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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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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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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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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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Old 12-12-2017, 12:48 PM
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Old 12-23-2017, 07:18 PM
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Yesterday I ordered a silver 17" BDA-3 for my basement system. Once I get it and burn it in, I'll post my opinion of it. I'll be serving it from an Aurender N100H (just ordered as well) with 4TB of storage, using a Curious USB cable. Other components include the Sterling Broadcast LS3/6 monitors on Skylan stands, a REL S5 subwoofer, Van Alstine
600R amp and FET Valve CF preamp, Rega RP10 turntable, Rega Aria phonostage and a Luxman P700u headphone amp.

After reading all the reviews available on line about the BDA-3, I chose it sight unheard. I hope I made the right choice.
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Old 12-24-2017, 10:35 PM
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The BDA3 is a fantastic DAC. I wish I would’ve kept mine for the upstairs living room.
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My new silver Bryston BDA-3 arrived yesterday. Perfect timing because my new Aurender N100H 4TB arrived at the same time. I'm using a Curious USB cable to connect them. The sound quality is fantastic! The music it's making just draws me in so much so that I went to bed way to late. I had the opportunity to try a Benchmark DAC 3 in my system a few weeks before the BDA-3 arrived. I like the BDA-3 by quite a margin better.
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