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Old 04-19-2012, 01:48 PM
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I've been following threads on new dacs coming out day after day. I'm consistenly amazed at folks with $20,000 plus speakers,amps and preamps settling on $1,000 dacs. Folks say digital is constantly changing, it is but if you are listening to 90% of your cd music on mac mini at 44.1, thats not changing last time I looked. So why compromise! Dacs I have had in my system over recent years, Mac MDA 1000 and for the last 2 years the Wavelength Cosecant V3. Ones I've demoed and prefer in my system in order of best to my ears Sim Audio 750D, Lampizator level 4, Sim Audio 300, Rega and the Bifrost Schitt. I've listened to a lot others but it's hard for me to get a feel for those dacs since the whole systems were totally new to my ears and I couldn't tell if it was the speakers, amp, preamp or dac.

All these dacs I mentioned have been praised on the internet but none has given me the immediate wow factor from the get go so the Wavelength has remained. As you can see from preferences of demoed dacs the most expensive dacs win. Right now I'm demoing the Bricasti M1 and right out of the gate with no burn in is wow, wow and wow. Powerful, fast, detailed and musical( brings back memories of my Burmester/Hansen Prince days). The one I'm demoing has the new USB with the addition of new filters as well as a preamp volume control. The filters are a nice touch since it rolls the top off as you go from 0-5. This helps with bad recording or system tuning. The unit has the professional recording look with the Mark Levinson red led lights and is fully balanced. I'm currently using their stock power cord, Burmester silver balanced interconnects, Synergistic Research USB soon to be replaced with Audioquest Diamond USB into my Luxman 590AX, Tannoy Canterbury SE, Auditorium 23 speaker cables and 2009 Mac mini with a boulder power supply. The Bricasti new MSRP with the USB, new filters and preamp is around $8600. I'm not sure whether I will be buying this dac yet but it's definitely an attention getter. No Schiit.

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Old 04-19-2012, 01:56 PM
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John,

Very cool! Thanks for posting this. One more to add to my list. Seems like you do like it and I'd be curious how it holds up as it burns in.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:30 PM
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John
The Bricasti has been getting excellent reviews on both sides of the pond.it would be interesting to try one out but I would prefer to retain a CD/DAC that retains SACD capability like the MCD-1100 or the Playback Design. I would rather not add another component to my rack unless it is absolutely necessary.

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Old 04-19-2012, 05:57 PM
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John... Nice Looking unit!

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It is indeed a nice looking unit, very Mark Levinson. Funny about that
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I currently have a dCS Purcell/Delius stack. I'd love to hear that the Bricasti stacks up against dCS. Thoughts?
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It is indeed a nice looking unit, very Mark Levinson. Funny about that
+1....Keep us posted!
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It is indeed a nice looking unit, very Mark Levinson. Funny about that
Ex Madrigal guys I believe..
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The Bricasti now has DSD enabled so you can use those high res downloads!

Had a long listen today with one of its co-founders, Brian Zolner at the Guangzhou Hi Fi Show.

Very nice indeed.

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John: Are you still thrilled with the Bricasti? I'm thinking about switching to this DAC in 2014

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