Bricasti M25 dual-mono stereo amplifier
The M25 ($18,000) belongs to the “big and heavy” family. It therefore requires a crate of Red Bull to place this enormous beast, weighing 110 + pounds in its resting place. The construction quality stands out as being cost no object, must be seen in person too fully realize its beauty. Yes. really phenomenal and no need to hide this piece somewhere behind a wall. You can hardly believe it, but in now in 2020 the Bricasti M25 serves as an extension of our ego. Is it not logical that equipment is primarily intended to display music? The M25 is a model of simplicity. There are two inputs (XLR and RCA) although XLR is clearly the better sounding. There is a RS422 port which is intended for the factory only. Powering up this colossal high-power machine requires a specific sequence with two standby modes. The button with the largest diameter facilitates the arrival of the power and lets you know through a fast flashing LED. A small button can be used to start a sequence that ultimately results in sound from the reproducers. The first click will put the amplifier in a second standby mode, with important circuits staying at operating temperature (slow flashing red light) and the second click activating the output relay (permanent red light). A small button can be used to start a sequence that ultimately results in sound from the speakers. The first click will put the amplifier in a second standby, with important circuits staying at operating temperature (slow flashing red light) and the second click activating the output relay (permanent red light).
The M25 dual mono stereo amp can be controlled directly from a DAC if so required, as in Bricasti’s own M1SE. The M25 power amplifier also has an adjustable input sensitivity (trim) which should only be used by a qualified technician. While listening there is a direct control from the DAC, but also from a very neutral external preamplifier, here at Sounds Of Silence we use the exceptional Bricasti M12 source controller which of course made it possible to listen to vinyl. The M25 delivers 150 watts in a 8-ohm, 300W into 4 ohms, 600W into 2 ohms and has a bandwidth of 10Hz to 150,000Hz within 0.5dB. Technically speaking, the entire Bricasti chain is built up “fully differential”.
As stated previously the M25 shows a fabulous build quality and comes with extremely easy operation and connectivity. The sound image is distinguished by a huge quality, but also with a clear and precise character. The phenomenal spaciousness and spot on images are top notch. The sound has a very or very slightly warm character and the top end offers extended drive, bite and speed that instruments actually have in real life. The layering is excellent, and the middle frequencies is where this amplifier excels in my opinion. Apart from the qualities described here, the whole set naturally contributes to a large extent to the well-known pride of ownership this piece will bring to the table. Every visitor that has seen this beast were massively triggered by the looks & luxury. Well done Bricasti and HAPPY LISTENING.