The MC1 D/A converter

Dual Mono Master D/A Converter

Reference D/A

The MC1 digital to analog converter is a fully-differential stereo reference D/A designed for critical audio applications. Years in development and refinement, the MC1 recreates audio waveforms with exacting precision with a goal to carefully preserve harmonic integrity. This means instrumentation and human voices sound life-like, transparent and maintain their intended recorded character.

Design and performance

The MC1 has two completely isolated channels, each with its own dedicated linear power supply, D/A converter, DDS clocking, and analog circuitry. This design ensures that analog crosstalk is virtually nonexistent, that the necessary power requirements for each channel are well met and isolated from each other and the digital processing is isolated, having its own power supply. With our twin DAC design, the dynamic range for each channel is optimized by using the stereo ADI 1955 D/A converter in a mono configuration. The MC1 also includes Bricasti's proprietary filter technology, critical to achieving optimum results in a modern reference D/A.

Technical specifications


Digital Inputs XLR: AES/EBU 24 bit Single Wire, RCA: SPDIF, Optical: Toslink 44.1- 96k, USB 2, RJ45: Ethernet (Optional)
Sample Rates AES, SPDIF 44.1 kHz, to, 192khz, DSD 64fs as DoP
Sample Rates USB 44.1 kHz, to, 384kHz, DSD 64fs 128Fs as DoP
Sample Rates Ethernet 44.1 kHz, to, 384kHz, DSD 64fs,128Fs as DoP
Jitter 8 psec @ 48k / 6 psec @ 96k
Balanced Analog Outputs XLR balanced (pin 2 hot)
D/A Conversion PCM 24 bit delta sigma 8x oversampling
Impedance 40 ohm
Max output level +22 dbm
Min output level +8 dbm
Frequency Response @44.1k 10 hz- 20 kHz +0dB, -.2 dB
Dynamic Range >120dB A-Weighted
THD+N @ 1k .0006% @ 0dbfs / .0004% @ -30dbfs
Unbalanced Analog Outputs RCA
D/A Conversion PCM 24 bit delta sigma 8x oversampling
Impedance 40 ohm
Output level +8 dbm (2V RMS)
Frequency Response @ 44.1k 10 hz- 20 kHz -.2 dB
Dynamic Range >120dB A-Weighted
THD+N @ 1k .0006% @ 0dbfs / .0004% @-30dbfs
General Specifications
Finish Anodized Aluminum
Dimensions: 17” x 12“ x 4.5”
Weight: 15 lbs
Shipping Weight: 18 lbs
Mains Voltage: 100, 120, 220, 240 VAC, 50 Hz – 60 Hz factory set
Trigger in: TRS connector for 5V external trigger on ring.
Power consumption: 20 Watts
Warranty parts and labor: 3 years non transferable

Handcrafted in the USA

All of our products are crafted in the old world tradition, in a classic brick mill building in Massachusetts USA by a team of individuals dedicated to excellence.