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Bryston Limited is a Canadian company which has been designing and manufacturing state of the art specialty electronics to both the professional and consumer audio marketplaces for over a quarter century.  In the professional market, Bryston offers amplifiers for recording studios, radio and television broadcast facilities and sound reinforcement applications such as stadiums, large stage productions and arenas, etc. In the consumer market they  manufacture state of the art audio electronics intended to provide the owner with the most musically accurate and reliable performance available.  Bryston maintains an extensive research and development division which is constantly looking for ways to improve the performance, value and reliability of their products. 

*Bryston offers a full 20 Year transferable warranty, parts and labour, on most all Bryston models*

 


 

 

 

 

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BRYSTON 4B³


The Bryston 4B³ is a dual channel (stereo) amplifier which is acclaimed internationally as being suited for the finest and most sophisticated sound systems. It is currently our most popular Cubed Series model.

Inputs: 2x Balanced Inputs (XLR or TRS), 2x Single Ended Inputs (RCA)

Power Capabilities:
300W into 8Ω
500W into 4Ω
900W into 8Ω (Bridged Mono)
Features:

Active extremely low distortion input buffer
Balanced and Single Ended audio inputs
Selectable gain at 23 or 29dB
Regulated power supplies to all voltage gain stages
Independent power supplies for each channel
Convection cooled and housed in a fully aluminum chassis.
No fans or other moving parts
Bridging switch configures amplifier into a single 900W Channel
Options:
Available with silver or black faceplate (3U + .55”)
17” (without handles) or 19” (with handles) faceplate available (non-rack mountable)
Rack mountable Pro Edition available in black (see Cubed Pro for more details)
Specifications:

Harmonic Distortion: ≤ .005% from 20Hz to 20kHz at 300W
Noise: ≤ -119dB @ full bandwidth
Slew Rate: >60V/µS
Power Bandwidth: <1Hz to >100kHz
Damping Factor: >500 at 20Hz (8Ω)
Switchable Gain: 23dB or 29dB

 

 


 

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Bryston 7B³

 

The Bryston 7B³ is a single channel (mono) amplifier which offers virtually perfect freedom from overload on any type of speaker. It assures an amazing degree of transparency, musicality, and ease of listening.

Inputs: 1x Balanced Inputs (XLR or TRS), 1x Single Ended Inputs (RCA)

Power Capabilities:

600W into 8Ω
900W into 4Ω
Features:

Active extremely low distortion input buffer
Balanced and Single Ended audio inputs
Selectable gain at 23 or 29dB
Regulated power supplies to all voltage gain stages
Convection cooled and housed in a fully aluminum chassis.
No fans or other moving parts
Energy storage power transformers maximize dynamic range
Specifications:
Harmonic Distortion: ≤.005% from 20Hz to 20kHz at 600W
Noise below full output: ≤ -119 @ full bandwidth
Slew Rate: >60V/µS
Power Bandwidth: <1Hz to >100kHz
Damping Factor: >300 at 20Hz (8Ω)
Switchable Gain: 23dB or 29dB
Options:

Available with silver or black faceplate (3U + .55”)
17” (without handles) or 19” (with handles) faceplate available (non-rack mountable)
Rack mountable Pro Edition available in black (see Cubed Pro for more details)

 

 


 

 

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Bryston BCD3

 

 

Who says CD playback is dead? Although high resolution digital downloads dominate the attention of audiophiles, many music lovers have hundreds or thousands of CDs that require the finest playback equipment to sound their best. Though universal disc players or DVD players can playback CDs, they certainly won't resolve the full dynamic range and nuance the medium is capable of. Such players inherently compromise CD playback to support additional formats. The BCD-3 was engineered explicitly for the purpose of making your redbook CDs sound amazing.

 

Digital audio read from the CD is sent to a dual-balanced DAC chipset where it is converted to analog. The output stage is built with Bryston's proprietary fully balanced class-A discrete operational amplifiers. A professional grade optical disc transport reads the discs, and an ultra precise master clock synchronizes both. Zero jitter, superb linearity, and the best sound quality CDs have to offer are hallmarks of the new Bryston BCD-3. Connect the BCD-3 to your home network to control it with our web based user interface, or with a home automation system. You can also control it via IR with a Bryston BR-2 or universal remote control.

 

Outputs: RCA, XLR, S/PDIF RCA, AES/EBU XLR
Control: Ethernet, USB-A, IR, DC, RS-232

 

Features:
DACs and transport slave to single master clock for jitter free performance
Dual balanced AKM digital to analog converters based on BDA-3 design
Fully discrete class-A operational amplifiers form the analog output section

 

Options:
Available with silver or black faceplate
17” or 19” faceplate available
Rack mountable option available (2U)
BR2 remote control available

 

 


 

 

 

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Bryston BDA3

 

 

The Bryston BDA-3 is a world class DAC (digital to analog converter) that is packed with the perfect mix of features making it an essential part of your digital audio chain. Use diverse audio sources such as Bryston's BDP digital music players, computers, music servers, and CD players to get the most accurate and superb sounding digital playback currently available. The BDA-3 is a magnificent DAC best suited for systems where high performance is desired.

 

The BDA-3 delivers superb sonic performance through re-sampling and re-clocking of the digital input signal. With the exception of user-selectable up-sampling, the BDA-3 doesn't convert anything to another format or re-sample at a non-native rate. The most notable difference between the BDA-2 and BDA-3, in addition to PCM playback capable of 384kHz/32 bit resolution, is that the BDA-3 is fully DSD enabled. The BDA-3 can decode up to DSD-256, through asynchronous USB inputs, and accepts SACD input via HDMI. The BDA-3 incorporates 10 separate inputs which include four 2-channel HDMI, asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, TOSLINK, and digital coax. Additionally, the network module which facilitates control via TCP/IP and RS-232 makes the BDA-3 a must for modern home automation.

 

Inputs: 4x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0 Type B, 2x S/PDIF (1x BNC, 1x RCA), 1x Optical (TOSLINK), 1x AES/EBU
Outputs: HDMI, RCA, XLR
Control: TCP/IP, IR, DC, RS-232

 

Features:
Dual 32Bit AKM DAC IC's
Discrete Class A analog output stage
Independent analog and digital signal paths
Independent power supplies
Massive support for different PCM and DSD resolutions
HDMI video pass-through with audio out (4K video pass-through)

 

Options:
Available with silver or black faceplate
17” or 19” faceplate available
Rack mountable option available (2U)
BR2 remote control available

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Bryston BDP3

 

 

The Bryston BDP-3 is a bit perfect dedicated player for high resolution digital audio files. Employing a highly-customized Linux OS optimized to provide the highest quality audio performance, the BDP-3 will play high resolution audio files (up to PCM 384kHz / 32 bit and DSD128) from digital storage devices without compromise. The BDP-3 features a high current linear power supply, custom Intel Celeron powered motherboard, and eight gigabytes of RAM for incredible responsiveness, ultra fast performance, and horsepower to spare for future feature additions.

 

Digital audio outputs are built upon our proprietary IAD Integrated Audio Device. The AES/EBU and S/PDIF outputs are fully impedance matched and transformer coupled for the best possible digital audio transmission to the DAC of your choice. Jitter is reduced to virtually undetectable levels.

 

Inputs: 3x USB 3.0, 5x USB 2.0, 1x Gigabit Ethernet
Outputs: SPDIF (BNC), AES/EBU (XLR), USB, HDMI
Control: TCP/IP and RS232
Audio Formats: AIFF, FLAC, WAV, MP3, M4A, OGG, and most common audio file formats

 

Features:
High resolution digital audio player
Playback from USB attached drives, optional internal drive, or NAS
Custom Intel Celeron Powered Motherboard
Eight Gigabytes of RAM
Improved power supply delivering over 5 amps
Multiple control options (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android OS, and PC)
Qobuz, TIDAL, Internet Radio, Custom URLs
User upgradable firmware
NAS Connectivity supported
UPnP/DNLA Server supported
Requires external DAC
RS-232 serial data port for remote control via Crestron, AMX or similar control systems

 

Options:
Available with silver or black faceplate
17” or 19” faceplate available (non-rack mountable)
BR2 remote control available (see Accessories in Other Products)
Internal Wi-Fi (802.11n)
BDP WiFi Adapter
BR-2 remote control available
BOT-1 for ripping, playing, and burning CD's

 

Compatible Apps:
Roon Ready and Tidal (subscriptions required)
Rigelian, Soundirok, and Glider for IOS
M.A.L.P. and Droid MPD for Android
Chimney for Windows

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bryston BHA1

 

 

Advancing our tradition of unmatched audio performance and functionality, the BHA-1 Balanced Headphone Amplifier is Bryston’s reference amplifier solution for the finest listening experience from your headphones. The BHA-1 is compatible with both traditional (single-ended) and balanced headphones.

 

Inputs: Balanced XLR Pair, Single Ended Pair (RCA), 3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack (MP3 Player Source, etc.)
Outputs: Balanced XLR (4 Pin Stereo), Balanced XLR Pair (3 Pin Left/Right), ¼" Headphone Jack
Control: Remote Trigger Input ( 5 - 12V AC/DC @10mA)

Features:
Balanced outputs
Balanced dual mono circuitry
Left/Right balance control
Six fully discrete Class A Bryston operational amplifiers
14dB or 20dB gain
10k input impedance
High quality noble stereo volume control (laser trimmed)
Gold plated input and output connectors
Multiple headphone drive capability

Options:
Available with Silver or Black Faceplate (2U)
17” or 19” Faceplate available
Rack Mountable Ears available
Locking mechanisms on Balanced XLR connectors

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Bryston BP17³

 

 

The Bryston BP17³ is a state-of-the-art analog stereo preamplifier, utilizing software control which allows for numerous features and functions. The BP17³ delivers incredible sonic performance while still adhering to traditional, fully discrete, analog circuits throughout the preamplifier. The BP17³ includes the patented Salomie circuit found in all Cubed Series amplifiers and incorporates much of the existing architecture developed for the Bryston B135³ Integrated Amplifier and SP3 Surround Sound Processor. Additionally, new to the BP17³ are two pairs of Balanced (XLR) inputs as well as a pair of balanced outputs which can be configured as either variable or a fixed, allowing compatibility with the BHA-1 Headphone Amplifier (or other balanced input headphone amplifier).

 

Inputs: 2x Balanced Pairs (XLR), 5x Single Ended Pairs (RCA)
Outputs: 2x Balanced Pairs (XLR), 2x Single Ended Pairs, ¼” Headphone Jack
Control: RS-232 (DB9), IR

 

Features:
Balanced and Single Ended Inputs and Outputs
Fully discrete Class A analog circuitry
The patented Salomie circuit found in all Cubed Series amplifiers
XLR pair configurable as variable or fixed output (compatibility with the BHA-1)
Independent power supply and ground paths for analog and digital circuits.
Relay switching on all inputs
Programmable pass through feature
Software control and balanced action volume control