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Hi. Bought the Bricasti after a year's research and finally in home A/B audition versus Berkeley Alpha 2/USB and EMM DAC2x. Out of the box it sounded great and has gotten a bit better with some run in time, "sweetening" the highs with that time. Within days of my unit being shipped Bricasti began installing an upgraded power supply. I called to inquire about it and the President of the company, Brian Zolner picks up on the first ring. I was sent the new supply and insured that it was "easy" to install myself. And it was easy ! Excellent upgrade sonically. I had occasion to communicate with Bricasti a couple of times prior to this and every time Brian picked up the phone in answer. Prior to my purchase I called to find out about the product roadmap and philosophy for retrofitting new developments into the base of legacy equipment in the field. Brian is committed to this and certainly demonstrated that with the power supply. I also had a concern on the analog out levels. The audition unit drove my amp with ease, the one I bought not so. More communication with Bricasti. Turns out the balanced outs have pots with set screws that adjust the output levels. Brian sent me a tone to use while making the adjustments along with the "how tos". I spent last weekend mounting and hanging area rugs from my walls (tastefully selected by my understanding wife ! ) they are great acoustical treatments - remarkable in fact - and WAY less costly than alternative room treatments. I'm running a CAPS Carbon with a 3Tb USB external drive(heading to NAS). Bricasti directly feeds a McIntosh Mc402 with Focal Diva Utopia Be speakers. Next up when my wallet recovers: The Red Wine Battery supply. Whole heartedly recommend the Bricasti M1 performance. Whole heartedly recommend the company behind it.
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All of these features provide Audiophile quality playback, with Direct Path and Signal Mode features. From earbuds to Hi-Fi DACs to network players, listen in one room or around the house with AirPlay, with more streaming formats to come. It runs on a windows computer or Mac, with the capability to be controlled from another computer or tablet (android or iPad). Not only does ROON do all of these things, but also does so while providing an amazing user experience that is both intuitive and visually stunning. We’re really digging ROON and even more excited to offer you a lifetime subscription for 25% off, 50% off or even completely FREE with the purchase of one of the following DACs or any component we sell (some restrictions apply). These offers are a great way to get into computer audio or to take your existing digital playback system to the next level. Recommended 25% off ROON offers* Ayre Codex DAC/headphone amp/preamp The Ayre Codex can blend seamlessly between working as a stand-alone DAC, DAC/Preamp combination, or Headphone Amplifier/DAC. It’s got a sleek casing that is filled with Ayre’s latest technologies that allow the versatility of being used as a serious home stereo set-up or a basic desktop headphone system. The Codex also features a high-quality analog power supply, which is almost unheard of at this price. The Codex offers an outstanding value that is sure to impresses even the toughest critic. All of its features and versatility make the Codex a perfect fit for ROON. Auralic Vega DAC The Auralic Vega is a wonderful Digital Audio Processor t has Flexible Filter Mode, which has six built-in modes, a linear phase filter, a minimum phase filter, a slow roll-off filter, and several noise filters for native DSD conversion. To maximum usage of these filters, VEGA lets you customize according to different formats, tuning sound best to personal preference. The VEGA also has the Femto Master Clock. This gives the DAC and Up-Sampling circuit an ultimate clock with minimized jitter and low phase noise. It utilizes a crystal oscillator that is aerospace quality, and generates a master clock with extremely low jitter at 82 femtoseconds by also using an ultra-low noise linear power supply and temperature compensation technology. Recommended 50% off ROON offers* Luxman DA-06 DAC “The music made by the Luxman DA-06 is rich, resolute, refined, and oh so smooth. Regardless of my music’s pedigree, I found myself enjoying entire album’s worth upon album’s worth, getting sucked into their sounds and moods to the point of being completely lost in tunes. I cannot think of a higher compliment to pay a piece of hi-fi gear.” - Michael Lavorgna, Audiostream June 2013 (Full Review here) Luxman’s DA-06 DAC is one fine piece of gear and one of the most musical we offer at any price. Advancing the state of the art, the Luxman DA-06 can handle up to 24/192 though its AES and S/PDIF inputs, and up to 2x DSD via USB and there are user-selectable filters for both PCM and DSD. Digital inputs are upsampled and processed at 32/384 and there are USB, SPDIF, AES/EBU and Toslink inputs on the back. DSD files played back on the Luxman DA-06 have a musicality and fluidity that we rarely hear from digital playback ever before. Its smooth and rich presentation is never etched or harsh. We can listen to this piece for hours and hours without the slightest hint of listening fatigue. Bricasti M1 USB DAC “The Bricasti M1 USB DAC is a state-of-the-art design offering impeccable performance and a wide selection of digital reconstruction filters so that you can fine tune its performance to both your preference and the personality of your system.” - Frank Berryman, Ultra High End Review The Bricasti M1 digital to analog converter is a dual mono design; there are two completely isolated channels, each with its own dedicated linear power supply, D/A converter, DDS clocking, and analog circuitry. This design insures that analog cross talk is virtually non-existent, that the necessary power requirements for each channel are well met and isolated from each other and the digital processing is isolated, having its own power supply. With their twin DAC design, using the stereo ADI 1955 D/A converter in a mono configuration optimizes the dynamic range for each channel. The M1 also includes Bricasti's own proprietary filter technology, further opening new territory with what is achievable in a modern D/A reference. Recommended FREE ROON offers* Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC RS "The Berkeley Audio Alpha DAC Reference redefines what we can expect from digital playback" - Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series (RS) is easily one of the top performing DACs in todays very crowded market. Let’s face it, as good as hi-res files can sound, most of our collections are made up of standard Red Book (16/44.1) files. This is where this DAC shines above the rest. By using multiple filter options and ultra-low phase noise precision clocking, it has the ability to extract every last detail and nuance of the performance. EMM Labs DAC2X “The updated DAC2X may provide the best DSD playback I can remember hearing in my system, but it also shines with PCM as well." - Chris Connaker, computeraudiophile.com (Full Review Here) Re-introducing the EMM Labs DAC2X – built with the award winning reference technology in the XDS1. The DAC2X features the latest generation MDAT2™ up-converting DSP, MFAST™ jitter removal system, MCLK™ master clock and Ed Meitner’s hand built 5.6Mhz proprietary discrete dual differential D-to-A converters. MDAT2™ works by taking all digital audio (PCM and DSD) and does real-time transient filtering and up-conversion to 2xDSD (5.6Mhz/6.1Mhz) before being sent to Ed`s proprietary custom made 2xDSD (5.6Mhz/6.1Mhz) DACs (MDAC modules) for conversion to analog. *Please note that these special offers with Roon cannot be combined with any other offer. Also, these offers were simply recomendations, so contact us if you are interested in packaging ROON with something else on our site. 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Has anyone had the opportunity to hear this supposedly fantastic DAC? It has become of interest to me now that they are adding an asynchronous USB digital input. I have "heard" good things about the DAC, but never heard it myself and have no dealer in my area.