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post #16 of 163

Congrats on the BDA-2, Peter! I jumped on the first one I saw used on A'gon -- $1850.

 

I haven't had too much of a chance to listen, due to the usual suspects (work, children, travel), so I'm holding off on posting any detailed listening observations. I will say, however, that I've been enjoying the BHA-1/HD800 combination much more with the BDA-2 than with the Grace m903, which is a fine DAC in it's own right. The BDA-2's top end is so detailed but so smooth. It's early, but I can see myself wondering if I really need a tube amp for the HD800 down the road.

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Congrats on the BDA-2, Peter! I jumped on the first one I saw used on A'gon -- $1850.

 

I haven't had too much of a chance to listen, due to the usual suspects (work, children, travel), so I'm holding off on posting any detailed listening observations. I will say, however, that I've been enjoying the BHA-1/HD800 combination much more with the BDA-2 than with the Grace m903, which is a fine DAC in it's own right. The BDA-2's top end is so detailed but so smooth. It's early, but I can see myself wondering if I really need a tube amp for the HD800 down the road.

Thanks! Agreed about the top end...very extended and smooth, but not rolled off, nor strident. Seems to really hit the sweet spot. :smile:

post #18 of 163

I wonder how the BDA-2 compares with the NAIM V1? I wonder how the BDA-2 would pair with a NAIM integrated?

post #19 of 163
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So after a 2 week lead time (as of this past Friday), looks like my BDA-2 arrives tomorrow. :D Glad they gave me the worst case...should have some more impressions then later this week.

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So after a 2 week lead time (as of this past Friday), looks like my BDA-2 arrives tomorrow. biggrin.gif  Glad they gave me the worst case...should have some more impressions then later this week.

Score!
post #21 of 163
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So after a 2 week lead time (as of this past Friday), looks like my BDA-2 arrives tomorrow. :D Glad they gave me the worst case...should have some more impressions then later this week.

:popcorn:

post #22 of 163
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Just picked it up tonight:

 

 

Took my LL out of my setup and put in the KGSSHV (find it more of a transparent amp). Tonight I'm using my SR-009s and from I remember this past June next to the W4S DAC-2, the clarity/detail retrieval is definitely a cut above (especially via USB). The imaging is wider and deeper...more holographic. Not "dry" sounding as the DAC-2 could be which also had an upper mids shout that is not present on the BDA-2. The bass depth/impact/control has also improved quite noticeably. Overall I am very impressed with what I'm hearing.

 

More to come this weekend.


Edited by MacedonianHero - 9/5/13 at 5:50pm
post #23 of 163

That is a nice pile of gear, Peter.....Put a couple hundred hours on the BDA-2 and I am sure it will really get sweet!

post #24 of 163
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That is a nice pile of gear, Peter.....Put a couple hundred hours on the BDA-2 and I am sure it will really get sweet!

 

That's my plan.  

:smile:

post #25 of 163
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So day 2 with my BDA-2. This time I'm using my GS-X MKII - HD800s and the upper-mid range "shout" that was present on my W4S DAC-2 is thankfully all gone. I'm amazed at how clean and revealing this DAC is, but still very musical.

post #26 of 163
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

So day 2 with my BDA-2. This time I'm using my GS-X MKII - HD800s and the upper-mid range "shout" that was present on my W4S DAC-2 is thankfully all gone. I'm amazed at how clean and revealing this DAC is, but still very musical.

 

Very interesting, thanks for your impressions.

:D

post #27 of 163
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Well. day 3 with the LCD-3s and man this DAC really brings the bass. Just deeper, more dynamic and I'm hearing things with this DAC clearly that the W4S DAC-2 seemed to gloss over. Comparing it to the PWD2, the Bryston is a bit quicker and closer to "neutral". I found the PWD2 a bit on the warmish side and I prefer my DAC's dead on neutral. Detail retrieval is top notch with both, but the level of transparency with the BDA-2 is just slightly a cut above.

 

Here is a few helpful reviews of the BDA-2 that I found useful:

 

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/bryston-bda-2-digital-to-analog-converter/

 

http://www.hpsoundings.com/2013/06/review-bryston-bdabdp-2/

post #28 of 163
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Wanted to add that with the LCD-3s, I can keep the sound down a bit more and still hear the same amount of internal recording details now...very impressive. The USB implementation (using it exclusively tonight) is really a fantastic step up from both the BDA-1 and W4S DAC-2.

 

Tomorrow, I'll be going back to my SR-009s. 

post #29 of 163
What bit rate will it accept optical and USB ?
post #30 of 163
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What bit rate will it accept optical and USB ?

 

see specs here: http://bryston.com/products/digital_audio/BDA-2.html

 

24/192 it seems

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