Mr. Russell@Bryston reply my questions via e-mail.
He explain that can order BHA-1 with female XLR output jacks as option, and no extra charge for this option.
It's not really shipping yet. End of Feb or early March according to a phone conversation I had last week with a VP at Bryston. I talked to Audio Advisor too and they will let you order one if you call but they don't have any to ship quite yet. Price is $1,295 in the catalog.
There are supposed to be two versions of the amp, one with male connectors on the front panel and one with female. When I talked to Bryston I emphasized that "headphone enthusiasts" will expect female connectors even though that doesn't adhere to the standards for signal flow used in pro audio (which is why they put male connectors there in the first place). What I heard back is that they're reconsidering their choices in that area based on the feedback they're getting.
The feeling I got from my conversation with them is that they're not yet 100% tuned into the headphone world and my initial enthusiasm for the amp turned to skepticism that they'll really be able to compete with the more mature options at the price point. We'll see, feature wise the amp looks great and I'm really hoping the sound quality is there to match. I was ready to order one when I saw it but now I'm going to wait and see if I can hear it at a dealer first.
I cannot wait for someone to A/Bing the Schiit Asgard with the hi-price Bryston amp. That's going to be interesting. As much as I love the BP26/ 4BSST combo or SP16 /4BSST combo, the price increase every year of you folks at Bryston is way out of proportion.
In my younger year, Bryston was ( maybe still is ?) a mid-fi stuff but look at their pricing now! I can understand Audio Research and Krell raise their price up to $500.00 annually but for Bryston that is beyond my expectation, If I need an ultra hi-end stuff, I just may as well give my business to Krell or Audio Research. . End of my rant.
Wadia has a balanced headphone amp coming out?
It is not balance headphone amp. It actually is a DAC, balanced digital pre-amp and headphone amp.
Here you go.
Well, as much as I love the Bryston 4BSST/ BP26 and they do have XLR connections however, I am not so sure the the Bryston stuff are true balanced configuration. Even James Tanner implicitly stated the Bryston's are true balanced but nowhere in the manual owner stated so. There is no pins configuration or anything in such nature.