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post #136 of 145
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Originally Posted by romaz View Post
 

All that's missing is the tonal richness that only tubes can provide.  Otherwise, as good a presentation as I've heard from any solid state amp (maybe even better).

 

More time listening is required on my end, but my initial impression is that you are correct. 

 

Detail...  Detail like I have never heard before.  A shocking amount.

post #137 of 145
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Just an update on my experience with the M1. I sent my two units back to Bricasti to upgrade them to the SE version.

The main changes are some internal parts changes (I think capacitors), better wiring and new feet. The new feet are bigger and internally they have Stillpoints.

 

IMO there are audible differences. The bass got deeper and at the same time faster, the soundstage got expanded specially in the depth with more layering and better definition of space. The level of detail got even improved but without loosing musicality. In summary I am happy I did this upgrade.

 

Also, yesterday I received a demo pair of their fantastic M28 monoblocks to try in my speaker system. it's going to be interesting to compared them to my Mcintosh MC-601 :wink_face:

post #138 of 145

I took delivery of my Bricasti this afternoon and it is doing it's thing for me right now (Bricasti->300B amp->HD800S).

 

Only 2 hours old and WOW - this is indeed an Uber DAC. Beats the pants off my previous DACs (Auralic Vega and Hegel HD30).

 

Did folks notice much change over the first few hundred hours with their M1s? It sounds pretty decent right out of the box. If it gets better, then that is a bonus.

post #139 of 145
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Originally Posted by TonyNewman View Post
 

I took delivery of my Bricasti this afternoon and it is doing it's thing for me right now (Bricasti->300B amp->HD800S).

 

Only 2 hours old and WOW - this is indeed an Uber DAC. Beats the pants off my previous DACs (Auralic Vega and Hegel HD30).

 

Did folks notice much change over the first few hundred hours with their M1s? It sounds pretty decent right out of the box. If it gets better, then that is a bonus.

Yes Tony it will settle down. The biggest change is in the first 50 hours or so but it continue changing for at least 120.

post #140 of 145

Congrats, the M1 is an outstanding DAC.  It doesn't get the credit it deserves. 

post #141 of 145
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Congrats, the M1 is an outstanding DAC.  It doesn't get the credit it deserves. 

 

I have read some folks describing it as lacking musicality. I don't get that at all. The sound is anything but "digital" to my ears. Very natural sounding DAC.

post #142 of 145
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Originally Posted by TonyNewman View Post
 

 

I have read some folks describing it as lacking musicality. I don't get that at all. The sound is anything but "digital" to my ears. Very natural sounding DAC.

 

People say a lot of stilly things about audio....  Honestly, the audiophile hobby is a landfill of lies, placebo and snake oil.  You can't take professional publications with any real consideration and so much of what you read from users is just incorrect, regurgitated jibberish.  I swear most of what you read from "user expereince" is so far off base I have a hard time believing that some have even seen the gear they are talking about, much less heard it.

 

Enjoy the M1: it is truly world class.  

post #143 of 145
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Originally Posted by bigfatpaulie View Post
 

 

.....  Honestly, the audiophile hobby is a landfill of lies, placebo and snake oil.  You can't take professional publications with any real consideration and so much of what you read from users is just incorrect, regurgitated jibberish.  I swear most of what you read from "user experience" is so far off base I have a hard time believing that some have even seen the gear they are talking about, much less heard it.

 

...

 

Well said. Couldn't agree more.

post #144 of 145

One other question - USB vs SPDIF input. I am finding that the USB input sounds noticeably better than the SPDIF input. My Vega did the same thing - my understanding this is mostly due to USB being asynchronous and allowing the DAC to control the timing, while SPDIF "slaves" the DAC to the timing data carried in the SPDIF signal? Probably got that wrong somewhere.

 

Anyway, do other users find the same thing? USB >> SPDIF? My SPDIF source is a Wadia i170 dock. Decent unit, but not spectacular.

 

Anyone using a USB filter / isolation unit like the USB Regen or Intona with their Bricasti? Any SQ benefits?

post #145 of 145
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Originally Posted by TonyNewman View Post

One other question - USB vs SPDIF input. I am finding that the USB input sounds noticeably better than the SPDIF input. My Vega did the same thing - my understanding this is mostly due to USB being asynchronous and allowing the DAC to control the timing, while SPDIF "slaves" the DAC to the timing data carried in the SPDIF signal? Probably got that wrong somewhere.

Anyway, do other users find the same thing? USB >> SPDIF? My SPDIF source is a Wadia i170 dock. Decent unit, but not spectacular.

Anyone using a USB filter / isolation unit like the USB Regen or Intona with their Bricasti? Any SQ benefits?
Tony,
I have not use the SPDIF but I use the AES input. In one system with my Levinson 37 and in the other with a Wadia 20. Both the USB and the AES sound excellent but I personally prefer the sound of the AES input for a little bit.

I have used the Regen and also the Wyre4sound Recovery. Both seem to make the sound a little bit more analog sounding but it is not day and night. If you want a Regen let me know I can sell you one in a good price (I have two).
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