Bryston SP-3 Surround Pre-Amp/Processor


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The Bryston SP3 is designed to be a superb surround sound processor which delivers outstanding home theatre performance by integrating the latest digital innovations with high precision, low noise, fully discrete analog audio amplifier stages. With the inclusion of HDMI inputs, this brings the SP3 to the next step in the evolution of high performance audio quality and interoperability.

  • The Bryston SP-3 preamplifier/processor represents a revolutionary approach to home theater. Most surround processors are more like computers that process audio and video—bells and whistles are more important than ultimate sonic performance. The SP-3 is first and foremost an ‘AUDIO’ product. From our Class A discrete circuitry, separate analog and digital power supplies plus modular construction for easy updating, the SP-3 simply extracts the audio portion of the signal from the HDMI inputs for processing while properly switching the video, routing it untouched to your display. The fast-paced world of video formats can change as they may, however the Bryston SP-3 will remain a trusted long term solution for your multi-channel audio system.

    With today’s increased clarity and dynamic range in recordings and non–compressed movie sound-tracks (Dolby HD, DTS Master, etc.), you need equipment that not only equals but surpasses the parameters of the most demanding material available. The SP-3 preamplifier/processor is without peer in meeting this performance challenge.
    Bryston applies techniques and employs custom materials in our everyday construction of electronic equipment that are more typically utilized in military and aerospace industries. Our traditional adherence to proprietary parts and sophisticated construction and testing techniques prevents the unit-to-unit variability typical of mass produced product and assures that your SP-3 will perform for many years without concern.

    All Bryston audio products are hand assembled and individually tested by a dedicated team of Bryston employees in our own North American manufacturing facility.

    Each and every Bryston audio product undergoes an extensive quality control “burn-in” procedure. Following a complete operational checkout, every unit is placed on a test-bench and run for 100 hours. This extremely rigorous burn-in quickly “matures” components and weeds out any potential premature failures. The result is reliable troublefree performance for many years. The SP-3’s existing DAC chips can run at sample rates up to 192kHz.

    7.1, 6.1 and 5.1 surround sound
    Dolby True HD, Digital Plus, Digital EX, Pro Logic IIx
    DTS-HD master audio, Dolby volume
    Class A discrete audio circuits
    Separate digital and analog power supplies
    Second zone output via single ended pair which allows for separate audio from another source
    RS-232 serial data port for remote control via Crestron, AMX or similar control systems
    Remote control included

    8 – HDMI
    4 – SPDIF COAX
    3 – Optical
    2 – AES//EBU Digital
    6 – Pairs Analog Single Ended
    2 – Pairs Balanced XLR
    7.1 Analog Passthrough
    1 – USB
    7.1 Balanced
    7.1 Single Ended
    1 – Optical
    Aux – (stereo left/right downmix or extra Sub and Center)
    Audio Record Outputs: - 2 stereo (RCA) pairs from any
    analog input
    D/A, A/D Conversion: Crystal Semi-conductor 24-Bit Delta-Sigma
    DSP Engine: T.I.
    Display : Four-line, 23-alphanumeric characters per line, Green or Blue on Black
    Remote Functions: Power, master volume, source switching, mode switching, mute, and trims (in test mode)
    Control Port: RS-232 (bidirectional, DB9 connector) port for integration of external control systems (AMX, Crestron, and others using character-based protocols)
    Weight: Approx. 24 lbs (11 kg) boxed – 18 lbs unboxed