Bryston recently introduced the BLP-1 turntable, a belt drive design housed within a mass-loaded chassis engineered with features and innovations meant specifically for vinyl enthusiasts. The Bryston BLP-1 will become available through Bryston dealers beginning July, 2016 for around $4000 including tonearm and custom Bryston power supply.
Each feature of the BLP-1 represents an effort to deliver accurate vinyl playback by holding precise speed stability while minimizing resonances. The BLP-1’s 33 ⅓ / 45 RPM low-speed, high-torque motor is driven by a proprietary Bryston pulse width modulation (PWM) power supply called the BTP-1 (included with turntable). The 35mm thick inert Delrin platter with integrated record mat, which damps non-musical vibration, is mated to a hardened carbon steel spindle and bronze modular bearing system polished to 0.02mm tolerance. The vented plinth both eliminates platter turbulence and prevents unwanted vibrations from reaching the bearing. The seven-segment titanium tonearm features tungsten steel bearings and an arm tube integrated to the headshell, making it virtually immune to cantilever-born vibrations. The Bryston BLP-1 also comes with a removable tonearm cable, adjustable brushed aluminum feet and an elegant hinged high-mass dustcover to complete the package.
“As we set out to design the newest Bryston phono preamplifier models BMC and BMM, the wide bandwidth and low distortion of our new gain stages reminded us of how breathtaking and fresh high- resolution vinyl playback could be,” said Bryston’s James Tanner. “With the BLP-1, we have created a turntable that represents premium performance to supplement our lineup. Going forward, it is our objective to identify an array of cartridges that will ideally match our turntable and phono stages (impedance, loading, capacitance, gain requirements etc.) to provide customers with the predictability of a plug-and-play solution if so desired.”