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    Re: BDP-1USB Digital Player

    Congrats James! Interesting product at a good price.
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    Re: BDP-1USB Digital Player

    I am considering buying a Bryston BDP-1USB or a BDP-2
    However before I part with my money, I am seeking any advice, on the relative merits between a homemade dedicated FLAC player and the Bryston Digital Player.
    I don't want to purchase a BDP-1USB or BDP-2 and discover there is no discernible difference between the audio output from the Bryston and my dedicated FLAC player.
    I currently own a number of hand built "Audiophile PCs" housed in Streacom FC5WS Evo Fan less Cases.
    I initially selected this case because the motherboard I was going to use required the CPU to be forced cooled.The motherboard turned out to be unsuitable so I decided on a dedicated motherboard for Audiophile use.
    I purchased a Intel DN2800MT with Intel Atom CPU, but I then decided to build the PC using a Supermicro X10SBA with a Intel Celeron J1900 (10W, 4C) CPU. and 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L.
    The PC uses aSOtM tX-USB PCIe USB Card and is powered by my hand made 12 volt Linear PSU.
    After numerous trials with various Operating Systems including Ubuntu,Jaguar,DSL Damm small Linux, Microsoft Server 2012 R2 (with Audiophile Optimizer), I finally decided to use Windows 8.1.
    The Server 2012 R2 with Audiophile Optimizer option was dropped partly because of its high price, and fact that none of the people I invited to listen to my system could detect any improvements between Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 when both are optimized.
    The Operating System is installed on a dedicated Intel mSATA drive and the FLAC files are on a separate Plextor mSATA drives.
    The OS being on a separate drive allowed me to independently compare the relative merits of each system.
    The BDP-1USB or BDP-2, will be used with a Bryston BP25, Bryston BDA-2, Bryston BHA-1, Meridian M100 speakers (upgraded by M.R.S), Sennheiser HD800 and HD650

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    Re: BDP-1USB Digital Player

    Hi Bryston Fan

    it would certainly be a good test and given your ability to assemble a dedicated operating system and computer parts, power supply etc. I think it would be a close call. Most people do not have the skill set to assemble a quality dedicated operating system and sound card etc. which is what the BDP-2 is aimed at.

    This review much preferred the BDP-2 to the MacPro (which is a popular choice for many running software like AudioRvana etc.)

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    Re: BDP-1USB Digital Player

    Quote Originally Posted by James Tanner - Bryston View Post
    Hi Bryston Fan

    it would certainly be a good test and given your ability to assemble a dedicated operating system and computer parts, power supply etc. I think it would be a close call. Most people do not have the skill set to assemble a quality dedicated operating system and sound card etc. which is what the BDP-2 is aimed at.

    This review much preferred the BDP-2 to the MacPro (which is a popular choice for many running software like AudioRvana etc.)


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    Many thanks for the reply James, but unfortunately for me, it is not what I wanted to hear.
    I deeply regret not purchasing the BDP-2 when I purchased my BDA-2, instead of building my own FLAC player.I daresay have spent more on computer parts in my quest to build an Audiophile player than the cost of a BDP-2.
    To-date I have tried 4 motherboards, and even more switching power supplies before I eventually decided to build my own Linear PS.
    Had I purchased the BDP-2 in the first place, much of my time could have been spent listening to music, rather than wasting time and money and becoming frustrated doing A versus B comparisons with various PC builds and operating systems.

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    Re: BDP-1USB Digital Player

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryston FAN View Post
    Many thanks for the reply James, but unfortunately for me, it is not what I wanted to hear.
    I deeply regret not purchasing the BDP-2 when I purchased my BDA-2, instead of building my own FLAC player.I daresay have spent more on computer parts in my quest to build an Audiophile player than the cost of a BDP-2.
    To-date I have tried 4 motherboards, and even more switching power supplies before I eventually decided to build my own Linear PS.
    Had I purchased the BDP-2 in the first place, much of my time could have been spent listening to music, rather than wasting time and money and becoming frustrated doing A versus B comparisons with various PC builds and operating systems.

    Regards

    Its a great point and one I try to inform people of when the question gets asked about why should I purchase the BDP2 rather than build my own. In most cases you end up spending more than the BDP-2 and expertise in power supply design and even positioning of sensitive circuit boards within the chassis to reduce any interaction etc. is not something you can accomplish without sophisticated test gear.

    The other problem that generally comes up is people do not realize what is going on behind the scene with typical operating systems like Windows and MAC that affects the 'bit perfect' functionality of the digital files.

    james

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    Re: BDP-1USB Digital Player

    Quote Originally Posted by James Tanner - Bryston View Post
    Its a great point and one I try to inform people of when the question gets asked about why should I purchase the BDP2 rather than build my own. In most cases you end up spending more than the BDP-2 and expertise in power supply design and even positioning of sensitive circuit boards within the chassis to reduce any interaction etc. is not something you can accomplish without sophisticated test gear.

    The other problem that generally comes up is people do not realize what is going on behind the scene with typical operating systems like Windows and MAC that affects the 'bit perfect' functionality of the digital files.

    james
    Well said James and so true.


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    Re: BDP-1USB Digital Player

    Another point to keep in mind is the BDP-2, and BDP-1, look like a piece of audio gear that belongs in your rack with the other gear, versus having a computer in your rack.
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    Re: BDP-1USB Digital Player

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    Another point to keep in mind is the BDP-2, and BDP-1, look like a piece of audio gear that belongs in your rack with the other gear, versus having a computer in your rack.
    Yes and also the BDP's do not have any internal moving parts so no fans or noisy switching power supplies to deal with if the computer is in the same room as your audio system

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    Re: BDP-1USB Digital Player

    I think Bryston are going to sell a lot of these babies, I could not imagine life without a BDP!!!!!


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