Very satisfied with my BCD-1. Got me off of the upgrade merry-go-round. I feel no need to 'upgrade', especially since it is the best I've heard and very staisfying/involving to listen to.
It does benefit from an upgraded power cord, brass or Herbies footers and 2-3 lbs of dead weight on top to maximize performance as will most CDPs.
It is an outstanding player.
I highly recommend it.
I've been very satisfied with mine. I listen mostly to classical music, and I have been unable to perceive any significant weaknesses in my BCD-1.
The only thing that might lead me to ultimately want to explore other possibilities would be if I wanted to incorporate computer-based audio, and the ability to play hi rez formats, into the system. And I don't envision doing that in the foreseeable future.
Given that, one of the nice things about a good one-box solution like the BCD-1 is that I don't have to worry about the jitter-related issues that would be concerns with S/PDIF and AES/EBU interfaces between digital sources and dacs, such as impedance matching, waveform reflections, ground loops between digital source and dac, cable length, cable type, etc.
Hi Al, I use a single box CD player and I have for years for the same reasons you mentioned.
I also got off the upgrade merry-go-round via the BCD-1.
I love the sound of this player- there is not a trace of hardness or digititus. The transport is dead quiet when spinning discs, and for about a year, the player has worked flawlessly.
It is an easy recommendation to anyone looking for a player in this price range.
I have not done the Tiptoe/cone upgrade, so I can only vouch for the standard footing in my case.
It is an extraordinary player.
Very natural & musical player
It gets out of the way to express what's on the disc.
Presentation is never overstated
All types of music sound accurate
Timber,timing & rhythm
I'm a musician
Are any of you guys using your BCD-1 in an all Bryston system?
I had Bryston B60 integrated but recently purchased Musical Fidelity M6i for more power.
My speakers PSB Synchrony II are demanding & bass authority was lacking.
Howerver B60 & BCD-1 is a good combination.
I was very satisfied with my Bryston until I recently upgraded my amp and speakers. It now sounds like the week link and I'm exploring which may be the more effective upgrade path, i.e. a better one box player or adding a DAC. Would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Jayh31
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...
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
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.
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