Announcing The Bryston BP-19 Fully Balanced Analog Preamplifier

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Alfalfa

I’m surprised to see no replies and questions yet!  :o

First of all congratulations on the new and improved BP17 based on the BR20 minus it’s digital circuits James!

The big question is how does it compare to the BR20? It was foreseen/promised to have an even lower noisefloor than the highly regarded BR20. Has the BP19 indeed become the “BR20 minus digital” or has the design led to other changes that could have performance advantages?

Am I correct to assume that the main specs as input sensitivity and gain are the same as the BR20? I’m looking at the BP19 as an alternative for the BP26 which has a bit too much gain to drive 92 dB sensitivity loudspeakers through the 28B’s which have no user selectable gain).

And.. Has it been compared sonically with the BR20 yet? If so, what are the impressions?

Will an MC phono option be available with the BP19




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Hi Al,

Yes lots of comments on our FaceBook page.
The BP-19 is the analog section from the BR20 and you are correct we are getting slightly better distortion figures - not that you could hear that !
There will be our MM only or our MM/MC stage available in a few weeks as an option.

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James,

Please post pix of a BP-19 in full MM phono livery when you get one made.  I'd like to see how it's laid out.  Tks!

Scott

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For those folks interested in how well we do Phono please see this very in-depth review.

https://hometheaterhifi.com/reviews/vinyl/turntable-accessories/bryston-bp2-20-mm-mc-phono-preamp-review/

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Alfalfa

Hello James, 👋

Strange question maybe: will there be an option for a dac?

Thanks!🙏

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Not sure at this point - there is room.

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Ok so, I would imagine you guys are wondering what my initial impressions are of the BP19 and I'm surprised to report, that it's much better than I anticipated

😁. Ive  was using the BR20 for the last year or so up until this point, strictly as a line stage with a BDA-3 and separate streamer. Given the BP19 is basically the line stage portion of the BR20, my initial thought was that with the absence of all the digital stuff, I would expect a bit more inner detail and that was pretty much it .

WELL.. straight out of the box, I got just that, but also even greater transparency and clarity and more 3 dimensional soundstage. Also noticed transients are shaper and more articulate, seems to have more speed and attack.it also seems to be more direct and forward than the BR20. Bass seems to be a bit laid back at this time, but I know with more run time that will come around. I will report more findings as the unit breaks in overtime.

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"Well, after 7 months, the day has finally come."

Uh, just what kind of lead time are we talking about here for a BP-19??  With MM phono if you please. 

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Hi Sco77

We are currently backordered so I would say 3-4 weeks from order.

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Alfalfa

According to US’ Moon Audio the DAC option is already available for ordering.

https://www.moon-audio.com/bryston-bp-19-analog-preamplifier

Is this correct James?

And if correct, would the DAC be completely switched off when running an analogue input?


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According to US’ Moon Audio the DAC option is already available for ordering.

https://www.moon-audio.com/bryston-bp-19-analog-preamplifier

Is this correct James?

And if correct, would the DAC be completely switched off when running an analogue input?

Hi - there is no DAC available and it would have to be designed so that it was not in the circuit path if offered as an option.  They may be thinking of the new Bi-200 integrated amp which will have a DAC option.

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Hello James - currently own the BP-17 cubed with MM phono, no DAC as I prefer an outboard DAC/Streamer.

But -- a bit confused on the BP-19 phono option. Is the phono board different than the one in the BP-17? If i went to a MC cartridge, what is the recommendation? outboard SUT?

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Hi

The MM Phono stage on the BP-17 is the same  as the one that will be in the BP-19.
As an outboard MC section we recommend the TF-2.

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Hello, could you send me info to the Bryston rep for SoCal?

Kindly,
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Hello, could you send me info to the Bryston rep for SoCal?

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Hi Jimmy - we deal direct with the dealers.

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James,

As the BP-19 is fully balanced, how about having a 4 pin balanced headphone output a la the BHA-1.  My ear goggles have 4 pin connectors and would prefer that to a regular headphone jack. 

Also, according to the brochure for the BP-19, input 1 is where you wire the phono input.  You're not going to have a "phono" label on the face plate or rear of the unit??

Scott

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James,

As the BP-19 is fully balanced, how about having a 4 pin balanced headphone output a la the BHA-1.  My ear goggles have 4 pin connectors and would prefer that to a regular headphone jack. 

Also, according to the brochure for the BP-19, input 1 is where you wire the phono input.  You're not going to have a "phono" label on the face plate or rear of the unit??

Scott

Hi Scott - I believe the Phono version of the BP-19 will have a different faceplate.

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Hi James -


-- will the BP-19 be available with blue LEDs? I have a cubed amplifer with blue LEDs. Minor issue, but nice to have.

-- if phono option installed, will the display and faceplate say 'Phono' - also minor but nice to have.