MSB THE SELECT DAC
The Prime DAC
With eight Hybrid DACs, MSB yields an unmatched level of detail, reproducing the musicality, soundstage, and texture of an original performance, bringing the artist to you. A fully balanced, ultra-high precision, discrete ladder DAC architecture ensures each note tells a story. Additionally, MSB’s robust in-house design enables the finest quality playback of PCM and native DSD, while their low-impedance circuitry drives your amplification directly without adding coloration or buffering noise. The end result is a digital experience defying expectations.
Smooth chassis lines, few controls, focused modularity, and high-end quality. MSB’s design statement ensured there was no compromise as they set out to create a new level of digital-to-analog conversion. The resulting product set a benchmark in the listening experience.
Each DAC is Unique
If you choose to deviate from the stock silver or black finish, there are other bold choices you can make. To ensure the Select DAC is uniformly customizable in every regard, production time is increased to provide you with the the richest and most dynamic product available. All MSB DAC’s have the serial number and customer information programmed directly into the unit. As a result, each DAC is unique, singular, and unparalleled.
A display for the listening chair…
Equipped with high-visibility and a wide viewing angle, the display is both easy-to-read and stunning, exhibiting MSB’s love for intuitive features. The LED display, slaved to the audio clock, is refreshed between data processing to drastically reduce electrical interference. The in-house discrete design is then constructed into its own shielded CNC pocket for optimal isolation. Sit back and be immersed.
The Dual Powerbase
The importance of a clean power supply can’t be under estimated. A re-imagined design paired with the Select DAC reduces the noise floor even further. There is a single supply for the digital side of the DAC, along with an isolated supply for the analog side. This yields an unprecedented level of performance.
The Mono Powerbase
Moving to two dedicated power supplies, we provide increased isolation and electrical performance for both the digital and the analog power. With the increased space, each Mono Powerbase has a much lower electrical noise design.
Paired with performance increases, MSB’s modular design ethos increases flexibility for future updates and product support, guaranteeing a long-term product investment. As you pursue higher levels of playback, an MSB upgrade path is always available to help drive your own desire for innovation. Whether it’s a software update or a leading-edge modular component, MSB is here to help their customers.
MSB thrives off the innovation required to meet consumer demands. They are constantly improving digital input modules to stay at the forefront of the high-end audio industry, ensuring you’re always equipped with the most current digital file formats and interfaces. Focusing on their network renderer and USB input, your audio tech will be on the cutting edge. Put simply, your DAC is ready for the future.
The MSB Renderer was developed using an in-house hardware design running an ultra-low-noise A5 processor for optimal audio playback performance. Over-the-air updates will ensure that your renderer always has the latest capabilities and ultimate convenience.
- Up to 32 bit – 768kHz
- MQA decoding
- Roon Endpoint
- Up to 4X DSD
- UPnP Protocol
- DLNA Protocol
The last preamp you will ever need.
With the high-output power provided by the Hybrid DAC modules, the need for amplification is eliminated. The signal is attenuated with new technology that provides a constant low impedance output without any active circuitry (no transistors, buffers or op-amps). This allows the Select DAC’s remarkable audio quality to be truly independent of volume setting. It’s a remarkable feat of electrical design that sets a new benchmark in the industry. The output modules are individually tuned for maximum quality balance or single-ended audio.
Expand Your Analog Audio.
With sideways expansion, the preamp can accommodate additional analog inputs, isolated sub outputs, and extra analog outputs.
CNC Billet Chassis
Starting with an 85lb plate of ‘Kaiser Select Precision Plate’, material is machined in our own in-house CNC shop. After eight hours of machining, 85% of the aluminum is removed, resulting in a 17lb finished product. The integration of MSB’s CNC shop allows for design optimization to create the best possible product. They use the high quality premium ‘Select’ metal, giving them the best anodized finishes on the market. There are no shortcuts with the Select DAC.
Elegant yet commanding, MSB’s finishes are available in a matte silver or matte black anodize. Replaceable foot guards are included to protect the chassis from damage. Any audiophile M6X1 foot can be installed to optimize your system.
“What struck me from my first encounter with MSB Select DAC 2 was a sense of ultimate timing, absence of any signature sound, submarine like depths, enormous sense of space and instant ability to lock into music. On my path I’ve encountered on some attributes that pointed toward something special, yet never under one “roof”.
MSB Select DAC 2 refreshingly comes with vivid presentation, absence of technology imprint (or what usually happens specific brand imprint), filters sonic DNA etc. It’s by far most fatigue free DAC Ive had pleasure to listen to.”
Mono & Stereo, MATEJ ISAK
“Heavily nuanced, the controlled soundstage brought forth weight, but was also dressed in a manner that left the listener with all the information they needed to sit back, dial in and let the outside world fade away.”
Audiostream, Brian Hunter, April 2019, AXPONA 2019 Show Report
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