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I am a little confused by the positioning of the new M12 Source Controller from Bricasti. I do not own a Bricasti, but was about to pull the trigger on one to replace my current DAC when I learned of the new M12 – which left me a little confused and believing that Bricasti’s best DAC is now not actually their DAC, but rather their new “source controller.” The new M12 would seem to be far superior for D-to-A conversion for DSD files and also features some new tech in the form of a network adapter to use the device as a streamer (something I presume will ultimately trickle down to the M1 – hopefully with support for the same range of file resolutions offered in their USB interface). I saw a video with Bricasti’s president (Brian) saying they created the M12 to meet a need in the market, specifically, the person who enjoys both analog and digital and wants a minimum number of discrete components. Hence, with the M12, no separate pre-amp needed. Certainly understandable, I imagine there is a real need for this in the marketplace. HOWEVER, in my view this leaves behind the person who chooses to operate a multi-component system as the M12 would not appear to be a reasonable choice to use strictly as a DAC. In my case, I have a sophisticated high-end tube preamp which I want to continue to use as my source and volume control. It appears there is no “line level/unity” out on the M12 which would be suitable for connecting to an input source on my pre-amp. This doesn’t really make sense to me from a product positioning perspective. A company offering a stand-alone DAC should reserve their best DAC technology for that unit and offer similar or lesser capabilities in their all-in-one integrated products. After all, is not the buyer for separates likely to be the most demanding of functionality? Buyers for integrated units are willing to trade a little bit of capability for convenience. I am interested in thoughts or opinions. Am I missing something? Are there others thinking about using the M12 with a pre-amp? Or pre-amp users who don’t care about the missing higher quality DSD and Ethernet connectivity?
Looking to sell my Bricasti Special Edition M1. This unit is purchased new less than 1 year ago as SE (original, not upgrade) from authorized Bricasti dealer. This unit can be upgraded to the streaming model. Perfect condition, pet and dust free environment. This unit is in my office so no kids. Original box, remote, and documentation included. $7000 - Buyer pays shipping and Paypal fees.Continental US only.
Bricasti Designs Model 5 Network Player ($2000) The Bricasti M5 network player is a network interface and media renderer. With wide support for DLNA and other popular network protocols, the M5 delivers pristine lossless audio from your network to your Digital to analog converter; your music server can go anywhere you choose. Connects to your LAN via Ethernet and Wi-Fi, with SPDIF, AES and USB outputs supporting sample rates up to 192k PCM and DSD 64. Play from anywhere The M5 Network Music Player plays ethernet wired or wirelessly over your data network. In addition, audio listeners have become accustomed to having a computer server and additional storage drives directly in the listening environment. This can get messy with the added cables and power supplies that accompany them. With the M5 Network Player you can find new freedom from your server devices and place them anywhere on your network, away from your system. Purity of sound The M5 is a dedicated DNLA and Roon Ready audio media renderer. Simple, raw data is served to the M5 over the network from your NAS or server and only then does data become rendered as a real-time audio stream to its SPDIF, AES or USB outputs, connecting to your D/A like our M1SE to do its magic. Many computer servers play dual roles as archival systems and players but not when you have a dedicated player like the M5. With the M5 dedicated player the audio rendering is in the M5, and close to its D/A destination for a pure, noise free experience that we believe is exceptional. A class unto itself The M5 is built solid. The chassis is milled from solid aluminum with beautifully rounded corners all the way around. Inside the chassis lies the Bricasti media player and powered by the same linear power supply as found in the M1 digital to analog converter for superb low noise performance under the most demanding circumstances. The M5 takes the Network player experience to the next level, and no add-ons are needed with the M5, it comes complete. The other popular product in the market that offer similar functionality is the Micro Rendu. However, to achieve optimal performance one really needs to use it with a much better power supply than the one it comes with. The M5 solves all the issues, runs on a proper internal linear supply that is out of the award-winning M1 DAC and has AES, SDIF and USB digital outs. Bricasti has taken the performance of the USB audio out a step further by powering it using the USB the power from the M5’s direct linear power supply. This means there are no switch mode regulators in the path to degrade performance. For more information, visit us here or give us a call at 1.844.CIAMARA (1-844-242-6272)
Ciamara DAC and Digital Music Player offerings With people's ever growing digital music collections and a number of high-quality streaming services options such as Tidal and Spotify now available, we understand the vital role a DAC plays in your system. That is why we offer a wide range of DACs and digital music players at a variety of price points. Our experts are available to not only provide personalized, industry leading customer service, but make it fun and simple to find the DAC or component that is the right fit for you. Check out our selection here and here