RMAF 2015: Bricasti takes the gold


rmaf-2015-200x200I had a good time chuckling over the audacity of the Goldilocks M1 at Capital Audiofest this year. I suppose it had never occurred to me that anyone would be that dissatisfied by the aesthetic of the already-fine Bricasti Design that they’d feel the need to bling it up that much. But seeing it in person is, as usual, an entirely different thing. It’s dramatic. It’s 100% gold plate! Heh heh. More seriously, this is 40nm plating (a pretty hefty job, in all fairness), and it’s a signficant visual cue to the “Reference Edition” and the host of small (and proprietary — designer Brian Zolner has a big Cheshire grin for that question) tweaks that lay under the new cover.

Yes, the gold M1 is in fact different — better — than the “regular” M1. It also takes the normally $9k M1 to a full $15k for this golden Special Edition. Is it weird that I was delighted to see that the remote also gets golden buttons, too? Sweet! I can only imagine, but I expect we’ll be seeing a matching Special Edition M28 at some point, too. I mean, come on! How could they not — they have to! Ha!

Shown here with the Piano Diacera loudspeakers from Tidal Audio in Germany, the Bricasti DAC was matched up again with the M28 amplifiers ($30k/pair) that I found so satisfying this past summer. The system also included Bricasti-made signal cables, Oyaide power cords, and a massive Tchaik 6 power conditioner from Silver Circle Audio (reviewed here); it was pretty much a repeat of the system I heard at CAF.

I’ll offer that, while I am a big fan of the Tidal speakers’ sound, the little 2.5-way Piano’s (which cost $37,690, but has been recently discontinued) just doesn’t hold a candle to the stunning Agorias ($100k/pair) shown at CAF. Is that fair? Hells no. But those Agorias … pardon me, I’m sorry — I didn’t mean to drool on you. Whew. I may need a shower. Anyway, yes, the Piano’s “fit” this room much better, to be sure. But that’s one of the risks of doing back-to-back audio shows. You know exactly what’s possible. [Insert longing sigh, here.] Oh, Lady Luck? Yoo hoo!

Another way of saying this — the Bricasti gear is very clearly able to bat way above what it’s not-inconsiderable price range would suggest.

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Scot started all this back in 2009. He is currently the Publisher here at PTA, the Publisher at The Occasional Magazine, and the Executive Producer at The Occasional Podcast. There are way too many words about him over on the Contributors page.