MSB THE REFERENCE DAC
The Prime DAC
With four 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 our 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. High-end quality. As MSB set out to create a new level of digital-to-analog conversion, their design statement ensured the best usability and quality. The resulting product has set a new, previously undiscovered reference in the listening experience.
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.
The Dual Powerbase
You can’t underestimate the importance of a clean power supply. A re-imagined design paired with the DAC reduces the noise floor even further. We’ve equipped the DAC with a single supply for the digital side of the DAC, along with an isolated supply for the analog side, yielding an unprecedented level of performance.
The Mono Powerbase
Upgraded with two dedicated power supplies, MSB provides increased isolation and electrical performance for both the digital and the analog power. With the increased space, each Mono Powerbase possesses 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 there to help their customers.
(Reference DAC base configuration shown)
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
The last preamp you will ever need.
Upgrading from the Base Output Module will give you a cutting edge constant impedance passive volume control preamp. Using this remarkable preamp will reduce system complexity and ultimately improve the audio quality of your entire system. 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.
Even without the upgraded preamp module, the DAC still has built in volume control.
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 65lb plate of ‘Kaiser Select Precision Plate’, material is machined in MSB’s own in-house CNC shop. After more than four hours of machining, 60% of the aluminum is removed, resulting in a 18lb 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 MSB products the best anodized finishes on the market.
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.
“Well, that’s my tale, folks. The guy who railed against digital is now listening happily to same. Oh, I don’t take back my diatribe. Most digital does still sound like digital. It’s just that, in some of the most critical ways, the Reference DAC and Transport don’t. The MSB is not one of those beautifying DACs that smears over detail with a thick coat of even-order harmonics. It is not one of those purely analytical DACs that sounds the way clothing feels fresh from the dry cleaner. It is just a realistically neutral, astonishingly detailed, very dynamic source component that leaves less of an impression on soundstage and system that anything else digital I’ve tried out (or heard at any length at shows). There is a good reason why I cannot recommend MSB’s DAC and its Transport highly enough, and why I will now be using both as references.”
The Absolute Sound, Jonathan Valin, December 2018, 2019 Golden Ear Award, Editor’s Choice
“Like the Select DAC, the MSB Technology Reference DAC is blurring the line of analog and digital. Digital has come far in past decade and Reference DAC is among the few of the proud examples of the digital audio done right.
There is no doubt the MSB Technology deserves a special highlighting and for remarkable and stand out perforamance. For what it represent technically and musically, I’m wholeheartedly already giving out the Mono & Stereo Upper Echelon Product Award!”
Mono & Stereo, Matej Isak
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