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post #1 of 1481
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Dear all,

 

Some of you may have heard of Bryston, the well-known maker of audio equipment for both the Consumer and Professional market.  Quite a number of its current line of products have received critical acclaim and these include the BCD-1 CD player, the BDA-1 D/A converter, the recently released BDP-1 Digital player and the 28B-SST2 1,000 watts monoblock amplifiers.  What many people love about Bryston, besides the high build and sound quality of its products, are its 20-year transferable warranty, parts & labour, on its analogue products and its 5-year transferable warranty on all its digital circuits.

 

Coming our way (probably September) is the first Bryston headphone amplifier the BHP-1.  I know there are already many excellent headphone amplifiers at a wide spectrum of prices available in the market.  But if you guys are considering a sensibly priced, high-quality headphone amplifier may want to wait out for BHP-1's arrival before making any decisions now.

 

Here's a picture of the prototype:

 

Bryston BHP-1 prototype black front with MPS-2.jpg

 

[Disclaimer: I am only a happy Bryston equipment owner and I am not in any way related to, or have any financial interest in Bryston]

post #2 of 1481

Sensational - thanks for that. Bryston make excellent higher end kit, and many here will be familiar with their DAC, but that doesnt always translate to an 'automatically' brilliant headphone amp. I look forward to hearing more about this amp.

post #3 of 1481

It is not going to be inexpensive with the separated power supply.

 

I was a happy Bryston owner and their products are above par. I used to have the combo BP26 pre and the 4BSST. For SS gear, they are expensive but they worth every penny.

 

Happily waiting for an audition at a local dealer when available.

 

 

post #4 of 1481

I had a Bryston 1B preamplifier back in the early 1980s.  I was working for a Linn-Levinson dealer, and although I could afford an LP-12 turntable on my 50% salesman accommodation, no way I could ever afford Levinson electronics on what I was paid.  The Bryston was OK, but I ditched it in favor of the preamp that is still in my Head-Fi profile 30 years later.  I guess Bryston entering the headphone-only amplifier market means that it has attracted the attention of old-line high-end manufacturers.  Can an Audio Research headphone amplifier be far away given Head-Fi folks' love for tubes?

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Originally Posted by attenuated 3db View Post

I had a Bryston 1B preamplifier back in the early 1980s.  I was working for a Linn-Levinson dealer, and although I could afford an LP-12 turntable on my 50% salesman accommodation, no way I could ever afford Levinson electronics on what I was paid.  The Bryston was OK, but I ditched it in favor of the preamp that is still in my Head-Fi profile 30 years later.  I guess Bryston entering the headphone-only amplifier market means that it has attracted the attention of old-line high-end manufacturers.  Can an Audio Research headphone amplifier be far away given Head-Fi folks' love for tubes?

Well, I would like to see Krell,  Audio Research, Cary Audio jump on the band wagon  ,,,,
 

 

post #6 of 1481
Thread Starter 


Apparently, there are 2 versions of the BHP-1 to be released:

 

1) one with an internal Power Supply Unit (users do not need the additional power supply unit MPS-2 pictured)

2) one without an internal Power Supply Unit and needs to be plugged in to the MPS-2 (a good option for current owners of Bryston BP-26 pre-amplifier with which the MSP-2 comes by default.  The MPS-2 can power up 4 different Bryston components) http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=BYMPS2

 

I am particularly keen to test out the BHP-1 myself because preliminary information suggests that it can more than adequately drive heavy loads like the HE-6.  It will be really interesting to see how it compares to the soon-to-be-released Hifiman EF-6 and RSA Darkstar.

 


 

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Originally Posted by ACDOAN View Post

It is not going to be inexpensive with the separated power supply.

 

I was a happy Bryston owner and their products are above par. I used to have the combo BP26 pre and the 4BSST. For SS gear, they are expensive but they worth every penny.

 

Happily waiting for an audition at a local dealer when available.

 

 



 

post #7 of 1481

The XLR outputs of their BDA-1 sounded much nicer to me when going into a balanced amp than the RCA.  The result took me by surprise!

post #8 of 1481

Interesting. Hopefully Bryston have gone out of there way with the design to ensure it sounds demonstrably better than the headphone stage on their amps/pre-amps.

post #9 of 1481


 

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Originally Posted by Hardertaskthinking View Post

Dear all,

 

Some of you may have heard of Bryston, the well-known maker of audio equipment for both the Consumer and Professional market.  Quite a number of its current line of products have received critical acclaim and these include the BCD-1 CD player, the BDA-1 D/A converter, the recently released BDP-1 Digital player and the 28B-SST2 1,000 watts monoblock amplifiers.  What many people love about Bryston, besides the high build and sound quality of its products, are its 20-year transferable warranty, parts & labour, on its analogue products and its 5-year transferable warranty on all its digital circuits.

 

Coming our way (probably September) is the first Bryston headphone amplifier the BHP-1.  I know there are already many excellent headphone amplifiers at a wide spectrum of prices available in the market.  But if you guys are considering a sensibly priced, high-quality headphone amplifier may want to wait out for BHP-1's arrival before making any decisions now.

 

Here's a picture of the prototype:

 

Bryston BHP-1 prototype black front with MPS-2.jpg

 

[Disclaimer: I am only a happy Bryston equipment owner and I am not in any way related to, or have any financial interest in Bryston]

Look like the BP26 design. Do you know the dimension ?
 

 

post #10 of 1481

There is a different "leaked photo" here???

 

http://canadahifi.com/index.php/bryston-bhp-1-headphone-amplifier/

post #11 of 1481
Thread Starter 


Perhaps those are pictures of an earlier prototype?
 

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Originally Posted by tkteo View Post

There is a different "leaked photo" here???

 

http://canadahifi.com/index.php/bryston-bhp-1-headphone-amplifier/



 

post #12 of 1481

ACDOAN, seriously - quoting an entire post, with images, to ask a simple question ? Please consider those who arent on T1 Ethernet with a broadband pipe into the basement.

post #13 of 1481
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

ACDOAN, seriously - quoting an entire post, with images, to ask a simple question ? Please consider those who arent on T1 Ethernet with a broadband pipe into the basement.


Thank you. I will not do it again. 

 

post #14 of 1481
I'm glad to see that some of the big boy speaker gear manufacturers are starting to pay attention to us. biggrin.gif
post #15 of 1481
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

I'm glad to see that some of the big boy speaker gear manufacturers are starting to pay attention to us. biggrin.gif


Speaker manufacturers ? To my simplistic way of thinking, there shouldnt be a huge chasm between the ability to build a good preamplifier and the ability to build a dedicated headphone amp - always happy to hear otherwise from Ray or someone who knows that of which they speak.

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