The CD format is not dead yet, folks. To wit: Bryston has announced the introduction of the BCD-3 CD player. The BCD-3 joins the burgeoning family of digital products in the Bryston lineup, which includes the award-winning BDA-3 DAC (digital-to analog converter).
The BCD-3 serves a community of consumers loyal to the CD format seeking superior sound and build quality. The BCD-3 is expected to begin shipping to authorized Bryston dealers in December 2016, with an MSRP of $3,495.
The BCD-3 has been engineered to play Redbook CD and CDR disc formats using a premium transport/laser pickup assembly mated to two AKM 4490 384kHz/32-bit DACs. Bryston designed the player to utilize a single master clock that syncs the transport to the DAC to eliminate jitter, one of the primary sources of unwanted artifacts. The DAC in the BCD-3 is based upon the BDA-3 platform and includes a fully discrete Bryston Class A analog output stage and independent analog and digital power supplies.
Users will have the choice of balanced XLR or unbalanced RCA Stereo outputs, as well as transformer-coupled SPDIF/AES digital outputs. The BCD-3 is network connectable, enabling software upgrades via an Ethernet jack, and there is a remote 12-volt trigger input as well. The front panel, available in black or silver aluminum, has been designed to aesthetically match Bryston’s Cubed Series amplifiers.
“We are aware that the music industry has written off the CD format — however, we have a significant number of customers who have substantial CD collections they’d like to enjoy,” explained Bryston VP James Tanner. “We had the ability to leverage our BDA-3 DAC platform — one of the most popular digital products from Bryston — combined with a very good quality transport, and deliver an audiophile CD player with astonishing levels of clarity and detail.”
All Bryston digital products are covered by a 5-year warranty. For more on Bryston, go to www.bryston.com.