Help with Bricasti M3 -

I just bought a Bricasti M3 with MDX Board running v1.08. I will upgrade the firmware as soon as I can arrange it with Bricasti.

I am confused on the 2 different music paths... between NDSD PCM and DSD.

I have a large Digital Library on an external drive connected to my desktop PC, which is connected via Wi-Fi on our Fios 2GB fiber connection. I am using an Orbi WiFi extender to output a CAT8 cable to the connection on the M3.

While when I switch filters between Minimal and Linear - I hear a difference in presentation ( as I mostly listen to Jazz, I have found I like the minimal much more).

Switching between PCM and DSD does not seem to make any change at all.  No momentary lapse when making this change ( I have the remote) leads me to ask, "is it working"?

I have a lot of DSD64 files, as well as every flavor of PCM from 192/24 down to 16/44 

I have tried switching these "on the fly" with both types of files but cannot hear any difference at all...  Is there something I am doing incorrectly?  Any tips would be greatly appreciated!


I have a VAC Signature Mk2 SE Preamp, PassLabs X250.8 and B&W 803D4’s for 2 Channel Music with a Rythemik EHP15HP2 Sub.  I am also considering to add a EtherRegen 

Same system for HT- I have a Marantz SR8015 which serves as PrePro  and a PassLabs X5 driving the center B&W HTM82D4,  my old N805s for Surround and CDM5’s as Rear Surround and a Rythemik E15HP2 sub (connected to the Marantz for LFE in theater and Using stereo Line out XLRs from the VAC for music)


Wi-Fi is dependent upon FiOS reliability but not in the signal path. If the internet pukes you lose all control except OFF.

You are correct in that there is no discernable difference between DoP and DSD direct playback. You worry too much. Enjoy the music.

My one tip is get a free Wifi analyzer for your phone or PC and use it to make sure you have a strong signal that is not occupied by multiple other routers in the neighborhood.



fuzztone-  as with all Audio Equipment one wants to understand how to properly set it up to make sure they are getting the best  SQ out of it.  Not sure your comment " you worry too much" is appropriate here.  Why wouldn't I try to make sure they are properly setting up and using their equipment? Isn't that the main goal of forums like this?  As I did some research before buying the M3, and see much posted about the 2 different chips used to D/A the music, I would think one would be able to hear some difference... I cannot.  I am enjoying the M3 very much, both with my Digital Library and Streaming Qobuz thru Roon


erik_squires I have a Fiber Connection coming directly into our house. No one else is on our Wifi, as I can see thru our Orbi Software what is connected. 


I have two copies of my music library on an Aurender N200. One copy is PCM 96/24 and the other copy is DSD 128. I have two DACS Bricasti M21 and Lampizator Baltic 3. When performing blind testing between DSD and PCM tracks I can not hear a difference. Your observations match mine.

Slightly off topic but I’ve found a home run connection to a network switch much more reliable than connecting my Lumin to the WiFi extender. For some reason, I was encountering a buffer issue. I’m currently using an EERO pro mesh router with each extender hard wired to the switch. I don’t have fiber but luckily I had cat5e running to every room in our home. I was able to add an additional run for streaming music. Obviously, I’m limited to 1G. I strongly considered the M3 but went with the Lumn U2 mini. Like the Baltic mentioned in the thread. I have the Lampizator Amber 3.