Bryston Phono Stage - Finally Recognition

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Bryston Phono Stage - Finally Recognition
« on: 1 Dec 2021, 06:09 pm »
Well folks this is the most in-depth reporting I have ever seen on our Bryston Phono Stage. 

Check out the measured performance and the advantages and accuracy of our 2-stage RIAA design - which by the way we have been using for decades.


https://hometheaterhifi.com/.../bryston-bp2-20-mm-mc.../

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« Reply #1 on: 2 Dec 2021, 02:35 am »
It's great to discover that David Rich is still reviewing devices since I lost track of him after The Audio Critic ceased to be. He's the real deal, a proper engineer and audiophile who tells the truth even when it's ugly. No scent of advertorial with this guy.

Not so long ago, I was reminding the ever modest Chris Russell that the astonishing accuracy of the very innovative RIAA EQ he came up with decades ago would by itself have him in the history books. I'm so glad to see this review out there for posterity.

Bryston is unique in that the guiding principle has always been giving people the best possible products and never about anyone's ego gratification. An audio engineer friend of mine pointed out that they have eschewed clever and original circuit design in favour of conventional ones brilliantly executed whenever that would yield the highest fidelity while other companies would patent a very imaginative new idea that could not approach the performance of Bryston's product.
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« Reply #2 on: 2 Dec 2021, 12:30 pm »
Hi James,

Would you guys ever consider making a balanced version of this for those of us who have their turntable setup some distance from the rest of their hifi?

Rob

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« Reply #3 on: 2 Dec 2021, 01:16 pm »
Hi James,

Would you guys ever consider making a balanced version of this for those of us who have their turntable setup some distance from the rest of their hifi?

Rob

Hi Rob - it is something we are considering.

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Re: Bryston Phono Stage - Finally Recognition
« Reply #4 on: 3 Dec 2021, 02:49 am »
I'm assuming we can use the BP-26 power supply for this unit?

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« Reply #5 on: 3 Dec 2021, 05:17 am »
I'm assuming we can use the BP-26 power supply for this unit?

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« Reply #6 on: 4 Dec 2021, 12:39 am »
Well folks this is the most in-depth reporting I have ever seen on our Bryston Phono Stage. 

Check out the measured performance and the advantages and accuracy of our 2-stage RIAA design - which by the way we have been using for decades.


https://hometheaterhifi.com/.../bryston-bp2-20-mm-mc.../

Great review James. I own this unit along with a Rega P6 Turntable with an Ania Moving Coil Cartridge. Its not even a year old. However, I did notice that the retail price in the article was wrong so if you can contact the editor for a correction, I would.

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« Reply #7 on: 5 Dec 2021, 12:11 am »
Hi James,

Is it possible to order the BP-2 with a custom gain setting? I would prefer a lower setting, around 30db or 35db, if possible.

I would also love to see a balanced version, as another member noted.  :D

Thanks!

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« Reply #8 on: 5 Dec 2021, 12:57 pm »
Hi James,

Is it possible to order the BP-2 with a custom gain setting? I would prefer a lower setting, around 30db or 35db, if possible.

I would also love to see a balanced version, as another member noted.  :D

Thanks!

Hi Mellow,

Not sure I understand - the MC section only can be 20 or 30dB? The MM stage is set.

james

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« Reply #9 on: 5 Dec 2021, 01:13 pm »
Hi Mellow,

Not sure I understand - the MC section only can be 20 or 30dB? The MM stage is set.

james

Hi James,

Thanks for the reply. Sorry for the confusion. Is it possible to order the MM stage with custom gain settings lower than the standard 41dB? I’m only interested in a MM stage.

Thank you!

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« Reply #10 on: 5 Dec 2021, 01:22 pm »
Hi James,

Thanks for the reply. Sorry for the confusion. Is it possible to order the MM stage with custom gain settings lower than the standard 41dB? I’m only interested in a MM stage.

Thank you!

Not sure - email Mike on that - mpickett@bryston.com

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« Reply #12 on: 6 Dec 2021, 09:19 pm »

Hi James,
I'm considering this as an upgrade/replacement for my SPL Phonos. Will I have any issues with my low output AT-ART9x at .2mv or my Hana Umami Red at.4mv? What do think would be a reasonable break-in period.
Thanks
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« Reply #13 on: 7 Dec 2021, 12:00 pm »
Hi

I have used the Hana before with no issue.

Break-in is not really a requirement - I usually turn mine on about an hour before critical listening.

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« Reply #14 on: 30 Jan 2022, 01:06 am »
Hi Rob - it is something we are considering.

james


...James,

any news here  (XLR ins and outs on a Bryston phono stage)?

al.

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« Reply #15 on: 30 Jan 2022, 12:53 pm »

...James,

any news here  (XLR ins and outs on a Bryston phono stage)?

al.

Hi Al - all new designs are on hold as the COVID issue has created a serious shortage of parts for the products we already manufacture.

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Re: Bryston Phono Stage - Finally Recognition
« Reply #16 on: 10 Feb 2022, 03:27 am »
Hi James,

Excellent review.   I am considering adding the phono stage to my BR-20.  I have the B.5 phono today.  Just wondering how close the BR20-MM is to the B20 MM design. Do they have the same abilities to configure the cartridge loading? 18 Hz low pass rumble filter? Overload voltage,  Etc.     

Cost, availability, and is it user installable.   

Tx Drew

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« Reply #17 on: 10 Feb 2022, 11:50 am »
Hi James,

Excellent review.   I am considering adding the phono stage to my BR-20.  I have the B.5 phono today.  Just wondering how close the BR20-MM is to the B20 MM design. Do they have the same abilities to configure the cartridge loading? 18 Hz low pass rumble filter? Overload voltage,  Etc.     

Cost, availability, and is it user installable.   

Tx Drew

Hi Drew - only change is surface mount parts but the unit you have now has the flexibility you mentioned - the new version does not.

james