Bryston launches BDA-3 digital to analog converter
Ontario-based audio equipment manufacturer Bryston announced the launch of its new BDA-3 digital to analog converter (DAC), the company’s highest resolution DAC to date.
What separates the BDA-3 from prior Bryston DAC’s, the company said, is its added DSD playback ability. According to Bryston, the BDA-3 can decode up to DSD-256 through asynchronous USB inputs, and it has the ability to accept SACD input via HDMI.
Further, the BDA-3 has 10 discrete inputs that include four two-channel HDMI, asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, TOSLINK, and digital coax. And users can integrate the product into their existing smart home platforms through Bryston’s network module, which is built into the product.
More on the BDA-3 specs from Bryston:
The Bryston BDA-3 utilizes a brand new decoding chipset that can decode up to 384 kHz/32-bit PCM music and up to DSDx4 natively. Each format is processed in its native resolution, preserving absolute bit-perfect signals all the way to the analog outputs. Additionally, Bryston’s ultra-precise re-clocking circuit reduces jitter to nearly immeasurable levels. Bryston’s proprietary analog section is completely free of integrated circuits (ICs) that limit the bandwidth and dynamic range of so many competitive DACs.
“High performance and versatility were the benchmarks that we established for the BDA-3 when we began working on the design,” Bryston CEO Chris Russell said in a statement. “We wanted to create the ultimate DAC for traditional audiophiles as well as those enthusiasts using a computer-based system. The USB and HDMI interfaces deliver the extremely high bit rate that consumers demand while ensuring compatibility with high-performance computer-based music playback systems and combination stereo and multi-channel theater systems. With our vast array of available inputs, the BDA-3 is compatible with just about any digital source, enabling enthusiasts with older SACD or universal players to benefit from the performance of this advanced new DAC.”