March
2023

Country of Origin

Poland

Brooklyn Bridge 2

Reviewer: Srajan Ebaen
Financial interests: click here
Main system: Sources: Retina 5K 27" iMac (4GHz quad-core with Turbo, 32GB RAM, 3TB FusionDrive, OSX Yosemite. iTunes 14.4), PureMusic 3.02, Audirvana 3, Qobuz, Tidal, Singxer SU-6 USB bridge, LHY Audio SW-8 switch, Sonnet Pasithea DAC; Active filter: icOn Gradient Box 2; Power amplifiers: Kinki Studio EX-B7 monos, Goldmund/Job 225 on subwoofer; Headamp: Cen.Grand Silver Fox; Phones: HifiMan Susvara, Meze 109 Pro; Loudspeakers: sound|kaos Vox 3awf + sound|kaos DSUB15 on Carbide Audio footers, Audio Physic Codex, Qualio IQ [on loan] Cables: Complete loom of Allnic Audio ZL; Power delivery: Vibex Granada/Alhambra on all source components, Vibex One 11R on amps, Furutech DPS-4.1 between wall and conditioners; Equipment rack: Artesanía Audio Exoteryc double-wide 3-tier with optional glass shelves, Exoteryc amp stands; Sundry accessories: Acoustic System resonators, LessLoss Firewall for loudspeakers, Furutech NCF Signal Boosters; Room: 6 x 8m with open door behind listening seat
2nd system: Source: Shanling M3 Ultra into Soundaware D300Ref SD transport to Cen.Grand DSDAC 1.0 Deluxe; Preamp/filter: Vinnie Rossie L2 Signature and icOn 4th-order/80Hz; Amplifier: Enleum AMP-23R; Loudspeakers: MonAcoustic SuperMon Mini or Acelec Model One + Dynaudio S18 sub; Power delivery: Furutech GTO 2D NCF, Akiko Audio Corelli; Equipment rack: Hifistay Mythology Transform X-Frame [on extended loan]; Sundry accessories: Audioquest Fog Lifters; Furutech NFC Clear Lines; Room: ~3.5 x 8m
Desktop system: Source: HP Z230 work station Win10/64; USB bridge: Singxer SU-2; Headamp/DAC: iFi iDSD Pro Signature;  Headphones: Final D-8000; Active speakers: DMAX SC5
Upstairs headfi/speaker system: Source: smsl Dp5 transport; DAC: Auralic Vega; Integrated amplifier: Schiit Jotunheim R; Phones: Raal-Requisite SR1a; Active DSP speakers: Fram Midi 120
2-channel video system: Source: Oppo BDP-105; All-in-One: Gold Note IS-1000 Deluxe; Loudspeakers: Zu Soul VI; Subwoofer: Zu Submission; Power delivery: Furutech eTP-8, Room: ~6x4m

Review component retail: $4K for 64GB SSD storage, add $800 for 4TB

Pulling a G.C. Parker. This 19th-century con man repeatedly sold the Brooklyn Bridge to unsuspecting immigrants who thought they'd gained controlling access of the bridge. Their resultant attempts to erect toll booths set off police to expose the swindles. Parker ended his life in the famously musical prison of Sing Sing. Now Mytek have renamed the NYC landmark Brooklyn Bridge II; and will happily sell it to us. Where's the audiophile police when we need them? Of course a 'II' suggests a previous 'I'. We know this to be an update of a prior platform bowed in 2018. We're coming back for seconds. The full name of the refresh adds the words Roon Core. Here's owner/designer Michal Jurewicz explaining the update changes which build upon existing 5-in-1 functionality of network server/streamer, DAC, MM/MC phono, preamp and headamp with choice of 1dB-step digital or analog volume and ES9028Pro conversion up to PCM384, DSD256 and fully unfolded MQA. 'Harmonic audio tuning' switches between a high-precision and warmer voicing. An Intel i5 Nuc powers seamless Roon Core server operation across large music collections and multiple zones in a multi-room environment. A Linux-based Mytek OS handles preamp and computer/network connectivity as well as the modern iPhone-style 800x340px LCD touch screen menu. There's even an Apple IR remote. Dual-antenna Wifi/Bluetooth [not shown] run on Intel 6. No longer switching but linear power with a 90-watt toroid auto-adapts to global voltages. The twinned 6.3mm headfi ports can combine for balanced mode via cable adapter to then drive bearish loads.

If it nearly sounds like a modern-day Parker hoax—too good to be true—it's because so much functionality crams into a 22x23x4.4cm casing of just 3kg. Of course Mytek got away with this stunt once before and in large numbers. We know the machine with the new suffix to be very real and even more capable. Add the matching €2.5K Mytek Brooklyn Amp+ of identical dimensions plus a pair of speakers et voilà, a compact hifi for compact NYC-style flats. Or forget the amp and instead go for active desktop speakers; or a pair of premium headphones. The USB ports can host USB sticks or external SSD, the analog RCA/XLR output simultaneously. The master clock promises just 0.8ps of internal jitter. Because Mytek's OS lives on the internal SSD, upgrading from 64GB to 4TB version isn't a DIY retrofit but requires authorized service. The new factory remains in Poland and finish options continue to be 'hammered' black or silver. The company offers discounted product bundles of Bridge + Amp + cables. Since Mytek's functionality is software driven, upgrades can be downloaded upon notification. Already planned is support for Spotify/Tidal Connect and Apple Airplay.

Until review samples drop, let this be the renamed bridge's proof-of-life notice, no toll booths implied, no acreage on Mars or lunar shares promised.

… to be continued…