Mytek Digital Brooklyn Bridge II Roon Core preamplifier Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Streaming digital-to-analog converter with built-in Roon core and network-server capabilities, with analog preamplifier, headphone amplifier, and MM/MC phono stage. Digital inputs: Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, S/PDIF (2 RCA, TosLink), USB2 Type B, 2 USB-A (for attaching storage or another DAC for a second Roon zone). Analog/phono inputs: one pair single-ended (RCA) line-level, one pair single-ended (RCA) phono. Analog outputs: one pair balanced (XLR), one pair single-ended (RCA). Headphone outputs: two ¼" stereo convertible to 1 pair balanced; 6W maximum output power. Formats/sample rates supported: PCM to 32/384k (S/PDIF/TosLink limited to 192k); DSD up to DSD256; wireless and Ethernet limited to DSD64. Dynamic range: 130dB. Analog output impedance: RCA 75 ohms, XLR 150 ohms.
Dimensions: 8.5" (216mm) W × 1.74" (44mm) H × 8.8" (225mm) D including antenna. Weight: 6.5lb (2.95kg).
Finishes: Silver, Black.
Serial number of unit reviewed: 10820-2311-017. Designed in USA, manufactured in Poland.
Price: $3995. Approximate number of dealers: 20 in the US and Canada; also sold online. Warranty 2 years.
Manufacturer: Mytek Audio, 148 India St., First Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Tel: (347) 384-2687. Web:

Mytek Audio
148 India St., First Floor
NY 11222
(347) 384-2687

michelesurdi's picture

what happens when roon goes bust?

hb72's picture

this is indeed a legitimate question: should a streamer (Bridge) be seen, used & reviewed only as a roon endpoint to a PC running roon which would then be the actual streamer (that manages data streams, playlists etc from different internet based music sources)?
Is it sufficient to see the Bridge only as an endpoint that just converts externally preassembled data stream into usb, or similar, for DA-Conversion?

I bet Mytek do their own streamer SW that allows to directly run Qubuz & Co (and perhaps not at lower quality), however, that point was not addressed - or did I just missed it? Also, control SW (the app) and usability is important to happiness or absence thereof.

best regards

rshadowen's picture

The files you put on the server are still yours to put on a NAS or other streaming server. I have a Roon server but also have a raspberry pi which can stream to DAC from my NAS, so that was less than $50, and since the Mytek works as a standalone DAC then you would be set. Granted it's barebones compared to Roon. Once you have your music on a NAS there are endless options. Of course the target market for this device may be less comfortable with patching together a tech based system, so point to you there.
Also, Roon is primarily a software company, so they don't run the same risks an audio equipment manufacturer does.

hb72's picture

Thanks for feedback.

I am used to using Volumio Streaming SW, which integrates many sources and treats them all alike, e.g. local drives, local servers, all sorts of Streaming Platforms such as Qobuz, Tidal, Spotify, and Internet Radio stations etc; so you can put radio stations, songs, albums into your own playlists, all operated from your phone, to easily play, extend, and jump back where you want to: One SW! One Streamer device, and a phone, tablet or TV, nothing else; i.e. NO further powerful PC needed to buy, maintain, boot, make sure is around your hifi system. Also not necessary: cost for Roon license.

Most if not all Streamers come with some sort of their own control SW / UI SW. So, my expectation is that a review, such as the one above, would _also_ capture and rate that, if you want in comparison with Roon, Volumio, etc, w.r.t to its usability, features, reliability, as it really can make a difference to the musical journey and also the quality (SQ), the threshold to overcome for a non-nerd to reasonably operate the device.

best regards

jimtavegia's picture

Not an inexpensive device, but it does show how the streaming hardware market is truly evolving. Your recording background would lend you to notice noises, hums, and other artifacts that don't belong in the music, but being 76 and growing up with a transistor radio listening to WLS out of Chicago in my youth and thinking how great that was, it is funny about what we are complaining about today. And, it is really not complaining just pointing out performances issues that are audible in our nearly transparent audio world of today.

I did take your recommendation and ordered American Epic on Blu-ray and it will be here tomorrow off Amazon. Looking forward to that.

Your review had me thinking back to my first real system of a Fisher 500TX receiver, Dynaco A-25's and my Dual 1209 with a Pickering XV-750 cart. I later added a Teac 350 cassette deck and thought I had reached the heights. I really knew I had not as I could not afford the Bozak Concert Grands I lusted after. Then it was FM or physical media. No longer for sure.

I guess the real battle will be if the streaming services can start turning a profit. The issue with MQA shows how fragile things can be.

I have really been enjoying my recent purchase of the KEF Q-350 speakers, my first speaker buy in over 25+ years. I should not have waited so long, and and many may feel the same way about streaming.

manisandher's picture

"Via its digital and analog line inputs, Mytek's Brooklyn Bridge II offers generally excellent measured performance."

Line maybe, but digital? I can't see anything even approaching "generally excellent".


donnedonne's picture

Is Mytek actively fulfilling orders? Last I heard they hit pause due to very long-standing supply-chain issues

Jeffpm1's picture

I have had an order in for 2 years since Sep 2021. Nothing. And I prepaid.
I think Mytek not only had issues with supply chain, but design problems.
MQA is going out. Roon is not much better than Tidal’s standard interface.
I am really concerned that Mytek can’t even respond to my inquiries.
Is this all a big scam.

jimtavegia's picture

I watched the entire 2-disc set in one sitting. My take is a mixed bag.

The early recording process and the gear is very interesting start to finish. It is amazing the ingenuity that began this recording of live events and to look at where we are today. Making those lacquers one at a time, each under 4 minutes in length; and I was surprised that in each remake they did not have a count-down timer on the wall for performers to know where they were close to the end of 3 1/2 minutes.

I would give RCA a lot of credit for taking their recording gear to the places that they did knowing how difficult travel was back in the late 1920's and later. Even the performers took the time to travel hundreds of miles with the chance to be "discovered".

The country music aspect of this was interesting and how far the quality of music has gone from the Carters until now, and how sophisticated it has become in comparison, but all music had to start somewhere.

I was also shocked and naive about how prevalent drug use was even back in that day, whether one might view this as recreational or not. What I did find interesting and sad was the connection that artist NAS made to the early blues and today's RAP is kind of a sad tale to me.

The movement into more complicated and sophisticated jazz later is really interesting and no doubt very academic in structure that really evolved over the decades. The fact, to me, is that RAP, 90+ years later, is just an extension of those early 1920's recordings from Memphis and New Orleans is troublesome to me only with even more negative lyrics. It was easy to understand where these early music compositions came from due to very sad circumstances of the performer's lives, often a very cruel existence.

There will be some who take exception to my thoughts on this and I do not minimize what those folks went through and how they best tried to make music even in their jug bands and wash-tub bass instruments due to a lack of money for real instruments.

All in all an interesting look at early American music and that it is now archived is really a miracle. Thanks for the heads-up on these discs. I have really enjoyed all of the "Now Hear This" series from PBS and presented by Scott Yoo. I own all of those as well.