THE Canadian company’s first new preamp in a while uses what it says is a first in a preamplifier – the Salomie input circuit, first seen on the much heralded Cubed Series power amplifiers.
According to the press release, “the patented super-linear, low noise input buffer jointly developed by Bryston and the late engineer Dr Ioan Alexandru Salomie significantly reduces noise and distortion. The BP-17³ also has improved RF and audio frequency noise filtering to prevent unwanted anomalies on the power line from interfering even minutely with the audio signal.”
Additionally, “the BP-17³ offers expanded input/output options, including two pairs of XLR outputs and two pairs of RCA outputs, making it possible to connect a wide variety of equipment and accommodate numerous system configurations. An RCA tape loop lets users connect a line-level processor or recording device and one of the XLR output pairs can be internally selected to have either variable (default) or fixed output enabling users to easily connect a Bryston BHA-1 or other balanced input headphone amplifier.
“The preamp also includes two pairs of balanced inputs and five pair RCA inputs, and can be ordered with a high-resolution internal DAC, a premium moving magnet phono stage, both DAC and phono modules or without either module installed. Users can select sources, adjust volume and more all from the optional BR-2 remote control or via RS232 connection to virtually any control ecosystem. It is available in either black or silver, 17-inch or 19-inch (wide) faceplates.”
The BP-17³ will begin shipping to authorised dealers in September, with a retail price of US$3,995. Add US$750 each for DAC and phono stage options, and US$375 for the BR-2 remote. Those placing a pre-order for the BP-17³ by Aug 31 get one these optional accessory free.
Like all Bryston’s analogue components, the BP-17³ is covered by 20-year warranty.