I am using the BDP-1 now. I have a fairly large music collection, about 4TB and still growing. I am still in the process of organising the files and putting them on 2.5 inch portable hard-disks. So far, I have 2 x 1TB drives plugged into the back of the BDP-1, one being completely full and the other one about half full. To add music, I prefer to unplug the drives from the BDP-1, add the files and plug it back into the BDP-1 (copying files through the network is excruciatingly slow in my environment).
A few issues:
1) when music files are added, the updating takes a long long long time
2) sometimes, after 1) above, the updating seems to be completed but the BDP-1 hangs and I have to switch off the BDP-1 and restart 1) with no certainty of the end result
3) I hope to one day connect my entire music collection to the BDP-1 but am concerned that either it cannot power hard-drives of 2TB and above or I cannot stick as many 1TB drives as I'd like to (I have tried connecting a powered USB hub to one of the slots at the back so I could connect a few more hard drives. Results were kind of inconsistent - sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. Refer back to issue 1) & 2) above.
I attribute the above to the BDP-1 being "under-powered" (for lack of a better word) or that it was never intended to handle large music collection.
With the BDP-2 being "BDP-1 on steroids", I am hoping that all the above issues will be solved. Do you think so?
2 more questions on the BDP-2:
1) I read that the 2 USB 3.0 port can be added later as an upgrade. Can these 2 USB 3.0 ports be added before the unit leaves the factory so customers can save the fuss of adding them later.
2) Can Bryston offer the option of a version with the HDD/SSD added? (Instead of customers buying the HDD/SSD and sending it to the Bryston factory and have it installed - not convenient especially for customers not resident in Canada)
We introduced NAS support in August for the bdp-1, the bdp-2 will ship with the same firmware as the bdp-1. Intact, for the foreseeable future both versions of the bdp will run the same software. Much like iPhones run the same version of iOS, bdp's will follow a similar philosophy.
As for the comparison the bdp-1 shipped with a 2amp power supply and a main board containing a 500mhz AMD Geode CPU with 256 MB RAM.
The bdp-2's power supply has been bumped up to 10amps (for those who want to plug in a half dozen USB powered hard drives). It's main board is capable of powering 5-6 hard drives (we have tested an assortment of drives rAnging from 400mA to a full amp). 1600 MHz Intel Atom CPU with 2048 MB of RAM. Room for an internal 2.5" data hdd/ssd, USB 3.0 upgrade path is available, esata (none powered).
Both units still contain the same sound card, so same sound.
Think BDP-1, but with more power under the bonnet