As thrilled as I was to explore these advancements in digital playback fidelity, I found that the crowning achievement of the Bryston BDA-2 can be described in the simplest of terms: It makes the best of every recording that you play through it. Late one night, I browsed through the BDP-1’s music library, and selected one of my “desert island” discs: the eponymous 1993 debut release from October Project. This album is a delectable pop confectionery that I will never be able to assess objectively, as it has a special place in my heart.
Alas, its densely layered studio production can become murky during complex passages, and some tracks suffer from a dull tonal balance. As much as I love the music, I usually end up playing only a few songs at a time, frustrated by the sonic compromises. What an unadulterated joy, then, to finally surrender to this cherished album’s unabashedly romantic spell from beginning to end, enraptured by the BDA- 2’s magical ability to allow the music to transcend the recording’s limitations. I have never enjoyed the music more, and have never heard more in the recording. I cannot think of higher praise, nor can I imagine living without the Bryston BDA-2.
Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz
Frequency response: 20–20kHz +/-0.1dB
Noise: -140 dB unweighted Output level: 4.6 volts balanced, 2.3 volts unbalanced
Dimensions: 19" x 2.5" x 11.2"
Weight: 18 lbs.
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