Bricasti Design M3h DAC & Amp

$6,000.00
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Bricast M3H DAC & Amp features two fully differential conversion channels, separate conversion for PCM and native DSD, and a balanced analog level control circuit, making the M3H suitable for all applications. Internally the M3H utilizes two independent linear power supplies for the analog and digital processing to ensure low noise and superior isolation. The M3H adds a headphone amplifier option with balanced inputs for expanded utility in your audio system.

Introducing the M3H

The M3 was designed from the beginning to have a headphone buffer and driver amps to be added as options, so the chassis and dimensions remain the same on the M3H except for the front panel. There, you will find 2 connection points for an XLR and 1/4" inputs. There is no change in the DAC components of the device, but there are additional driver cards inside the unit.

The M3 is a true balanced or differential DAC, and all its analog circuitry is fully balanced including the headphone driver amps. There are 4 amps in the M3H for headphone drive when using balanced out. It is unique in the market to have a full balanced path.

Since the M3 is analog, there is no change in the UI of the unit or controlling level. Bricasti will be adding the ability to select the different outputs: Headphone or main outputs on the device.

Exceptional Performance and Value

The M3H 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 M3H suitable for all applications.

Bricast M3 DAC

Powerful Architecture

The M3H 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 M3H’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 M3H’s high-speed low distortion analog path features a bypass-able preamp class analog level control allowing the M3H to be used to drive power amps directly, with no bit loss for optimal analog performance.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

The M3H 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 M3H 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 M3H 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 M3H 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 M3H 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.

Analog Input Section

Includes additional balanced inputs for XLR and 1/4" connectors.

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 M3H
  • 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 M3H 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 M3H, 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/M3H 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.

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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