How come you always put me on the spot!!!
If you look at the BDP-3 Digital Player for example vs the Pi built into the 3.14 or the BR-20 the BDP-3 is a far more powerful process and far more capable of handling large libraries, offers much fasted load times, has more features like internal hard drive, possible ROON server (fingers crossed) etc.
I can just feel the love from all the way here. I can only imagine the joy the guys at Bryston must feel when they see a post from me pop up.
Fair point about the disparity between the processors and how well they can handle larger libraries. Also looking forward to seeing Roon-in-a-box in the future. I suppose that would put it into the same market as Roon's Nucleus(+) with some more capability.
I won't push more about the BR-20.
I'm interested to see user reviews on that. That combination of DAC+BDP+BP was something I myself had been recommending since the last 5 years, so it's great to see that dream request finally happen. I agree with NorthMac, that less boxes can be a great thing. For gaming and media, I myself have gone digital and enjoy that simplicity. Looking forward to see how Bryston continues to progress with their all-in-one designs.
Gary did speak about the modular nature of the BR-20 and that is something I hope that Bryston does take seriously through the product's product life. Pushing the performance of the BR-20 by replacement of the pre amp section or DAC board is always welcome and cherry on top of already great performance. However, if it's possible in the future to replace the Pi4 with Pi5 or another faster processor, you can give the product a new life. It may be able to handle bigger libraries in he future, or even function as Roon server. For example, I have a BDP-1 and I'm still fine with the audio circuitry of digital out portion, but if I was able to only upgrade the processor so it could be faster or hold bigger libraries, without having to upgrade to a new product altogether such as the BDP-3, that'd have been very nice.
Cheering for you guys