David, I think you'll love the SP3. While I have minor glitches with mine (which, I believe, will be resolved by the forthcoming firmware), these are more inconveniences than performance issues. I'm thrilled by the sound. It truly is like having a high-end analog preamp, with revelatory sound. The illusion of reality is striking. I played the sampler two-channel hi-res files that came with my Bryston BDP-2 digital player, and the feeling of being in a concert hall or club was palpable. I've never heard better sound in my home, and in fact anywhere.
In my view, the merging of high-end audio with computer technology has been quite problematic in many ways, but we do get many benefits. It seems to me that Bryston has blended superior analog technology with just enough of the digital stuff to provide a level of reasonableness as regards features vis-a-vis outright performance. While, sure, I'd like to have options such as EQ to experiment with (and I agree with Kal Rubinson that there are few, if any, venues where it is not helpful), I was willing to give that up for what Kal called the "secret sauce" of analog sound quality. Since I have EQ on my Velodyne subs, I'll use that and room treatments to get as far along as I can.
As regards software bugs, the cogent discussion above is absolutely on point. One could wax eloquent on how we didn't have these problems back in the halcyon days of analog. Of course, we didn't have the features and performance we now expect in high-end gear. As Roger points, out, the bugs I've encountered are rather negligible, especially compared to some of the boutique or bespoke audio jewelry out there.
I bought my gear from authorized dealer Steve Herrala, owner of Sound Video of MN, and was extremely pleased with all aspects of the transaction. I'm sure that gbaby's dealer will be excellent as well. FYI, at least in my experience, not all authorized dealers were posted on Bryston's website (not sure why). I emailed Craig Bell, Bryston's USA sales director, who got right back to me (one dealer who represented himself as authorized was not, Sound Video was).
Bottom line, we buy this stuff to make us happy, and I wish you many listening miles of happiness, David.
Whiney Napa Valley
The means — Bryston SP3 | Bryston 6B-SST(C) - L/C/R; 4B-SST(C) - surrounds; 4B-SST(C) - rears | Bryston BDP-2 Digital Player; BDA-2 D/A Converter; Oppo BDP-105 | Paradigm Reference Signature S8 fronts; C5 center; ADP surrounds; S4 rears; two Velodyne DD15 subs | APC S20 | Pioneer Elite PRO-1130