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BDA-1 Inbound!

 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4725
Registered: Feb-07
Visited my dealer today and he offered me a deal I couldn't turn down on one. Turns out it was good timing, cause I heard today that all Bryston gear is going up 9% in June.

Ordered one in black, should be here in 1-2 weeks! Can't wait to hear this thing in my system.

Will let you guys know when it arrives.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 14342
Registered: Feb-05
That should be sharp...and sound great as well.
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4726
Registered: Feb-07
Curious to hear how it's gonna sound between my CA CDP and the Rega Elicit. I'll also be using it with Jamie's Media Center as a source. Should be fun. Hopefully the last piece of the puzzle for a while.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 14346
Registered: Feb-05
That will be awesome. Looking forward to your impressions. I'm seriously considering the Sim or Music Hall DAC....maybe in a few months.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4727
Registered: Feb-07
I was getting tired of the incremental upgrades Art. I was gonna try out the Rega DAC, but I knew I would end up selling it in a few months and eventually go up to the Bryston. I've heard it many times and have l wanted one for a couple of years now.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4728
Registered: Feb-07
I've heard good things about the Sim DACs.
 

Gold Member
Username: Nickelbut10

Canada

Post Number: 3465
Registered: Jun-07
Sim Dacs are great Art.

David - Bout F'N time man! Lol j/k. Your going to absolutely love it. Best sounding DAC I have ever heard. Period. Best sounding source in actually, that I have ever heard. Period. lol. No really...period.
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4729
Registered: Feb-07
Darned right buddy. I can't wait to get it!
 

Gold Member
Username: Stu_pitt

Stamford, Connecticut USA

Post Number: 4408
Registered: May-05
David,

Should be interesting. My Bryston and Rega combo sings. Hopefully it'll bring out some stability in the system.

Art - Skip the Music Hall DAC. Telling you to stay away from anything Roy Hall touches should be like preaching to the choir.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4732
Registered: Feb-07
It's here! Just picked it up on the way home from work. Running my CA 650C through it. First album up - Iron Maiden - Powerslave!
 

Gold Member
Username: Soundgame

Pickering, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 1208
Registered: Jun-08
Congrats Dave,

Great to hear. Lot's of great things about the Bryston DAC out there. It's supposed to be a clear step up in performance over even their CDP.

Enjoy!
 

Gold Member
Username: Hawkbilly

Nova Scotia Canada

Post Number: 1312
Registered: Jul-07
Have fun Dave. Let us know how she sounds.
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4733
Registered: Feb-07
From what I understand George, is that the BCD-1 has one Crystal DAC, and the BDA-1 has dual differential DACs. Should make a noticeable difference.

This was a little bit of a financial stretch for me right now, but I figured I'd come out ahead in the end and just get what I really wanted instead of the endless incremental upgrades, which always cost me at least a few hundred bucks. I think I'd have to spent A LOT more money at this point to get a solid improvement.

Speaking of improvements, sound-wise I think this is one of the most substantial upgrades I've done so far.

Very happy.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 14380
Registered: Feb-05
Good going, Dave. Enjoy those tunes, man!
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4734
Registered: Feb-07
Thanks Art. Been enjoying the tunes for a few hours each night lately. Life gets in the way, though.
 

Gold Member
Username: Nickelbut10

Canada

Post Number: 3467
Registered: Jun-07
Review! Review! Review! Review! Review!!

LOL!

David- been so busy myself this week as well. No time for anything. Any clear cut sonic differences the Bryston DAC has already brought to your system?
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4735
Registered: Feb-07
Hey Nick. So far this week I've managed to listen to it almost every night for at least an hour or so.

I was actually expecting this piece to have the typical Bryston sound in my system - precise (not bright). But it's actually very smooth and analog sounding. I think the biggest strength of the BDA-1 is the soundstage; it's huge. Like crazy good.
 

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Username: Nickelbut10

Canada

Post Number: 3468
Registered: Jun-07
So smoooth eh. I find all the new Bryston offerings like this. Very smooth now, yet still detailed with huge soundstage and bottom end slam. A huge step from their old stuff. Awesome David.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4740
Registered: Feb-07
I posted this mini-review at Canada Hi-Fi, where George hangs out a lot:

I've tried out a few DACs in the last year myself. One of my buddies has the BDA-1 one, and having heard it extensively, I knew I wanted one.

A lot of people are always knocking Bryston as being too aggressive, or too bright (which I don't agree with). This DAC is anything but. Very smooth, very balanced. It actually has a rather warm, analog sound, without being mushy if you know what I mean.

I had the W4S DAC-1 for awhile this past winter, and while I initially really liked it, I found it was just a bit too warm sounding. The Bryston, on the other hand, reveals every detail and nuance of the music without being abrasive in the least.

A couple of things that stand out:

1) Soundstage - it's huge! Speakers disappear
2) Imaging - perfect balance
3) Bass - fantastic slam
4) Reverb/Decay - I've heard cymbal crashes and voice reverb on my favourite CDs that I've never heard before.

It was a bit of a stretch financially, but anyone who is interested in a good quality DAC, I highly recommend it. For the record too, I was looking into trying out the W4S DAC-2, imported from the States, and while the 1500 retail seems a lot cheaper than the 2200 loonie list price of the Bryston, in the end, after shipping, duties and brokerage BS, you'll still come out ahead. And..... you've bought a great piece of handmade Canadian gear.

One other thing: The majority of my CDs sound better with up-sampling turned off.
 

Gold Member
Username: Nickelbut10

Canada

Post Number: 3470
Registered: Jun-07
BOOOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG

Time is starting to free up a bit for me. We should do up a meeting soon. Somewhere, anywhere. Here. Dont care. lol Tunes, beer, food, gear. I can feel the love all the way from Amherstview David. lol.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 14394
Registered: Feb-05
Congrats, David!
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4746
Registered: Feb-07
Thanks Art.

Hey Nick, the music room is 90% done now. I have the final door hung (what a pain in the @ss, I had to custom cut it for height, and jam it in a very awkward position). All that's left is the laminate flooring and the floorboards. I can do that in a weekend, but realistically, it will take me much longer.
 

Gold Member
Username: Nickelbut10

Canada

Post Number: 3477
Registered: Jun-07
lol Awesome David. Yeah I had to cut a door too because of the carpet and pad being so thick. I just had my neighbor do it.lol. Screw that noise.
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