Peterborough, Ontario - High-end home-audio supplier
plans to offer a digital music player that connects to a USB storage device and an outboard DAC to play 24-bit/96kHz music residing on a USB thumb drive or USB-connected hard drive.
Bryston's Linux-based BDP-1 player is targeted to retail for about $2,100 when it ships sometime later this year.
The player features control buttons and two-line display, and it connects to outboard DACs, such as Bryston's BDA-1 DAC, via AES-EBU or BNC (S/P DIF) digital connections.
Bryston spokesman James Tanner described the device this way: "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." He continued, "Quite simply, the BDP-1 is an ultra-high-performance digital music player when connected to an external drive and DAC."
The BDP-1 plays music files in the Aiff, Flac, wav, and MP3 formats and sends them in PCM format to the outboard DAC.
The BDP-1 can also be connected to a home network via Ethernet connection for control via a networked PC and via WiFi from an iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch app called MPOD. To control the BDP-1 from a web browser, consumers can use an app called Minion. Bryston also expects to offer its own browser app in the near future.
The device features a Bryston-modified sound card and supports 16- and 24- bit files with sample rates of 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz and 192KHz.