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Bryston Introduces BP-19 Preamplifier for Analog Purists?

The audiophile-grade Bryston BP-19 is a fully balanced, stereo preamplifier designed for analog purists.

Bryston BP-19 Preamplifier

It has definitely become a trend for manufacturers to stuff as many modules and capabilities inside the current crop of high-end preamplifiers as they can and whilst that might be a great way to simplify a system — it’s probably fair to ask if performance is starting to suffer as a result.

We certainly saw that in the AVR category with manufacturers overloading receivers with features and connectivity options that most consumers would never use and there is no question that sound quality took a nosedive.

Bryston’s new BP-19 analog preamplifier ($5,195 USD) takes the architecture of the flagship BR-20 preamp, but sheds its DAC, digital inputs and streaming capabilities, which add $2,400 more to the cost.

The signal path features a fully balanced design from input-to-output, using an array of very tightly matched components and a compact circuit architecture, achieving the lowest possible noise and superior common mode rejection.

Its optimized discrete operational amplifier delivers a staggeringly low THD+N measurement at or below 0.0006%.

The BP-19 also employs an advanced volume attenuator, ensuring long-lasting, quiet, linear performance as well as an oversized toroidal power transformer.

Upgraded Phono Stage

The BP-19’s phono stage has been upgraded over the BR-20. While the BR-20 only supports moving magnet (MM), the BP-19 supports both moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) cartridges. In fact, Bryston has implemented the same circuitry from Bryston’s BP-2 standalone phono preamp into the BP-19.

Bryston claims its highly accurate phono stage offers extremely low noise, miniscule distortion, and provides headroom margins sufficient to prevent overload from any known phono source. Bryston also offers specially designed, custom-made outboard step-up transformers to accommodate low output Moving Coil (MC) cartridge designs. 

Bryston BP-19 Preamplifier Front
Bryston BP-19 Preamplifier Rear

Inputs and Outputs

The input array includes two pairs of balanced XLR input jacks and four pairs of RCA input connectors. There are two pairs of RCA (phono) outputs (one pair fixed, one pair variable), and two pair of balanced XLR outputs (one pair fixed, one pair variable).

Control Options

Many features of the BP-19 can be easily controlled using included infrared remote. Each of the six analog inputs have corresponding buttons on the remote as well as on the front panel of the preamp. HEX codes are also available for use with a universal style remote control. The BP-19 preamplifier can be controlled remotely using RS232 or IP when connected to a smart home ecosystem via the RS232 or Ethernet ports on the rear panel. The BP-19 can also be remotely turned on or placed into standby, and trigger outputs can be used to power on/off other connected equipment, such as a power amplifier.

Personalized Faceplates 

The BP-19 is available in five standard faceplate finishes, in 17 or 19-inch widths. 19-inch rack mount for professional applications are also available. Bryston also offers personalized custom faceplate colors for the BP-19 and other electronics such as amplifiers, preamplifiers, CD players, digital players, phono stages, and DAC’s. Choose from the standard colors or create a bespoke finish to suit any entertainment space or décor. 

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Price & Availability

The Bryston BP-19 preamplifier will become available Q3, 2023 with an MSRP of $5,195 USD. It comes with Bryston’s legendary 20-year warranty.

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  1. Dave Johnson

    September 2, 2023 at 2:33 am

    Looks really nice. Analog purity is what I need.

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