Help in choosing first higher ended dac?


I'm on the verge of pulling the trigger on the new Bricasti M3 dac. I know this is all subjective to ones own ear's! But since this is my first dac and after months of research I'm ready! I'm curious to what your thoughts and choices would be at this price point. The M3 goes for 5k or 6k with the network card.

My current gear is rather modest. Have an Anthem mrx720 pushing PS audio m700 monoblocks. An Oppo 203 for streaming Roon from laptop which includes Tidal and Qobuz. And to play CDs of course. 

The plan is to connect the dac directly to the amps. Sell the Anthem and maybe add a preamp in the same price point or add it to the kitty to upgrade speakers down the road. And if I went without the network card I would need a network player/streamer.

Your thoughts will be much appreciated! Hopefully I didn't leave anything out! This is my first post, so be gentle lol!!
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jimfinn2112
Thank you. Been eying these for a while...
How was the D9 bass response compared to the Ascend?
The D9s bass was better, but I don't know if it's 8K better. I would have liked to hear them in a better system and room for sure. 
Whats your opinion of the M700 monos?
They've been great. I remember being told on the Ps forums that I really wouldn't notice the difference until I had a really good dac connected to them or a preamp. I'm going to find out in the very near future!