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post #76 of 89

Congrats MM59,

 

I have to drive up one day to take a listen to the DAC and the Thresholds..biggrin.gif

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Congrats MM59,

 

I have to drive up one day to take a listen to the DAC and the Thresholds..biggrin.gif

Well, the Thresholds are going up for sale very soon. I just got a pair of mcIntosh MC601 monos.biggrin.gif

post #78 of 89

I tried both the Berkeley Alpha 2 DAC + Alpha USB and Briscatti M1 in my system.

 

Briscatti is a tad warmer, Berkeley more resolved, smoother and more layered. After comparing them back and forth over 2 weeks time, I went with the Berkeley, but honestly - I could live happily with any of them. 

 

The other DACs worth auditioning in that price range are MSB AnalogDAC and Aesthetix Pandora.

post #79 of 89
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I tried both the Berkeley Alpha 2 DAC + Alpha USB and Briscatti M1 in my system.

 

Briscatti is a tad warmer, Berkeley more resolved, smoother and more layered. After comparing them back and forth over 2 weeks time, I went with the Berkeley, but honestly - I could live happily with any of them. 

 

The other DACs worth auditioning in that price range are MSB AnalogDAC and Aesthetix Pandora.

When you did your comparison did you use the latest Bricasti M1 that includes the new filters and the new linear power supply in the digital section?

post #80 of 89

Man would that Briscati look sweet next to the Cavalli LAu............

post #81 of 89
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Man would that Briscati look sweet next to the Cavalli LAu............

+1

 

ALso, in a nut shell, if I want the most detailed DAC with the best soundstage (width, depth, good center) with precise placement of instruments in space, should I get the Berkley or M1?

post #82 of 89
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I was in the same dilemma sometime ago and end up going with the Bricasti M1. I was so happy with it that I bought a second unit for my other system. Now with the new linear power supply for the digital section the unit sounds even better. The next upgrade Brian is working on is to add DSD capability. Construction wise the M! is hands down better than the Alpha DAC IMO. Big difference from power coded metal sheet of the Alpha to the CNC Aluminum body of the M1 also if you want to have USB capabilities you will need an external box for the Alpha when the M1 has it integrated. Another very important aspect is the service. Brian is very responsive and good to deal with.

 

Here are some pictures of my new MC601 driven directly from the XLR outputs of the M1 using it as a DAC and Digital pre-amp.

 

 

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post #83 of 89

Oh my..........that is one nice system.  I wouldn't leave that room for quite a while.

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When you did your comparison did you use the latest Bricasti M1 that includes the new filters and the new linear power supply in the digital section?

 

Yes and no. The DAC I tried had all the latest filters, USB and volume control, but not the new linear power supply in the digital section. From what I've read, it brings a noticable improvement. I would like to try one in the latest spec.

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Construction wise the M! is hands down better than the Alpha DAC IMO. Big difference from power coded metal sheet of the Alpha to the CNC Aluminum body of the M1 (...)

 

That is true. Briscatti had spent more on the M1 box than Berkeley on their Alpha. However, when you open the Alpha up, you will see where all the money went. For example, Alpha DAC and Alpha USB comb has not one, not two, but FOUR Crystek Ultra Low Phase Noise crystal oscilators - those are the best, and probably most expensive XOs available on the market today. Alpha DAC and Alpha USB are supremely engineered products.

post #86 of 89
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Unfortunately the products are not only what make the company but also their service and in that regard my experience with Berkeley was not very good.
post #87 of 89

Any chance to have DSD support soon on the Berkeley Alpha DAC ?

 

thanks

post #88 of 89

Are there any updates to this very informative thread? I would be spending all my time off Head-Fi listening to wondrous music judging by the systems on hand here, however, it's always great to know where things stand after the dust settles in an audiophile quest.

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Are there any updates to this very informative thread? I would be spending all my time off Head-Fi listening to wondrous music judging by the systems on hand here, however, it's always great to know where things stand after the dust settles in an audiophile quest.

Bricasti has been making small upgrades in the M1 providing improvements in the sound with each one. There has been a firmware upgrade sometime ago, all internal fuses were eliminated, AC wiring was changed to use Neotech OCC Copper chassis wire, the external fuse was replaced by a circuit breaker and the latest is different capacitors in the power supply (don't remember if it was in the analog or digital PS).

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