Bryston is Canadian, so of course it
does things its own way: its digital offering is based around the combination
of the BDP-2 digital music player and the BDA-2 DAC. Yes, the BDA-2 DAC has an
asynchronous USB computer input, plus seven more digital ins, but it really
comes into its own when you combine it with the innovative BDP-2, able to play
from just abut every digital source going.
The BDP-2 will connect to a home
network to play, but you can plug an eSATA hard drives directly to it. If your
music is on USB hard drives, or a clutter of USB memory keys, it'll handle
those, too: it has six USB inputs - two on the front, four on the back!
As well as playing from all those
connected devices, it can also act as a UPnP/DLNA server, making the content on
those drives available to other network players, and the whole plot can be
controlled by apps running on iOS or Android smartphones and tablets, or using
a PC. Yes, it's that flexible!
Bryston built its reputation on
amplifiers, and the 28BSST2 is its flagship model, a massive - in
every sense - monobloc power amp delivering 1kW to your speakers. Designed with
hand-selected components throughout, this amp is designed to deliver an ideal
power curve whether noodling in the background or unleashing all that power,
while keeping its cool: the Bryston engineers have designed a monster amp
without the need for noisy cooling fans. It's all done with skilled layout and
Reassuringly, all Bryston amplifiers come with a generous 20 year warranty,
while the brand's digital products are covered by a 5 year warranty. So there's
no good reason not to relax and enjoy.