“Fast, detailed, effortlessly powerful, musically revealing. Fatigue-free listening. The best digital playback I have heard.”
– John Marks, Stereophile
The Special Edition M1 builds on the success of the Classic M1 and adds some of the improvements offered in the new flagship Limited Edition Gold M1. Presented in the classic anodized black and aluminum finish, the M1 Special Edition incorporates Stillpoints feet that are engineered and optimised exclusively for the design. The added stability improves isolation from vibration which translates to a more transparent sonic presentation. Point-to-point wiring, a labor intensive process, improves signal flow by eliminating various connectors which can degrade a signals performance. Finally, the next generation power improvements have been incorporated in this edition to further improve filtering of unwanted noise and power ripple.
The M1 is robustly constructed of milled and CNC machined aluminum sections. There is no typical bent metal chassis and top cover found on most products. All sections of the construction, the front and rear panels, the sides and even the bottom and top plates start out as solid blocks of aluminum which are precision machined to shape, with exact tolerances for a perfect fit. These parts are then anodized and the text and markings are laser etched for a clean and enduring look.
The intention if the M1 is to provide a state-of-the art, Digital-to-Analog converter, utilizing the best designs and materials that can be found today. The D/A converter is a very critical part of the digital audio chain, after all you have to convert it to analog to hear it, and Bricasti feel this should be a true as possible in its reconstruction of the original signal. The sound of the M1 is intended to be transparent and revealing, and fully dynamic. This in part is made possible by the lowering the jitter to extremely low levels, providing a pure digital signal chain with no SRCs ( sample rate converters) or digital volume controllers, superior digital filter design, coupled to a fast transparent analog signal path with a discreet analog output section and plenty of good clean linear power for optimum analog performance. Many hours of listening were done to tune the M1 to an exacting sound, with all types of music, and with extensive testing done in the studio and in the home. We believe you will find the M1 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.
Network Player Option
First incorporated for the M12 Dual Mono Source Controller, The Bricasti network interface and media renderer option allows any M1 to be seen as a DNLA device on an audio network and server as an audio device to play or stream to through a wired connection on your network. Now you can run wired data longer distances without loss in quality so your network server can go anywhere you choose.
- 24-bit, 8x-oversampling delta-sigma digital/analog converter with seven choices of reconstruction filter
Digital inputs: AES/EBU on XLR, S/PDIF electrical on RCA and BNC, S/PDIF optical on TosLink. Word-clock input on BNC
Analog outputs: 2 stereo (1 XLR, 1 RCA). Sample rates handled: 44.1–192kHz
Maximum output level: 4V, balanced (adjustable); 2V, single-ended
Output impedance: 40 ohms (balanced or single-ended)
Frequency response (44.1kHz sample rate): 10Hz–20kHz, +0/–0.2dB
Dynamic range: >120dBA
THD+noise at 1kHz: 0.0006% at 0dBFS, 0.0004% at –30dBFS. Jitter: 8ps at 48kHz, 6ps at 96kHz
Power consumption: 28W (6W in standby)
Dimensions: 432mm W by 64mm H by 280mm D
Finish: Black anodized aluminum