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Old 10-16-2017, 06:40 AM
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Hi James,

I have now compared BDA-3 DAC and my 6-yr old BDA-1 DAC, at home. AES only.

I never imagined this -- my BDA-1 is veiled. After all these years, the added transparency and improved stage on BDA-3 have revealed my BDA-1 to be quite warm. One track was all I needed: Patricia Barber's Nardis, as a CD Rip in FLAC, played on my BDP-2 thru AES. The percussion and sheen of the metallic drum kit were much more present than with BDA-1.Also played other tracks, like Rudolf Serkin (piano) on Beethoven's Choral Fantasy 9Bernstein/NY Phil) -- there was a moment when a stool creaked on the left channel, very subtle, but audible on BDA-3 -- veiled on BDA-1.

I swear, one of the elves at Bryston must have installed a tube somewhere inside my BDA-1 as a prank!

Also, could you give me the names of the engineers who designed this BDA-3? I want to mention them on my audio website!

Well done!

Pete

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Old 10-23-2017, 07:07 PM
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:51 AM
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David Quigley

Love this DAC. Connected HDMI (Audio Only) to it from an Oppo UDP-205. SACD bitstreams DSD straight to the BDA-3.

It even converts DTS-HD to Stereo for movies
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:52 AM
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Foxx Artizan Delaney

Artizan Audio GmBH recommends this as one of the top DACs on the market today,unbeatable at the price point
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Old 11-03-2017, 07:04 AM
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Hi James;

Just wanted to update you on how happy I am with the BDA3.

The DAC has many great qualities that enhance listening enjoyment, many of which have been discussed in reviews. It also easily reveals the natural dynamics in good recordings, and by dynamics I'm thinking of both micro dynamics and overall dynamic range.

Dynamic range makes for good demos, but micro dynamics makes for a more believable musical experience, and brings the listening experience closer to "live", in my opinion.

I'm very much starting to believe that this "dynamic transparency" is typical of recent generations of Bryston gear . . . maybe even a hallmark . . .

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Brian
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Old 11-11-2017, 06:21 AM
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Hi Folks,

Apparently we got a great review on the Bryston BDA-3 DAC in the latest electronic issue of UHF Magazine (I know they purchase one for their reference system).

I will try and get a link or a reprint.
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