I finally partially connected the Bryston SP3 to some of my components namely, the SACD player (Sony SCD-XA5400ES), my television as well as my Blu Ray player (Sony BDP-S5000ES). Except for the television, every thing is connected using HDMI inputs. While connecting the unit was simple due to the use of HDMI (I don't miss those RCA cables), it was very challenging to configure, not logical, and the instruction manual may as well not been included; its a joke and quite inadequate. I am not using the balanced inputs of the amps, but rather, I am using Blue Truth RCA silver cables from Bettercables.com. My amps are a 2 channel First Watt Aleph J amp and a 5 channel Krell KAV-500 amp. For some strange reason, I cannot play 5.1 SACD, but rather I am only getting either stereo or 7.1 sound with PCM @88.1 not 192/24. Moreover, in surround, the SACD sound seems to be in EX rather than 5.1 SACD so for now, I'm only listening to 2.0 SACD stereo. My speakers are Infinity Composition Preludes PF-R along with their matching surrounds with my sub being a Velodyne HGS-18.
While I cannot play SACD 5.1 yet due to a configuration problem (again this unit is not logical with my Arcam AV9 being a point of reference), my initial impression is that the 2 channel SACD sound is much better using HDMI through the SP3, than 2 channel sound with SACD through the D/A converter of the Sony SCD-XA5400ES. What I hear is more detail, a fuller and wider soundstage, and I hear instruments and sound that were never apparent before in familiar material. I will continue to work on the configuration, and I must add that I discovered the remote has a rattle like a part is loose within it. While the remote seems to work, it is irritating to hear the ratlle every time I pick it up, so I will be sending the remote back. The packaging and features on this unit are spartan at best, but it seems to have a state of the art sound that I cannot get the maximum benefit of due to configuration issues. I have a first batch unit as my serial number is 33. I'll report back when I can figure out what I am doing.
Edited by gbaby - 7/22/12 at 8:00am