Bryston BDA-2 DAC


Best of 2013 Awards


We reviewed the Bryston BDA-1 Outboard DAC in June, 2011. It demonstrated excellent sound quality and bench test results. Now comes the latest iteration in their DAC line, the BDA-2. The DAC is still balanced (through the use of two DAC chipsets), has lower distortion, and best of all (as you will see), they have added an asynchronous USB input (the type that you would connect to your computer via a USB port).


  • Design: Stereo DAC
  • DACs: Two 32 Bit AKM
  • Codecs: WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3
  • MFR: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, - 0.1 dB
  • THD+N: 0.001%
  • Sampling: Up to 24 Bit / 192 kHz
  • Inputs: USB Class 2, 4x SPDIF (2 BNC, 2 RCA), 2x Optical (TOSLINK), AES/EBU, RS-232
  • Outputs: RCA Single Ended, XLR Balanced, SPDIF Bypass (RCA)
  • Dimensions: 1.75" H x 17" W x 11.25" D
  • Weight: 39.5 pounds
  • MSRP: $2,395 (Remote Control Optional)
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