PMC now has the new Bryston BCD-3 CD incorporating technology from the BDA-3 and a fully discrete Class A analogue output stage and independent analogue and digital power supplies. Designed to conform to the Redbook standard for CD and CDR disc formats, its “premium quality” transport/laser pickup assembly is paired with two AKM 4490 384/32Bit DACs. In turn, the DAC is synchronised to the transport with a single master clock, a Bryston engineered solution that eliminates one of the primary causes of jitter. Users have the choice of balanced XLR or unbalanced RCA stereo outputs as well as transformer coupled SPDIF/AES digital outputs. The BCD-3 is network connectable, enabling software upgrades via Ethernet and is fitted with a remote 12-volt trigger input. The front panel, available in black aluminium, with a silver option to order, has been designed to match the style of Bryston’s Cubed Series amplifiers.
Peter Thomas, PMC founder, says of the BCD-3, “There are thousands of music lovers who still want to listen to their substantial CD collections. For many it is the format of choice, and we are very pleased to see our friends at Bryston taking this market seriously and incorporating their excellent DAC technology into a new CD player.” The BCD-3 will be available in the UK from February for £3,700.