The only slight blot on the copybook was on the headphone socket, and even here there’s a lot of good to say. Headphones sound great on the Nyquist, but it lacks some dynamic drive. Not simply heavy lifting for difficult headphone loads, but across the board. It has the micro-dynamics, but not all the macro-dynamics, of its line outputs.
Looking at my notepad, words that don’t normally appear spring out when discussing the Brinkmann Nyquist. Words like ‘debonair’, ‘poised’, and ‘elegant’ as if I were describing Fred Astaire. That seems to fit in a way, because the way the Nyquist handles music is with a dancer’s touch rather than an engineer’s. This is particularly true of MQA, but it applies universally to everything the Nyquist processes. Lovely!
Inputs: USB 2.0, SPDIF, AES-EBU, TOSLINK, RJ45 ETHERNET for Streaming op on
Formats: MQA and PCM up to 384 kHz (DXD), DSD 64 and 128 via DoP (DSD over PCM), DSD 256 natively
Digital module upgradable
THD/IM distortion: < 0.01%
S/N ratio: >100 dBA
Gain adjustment: –20 to +10 dB
Output voltage: maximum ± 12 V symmetrical
Output impedance: +/–10 ohms symmetrical
Headphone output: 30-600 ohms
Dimensions (W×H×D): 420 × 95 × 310 mm (with granite base); power supply 120 × 80 × 160 mm
Weight: 12 kg; granite base 12 kg; power supply 3.2 kg
Manufacturer: Brinkmann Audio Engineering
UK Distribution: Symmetry
Tel.: +44(0)1727 865488