Bryston has announced the introduction of the new BP-173 (Cubed Series) preamplifier that features a new expanded input/output configuration. Bryston’s super-linear, low noise input buffer (jointly developed by Bryston and the late engineer Dr. Ioan Alexandru Salomie) significantly reduces noise and distortion, according to the company. 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.
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 BP-173 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. The BP-173 is available in either black or silver, 17-inch or 19-inch (wide) faceplates.
The BP-17³ will begin shipping to authorized dealers in September, 2017 for $3,995 list, the DAC and phono stage options are $750 each. The BR-2 remote is $375.
Customers that place a pre-order for the BP-173 by August 31st will qualify for one optional accessory at no additional cost — an internal phono stage, internal DAC or BR-2 remote control. Here are the details.