Bricasti Design M3 DAC

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Bricast M3 DAC features two fully differential conversion channels, separate conversion for PCM and native DSD, and a balanced analog level control circuit, making the M3 suitable for all applications. Internally the M3 utilizes two independent linear power supplies for the analog and digital processing to ensure low noise and superior isolation.

Exceptional Performance and Value

The M3 offers an incredible array of performance in a more affordable price class. Highlights include two fully differential conversion channels, separate conversion for PCM and native DSD, and a balanced analog level control circuit, making the M3 suitable for all applications.

Bricast M3 DAC

Powerful Architecture

The M3 utilizes two independent linear power supplies for the analog and digital processing to ensure low noise and superior isolation. A newly designed chassis made from robust CNC milled aluminum in sections ensures superior thermal characteristics, excellent vibrational damping, and shielding from RF.

Re-creating sound is an art and a science

The M3’s digital design employs precision DDS clocking that lowers jitter to extremely low levels, ensuring a pure digital signal path without the use of sample rate converters, this combined with superior digital filter design, and Native DSD conversion yields a state of the art digital audio path. The M3’s high-speed low distortion analog path features a bypass-able preamp class analog level control allowing the M3 to be used to drive power amps directly, with no bit loss for optimal analog performance.

Introducing the M3h

The newly released M3h includes a headphone amplifier. Stay tuned for more information.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

The M3 features 2 fully differential conversion channels, each with its own D/A converter, and analog level control circuitry. With Bricasti’s twin DAC design, the dynamic range for each channel is optimized by using the stereo ADI 1955 D/A converters in a mono configuration for PCM conversion, clocking is implemented with a technique called DDS (direct digital synthesis) which takes clock induced jitter to immeasurable levels. DSD is converted with a proprietary one-bit analog converter.

The intention of the M3 is to provide a state-of-the-art design, utilizing the best designs and materials that can be found today. The converter and following analog stages are a very critical part of the digital and analog audio chain. The sound of the M3 is intended to be transparent and revealing, and fully dynamic. This in part is made possible by lowering the jitter to extremely low levels, providing a pure digital signal chain without sample rate converters, superior digital filter design, pure DSD conversion, coupled to a fast, transparent analog signal path with analog level control, discrete analog output section and plenty of good clean linear power for optimum analog performance.

Many hours of listening were done to tune the M3 to an exacting sound, with all types of music, and with extensive testing done in the studio and in the home. We hope you find the M3 to be pleasing and enjoyable to hear and use in the home or as a precision tool for high-level reference monitoring for the professional.

Digital Input Section

Depending on options, it provides 4 or 5 digital inputs selectable from the front panel. This section has its own linear power supply and is isolated from the analog section. Features and Analog Devices Sharc DSP that used to run:

  • Front panel
  • General DSP operations of M3
  • Control and synchronize the DDS clocking
  • Provide a selection of Bricasti’s oversampled anti-aliasing filters

Analog Output Section

  • Both channels are powered by a separate linear power supply.
  • Single multi-layer PCB for the analog conversion and analog output stages.
  • Manages DSD audio path; maintains a true pure DSD converter.
  • The M3 is a fully differential analog design with fast high slew rate fast settling analog operational amps used in all audio paths, for both balanced and unbalanced, each separately buffered and isolated.

Trigger

The rear panel has a stereo connection (TRS) for the trigger out of M3, used to place an external device like the Bricasti M15 power amp into standby. Trigger functions can be set in the status menu for trigger-in, trigger-out, or trigger-remote for exclusive operation and control from the M20 preamp.

Other Features

  • USB connection
  • Optional Network Interface
  • DSD playback
  • Digital Oversampling Filters for PCM Conversion
  • Optional M3 Remote

Handcrafted in the USA

All of Bricasti's products are crafted in the old world tradition, in a classic brick mill building in Massachusetts USA by a team of individuals dedicated to excellence.


Reviews

Home Theater Review
Home Theater Review

by Staff
Mar. 2019

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Bricasti Design Model 3 DAC User Manual

Specifications

Digital Inputs
XLR: AES/EBU 24 bit Single Wire
RCA: SPDIF
Optical: Toslink 44.1- 96k, USB 2
RJ45: Ethernet (Optional)
Sample Rates
AES, SPDIF: 44.1 kHz, to, 192khz, DSD 64fs as DoP
USB: 44.1 kHz, to, 384kHz, DSD 64fs 128Fs as DoP
Ethernet: 44.1 kHz, to, 384kHz, DSD 64fs,128Fs as DoP
Jitter
8 psec @ 48k / 6psec @ 96k
Finish
Anodized Aluminum
Dimensions
14” x 11.25“ x 2.5”
Weight
10 lbs
Shipping Weight
15 lbs
Mains Voltage
100, 120, 220, 240 VAC, 50 Hz – 60 Hz factory set
Trigger in/out
TRS connector for 5V external trigger on ring
Power consumption
20 Watts
Warranty parts and labor
2 years non-transferable
2-Year Warranty

Outputs

Balanced Analog Outputs
XLR balanced (pin 2 hot)
D/A Conversion
PCM 24 bit delta sigma 8x oversampling, NDSD pure 1 bit conversion for DSD
Impedance
40 ohm
Output Level
@ 0 db front panel +14.3 dbm 4 db RMS ( bypass mode)
Frequency Response @44.1k
10 hz- 20 kHz +0dB, -.2 dB
Dynamic Range
>120dB A-Weighted
THD+N @ 1k
.0008% @ 0dbfs / .0004% @-30dbfs
Unbalanced Analog Outputs
RCA
D/A Conversion
PCM 24 bit delta sigma 8x oversampling
NDSD pure 1 bit conversion for DSD
Impedance
40 ohm
Output level
@ 0 db front panel = +4db 2V rms
Frequency Response @ 44.1k
10 hz- 20 kHz -.2 dB
Dynamic Range
>120dB A-Weighted
THD+N @ 1k
.0008% @ 0dbfs / .0004% @-30dbfs

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