Bryston Introduces Compact Form Factor Phono Preamplifiers
Analog resurgence driving consumer demand for compact high-performance phono preamps
Peterborough, Ontario October 12th, 2015 — Bryston has announced the introduction of four high-performance compact analog solutions for vinyl enthusiasts—three phono stage preamplifiers and a matching outboard power supply. These new small form factor devices join the BUC-1 (a digital to digital converter outputting asynchronous USB) and the BOT-1 (CD ripper and player for the Bryston digital music players) also constructed in the same compact chassis. The new phono preamplifiers all feature Bryston’s legendary 20-year warranty and are expected to become available from authorized Bryston dealers in December, 2015.
In addition to a sustained interest in analog records and related gear, consumer feedback on the look and practicality of Bryston’s first two compact devices was highly positive. All of Bryston’s smaller components offer the convenience of a smaller chassis and lower cost without any compromise in performance or build quality. “We have spoken to so many consumers out there who bought a quality A/V receiver and would now like to start playing records—but they have no phono stage,” explained Bryston VP James Tanner. “This lineup of analog solutions addresses every possible need, delivering audiophile performance designed to fit on just about any A/V rack or shelf,” added Tanner. Bryston is also considering a DAC, power amplifier and preamplifier to complete the small chassis product line.
The Bryston small enclosure phono preamplifiers include the model BP-2 MM (for moving magnet cartridges), the BP-2 MM/MC (for moving coil and moving magnet cartridges) and the TF-2 step-up transformer (for low-output moving coil cartridges). Both the MM and the MM/MC units require an outboard power supply called the PS-3, also constructed in a matching small chassis. Bryston customers who currently own a BP-26 preamplifier with the MPS-2 power supply can use the MPS-2 (instead of the PS-3) with either compact phono stage. The TF-2 requires no outboard power supply. The BP-2 MM has four settings (100-400 pF) to match the output of any moving magnet cartridge, and the TF-2 can be ordered with either 20dB of gain (for cartridges less than 45Ω) or 31dB of gain (for cartridges less than 5Ω).
Target MSRP Pricing: BP-2 MM $800, BP-2 MM/MC $1750, TF-2 $1500, PS-3 $1000
About Bryston: Bryston (www.bryston.com) first opened for business in 1962 as a manufacturer of precision medical equipment. The company was purchased in 1968 by John W. Russell, an ex-NASA engineer. Together with sons Chris, Brian and John D., they first started exploring the field of accurate, reliable audio amplification in the early 1970s. Since that time, Bryston analog and digital components as well as loudspeakers and subwoofers have become legendary for their superior design, hand-built quality, superb performance and dependability for home, professional and commercial markets. Bryston components are used in some of the world’s most renowned recording studios and owned by many discerning music professionals. Bryston applies precision manufacturing techniques and materials in the assembly of equipment that are more typically utilized by the military and aerospace industries. Bryston is based in Peterborough, Ontario Canada, northeast of Toronto, and is sold through over 200 dealers in North America and 60 countries worldwide.
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