Overnight delivery from Old Blighty dispatched an oversized box with massive foam cladding. Inside were separate manuals for the machine and its remote. As shown, the wand aims at an outboard receiver box powered from its own 5V wall wart. The M1's trigger input can communicate with other programmable trigger devices and this externalized IR receiver solution also anticipates closed-door installs or other apps which put the converter out of sight. If necessary then, an up to 100ft cable between IR eye and M1 can easily span greater distances than the 3ft supplied link. The remote itself runs off two 2032-type coin batteries.

Removing ten Philips screws gained quick access at the innards. Whilst the ribbon cables of the Classic between digital and analog boards remain, the discrete wires from the analog power supplies to their respective boards had lost one of their push-on connectors. Was this Bricasti's "point-to-point" change?

Sender Matt Esau had checked in with a note from Bricasti. "Please take note of an issue we found in V1.32 that has already been addressed in V1.33. It has to do with DSD 128 and PCM 384kHz playback which is broken in the fine setting but works in wide mode." I told Matt not to worry. I'd not do DSD 128 in the first place and for rare 24/96kHz PCM files which this machine would upsample to 384kHz, I'd simply use wide mode. I saw no need to return the deck for a firmware update I'd not really exploit.

Here is a close-up of the digital board...

... followed by one channel's analog board.

As you'd expect from this price class, execution looked tops, tactile feedback was pure luxury. Without a peep yet, the Bricasti M1 spelled ambition in capital letters already.