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Bryston Plans New Music Player Category

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.

Linux-based BDP-1 player is targeted to retail for about $2,100 when it ships
sometime later this year.

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

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.”

BDP-1 plays music files in the Aiff, Flac, wav, and MP3 formats and sends them
in PCM format to the outboard DAC.

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.

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.