Bryston has unveiled the BR-20 preamplifier, which the company says has “the most advanced combination of analog and digital functionality in the 50-plus year history of the Bryston brand.” The BR-20 combines the preamp with a flagship digital-to-analog conversion (DAC) platform, plus streaming music player, to create an “audiophile hub.” The product is expected to ship to dealers in Q4 of this year with an MSRP of $5995.

Chris Russell, Bryston CEO and Technical Supervisor said, “Our new BR-20 preamplifier offers a never-before experienced degree of audio clarity, transparency and detail, along with tremendous flexibility in handling every kind of audio signal; analog or digital. I know my brother Brian was very proud and excited about the things we have been able to accomplish with the BR-20, and we are also proud to name it in his honor.”

The BR-20 produces a low THD+N measurement at or below 0.0006%, while the analog signal path is a fully balanced design using an array of matched components and a compact circuit design for low noise and superior common mode rejection. There is support for up to 15 sources with extensive inputs. An internal digital music player offers TIDAL and Qobuz streaming, and there are four HDMI inputs – enabling SACD over HDMI and 4K/HDR sources – available on an optional card for an additional $1,200.

Other features include decoding PCM at up to 384 kHz/24 bit and DSD 256 (DSD x4), DSD over HDMI, music library management with gigabit Ethernet, greater RAM capacity and the addition of USB 3.0 connectivity for external music storage. An onboard Low Z headphone amp and various remote control options are included. Customers will also be able to order a Moving Magnet phono stage for an additional $1,000.

For detailed specs of the BR-20 preamp, go to Bryston.

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Dec 13, 2006
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Obviously you'd need a long weekend with equipment like this before you'd be able to judge its quality in comparison with competing equipment from other companies. There's nothing in the sales blurb to indicate this product out performs the competition in the same price range.