Bryston BDA-3 External DAC

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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. The BDA-3 is the highest resolution DAC by Bryston to date and it adds DSD playback to its repertoire.

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.

Main 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)

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.

"I've already purchased the review sample as my new reference."

— Karl Schuster, The Absolute Sound | October 23, 2017

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

Press and Reviews

Bryston Magazine Guide
Bryston Magazine

Guides & Advice
by Moon Audio

Home Theater Review
Home Theater

by Staff
Oct. 2015

The Absolute Sound Review
Absolute Sound

by Karl Schuster
Oct. 2017

Audio Video Revolution Review
AV Revolution

by Staff
Jul. 2016

Computer Audiophile Review
Audiophile Style

by Staff
Sept. 2016

Soundstage Hifi Review
SoundStage

by Philip Beaudette
Jul. 2016

The Ear Review
The Ear

by Jason Kennedy
Apr. 2016

Hifi Advice Review
Hifi Advice

by Christiaan Punter
Apr. 2018

Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity Review
Secrets of HiFi

by Carlo Lo Raso
Jan. 2019

“With its extremely low levels of noise, harmonic and intermodulation distortion, and its superb resolution, the Bryston BDA-3 offers measured performance that is as good as digital can get.”

— John Atkinson, Stereophile | Nov. 2016

"The Bryston BDA-3 digs out all the information there is, from broad strokes to nuance, and arranges it all perfectly for consumption.”

— Carlo Lo Raso, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity | Jan. 2018
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General Features

Dimensions (17" Faceplate)
3.63” H x 17” W x 11.12” D
(92.20mm x 431.8mm x 282.45mm)
Dimensions (19" Faceplate)
3.63” H x 19” W x 11.12” D
(92.20mm x 482.6mm x 282.45mm)
Weight
8.5 lb/3.9 kg
Color
Black or Silver
Warranty
5-Years Parts and Labor*

5 year warranty


Technology

  • Dual 32Bit AKM DAC ICs
  • 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

  • 17” or 19” faceplate
  • Rack mount compatible
  • BR2 remote control

*Bryston Digital products and cables are warranted for five (5) years from the original date of manufacture. The warranty includes parts and labour. For more information visit Bryston's Warranty page.

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