You could sell the M5 and add those funds towards the purchase of a Bricasti M3 with network renderer inside. Nucleus through network / directly into M3 via ethernet. Great DAC.
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I agree with @jriggy above. Please call a Bricasti retailer and ask about purchasing his M3 demo. Please ask about trading in your Bricasti M5 and add those funds towards the purchase of a Bricasti M3 with network renderer inside. You should be able to do this within your budget. The Bricasti M3 DAC is excellent. Please confirm you get it with the MDx upgrade board installed.
If your Bricasti retailer is unable to made the deal, call another Bricasti retailer. Please keep us posted.
You could also try the 30 day trial of the RME ADI 2 FS dac from Sweetwater with your M5. It is ~1/5 the cost and is crazy good for the money. I run it balanced into my Sim 740p preamp. If you find it underwhelming simply return it. I sold my M3 with MDx to try some cheaper options and for now have ended up with the RME as my 30 day return just expired. Unlike you, my weak link may be my streamer (I use a raspberry pi based spdif streamer). The M3 is a great dac and the folks at Bricasti told me the integrated Ethernet streamer was the best sounding interface, so based on that feedback and others from these forums, I’m betting I didn’t hear the M3 at its best. But still, I am amazed at how good the RME sounds in my system after having two previous DACs with 4 to 5x the MSRP.
Yea, it had a Mar 2020 ship date. I considered it, but I was told it is $1500 if you don’t have it, so the $1000 seems to be when buying new. That is my fault for not realizing the difference when I purchased it without the streamer. Since I found the M3 to be just a little better than my 5 yr old SimAudio DAC I didn’t want to risk the extra $1500 not knowing what the improvement would be like.
I was thinking spending $1500 on a used M5 might also bump the performance of my previous DAC up as well, keeping the delta about the same.
Anyhow, both the Sim and Bricasti DACs have been sold and I’ll stick with the RME for now. I’m not sure where to go from here but may just pocket the change and enjoy the RME until something else catches my eye. I’m driving distance to a Bricasti dealer so if I get a chance to hear the M3 with the streamer vs my spdif RME setup and it blows me away, I could jump back in. The RME fits in my hand so it will be easy to bring it along to a dealer for comparisons :)
Haven't heard this one but getting some good reviews. The Gold Note DS10
Something to check out. If you do get to hear one please let us know your thoughts.
I ordered an M3 from Mike Kay at Audio Archon. Mike took my M5 in on trade and gave me the best price he could. I was surprised no forum member mentioned a DAC that was preferred to the M3.That tells me that the M3 is the way to go. Had to hit the retirement account and went over budget but who wants to retire anyway. Many thanks to everyone who commented and helped prevent me from making an expensive mistake.
The Bricasti M5 manual says:
Audio Specs and sample rates supported:
AES Output: SPDIF Output: USB Output:
44.1kHz-192 kHz PCM and DSD 64 as DoP, Wi-Fi or Ethernet 44.1 kHz-192 kHz PCM and DSD 64 as DoP, Wi-Fi or
Ethernet 44.1 kHz-384 kHz PCM and DSD 64 and 128 as DoP, Ethernet only.
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