Werd, it's not a DAC.... if anything you can related the BDP to a CD transport. The NAS feature is already there and requires no change for Bryston other than to market it as a feature if you connect up drives to it. If anything they could make a HDD enclosure with a reasonable power supply.
I know its not a dac. Since it has to be hooked up to a dac i was just trying to make it seem more like a high performance audio player than a something that resembles a computer.
Like you said Skunark it is a transport. My view is: what ever usb device i use it has to be the starting gate in my system. That is what defines the meaning for me being a transport
-starting gate. Is this piece the starting gate? The first thing i learned with the bdp and hooking up hard drives is - it may not be. The more you start interfacing it with your computer the more the computer starts becoming the transport (bad bad bad --- very bad). I had such a bad experience with a 12 volt power Omega HD that it drove this point home in spades. To noisey to ignore.
The BDP is a very sensitive audio component. You need that to get the 96khz and 192khz through. I have heard usb devices that claim to be hi rez and really don't sound any different than its regular redbook counterpart in hirez. I own a creative 2496 adapter right now that sounds worse in 96khz than it does on redbook from my cd transport. Only because its not built to generate a decent hirez signal. You start throwing HD's in the bdp1 and more network capability you guys have to ask, how much more do you want to pay to ensure that all the added interface circuitry can guarantee a good transport?
The way the bdp is now, the computer is just there to send control data via ethernet. Thank god for that. I am sure there are employable techniques in interfacing your computer but you really need to know what you are doing. Not me !!!!! and i am sure a great many of Bryston's customers are not great at setting up silent networks either.
Here is a good example of what i respect about the BDP. Before i bought my 14B i owned the BCD/BDA combo. What i notice was how close the bcd sounded on its own when compared to using it as a transport into the bda. Almost identical. Some slight differences but so close you could easily call it the same. When i sold my bcd to make funds for my 14B i started using my old modded Sony S7700 transport again. Differences in transports is significant, I lost a lot of the Bryston front end sound. Its sounds good but very different than the bcd/bda combo. With the BDP i got the bcd sound back. Now everytime you start employing more capability into the bdp the more it starts slipping into a more generic sounding component.
How much do you want to pay to keep the Bryston front-end sound with no noise and more computer type interfacing. Its going to be costly. No thanks $2200 is enough.