Bryston has introduced the BDA-3.14 multi-function DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) that adds an array of features to the BDA-3 DAC platform.
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 over all functionality.
The 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 precise re-clocking circuit reduces jitter to "nearly unmeasurable levels," says the company.
Bryston's proprietary analog section is free of integrated circuits (ICs) that can limit the bandwidth and dynamic range of DACs. For maximum flexibility, the BDA-3 has 10 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.
"Bryston is excited to be able to deliver the exceptionally high performance of our digital music player and our DAC merged into a single chassis solution," says Gary Dayton, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Bryston. "Now music enthusiasts can enjoy a sleek, easy-to-use ultimate performance streamer/DAC combo as centerpiece of their digital entertainment system."
The Bryston BDA-3.14 will be available from beginning Q4 2019 for an MSRP of US$4,195.