Hi All! I’m a Huge Bryston fan and recently purchased a BDA-3.14 to replace my DIY streamer and inferior preamp.
Was wondering if any of you were using the BHA-1 as a preamp, as well as a headphone amp, to drive your power amp. If so, how is that working out? Please state your system components when replying.
I used the BHA-1 as a preamp for over a year. I had the -12db gain reduction done to it, as running balanced lines into a #3Bsst it was just too hot. The sound was excellent, no complaints there, but I finally gave in and went for a preamp with remote control capability. The replacement preamp is the SP1.7 which I run in 2 channel mode exclusively.
In addition to the lack of remote control capabilities , the other thing I don't like about the BHA-1 is the volume control. It's sensitive before 3:00 and again after 9:00 but does next to nothing between those positions. I inquired into changing the volume pot but Mike said that only one works in that unit. Small thing, but I thought I would mention it.
So my SP1.7 is connected to both the BHA-1 and 3Bsst, and I turn on one amp or the other as needed. The BHA-1 just sits there at max volume and I control the volume with the SP1.7. Really wish the SP1.7 had headphone output so I could have reduced component count. Oh well, may someday a BP17.