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Review request for: Bryston BDP-1 & other DAPs

Bryston BDP-1 is an all-in-one "digital audio player" (DAP). Not sure why Bryston pushes it to be used with their outboard DACs. Given the "rave" reviews other Bryston digital products have rec'd on this and other sites/rags, the subjective and (especially) mertics should be interesting.
Currently, I'm using a semi-portable QLS-350 -- a $200 Chinese WAV-only DAP. I also use the iPhone-like $140 Teclast TL-51 (also from China), which does FLAC, WAV, MP3. (Yeah, it sounds way better than any iPod or Cowon).
Both use SD memory cards, which are WAY more convenient than USB thumbdrives (not sure why the Bryston does not have a "jack" for them).
The QLS also outputs SPDIF via regular RCA coax.

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Re: Review request for: Bryston BDP-1 & other DAPs
hollowman wrote:
Bryston BDP-1 is an all-in-one "digital audio player" (DAP). Not sure why Bryston pushes it to be used with their outboard DACs. Given the "rave" reviews other Bryston digital products have rec'd on this and other sites/rags, the subjective and (especially) mertics should be interesting.

Larry Greenhill received a sample of the BDP1 last Monday for a Stereophile review to appear in the spring.

John Atkinson
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Re: Review request for: Bryston BDP-1 & other DAPs
John Atkinson wrote:
hollowman wrote:
Bryston BDP-1 is an all-in-one "digital audio player" (DAP). Not sure why Bryston pushes it to be used with their outboard DACs. Given the "rave" reviews other Bryston digital products have rec'd on this and other sites/rags, the subjective and (especially) mertics should be interesting.

Larry Greenhill received a sample of the BDP1 last Monday for a Stereophile review to appear in the spring.

Meant to add that the reason Bryston recommends using the BDP-1 with an outboard D/A processor is that the BDP-1 doesn't have any analog outputs, just digital.

John Atkinson
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BDP-1 -- why no analog out for a PLAYER?
John Atkinson wrote:
John Atkinson wrote:
hollowman wrote:

Bryston BDP-1 is an all-in-one "digital audio player" (DAP). Not sure why Bryston pushes it to be used with their outboard DACs. Given the "rave" reviews other Bryston digital products have rec'd on this and other sites/rags, the subjective and (especially) mertics should be interesting.

Larry Greenhill received a sample of the BDP1 last Monday for a Stereophile review to appear in the spring.

Meant to add that the reason Bryston recommends using the BDP-1 with an outboard D/A processor is that the BDP-1 doesn't have any analog outputs, just digital.

John Atkinson

Editor, Stereophile

Not sure why, then, Bryston calls it a Digital PLAYER (and not transport)? Sounds awfully "markety" to me.
To rely on SPDIF digital connection is a sonic compromise, IMO.
The QLS line also started calling their SD Card WAV transport (model 550) a "player". Their follow up, model 350, improved on the 550 and had a DAC-IC and output circuit (so a true digital PLAYER).
The QLS players also have PCB footprints for I2S out(the only acceptable digital interconnection "standard", IMO).

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