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I have been researching the same questions. I spoke to a dealer who sells both Bricasti and Lumin (I know you did not inquire about Lumin). He commented that the M3 plays waaaayyy above its price point. The Lumin X1 is stellar but in no way worth the price as compared to the M3. I greatly appreciated how candid he was!
I own the MA3 and owned the M3 for a short while before moving on from it. I also prefer the MA3, and by a large margin in my case/system.
I liked the M3, but it didn't blow me away. I replaced it with a Mojo Audio R2R DAC that I much preferred, but it did give up some detail/resolution (and a very nice black background) compared to the more modern sounding M3. I much preferred the very relaxed sound and natural tone of the Mojo Audio.
I then heard the MA3 and for me it has the natural sound (and no fatigue) of the R2R DAC but with much more detail retrieval like the M3. Kind of a best of both worlds for me, detailed (but not hyper detailed) with that natural sound one gets from a good NOS R2R DAC.
I also agree one needs to listen to these DACs themselves in their own system. Both offer good value at their used prices, so you should be able to re-sell either if it doesn't float your boat...
I have a Weiss 205 incoming, that will be interesting to compare to the much $$ MA3. I'm guessing it will sound more like the M3, but time will tell.