BDA-3 DAC

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Grit

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1320 on: 12 Sep 2020, 01:44 pm »
Hey Roddey, welcome to the board!

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Grant Hill

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1321 on: 20 Sep 2020, 01:59 pm »
Hi Folks,

Do you keep your BDA3 always on or do you power it just when you have to listen to music and then you turn it off? I assume the consumption is low. Some dacs perform better when they’re constantly powered.

Apologies if it has already been asked

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BCRich1

Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1322 on: 20 Sep 2020, 04:24 pm »
Keep mine on 24/7
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Grant Hill

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1323 on: 21 Sep 2020, 10:13 am »
Thanks Mike.

GSchrader

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1324 on: 22 Sep 2020, 06:43 pm »
My BDA-3 is switched on only when I'm listening to the system.  I have the 12V trigger slaved to my preamp so it switches on and off automatically with the preamp - very convenient.

Gerald

bokko

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1325 on: 10 Dec 2020, 07:36 pm »
Always on so it doesn’t loose sync to PC via usb connection on switching inputs.

Since moving to an Allo DigiOne sig as a transport reconnected trigger.

Do not notice a significant difference in sound quality between always on and triggered when I start listening which I believe is the point of question.


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Grant Hill

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1326 on: 13 Dec 2020, 05:22 pm »
Thank you Bokko - yes, that was the question

bokko

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1327 on: 6 Jan 2021, 03:14 am »
As mentioned I purchased a Allo Digione Sig connected to a Pi-4 running Ropieee.
For connection via BNC to my BDA-3. (Also tested Analog SPDIF).

When I play 24/96 into the Pi / Allo sometimes unit stops responding until I restart them. Files are purchased and when PC is feeding the BDA-3 no issues at all.
There is no way the DAC can have anything to do as the SPDIF connection are one way only? Pretty much know this answer.
Wonder if length of cables would have anything to do with it?
Using a 6' BNC 75 ohm Monoprice high bandwidth design 6u coax, the Analog cable is an old Monster Audio 6' sounds fine when used on my Sony S6500 SACD transport. Still has direction stickers.
Main reason for distance is AC infinity fans used for cooling the Pi. (plugged into AC to USB adapter away from electronics)
Using Roon installed on PC. I have managed monitored network switches so not a network problem.

I have tried 3 power supplies and three OS's on Pi...

Thanks stay safe.

stanb

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1328 on: 6 Jan 2021, 06:31 pm »
Hi bokko, 

This is a side note, I am posting it because of other Bryston customers who may be considering assembling the similar systems. 

A better way is to get BDA3.14 with a built-in streamer (PI-3) instead of BDA3.  You will find that the sound quality is comparable (if not better in my subjective opinion) then going from an external DAC to BDA3 through USB or SPDIF inputs (and much better of course than HDMI). 

BDA3.14 also supports the Roon client player functionality, and it can also play directly from the network drives (NAS) or use on line sources like Tidal or Qobuz.  I find the sound quality comparable or better than some more expensive streamers or players, but it is also a very subjective assertion, so people need just try it out for themselves.

Stan


bokko

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1329 on: 8 Jan 2021, 01:56 am »
Thanks Stan
Well my posting here is a double edged sword so to speak.
It will bring others here who are considering the same device. Still no reply to my post for help from Allo side several business days later.
To my way of thinking the only thing I can’t easily check is shorter cables. So thought I would ask if shorter is better or worse. Had a feeling short was bad for BNC.

As for me I considered 3.14 but received a very good deal my BDA-3 unit only a few months old so lots of warranty, couldn’t say no. Knew Class A outputs was what I missing over my RME DAC with same DAC chip. Having heard a friends BDA-2 and BDP-1

Have of 300 dsd albums and need to make sure whatever I buy lets me play them with native playback strategy in Roon.

Jerry
 
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stanb

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1330 on: 8 Jan 2021, 06:46 pm »
I think, the best way of playing DSD through Roon in the DSD-Native mode, with BDA3/3.14,  is to output it through the USB port (of a PC) into the USB port of BDA3/3.14. The second best would be to play it through HDMI (if you can find a graphics card with HDMI + DSD capable driver).

bokko

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1331 on: 9 Jan 2021, 04:02 pm »
Shorter is better for BNC. Checked with someone selling a device on CAM.
Analog SPDIF works fine again. Looks like I didn't reconfirm one of power supplies properly with it.

Many company's are quite responsive in this space...especially when it comes to DSD playback, that's what drew me here.

Mainly looking for a stop gap until the BR-20 is released, at its price point, Streamer, DAC and Pre-amp (with bypass for Home Theater Integration) can't be beat.
The Allo will do, didn't want to spend 1k or more for a streamer ahead of saving for BR-20. Wonder if they have considered full warranty on pre-amp, 5 years on DAC (USB) and 3 on streamer.

Cheers
 
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crouse99

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Re: BDA-3 DAC
« Reply #1332 on: Yesterday at 09:21 pm »
Hi folks,

New member here and am pleased to see a thread dedicated to the BDA-3.  I've had mine for a couple of years and couldn't be happier with it.