In Barn: The Bricasti Design Model 5 Network Player

The Bricasti Design Model 5 Network Player ($2400).

The Bricasti M5 network player is a network interface and media renderer that connects to your server via a local area network. With wide support for DNLA and other popular network protocols [including Roon], the M5 delivers pristine lossless audio from your network to your Digital to analog converter; your music server can go anywhere you choose. Connects to your LAN via Ethernet and Wi-Fi, with SPDIF, AES outputs supporting sample rates up to 192k PCM, DSD 64 and DSD 128 over USB.


Finish: Anodized Aluminum
Input: Ethernet, Wi-Fi
Output:AES, standard SPDIF, RCA or optional 75 ohm BNC up to 192k PCM and DSD 64. DSD 128 over USB
Supported Formats: Over 100 different file types including: AAC, AIFF, ALAC, ATRAC, Au, AVI, Dolby Digital, DSDiff, DSF, DV, DVD, FLAC, FLV, IFF, M1V, M2T, M2V, M4A, M4V, Matroska, MJPEG, Monkey's Audio, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPC, Music Tracker files, Ogg, OpenMG, Opus, Quicktime, RealMedia & RealAudio, Sidplayer files, Speex, SWF, video game media files, W64, WAV, WMV & WMA, Xvid, 3GPP & 3GPP2
Trigger In: 250ma
Trigger Out: 12V
Weight: 5 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs.
Mains Voltage set at factory: 100, 120, 220, 230, 240 VAC, 50 Hz - 60 Hz

DH's picture

Since it has AES, SPDIF, and USB outs a comparison with the Sonore Signatre Rendu SE and the dCS Network Bridge would be useful. Both of those cost significantly more, so if the Bricasti plays in the same league it would be valuable information.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
Since I own and use the dCS (it's my 'reference'), the Bricasti will be compared to it. I'll see if I can hang on to the Rendu SE so I can compare it as well.
Stephen Dupont's picture

Michael- what's your system in the house these days? the system you have/had a TV hooked up to?

Michael Lavorgna's picture a Bluesound Pulse Soundbar + Pulse sub.
Stephen Dupont's picture

from the Leben 300 you had in the room.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
...for the big change was the Altec Valencias were simply too big for the room.

The Bluesound is cool because it's easy for family & friends to use.

Stephen Dupont's picture

and am looking at bluesound as a solution as well.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
...through the Bluesound, Tidal streaming, the ability to separately tailor the sound for TV and music, and the fact that it hangs on the wall under the TV = a very good solution for us.
Stephen Dupont's picture

my only hesitation is whether i could be happy with a soundbar for music.

Michael Lavorgna's picture depends on the kind of listening. If you are doing nothing else but listening, I'd stick to speakers.
G_goodwin's picture

I agree with DH, a comparison to the DCS, and Sonore Signature would be very handy.
Thanks for a great site and especially for all of the exceptional tips for networking etc.

kukur9's picture

...given that this is (as I understand it) "just" an endpoint device, then yes a comparison to the now-presumably-widely known/heard/owned Sonore microRendu would also be useful.

Plus, given that software is a big part of this equation, it would be nice to know how it sounds via something other than Roon like Logitech Music Server or (gasp) AirPlay. I mean, I'm all for a spendy little endpoint like this, but then I say to myself "gee, maybe that SimAudio Moon 280 that Michael reviewed gets me more of what I really want (greater sound with lesser effort) and presumably less crummy software." I work in software so maybe I have a higher bar for that part of the equation. Comparisons do help me in the long run, so thanks in advance.


DH's picture

Saw a review of this online where the reviewer found the USB highly superior. Interesting, as you reported that the CEO found the AES output to be the best.
Also would be interesting to know if units like these benefit from USB cleanup/reclocking devices.

Michael Lavorgna's picture also a comparison of inputs, i.e. all digital inputs are not created equal on all DACs.