WHY a turntable out of the blue from Canada’s Bryston, better known for its amps and digital products? The company had insisted, as recently as a year ago, that it didn’t intend to build a turntable.
So what changed, why the BLP-1 turntable now? According to Bryston, “While developing the new phono preamplifier models BMC and BMM, the wide bandwidth and low distortion of our new gain stages reminded us how breathtaking and fresh ‘high resolution’ vinyl playback can be. So we turned next to the source.”
It adds: “Each feature represents an effort to engineer remarkably accurate vinyl playback by holding exceptional speed stability and mitigating resonances. One such feature is the included Bryston BTP-1, a Bryston-designed pulse width modulation power supply which powers the BLP-1 motor and holds it to exceptionally accurate 33 ⅓ and 45 RPM.”
Lesson – never write off a format!
Other features of the BLP-1 include a Goldnote-sourced (apparently) seven-segment titanium-tube tonearm with integrated headshell, a belt-drive high-torque motor, hardened carbon-steel spindle and “ultra hard” bronze bearing polished to 0.02mm tolerance, 35mm Delrin platter with an integrated mat and a vented plinth.
We have no indication of delivery dates and price, but stay tuned.