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post #166 of 175
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Originally Posted by bigfatpaulie View Post
 

 

I used to think the same thing.  I was shocked.  A DNA Stratus, Pass INT-30A and a Moon 600i all lose a great deal of resolution.  And the Moon is known for being ultra transparent. 

 

I am now a believer :wink_face:

post #167 of 175
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Originally Posted by musicman59 View Post

 

...The Bricasti sound was excellent since the beginning but for some time to my ears it showed a small energy peak at the top of the midrange frequencies.

 

With good recordings this peak was not really noticeable but with older recordings like the ones of some Classic Rock albums I listen it was clearly there and sometimes depending of the recording creating a little bit of fatiguing effect. Basically the M1 is unmercifully transparent and it will show exactly the quality of the recording.

 

Now the M1 has over 400 hours of burn-in and the HiFi Tuning fuses I put in have also over 250 hours. About the 400 hours mark I noticed a nice change in the sound. That slight peak of energy at the top midrange disappeared, the bass got even tighter and the whole presentation of the sound got very musical....

 

So very glad to read that this energy peak does in fact go away. I love the sound of Bricasti - except for this peak. My unit is under 400 hours old and this peak is quite noticeable to my ears. It most certainly does become fatiguing for me. I was starting to think I had made an expensive mistake and should have gone for the MSB Analog, then I found this post. The peak is temporary. A big relief :smile:

post #168 of 175
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Originally Posted by TonyNewman View Post
 

 

So very glad to read that this energy peak does in fact go away. I love the sound of Bricasti - except for this peak. My unit is under 400 hours old and this peak is quite noticeable to my ears. It most certainly does become fatiguing for me. I was starting to think I had made an expensive mistake and should have gone for the MSB Analog, then I found this post. The peak is temporary. A big relief :smile:

 

I had both the MSB and the M1, side by side, at home for over a month.  In my eyes, you by far and wide made the right decision. 

post #169 of 175
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Originally Posted by bigfatpaulie View Post

I had both the MSB and the M1, side by side, at home for over a month.  In my eyes, you by far and wide made the right decision. 

I remember you told me that you preferred the Bricasti for headphones. Have you moved on to the DAVE now?
post #170 of 175
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I remember you told me that you preferred the Bricasti for headphones. Have you moved on to the DAVE now?

 

That's correct.  The MSB *may* have been better VS the M1 in a speaker setup: the MSB has exceptional stageing.  

 

The DAVE is something else entirely. 

post #171 of 175
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I remember you told me that you preferred the Bricasti for headphones. Have you moved on to the DAVE now?

I thought that the M1 SE sounded great with speakers right out of the box. It sounded pretty damn good in cans, too, but yeah, the 65 hours on the SE I auditioned I'm sure didn't give me the full effect.
post #172 of 175

Had the Bricasti for a few weeks now and have put a bunch of hours on it. Very pleased with how the sound has relaxed, warmed up and opened up. This is a nice sounding DAC that ticks all the boxes for me.

 

Currently running the Ether C directly from the DAC XLR outputs - that is working great. Looking forward to doing the same with an Ether Flow after I get my Ether C upgraded.

 

EDIT - right now I am running Bricasti->V281->modded HE6. I have never, ever, had it so good :wink_face: Putting 3 fantastic bits of audio goodness together and getting 100% awesome out the other end.


Edited by TonyNewman - 9/15/16 at 2:24am
post #173 of 175

Anyone running an Ether Flow or Focal Utopia direct from the XLR outputs of the Bricasti M1?

 

I have a flow upgrade pending and should be getting the Utopia in about 6 weeks. Plan to run both direct if I can. I already know that the Ether works easily direct from the Bricasti - I didn't need to tweak the XLR output voltage - but I wonder about the Utopia. This is a high efficiency headphone (80 Ohm / 104dB). I suspect it might need some lowering of the XLR output voltage. Has anyone with a Utopia tried this and can comment?

post #174 of 175

Running the upgraded Flow now direct from Bricasti. Fantastic results.

 

Best headphone amp seems to be no amp at all. Take the cash that would have been spend on the amp and buy a better DAC with decent volume control - preferably with adjustable XLR output voltage.

 

Have not needed to adjust the Bricasti XLR output for the Flow. Mostly operating in the range -12dB to -18dB.

 

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post #175 of 175

I just bought the 2nd hand Bricasti M1 to use in my hifi setup, sounds quite good already. is it worth to upgrade to the SE version? (stillpoint feet, point to point wiring). I think the upgrade is $1000USD. Would be great to hear opinions from someone that have done the upgrade. 

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