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Bricasti Design Launches Model 3 Digital to Analog Converter




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Fans of the site know that Bricasti Design has been an in-house favorite for years. Contributing reviewer John Richardson recently reviewed the M1 Classic, an experience that set a highwater mark for reference sound in his home system. Yours Truly owns and uses a pair of their massive monoblock amplifiers and their flagship DAC as the heart of his reference system.

We've been following designer Brian Zolner's work forever. To say that "we're fans" is to sell us a bit embarrassingly short.

And now the cost-to-entry just got a little more manageable.

Personally, I'm psyched about the new M3 digital converter. At half the price of the truly excellent M1, the M3 promises to be a show-stopper. Good looks, great sound, and a lower price tag? Sounds like a winner, to me.

We hope to hear more at AXPONA next month, so stay tuned. Press release and specs after the fold.

Press Release

“The Bricasti M3 pushes the benchmarks for value and performance in a D/A.”

Shirley, MA: Bricasti Design Launches Model 3 Digital to Analog Converter“The Bricasti M3 pushes the benchmarks for value and performance in a D/A.”

Medford, MA: The Model 3 digital to analog converter offers an incredible array of performance in a more affordable price class. Highlights include two fully differential conversion channels, separate conversion for PCM and native DSD, and a balanced analog level control circuit, making the M3 suitable for all applications. Internally the M3 utilizes two independent linear power supplies for the analog and digital processing to ensure low noise and superior isolation.

The M3 utilizes two independent linear power supplies for the analog and digital processing to ensure low noise and superior isolation. A newly designed chassis made from robust CNC milled aluminum in sections ensures superior thermal characteristics, excellent vibrational damping, and shielding from RF.

The M3’s digital design employs precision DDS clocking that lowers jitter to extremely low levels, ensuring a pure digital signal path without the use of sample rate converters, this combined with superior digital filter design, and Native DSD conversion yields a state of the art digital audio path. The M3’s high-speed low distortion analog path features a bypassable preamp class analog level control allowing the M3 to be used to drive the power amps directly, with no bit-loss for optimal analog performance.

The M3 comes standard with USB, AES, Toslink, and SPDIF interfaces and can be ordered with an optional remote and optional network streamer interface which allows the M3 to become a DNLA UPnP compatible network player. The M3’s player supports sample rates up to 384k PCM and DSD128 as DoP.

Available for immediate delivery. Price is $4995. More information can be found here: http://www.bricasti.com/.

Technical Specifications

Digital Inputs XLR: AES/EBU 24 bit Single Wire, RCA: SPDIF, Optical: Toslink 44.1- 96k, USB 2, RJ45: Ethernet (Optional)
Sample Rates AES, SPDIF 44.1 kHz, to, 192khz, DSD 64fs as DoP
Sample Rates USB 44.1 kHz, to, 384kHz, DSD 64fs 128Fs as DoP
Sample Rates Ethernet 44.1 kHz, to, 384kHz, DSD 64fs,128Fs as DoP
Jitter 8 psec @ 48k / 6psec @ 96k
Balanced Analog Outputs XLR balanced (pin 2 hot)
D/A Conversion PCM 24 bit delta sigma 8x oversampling, NDSD pure 1 bit conversion for DSD
Impedance 40 ohm
Output Level @ 0 db front panel +14.3 dbm 4 db RMS ( bypass mode)
Frequency Response @44.1k 10 hz- 20 kHz +0dB, -.2 dB
Dynamic Range >120dB A-Weighted
THD+N @ 1k .0008% @ 0dbfs / .0004% @-30dbfs
Unbalanced Analog Outputs RCA
D/A Conversion PCM 24 bit delta sigma 8x oversampling, NDSD pure 1 bit conversion for DSD
Impedance 40 ohm
Output level @ 0 db front panel = +4db 2V rms
Frequency Response @ 44.1k 10 hz- 20 kHz -.2 dB
Dynamic Range >120dB A-Weighted
THD+N @ 1k .0008% @ 0dbfs / .0004% @-30dbfs
General Specifications
Finish Anodized Aluminum
Dimensions: 14” x 11.25“ x 2.5”
Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Weight: -15 lbs
Mains Voltage: 100, 120, 220, 240 VAC, 50 Hz – 60 Hz factory set
Trigger in/out: TRS connector for 5V external trigger on ring.
Power consumption: 20 Watts
Warranty parts and labor: 2 years non transferable

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1 Comment on Bricasti Design Launches Model 3 Digital to Analog Converter

  1. and the price is……?

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