IT was merely a matter of time. The Canadian stalwart has been delving deeper into digital turf in recent years, and Bryston’s latest offering, the BUC-1 USB converter, merely affirms the direction in which the high-end audio game is moving.
The BUC-1 is a “high-resolution, ultra low jitter, digital audio signal interface” between a USB source (computer) and an audio device, allowing for native 24-bit resolution at sampling rates of up to 192kHz.
The design is asynchronous, built to run as the master audio clock for a very low jitter output, which of course, as everybody knows, results in better performance from the digital signal.
Additionally, high quality transformers isolate the output signal from any computer noise. While many USB devices are powered via the computer, Bryston takes the purist route with a proprietary high quality supply which filters incoming AC to eliminate high frequency noise.
The cleaner power signal is separately routed to the digital electronics and onboard clocks.
The BUC-1 has a single USB input and three digital outputs – BNC, coaxial and XLR. This desktop-size unit measures 57.15 x 142.88 x 203.2mm (h/w/d) and is available with silver or black faceplate.