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Bryston BDA-3 Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) - DSD x4 Capable - Stereophile Class A+

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Bryston Bda-3 Digital To Analog Converter (Dac) - Dsd X4 Capable Stereophile Class A+ Cd +

Bryston BDA-3 Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) - DSD x4 Capable - Stereophile Class A+

SkyFi 479

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


Very capable and flexible DAC from Bryston.

Featuring no less than 10 (!!) inputs and compatibility with just about every Hi-Res format including DSD.

Tested and working perfectly. MSRP $3999.

SkyFi Cosmetic Note: Light scratches on faceplate.

Included with your purchase is a factory fresh Bryston BDA-3 box to ensure safe travels to your home.

Click below to add our recommended matching cables from Kimber Kable, all brand new as SkyFi is an official Kimber dealer.

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More from Bryston:
We as audiophiles often seek 'giant killer' components. Though the phrase is loosely used, rarely, if ever do we find such elusive equipment. The BDA-3 is one of these rare specimens.

An extraordinarily well engineered DAC, the BDA-3 is compatible with virtually any digital source component and features measured performance that is very near the theoretical limit of the digital audio streams it can decode. Such a well executed DAC can resolve the finest details in your digital recording with aplomb. Besides it's superb measured performance, it's a total joy to use and listen to. It is operationally easy to understand and sounds better than anyone could expect.

Regardless of your digital audio budget, this should be on your short list.

I had no choice but to buy the review sample, and I recommend that the BDA-3 be listed in Class A+ of Stereophile's "Recommended Components."

The Absolute Sound
"Bryston’s BDA-3 DAC surpasses the high-value performance standard set by the BDA-2, enables inexpensive HDMI-equipped disc players to function as premium source components, and adds exceptionally engaging DSD playback to its potent mix of virtues. I’ve already purchased the review sample as my new reference."

• 10 different inputs including 4 HDMI, 2 USB, AES/EBU, S/PDIF RCA, S/PDIF BNC, and Toslink
• PCM support up to 384 kHz / 32 bit
• DSD support up to DSD-256 (x4)
• User selectable upsampling for some inputs
• Separate power supplies for analog and digital circuitry
• Fully discrete Class-A balanced analog outputs
• Control via IR, RS232, IP, or 12V trigger
• Aluminum chassis and metalwork. Machined and anodized aluminum dress panel.

17" W x 3.4 H x 12 D

8.5 lbs

Frequency Response:
20Hz - 20kHz: ±0.1dB

THD+N (20Hz-20kHz):

Voltage Output:

RCA: -134dB
XLR: -140dB

The SkyFi Testing Process for DACs:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect resistors and other passive components for signs of overheating.

After the visual inspection we connect the DAC’s RCA outputs to our Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which simulates a real world input impedance and allows us to monitor the output on an oscilloscope. We are equipped to test optical, coaxial, and USB inputs at Redbook CD Quality. We start with a test signal to verify signal lock and proper output on both channels. If the DAC has balanced outputs these are also tested at this time. If the DAC has multiple Optical and Coaxial inputs they are all checked for proper lock. USB inputs are tested with a Macbook Pro.

After proper function is verified, we set the DAC up for a listening test to evaluate general audio reproduction quality and monitor for clicks, pops, or any other audible signs of issues related to dropped signal lock or failing audio output stages. We often connect DACs under evaluation to our long term test rig for a long test stint to verify stability under real world operating conditions.



Bryston Box

Yes & New


Not Included


Not Applicable


Yes - Power Only

Physical Condition (Info Here)

6 / 10

Working Condition

10 / 10

SKU: 103709