Premium Bryston Turntable with New Affordably-priced Arm
Bryston’s BLP-.5 (“Point-Five”) turntable offers the same premium quality parts and a similar level of performance as Bryston’s critically acclaimed BLP-1 'table. But the new BLP-.5 comes with a less expensive arm, thus offering Bryston’s stunning turntable sound to a wider range of audiophiles than before.
Bryston's Stunning New Tonearm
Inside the stunning new BLP-.5 tonearm you will find four high-precision micro ball bearings manufactured by GRW (Gebrüder Reinfurt Würzburg) in Germany. GRW Bearings' products have been used around the world for more than 50 years and provide the highest accuracy and absolute reliability in precision products, including tonearms. The ball bearings in the BLP-.5 tonearm are individually sealed and packed to preserve their integrity and purity, for silky smooth, low friction operation. Extreme precision is a crucial factor in a tonearm, and this allows the B-.5 tonearm to effortlessly reproduce every musical detail.
Quality materials, like finely machined Aluminum 6000, make this tonearm the perfect choice for demanding audiophiles. Not only does the use of this innovative arm allow vinyl junkies to purchase a superb turntable at a lower than expected price point, but it will also allow them to upgrade the tonearm later to the more expensive version that's used on the Bryston BLP-1 in the future, should you wish.
BTP-1 Power Supply
The quality of all audio electronics begins at the power source. Ultimate speed consistency and stability is critical to pitch perfection. Bryston includes the BTP-1 power supply which applies an AC-DC-AC conversion using a precision clocked pulse width modulation circuit to generate a spot- on clean AC pulse used to spin the motor with exceptional accuracy and rotational stability. Fine speed adjustments are possible by entering the strobe calibration mode.
High-Torque Low-Speed Motor
Only a high-torque low-speed motor such as Bryston's can strictly control the rotation speed of the platter without inducing vibration. To mount the motor in the plinth, the engineers had to be certain that the motor itself was silent. It is exceptionally quiet due to a modified bearing, silicone damping fluid, and clean power from the BTP-1. A single pulley that exactly matches the belt profile sits on top.
35mm-Thick Delrin Platter
Dense and heavy, yet acoustically inert are key characteristics of this 35mm thick Delrin® platter. No extra mat is necessary. A unique two-piece spindle couples the platter to a hardened chrome steel bearing custom manufactured in Germany. The bearing and spindle rest in an oil lubricated well lined with graphite and Teflon. An included record weight rests on top.
30mm-Thick Machined MDF Plinth
All of the aforementioned technology is built into a heavy 30mm thick machined MDF plinth luxuriously painted in matte black lacquer. This humble yet ideal component hides one bit of ingenious engineering. Two pairs of circular grooves surround the platter bearing divert any resonances away from the platter that would otherwise travel through the plinth and expose themselves to the cartridge.
Threaded Feet and Satin Aluminum Risers
A properly leveled turntable is crucial to high performance, yet it is so often overlooked. Level your BLP-.5 using three feet threaded into satin aluminum risers.