Bryston BCD-1 Player Owners


For all Bryston BCD-1 CD player owners, how satisifed are you with your unit?

Would you recommend it or have you "upgraded" to some other CD player?
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It would be good to try and understand what about the BCD-1 makes you feel it no longer matches your system?

If you still like the sound of the Bryston you have the option of acquiring a used BDA-1 which has dual Crystal dac chips in it over the single chip in the BCD-1. When I had a BDA-1 I thought it sounded better than my friend's BCD-1.

An alternate choice would be the recently released BDA-2 dac from Bryston. More functions and most importantly they have moved from the Crystal dac chips to AKM 32 bit chips so that "should" change the sound somewhat and may get you closer to the presentation you are looking for. Upside to the BDA-2 is it should drive the prices down on used BDA-1 units as is often the case when new models come out - again this will depend on whether or not you want to still use a Bryston digital product...
I still have and use mine.
Years ago when I was hunting for a cdp I was always lusting after the ARC CD-3 mk2.
I auditioned three players MKII,arcam cd 36 and the BCD-1.
To Make it short I ended up with the Bryston and still I have no regrets whatsoever.
Truly an enjoyable piece.
I also have one of the first BDA's where I run the AES digital from the dac to cdp and also bcd-1 analog to my pre which I have two.
The 26 and Vac sig.
Switching back and for to hear the difference between the BDA-1 and BCD-1 I'm guessing at which sounds better in the BDA or BCD and I've been doing it for a few yrs.
Just a turn of the knob for the BDA or BCD so no real time between switching the two.
I like em both.
Thanks for the input Rgd. Initially, I was very excited about the immediate and obvious audible improvement to the overall sound of my system once my new amp and speakers were in place and had no intention of looking to upgrade my source. However, now that things have setteled in a bit and I've become used to what I'm hearing, it now sounds somewhat dull and lifeless, somewhat flat, lacking air, grip and resolution. I first thought of the Bryston DACs you mention until I spoke with Dave at Audio Doctor who happens to be a Bryston dealer and said that he could not recommend the Bryston products when there is much better to be had, particularly with the Chord QuteHD. Based on my system describtion, he also felt that my BCD-1 was the weak link as that techonolgy is a bit long in the tooth and did not feel that upgrading to a more advnced one box player would get me the resukts I was looking for and that a DAC was the way to go. YOur thoughts? Thanks again, Jay
While there are different as opposed to "better" flavors out there in terms of digital pieces one man's better isn't necessarily better to someone else. That being said moving away from the BCD-1 to any DAC will change things for you in terms of sound, options, access to pc audio, hi-rez file playback, etc.

There are digital products out there that still use "older" chips with much success (sorry, can't think of one off hand) so the latest and greatest isn't always the answer when it comes to how you enjoy your music of choice.

I would imagine that there is now a lack of synergy within your system since the recent changes and the BCD-1 better matched your previous set-up. If you have trust in your local dealer and he hopefully allows home demos then take a few DACS home for a real-world trial - this will tell the true story. Probably cost you more in the end but will allow you to dial in the apparent missing synergy.
Rgd, There is definitely a lack of synergy with the Bryston, which really isn't to surprising often occurs when one makes the type of significant upgrades to amp and speakers as I have, as well as, the fact that while the Bryston is a good player, from a current DAC technology standpoint, may be becoming a little long in the tooth. Which had me leaning towards adding a new quality DAC, however, as you mention, that does come with it's own, downsides, e.g. extra cabling and ac condition expense along with no dealer I trust, (here or anywhere else) no way of hearing the Bryston may match up as a transport, etc. Thanks again