As regular readers have discovered, I like multi-function devices like integrated amplifiers, streaming DACs, and even streaming integrated amplifiers. Bryston’s new BR-20 Preamplifier packs a streamer, DAC, and headphone amplifier inside for people who are in love with their power amplifier. Nice.
The BR-20’s analog section is fully balanced operating in Class A while the digital side combines the company’s BDA-3 DAC with an updated BDP streaming platform. On offer are up 14 inputs including 2x balanced (XLR), 2x single-ended (RCA), 3x HDMI with optional HDMI card (+$1200), 2x AES/EBU, 4x S/PDIF (2x Coax, 2x Toslink), 1x USB Audio, Network (Ethernet), an optional MM Phono input (+$1000 which replaces one RCA input), and a number of additional inputs for USB data and control. Output comes via two pair of balanced XRLs, configurable as variable or fixed output.
The BR-20 supports Tidal and Qobuz streaming and the DAC can pass PCM resolutions up to 24bit/384kHz and DSD256. Bryston includes their BR-20 Remote plus a free app for phones and tablets to control volume and source selection. You can dress up the BR-20 with a black or silver, 17″ or 19″ (non-rack mountable) faceplate.
Initially called the BP-18, the BR-20 nomenclature was chosen to honor Bryston President Brian Russell, who passionately devoted his life to the Bryston brand. Brian passed away in September, 2020.
The BR-20 Preamplifier is expected to ship in Q4 with an MSRP of $5995.
Company Website: Bryston