I was able to confirm today that I have problems with my BDA-3 unit, it doesn't sound as it should... it sound shut-in, veiled, lacks bite and sparkle.
The bass is warm and overall sound is rhytmically slow and unengaging.
Mention: I upgraded also to the latest firmware (2016.05a) - that changes somehow the sound but a very little bit (thanks to Mike Pickett).
How was I able to prove it? I tested in the same system 3 BDA-3 dacs: my unit, a friend one and the dealer's.
I was able to identify clearly (and in front of the dealer) that different BDA-3 revisions sound different.
Still, my unit had the worst sound compared to the others, especially in the midrange.
Speaking about the other 2 units, which were supposed to be good and to sound the same, we still noticed differences, especially in the bass tightness and speed.
From all 3, the latest 2017 revision: well... that one has the "breath of fresh air" as the reviewers say... the best sounding.
So we have the same product model - the latest revision sounds a lot better. I might have a faulty unit...
What can I do now, as I am very unhappy about the situation, could my unit be replaced with the latest 2017 revision
Dealer says it's difficult to prove that to Bryston...
Here is the picture of the 3 DACs tested.