has been designed to operate either all by itself or link up to your home network to be controlled by a variety of graphic interface devices,” he added. “The BDP-1’s graphic interface operates under 'open source' software protocols, ensuring long-term future proofing and compatibility with the widest possible range of user interface (UI) devices. We are also looking into developing our own web-based Music Player Daemon (MPD) client, which manipulates the database of digital files,” Tanner concluded.
* Out-of-the-box playability when connected to an external USB drive—no network required.
* Supports 16 and 24 bit files with sample rates of: 44.1 KHz, 48 KHz, 88.2 KHz, 96 KHz, 176.4 KHz & 192 KHz.
* Linux operating system optimized to provide the highest quality audio performance.
* Industrial quality motherboard uses only a small fraction of its computing power to optimize sonic performance.
* Utilizes Bryston-modified top quality soundcard.
* AES-EBU Balanced and BNC (spdif) output section for the highest possible performance.
* Electronic isolation of audio components from computer components.
* Galvanic isolation employed to prevent charge-carrying particles from migrating section to section.
The MSRP of the Bryston BDP-1 is expected to be $2100 USD with a delivery date later in 2010. Warranty on the BDP-1 is five years parts and labor.