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Hi Guys - Just received this from James Tanner of Bryston. The new Bryston Pi is a server based on the Raspberry Pi and HiFi Berry board. Sounds very similar to this - Computer Audiophile - Geek Speak: Raspberry Pi HiFi Is Here

 

Anyway, here are the details:

 

Little Box Big Sound

Built upon the Raspberry Pi and HifiBerry platform, the new BDP-π is faster and morecapable than our classic BDP-1 yet fits in a chassis 1/3rd as wide as our full size

gear and costs less than half of a flagship BDP-2.

Connect

Virtually any DAC can be connected via the on-board S/PDIF and Toslink connectors.Also, get ultra high resolution by connecting a USB DAC. You can even connect audiothrough HDMI.

Your Music

Connect an external USB drive containing your music library, stream your favoriteinternet radio stations, and enjoy lossless TIDAL streaming all on the BDP-π!

 

 

 

 

 

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I use the same combo I.e. raspberry pi with a hifiberry digi + board, and my god it sounds just lovely

 

Bryston would add a very hefty powe supply, good cbasis, custom distro which would make it a killer produxt

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Wow! This leaves very little stone's unturned. I remain sceptical but impressed that this could sound that good.

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I use the same combo I.e. raspberry pi with a hifiberry digi + board, and my god it sounds just lovely

 

Bryston would add a very hefty powe supply, good cbasis, custom distro which would make it a killer produxt

 

If that is what they are doing, then, yes, it will be a product worth paying something for.

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Could be good. I'd like to get a hefty power supply for mine. Any thoughts?

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Could be good. I'd like to get a hefty power supply for mine. Any thoughts?

 

 

I have been experimenting with the same setup and it is actually pretty good. The way to seriously improve it is the power supply. You can power the Digi+ and the PI-2 directly by soldering a 2 pin header on the Digi+ P3. Use a good 5V linear power supply.

 

[video=youtube;ps-X4ipA_fY]

 

 

 

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Thanks bobsherman for explaining it with videsoI also do same , powering the pi off the hifiberry card

 

 

I am not using linear power supply as I don't get one in my country. I am looking at sbooster and will order it once I have someone visiting from USA.

Another option is IFI ipower. Its not linear but company claims very less noise. No actual user review on the internet

 

 

Right now using a battery bank, yes a battery bank to charge a mobile to power up the pi via the hifiberry card.

Sound is very clean so not sure how much improvement I can get with using a linear power supply

 

 

If you have a battery bank lying around and ready to sacrifice a USB cable (you will have to remove micro USB connector and then solder to hifiberry card), then maybe you can do a comparison between linear power supply and battery bank

Thanks

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I moved my answer here. probably better to keep it in the right thread. Maybe Chris can move my post also.

 

Computer Audiophile - Geek Speak: Raspberry Pi HiFi Is Here

 

Regards

Bob

 

 

 

Thanks bobsherman for explaining it with videsoI also do same , powering the pi off the hifiberry card

 

 

I am not using linear power supply as I don't get one in my country. I am looking at sbooster and will order it once I have someone visiting from USA.

Another option is IFI ipower. Its not linear but company claims very less noise. No actual user review on the internet

 

 

Right now using a battery bank, yes a battery bank to charge a mobile to power up the pi via the hifiberry card.

Sound is very clean so not sure how much improvement I can get with using a linear power supply

 

 

If you have a battery bank lying around and ready to sacrifice a USB cable (you will have to remove micro USB connector and then solder to hifiberry card), then maybe you can do a comparison between linear power supply and battery bank

Thanks

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Are they using an off the shelf Raspberry Pi or a Pi Computer Module?

Found the answer it's a Pi 2

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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Here is a description of the Bryston Pi's internal board.

 

[ATTACH=CONFIG]24819[/ATTACH]

That actually looks pretty nice. From what they are saying, it will have an entry-level price in their line. I'm guessing they would still be using a matching transformer, possibly mounted offboard. When the Digi+ is properly powered it really does sound nice, so it looks like they made a pretty good choice.

 

Chris, do you think you will be getting one to review? And also I had sent you a PM, I was wondering if you had gotten it, or possibly missed it?

 

Regards

Bob

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That actually looks pretty nice. From what they are saying, it will have an entry-level price in their line. I'm guessing they would still be using a matching transformer, possibly mounted offboard. When the Digi+ is properly powered it really does sound nice, so it looks like they made a pretty good choice.

 

Chris, do you think you will be getting one to review? And also I had sent you a PM, I was wondering if you had gotten it, or possibly missed it?

 

Regards

Bob

Hi Bob - I'll look into the Bryston Pi a bit further as a possible review subject. I'll circle back into my PM inbox as well :~)

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Have they announced the price yet?

 

With their hinting at price range I would expect between $1200-1500 which is way too high imho. I actually think price wise they may have made a mistake in announcing this is based on a $35 Raspberry Pi. Even with a 10x markup we should be looking at $350 not $1500

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With their hinting at price range I would expect between $1200-1500 which is way too high imho. I actually think price wise they may have made a mistake in announcing this is based on a $35 Raspberry Pi. Even with a 10x markup we should be looking at $350 not $1500

I think it's really cool Bryston is using a Pi. The company will have some hurdles to get over with respect to MSRP because the Pi's price is available to the general public. This, plus the fact that many people will mistakenly assume the price of the Bryston Pi should be a multiple of only the price of the Pi. The Pi board is probably a small fraction of the total cost of the Bryston component considering the nice chassis and the Bryston built power supply and continued support for the life of the product and beyond. I know Bryston has an outstanding warranty for its products. This comes at a price that isn't included in the price of the $35 Pi board.

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Daft question ... On the original information / flier posted ... whats the square "window" on the left hand side? A display?

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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I will check it out at AXPONA.

 

Is there any additional news on this unit? There is nothing listed on Bryston's website. Cheers!

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Just received some new info today, but no word on reviews or anything.

 

This PDF has some info as does this "test" Bryston webpage I screenshot below.

 

http://images.computeraudiophile.com/graphics/2016/0706/DIGITAL_AUDIO_BROCHURE.pdf

 

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Thanks. I see it does not support DSD. I think that this will have limited utility for people these days, it is hard not have at least a few DSD recordings.

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