Coming Soon: Bryston BR-20 Preamplifier
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Bryston BR-20 Preamplifier
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The Bryston BR-20 merges a newly designed, best-ever fully-balanced analog preamp architecture with the award-winning digital-to-analog conversion (DAC) and built-in streaming borrowed from the well-regarded BDP series.

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The BR-20 is the ultimate audiophile hub, including the features and connectivity to accommodate the demands of the modern audiophile.

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The BR-20 has been engineered to work with nearly any source. Coming end of 2020.

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Oct 14, 2020 at 3:09 PM Post #2 of 9

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wonder how amp is for headphones. Whats the specs on HP amp? I read this- " Low Z Headphone amplifier is a dedicated headphone circuit capable of powering even very difficult to drive headphones."
whats a low z?
 
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wonder how amp is for headphones. Whats the specs on HP amp? I read this- " Low Z Headphone amplifier is a dedicated headphone circuit capable of powering even very difficult to drive headphones."
whats a low z?
I would think they are referring to low output impedance from the head-amp.
 
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Is it a Bartok competitor?
I would say yes and also no. I have never heard a Bryston CD player or DAC that could compete with DCS. However, they are usually good at their price point. So unless this has a brand new dac that is superior to everything else in Bryston’s line up it will not compete with the Bartok in my opinion. However, it might be good value for its price point and it is also a preamp for your home system. Tks.
 
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I would say yes and also no. I have never heard a Bryston CD player or DAC that could compete with DCS. However, they are usually good at their price point. So unless this has a brand new dac that is superior to everything else in Bryston’s line up it will not compete with the Bartok in my opinion. However, it might be good value for its price point and it is also a preamp for your home system. Tks.
Sorry lost in the translation maybe
what I meant was a same kind of product offering?
streamer-dac-headphone kind
 
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Sorry lost in the translation maybe
what I meant was a same kind of product offering?
streamer-dac-headphone kind
It reads like that to me, though it says it is also a preamp which makes me think it might be more for a 2 channel set up with the extra of having a headphone output. The only thing missing is a 2 channel amp and then it would be a high end receiver. We need someone to test it out.
 
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It reads like that to me, though it says it is also a preamp which makes me think it might be more for a 2 channel set up with the extra of having a headphone output. The only thing missing is a 2 channel amp and then it would be a high end receiver. We need someone to test it out.
Bartok is preamp as well as far as I remember

I am waiting something from Naim Streamer\Dac\Headphone amp:)
 
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Bartok is preamp as well as far as I remember

I am waiting something from Naim Streamer\Dac\Headphone amp:)
Not really. The DCS Bartok has some digital inputs and they incorporated streaming, but it is not what I would call a preamp. The Bryston BR-20 is their top of the line preamp. It can handle 10 different digital inputs including HDMI (the Bartok cannot) and it also provides 4 analog connections including one that can be used for phono. The Bartok does not have this switching capability. Bryston essentially created their new TOTL preamp and then gave it a dac, streaming and a headphone output. The Bartok is not a preamp, but a streaming DAC that I would connect to my 2 channel preamp. Tks.
 

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