Using the BDP 3 and the BDA3. Have Roon Server as well
Okay, so just the standard BDA-BDP hookup and see how to get the best sound from a music file via different playback methods / attached devices?
I'd be curious to hear about how many people are the Bryston listening team when developing these products and how many can reliably tell different playback methods apart? Also, among those that can tell them apart, do they all prefer the same method or is it a toss-up? Lastly, the one thing I want to know the most is does any difference in noise/jitter show up on the BDP outputs when using different playback methods or attached devices?
On the BDP, I've tried Roon Ready, DLNA Renderer with Audirvana Plus, MPD, Shairplay. I've done this with router acting as NAS, wifi USB adapter, flash drives, external portable and desktop spinning drives, linear power supplies for the drives and network gear, with or without Jitterbug, WAV and FLAC. They sure as hell don't all sound the same. Surely, it should show up on the measurements?
Anyways, the one playback method that stands out very clearly among the group is using the portable USB WD hard drive plugged into the BDP with MPD use. The few times I take the BDP into the large hall, the difference just stands out so clearly. I haven't found any other transport device or BDP playback method that quite fills the room like the portable hard drive. The image and layering just leaps from the speakers and touches you. The centre stage is more locked and as a result you get smoother vocals rather than having this smeared feeling. There is also this amount of air and ambience that gets lost with other method. I can only conclude that either this portable hard drive is adding something artificial that other methods are not, or the other methods are not as good at retaining the ambiance. All other playback method sound more 2D and flatter in comparison. If I had to convince someone that digital devices can sound different, I'd use the portable HDD as the example against whatever else.