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Old 02-05-2022, 05:09 PM
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Default Bryston BHA-1 Headphone Amp

Just picked up a NIB Bryston BHA-1 headphone amp on the used marketplace. It should look real nice sitting atop my Bryston DAC. I had previously picked up a Burson Soloist 3X, but I wasn't crazy about the sound I was getting. I had tried 4 different sets of phones and none of them clicked. I'll probably put the Burson up for sale or make a swap with the dealer. Anybody else own the Bryston and what are your opinions?
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Headphone Amp.....Bryston HPA-1
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Old 02-06-2022, 08:40 AM
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It is wonderful headphone amp. Classic design, plenty of power. Like other Bryston gear, it amplifies without coloration. It is a great visual match with other Bryston equipment.

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Old 02-06-2022, 10:07 AM
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Nice looking setup. Turntable (?) I can't find a remote for the BHA-1, is there no such animal? You probably have to use the remote from another piece of Bryston gear like your BP-17.
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PreAmp..........McIntosh C2600
Sources..........Music Hall MMF 9.3 Walnut w/ Goldring
Eroica LX MC Cartridge
Phono Pre...…..Sutherland Insight

CD Player Rotel RCD-1072
Record Cleaning Machine...….Okki Nokki
DAC................Bryston BDA-1
Headphones.....Drop + Dan Clark Audio Ether CX /
Sennheiser HD-660S
Headphone Amp.....Bryston HPA-1
Cables....Amp to preamp - Morrow MA4
Preamp to DAC - Morrow MA4
Preamp to Headphone Amp - Morrow MA2

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Old 02-10-2022, 10:35 PM
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Bryston arrived around 11:30 this morning. Had some other projects I was working on so I didn't get to unboxing until 1:30. Simple setup like I figured and she was up and running. The Who's Quadrophenia was next up on my music server so I sat down and hit play with my Dan Clark's in place and damn did it sound good.
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Speakers........Dynaudio Contour 1.8 Mk II
Amp...............Pass Labs X150.5
PreAmp..........McIntosh C2600
Sources..........Music Hall MMF 9.3 Walnut w/ Goldring
Eroica LX MC Cartridge
Phono Pre...…..Sutherland Insight

CD Player Rotel RCD-1072
Record Cleaning Machine...….Okki Nokki
DAC................Bryston BDA-1
Headphones.....Drop + Dan Clark Audio Ether CX /
Sennheiser HD-660S
Headphone Amp.....Bryston HPA-1
Cables....Amp to preamp - Morrow MA4
Preamp to DAC - Morrow MA4
Preamp to Headphone Amp - Morrow MA2
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Old 02-10-2022, 10:42 PM
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Bryston arrived around 11:30 this morning. Had some other projects I was working on so I didn't get to unboxing until 1:30. Simple setup like I figured and she was up and running. The Who's Quadrophenia was next up on my music server so I sat down and hit play with my Dan Clark's in place and damn dDSC00001.jpg

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Speakers........Dynaudio Contour 1.8 Mk II
Amp...............Pass Labs X150.5
PreAmp..........McIntosh C2600
Sources..........Music Hall MMF 9.3 Walnut w/ Goldring
Eroica LX MC Cartridge
Phono Pre...…..Sutherland Insight

CD Player Rotel RCD-1072
Record Cleaning Machine...….Okki Nokki
DAC................Bryston BDA-1
Headphones.....Drop + Dan Clark Audio Ether CX /
Sennheiser HD-660S
Headphone Amp.....Bryston HPA-1
Cables....Amp to preamp - Morrow MA4
Preamp to DAC - Morrow MA4
Preamp to Headphone Amp - Morrow MA2
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It is wonderful headphone amp. Classic design, plenty of power. Like other Bryston gear, it amplifies without coloration. It is a great visual match with other Bryston equipment.

Great system (though I would put the amp on top due to the heat it generates and 'breathing space').
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Thanks -
Jack-in-Wilmington - no remote for the BHA-1 as far as I know. No IR sensor on the front panel. I don't use a remote for the BP-17 (so far).

YB-2 - the BHA-1 runs hotter than the amp, go figure. Mike and James at Bryston also recommended this stack. I did install higher feet on all three pieces, per their recommendation (simple feet from Parts Express).
Only two units are on at time, and I did measure temps after some hours. All good so far. Some hidden air slots under amp.
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Great find! BHA-1 is an oldie that is coming around again. There is not remote option for the unit, but it does have a nice preamp (only the first few units did not have a preamp).

I'd also monitor the temps there. I have a few ACinfinity fans in my closed in spaces that do wonders.
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When, culling my system down, a friend came over to listen to a pair of headphones I was letting go to another home; Grado PS1000. He listened through the BHA-1 then through the Mc C1100 headphone Jack. He loved the sound of the Grados but would only buy them if I also sold him my BHA-1. That will be his one and only amp to use for personal listening. I sold him both pieces. I missed the BHA-1 so much I bought another from Ivan, in black this time. A testament to the quality of the unit and the at-your-service of the seller.
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When, culling my system down, a friend came over to listen to a pair of headphones I was letting go to another home; Grado PS1000. He listened through the BHA-1 then through the Mc C1100 headphone Jack. He loved the sound of the Grados but would only buy them if I also sold him my BHA-1. That will be his one and only amp to use for personal listening. I sold him both pieces. I missed the BHA-1 so much I bought another from Ivan, in black this time. A testament to the quality of the unit and the at-your-service of the seller.
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