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Bryston BDA-3.14 Streaming DAC

$4,195.00
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The BDA-3.14 offers streaming capability via a built-in music player that delivers access to network-connected storage and USB drives as well as streaming services such as Qobuz, Tidal, Roon and Internet radio. Digital connectivity between the internal music player and the DAC is managed using the I2S protocol, a premium interface standard used for connecting digital audio devices together that preserves audio and clock data with virtually zero error. The BDA-3.14 also features a digital volume control, enabling users to drive an amplifier directly. An updated version of Bryston’s Manic Moose user interface for phones, tablets and computers provides users with intuitive control overall functionality.

Bryston DAC Technology

The multi-award-winning BDA-3 DAC can decode up to 384 kHz/32-bit PCM music and up to DSDx4 natively. Each format is processed in its native resolution, preserving absolute bit-perfect signals all the way to the analog outputs. Additionally, Bryston’s ultra-precise re-clocking circuit reduces jitter to nearly unmeasurable levels. Bryston’s proprietary analog section is completely free of integrated circuits (ICs) that limit the bandwidth and dynamic range of so many competitive DACs. For maximum flexibility, the BDA-3 has an astonishing ten discrete inputs including four 2-channel HDMI, asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, TOSLINK, and digital coax. It also includes Bryston’s network module, which facilitates control via TCP/IP and RS-232—a must for integration with modern smart home platforms.

What Listeners Have Been Asking For

Everyone knows Bryston makes great digital audio players, DACs, and preamplifiers. With the launch of the BDA3.14, you can have a full digital front-end, all-in-one unit for amazing sound at a drastically lower price. For just $400 more you get all of the features of the BDA-3 plus streaming with built-in Raspberry Pi. The BDA-3.14 runs a modified version of Manic Moose software compatible with Qobuz, Tidal, Roon, and more - plus NAS connectivity, Internet Radio, and you can still connect local drives with loaded music.

Did you say New Remote?

We've heard your cries. The Bryston BR-4 remote control will be included in the box by March 1st, 2020. The new remote is constructed of anodized aluminum with soft-touch buttons.

The BR-2 remains available as a premium upgrade but will likely be discontinued in the future.

Bryston BR-4 remote control

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


Press and Reviews

Bryston Magazine Guide
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Guides & Advice
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Specs

Technical Features

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
Output Voltage
Balanced: 4.0V
Single Ended: 2.0V
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz: ± 0.1dB
Noise
Balanced Out: -140dB
Single Ended Out:
IMD
≤0.0003%
THD + Noise
20Hz-20kHz : ≤0.002%
Weight
8.75lbs (4kg)
Dimensions
17 or 19" W x 3.325" H x 11.53" D
(43. or 48.3 x 8.5 x 29.3 cm)

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