MSB THE PREMIER DAC
The Prime DAC
With four prime 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 our low impedance circuitry drives your amplification directly without adding coloration or buffering noise. The end result is a digital experience defying expectations.
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 our 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.
Engaging with the Future
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
Our clock module architecture is built with the customer in mind; MSB has made the discrete clock user-upgradable, ensuring future updates are simple and streamlined. For optimized performance, upgrade to the Femto 93 Clock with thermally-stabilized custom crystals.
The Premier DAC comes equipped a high-performance XLR or optimized RCA output module that’s fully shielded. This user-replaceable module provides a bufferless 150Ω output impedance suitable for driving any amplification. Proprietary advanced hybrid analog/digital volume technology allows for a clean and immersive listening experience you have to hear to fully believe.
Discrete Power Supply
Superior conversion begins with clean and stable low-noise power. The Discrete Power Supply feeds the DAC with dual low-noise power streams that are linear and independent. That’s not all—the CNC unibody aluminum chassis provides the discrete power supply with optimal thermal performance and an elegant design aesthetic. The DAC comes equipped with a single power supply, but can be augmented with a second discrete power supply to enable optimized power isolation between all major components.
Built to accommodate modular components, the Premier Powerbase is highly adaptive, offering two dual-link power connectors, supplying four isolated power supplies. Make it your own; with the addition of dual low-noise shielded transformers, optimized power filtering, enhanced grounding and high-performance regulators, your DAC will be unrivaled in its performance.
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 there to help their customers.
(Premier DAC base configuration shown)
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.
“The Premier? So lusciously liquid and resonant I was hard-pressed to accept the total absence of glassiness.
Hi-Fi News Verdict
Now I get why MSB’s DACs appear in so many exhibitors’ rooms at hi-fi shows: the blend of sonic excellence and flexibility places it in the select group that includes Esoteric, dCS, Chord and others of that calibre. Make no mistake: this is a serious investment, but the modular design is a bulwark against obsolescence. Throw in the role of preamp (if you’re all-digital) and the price seems less forbidding. A triumph.”
HiFi News, Ken Kessler, October 2019
“Indeed first place
MSB The Premier DAC is only the third-ranked digital analog converter in his home, but in the process of listening to it, I often think that this is the performance of the top-level digital analog converter. The R2R Ladder DAC is its heart, plus a modular design that minimizes interference on individual lines. Even more powerful is the external supply of two power supplies, laying a solid foundation for sound. What’s even better is the long-term upgrade expectation, so that your digital source will never fall behind. MSB The Premier DAC is not a name, it is indeed the first-class digital analog converter. “
Audionet, Chen Mingsong, June 2019
“The Premier DAC provided a continuous and delightful thrill of time that no digital device had ever given. Premier DAC is by far the best of many DACs that have gone through my listening room.”
MOFI, June 2019