James (and team),
Congratulations on the recent transaction, and here's to the bright future of Bryston.
Question on the streamer in the BR-20 (and the BDA-3.14 for that matter). The website says, "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." However, can performance of the streamer be improved by focusing on the incoming signal?
In a recent article in The Absolute Sound, Stephen Scharf extols the benefits of using an Uptone Audio EtherREGEN switch to reclock incoming data for digital streamers. Before spending $650 on that, I wondered if it would be effective on the BR-20 or BDA 3.14 streamers. Does the I2S protocol in the Bryston units render this superfluous? If the BDA-3 clock overrides upstream clocking, there’s no issue to fix, right? Or does the BDA-3 clock simply preserve the incoming signal as presented, without introducing new jitter (but not eliminating any pre-exisitng jitter)?
I hope I've phrased this right. Thanks in advance for your advice!