BRYSTON BDP-1/2 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK/REVIEWS

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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #80 on: 24 Nov 2010, 07:39 pm »
Hi James, have you compared a ripped CD played on the BDP, with the same CD on the BCD?
would also be intersted in your view.
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« Reply #81 on: 24 Nov 2010, 07:58 pm »
Hi James, have you compared a ripped CD played on the BDP, with the same CD on the BCD?
would also be intersted in your view.
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Hi joey,

Yes I have,  and I am starting to prefer the ripped CD played through the BDP-1. 

The BDP-1 really has an easy non digital sound to it that seems to remove the slightly harder forward sound of the typical CD Player.

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« Reply #82 on: 24 Nov 2010, 08:14 pm »
Hi joey,

Yes I have,  and I am starting to prefer the ripped CD played through the BDP-1. 

The BDP-1 really has an easy non digital sound to it that seems to remove the slightly harder forward sound of the typical CD Player.
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Hi James,

Wouldn't the two DACs be a variable in that scenario?  I know they're the same DAC but isn't the BDA a beefier configuration than the one internal to the BCD?  What percentage contribution would you estimate the BDA-1 is contributing to the easy non digital sound?

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« Reply #83 on: 24 Nov 2010, 08:17 pm »
I assumed James was also comparing the BCD-1 and BDP-1 both through the BDA-1 DAC.
 
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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #84 on: 24 Nov 2010, 08:25 pm »
Yes I compared the BCD-1 through the BDA-1 with the BDP-1 through the BDA-1 to try and keep things as parallel as possible.

I think the fact that the BDP-1 is processing the raw data from the USB thumb-drive and there are no moving parts in the BDP-1, is somehow providing a more relaxed less glassy presentation.  The other thing I have noticed is the soundstage expands - especially front to back. :)

My Thiel 3.7 speakers have a tendency to sound forward and a little stark if the material is not first class. With the BDP-1 that problem seems to disappear even on medium quality recordings.

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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #85 on: 25 Nov 2010, 12:06 am »
From: David W
Sent: November-24-10 6:56 PM
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Subject: Re: The Ultimate Litmus Test - BDP-1 Digital Player

"Hi James:

I haven't done much A-B comparison with all my new BDP-1. So I played the Paul Bley (Owl Eyes) solo piano cut that I mentioned that sounds so life-like to me playing through the BDP-1.

Well, first I played the same cut using my Roku SoundBridge. All digital connections, but from my hard drive that is accessed from my laptop through my home network, and with the output to my BDA-1 DAC: the usual kind of music server you now find even in high end equipment. It sounded very good, but with something missing.

Next I tried playing the same cut from the original CD on my Theta Digital Jade CD transport, again with the output to my BDA-1 DAC. It sounded better, but still something missing.

Finally, I used the BDP-1. Clearly the best of the three. Again life-like. Again simply breath-takingly musical. I can't pin down what there is in the sound that makes it distinctly so, and so much better than the Roku or the CD, but my guess is that there is more to the sustain on the piano and the background being blacker than sin, and perhaps something I'm missing. It may be subtle, but it's unmistakable -- the way we know the difference between looking at a scene in a a superb high resolution photo or video and looking at the scene itself. The eye and the brain just know the difference even if you can't explain it.

As I said the first time I heard it -- the BDP-1 is a break-through product."

Dave

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« Reply #86 on: 25 Nov 2010, 09:02 am »
What is the operating power consumption (in Watts) for BDP-1, BDA-1, and BCD-1, please?  Thank you.

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« Reply #87 on: 25 Nov 2010, 10:41 pm »
Another query that has just popped in to my head,

I can see my main use for the BDP for a while, will be ripping my favourite tracks from CD to flac and playing back through the BDP, will the quality of the CD drive in your PC that you are ripping from effect the finished rip in anyway and if so how do we know which PC CD drives are going to give the best results?

Over to you guys  :)


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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #88 on: 25 Nov 2010, 10:49 pm »
Hello

Got to hear the BDP1 today. Listening to the usb thumbnail tracks provided by Bryston. Very nice, the thing i noticed was its immense sensation of air around instruments. I came off from listening to a Pathos/Martin logan combo. The tone was very nice on that Pathos intergrated but everything had a congested feel to it. Didn't really notice it until i heard the bdp1/bp26/28's/ PMC ob1 setup.

Good job keeping to the Bryston tone. Its works nice hear. I will start thinking about one after xmas. Unless James wants to put on his Santa hat and hop down my chimney..... he's welcome to do that.   :thumb:

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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #89 on: 25 Nov 2010, 11:05 pm »
Another query that has just popped in to my head,

I can see my main use for the BDP for a while, will be ripping my favourite tracks from CD to flac and playing back through the BDP, will the quality of the CD drive in your PC that you are ripping from effect the finished rip in anyway and if so how do we know which PC CD drives are going to give the best results?

Over to you guys  :)

The feedback I get is the ripping software is the main concern not the drive but i have to say the drive in the BCD seems to sound better through the BDA than other drives i have tried. Try dbpoweramp - it works really well :thumb:

james
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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #90 on: 27 Nov 2010, 04:20 pm »
Hi Folks,

Ordered this SSD today to test it with BDP-1:


http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/YSSDMP240/


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« Reply #91 on: 27 Nov 2010, 06:14 pm »
Hi James,

Excellent choice  :wink:

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« Reply #92 on: 27 Nov 2010, 09:37 pm »
Hi Folks,

Ordered this SSD today to test it with BDP-1:


http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/YSSDMP240/


james

Looking forward to hearing your opinions James, expensive, but if it performs better than a standard hard Disk then obviously that will be the way forward.

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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #93 on: 29 Nov 2010, 04:55 pm »
Got the 240G SSD drive this morning - assembly and formating (Fat32) went without a hitch.  Loaded some music - will report back.

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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #94 on: 30 Nov 2010, 12:21 am »
Hi Folks,

Well so far I am quite impressed with the new USB - SSD.  It loads to the BDP-1 much faster and everything is improved in terms of the MINI and MAX interface speed.

I have some very reputable recording engineers coming over tonight and we will do some listening tests between the USB Flashdrive - the USB 2.5 inch Harddrive and the just added USB SSD drive - should be interesting :D

james

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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #95 on: 30 Nov 2010, 04:26 am »
Hi Folks,

Well so far I am quite impressed with the new USB - SSD.  It loads to the BDP-1 much faster and everything is improved in terms of the MINI and MAX interface speed.

I have some very reputable recording engineers coming over tonight and we will do some listening tests between the USB Flashdrive - the USB 2.5 inch Harddrive and the just added USB SSD drive - should be interesting  :D

I just ordered intel  X25-M 120GB SSD to use as USB SSD drive and choose this as I can use intel ssd toolbox software to optimise drive as required...soon computer will use only ssd and all storage will be ssd :thumb:

Dan

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« Reply #96 on: 30 Nov 2010, 04:52 am »
Hi Dan

Tell me more on this tool thing :scratch:

James

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« Reply #97 on: 30 Nov 2010, 05:01 am »
Hi James

Found this manual on Intel SSD Toolbox ...

http://download.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/sb/intel_ssd_toolbox_user_guide.pdf


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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #98 on: 30 Nov 2010, 05:38 am »
 Another bonus now with the Intel ssds is that they now supply Acronis true image cloning software with ssds. This is description of ssd toolbox from intel:


The Intel® SSD Toolbox with Intel® SSD Optimizer provides a set of applications to easily manage the health and optimize the performance of your Intel SSD. The Intel SSD Toolbox includes a powerful set of management, information, and diagnostic tools, and is designed to work best with 34nm Intel SSDs. The Intel SSD Optimizer utilizes the new ATA Data Set Management Command (Trim Attribute) to help maintain your SSDs performance at "fresh-out-of-the-box" levels, and is specifically designed to run with Microsoft Windows* 7. The Intel SSD Optimizer also works with Microsoft Windows Vista* and XP* operating systems as well.



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Re: BRYSTON BDP-1 DIGITAL PLAYER FEEDBACK
« Reply #99 on: 30 Nov 2010, 05:53 am »
Hi James

What do you think of a Bryston SSD, the 'BSSD-1', with SSD internals in an MPS-1 size metal enclosure connected to the BDP-1 with a detachable USB cable ...    :o


Steven