The first High quality amp I owned was the original Bryston 4B . Back in 1978 when I opened my shop it was the Cat's Meow and the only thing Bryston made. Everyone wanted one and supply was usually out stripped by demand. Fast forward 39 years and Bryston
makes everything from Music Servers to Speakers and what’s more important, every piece of equipment they create is not only superb on an absolute scale but also represents the best performance in its price class and usually out does components several times the price.
Having been awarded every prestigious prize imaginable from The Absolute Sound, Stereophile, and Positive feedback etc. for each and every class of product they manufacture this entry would become an encyclopedia if we tried to name them all. But Here are a few of our favorites.
The Bryston B135³ Integrated Amplifier is without question one of the most sonically transparent and reliable audio products available. It offers performance levels equal to the finest separate audio components.
Inputs: 6x RCA Single Ended Pairs, 2x RCA Single Ended Pairs (Record In, Power Amp In), 2x Optical (TOSLINK)*, 2x SPDIF (RCA)*
Outputs: 2x RCA Single Ended Pairs (Record Out, Preamp Out), Speaker Terminals, ¼” Headphone Jack
Control: RS-232 (DB9), AUX IR, 2x 12V Output Triggers
The Bryston 4B³ is a dual channel (stereo) amplifier which is acclaimed internationally as being suited for the finest and most sophisticated sound systems. It is currently their most popular Cubed Series model.
Here is why:
"The sonic advances achieved with the new input stage have resulted in a singularity of sorts. This damn thing has perhaps the sweetest, purest top end I have ever encountered in a solid state amp at anywhere near the price (and way beyond), and a tonal finesse that rivals a fine modern tube amp, especially from the mid-bass and into the lower treble. Coupled with the amp's iron-fisted bass range and superbly low noise floor — a combination which allows micro and macro dynamic nuances to shine unimpeded — and you have one helluva performer." - Positive Feedback
300W into 8Ω
500W into 4Ω
900W into 8Ω (Bridged Mono)
Balanced and Single Ended audio inputs
Selectable gain at 23 or 29dB
Regulated power supplies to all voltage gain stages
Independent power supplies for each channel
Bridging switch configures amplifier into a single 900W Channel
The Bryston BP17 is a state-of-the-art analog stereo preamplifier, utilizing software control which allows Bryston to provide many more features and functions. The BP17 delivers incredible sonic performance while still adhering to traditional, fully discrete, analog circuits throughout the preamplifier. The BP17 offers a dramatic improvement over the BP16 by incorporating much of the existing architecture developed for the Bryston B135 Integrated Amplifier and SP3 Surround Sound Processor.
Inputs: 8x RCA single ended pairs*, 2x optical (TOSLINK)**, 2x SPDIF (RCA)**
Outputs: Balanced XLR Pair, 3x RCA single ended pairs (Record Out, Preamp Out), ¼” headphone jack
Control: RS-232 (DB9), AUX IR
Balanced and unbalanced outputs
Fully discrete class A analog circuitry
Balanced action volume control provides for both manual and remote control
Independent power supply and ground paths for analog and digital circuits.
A blazing Intel processor and 8 gigabytes of RAM make the BDP-3 extremely quick when managing even the largest of music libraries. The new USB 3.0 ports dramatically improve disk performance when using USB 3.0 attached drives. When you add up the BDP-3's DSD support, the extra USB ports, and Gigabit network connectivity, and then factor in world renowned Bryston sound quality, you end up with a high resolution digital player that will be your source component of choice for years to come.
Connect Any DAC
Not only is the BDP-3 compatible with USB and HDMI DACs but it also excels with DACs with traditional digital inputs. Use the S/PDIF or AES/EBU outputs and enjoy the benefits of Bryston's proprietary Integrated Audio Device. The AES/EBU and S/PDIF outputs are fully impedance matched and transformer coupled for the best possible digital audio transmission to the DAC of your choice. Measured jitter is so low, it’s nearly undetectable even by Bryston's state-of-the-art laboratory.
Separate USB Buses
The BDP-3 features two entirely separate USB buses, which makes it possible to connect a USB DAC to a completely separate circuit than USB drives. Now the BDP is compatible with more DACs than ever including those using the Streamlength protocol.
Highest Quality Audio Performance
The Bryston BDP-3 is a bit-perfect dedicated player for high resolution digital audio files. Employing a highly-customized Linux OS optimized to provide the highest quality audio performance, the BDP-3 will play high resolution audio files (up to PCM 384 kHz / 32 bit and DSD128) from digital storage devices without compromise.
The BDP-3 features a high current linear power supply, custom Intel Celeron powered motherboard, and eight gigabytes of RAM for incredible responsiveness, ultra-fast performance, and horsepower to spare for future feature additions.
Roon-Ready and More…
The BDP-3 supports TIDAL (subscription required) and is Roon-Ready, too (subscription required). It plays AIFF, FLAC, WAV, MP3, M4A, OGG, and most common audio file formats. It offers multiple control options via iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android OS, and PC and has user upgradable firmware. The RS-232 serial data port offers remote control via Crestron, AMX or similar control systems.
The BDP-3 provides plenty of connections for your music. It includes three USB 3.0 inputs, five USB 2.0 inputs, and one Gigabit Ethernet connection. On the output side, it provides SPDIF (BNC), AES/EBU (XLR), USB, and HDMI connections. BDP3 DIGITAL PLAYER